This newsletter hopes to bring you up to date on the most recent activities and let you know what’s planned going forward. Honestly, I try to make this shorter but there’s just so much going on!  Please take the time to at least read the most relevant bits to you.

We hope that you are able to make the most of the easing of restrictions and are managing to adapt back to some familiar routines.  Our activities have been affected a lot over the last year or so but we, as a team, have also achieved an amazing amount for which you should be very proud.

April donations

Thanks to our volunteers, over the last month we have donated:

  • 16 shawls and 25 toiletry bags to York Teaching Hospital Charity to give to patients who are perhaps unexpectedly admitted to hospital.
  • 59 Personal Effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice to return belongings to bereaved relatives with sensitivity
  • 45 drawstring bags to Dementia Forward to be filled with games and activities for their clients and families
  • 25 toiletry bags to Zero Waste Leeds to be filled and donated to families struggling to afford the essentials

We have also:

  • started our new gardening group,
  • featured in the Selby Times
  • been interviewed live on Radio York about the Community Patchwork Project by Jonathan Cowap.

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and effort to be able to do all this.

Project Updates

Stitches for Survival (Knit/sew etc)

We will be joining the Stitches For Survival Group who is crafting 1.5 miles of climate messages for the negotiators at COP26 climate talks, to be held in Glasgow in November, to urge them to take bold and binding action to put the Earth centre stage in political decisions. The length of the scarf represents the 1.5°C target in the Paris Agreement. Mass-craftivism!

The Stitches For Survival scarf will be used for campaigning in the lead up to COP26 and will be displayed near the SECC conference centre when the talks are taking place. Afterwards, the scarf will be repurposed into blankets for refugee communities. Some of the more creative sections will be kept for an exhibition, and be used for ongoing campaigning.

We’d like you to create a piece of the scarf to measure 60cm high x 100cm wide in predominantly green or blue yarn, fabric and thread. The shorter edges will be the ones joined together so each piece will contribute 100cm to the length of the scarf. So if you want to do an image or writing on your piece make sure it is the right way up.

Pieces can be plain or intricate, include designs of animals or plants threatened with extinction, or include words in any language. Be creative!  The deadline will be our September drop-in session after which we will send them to Glasgow together.

More information about the project is available on

Hand puppets (knitting)

We’re looking forward to seeing the first hand puppets this month. The knitted worry monsters proved quite difficult to make, and some are still in Tadcrafters’ “hospital” awaiting some major surgery. Instead we’re asking the knitters to make the hand puppets which are also used by Children’s Services to tackle mental health issues. There’s lots of patterns for the puppets on https://www.knitfornowt.org/ or ask for a copy from us by email. They come in family or professional group sets, and look much easier than the worry monsters. We will still continue to sew worry monsters. 

If you are not local to Tadcaster and it is easier for you to send your monster or puppets direct to Knit for Nowt please do so as they are unable to keep up with the demand, but make sure you take careful note of the high safety standards.

Community Patchwork

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the patchwork projects or made appreciative comments on social media where we have shared some examples tagged #patchoftheday which certainly has attracted some attention.  

The project was supported by Rural Arts based in Thirsk as part of their Keepsake initiative, producing creative experiences and opportunities to over 700 people, increasing their wellbeing and connecting them to a sense of community at a time when they may feel most isolated.  We will be producing digital and real-life versions of the patchwork to share with you soon.

To help us evaluate the project and hopefully secure future funding for projects like this please could you complete this short questionnaire? http://bit.ly/KeepsakeForm

You can still contribute a square until Monday 17th May and full instructions etc. remain on the website.

Group updates

Tadcaster Tadcrafters The next Tadcrafters meet will be a drop-off/pick up session in Tadcaster at The Barn 10am-12pm on Tuesday May 11th.   We will be remaining outdoors so you might be able to stay for a chat in small (socially distant) groups if you would like. Due to the timing of the plan for lifting the restrictions this is likely to be the situation for June too.   Because things have changed over the last year or so we might do things a little differently in future, so if you have any suggestions please let us know.    Please join and comment on the Tadcrafters Chat Group, or Sherburn Tadcrafters Chat Group on Facebook to link up with others and welcome new members.
Gardening Group: Quaker Burial Ground The new Tadcrafters gardening group finally managed to get together for the first time at the Quaker Burial Ground on the weekend of 17th/18th April.  The focus of the weekend was to tackle the vast tangle of brambles that have been allowed to run riot on the site. A total of fifteen people were involved over the course of the weekend and how hard everybody worked in the glorious weather we were blessed with. Selby District Council had kindly delivered a selection of waste bins to the site in preparation for the activity all of which were filled, primarily with green waste. As a result of everyone’s efforts, the burial ground is now looking much tidier although there is still a lot to do. Future planned activities are another day to continue clearing the excess vegetation on Sunday 9th May followed by a plant sale which will take place at The Barn on Sunday 13th June. Once the clearance of the site is complete a plan for the future of the site will be finalised. It is envisaged that this will incorporate planting to encourage wildlife, some seating and researching some information about the history of the Quaker Burial Ground.   If you are interested in getting involved with clearing the site on 9th May or you are able to provide any plants for the plant sale on 13th June your contribution will be gratefully received. – Sue T (Group Leader)  
Beekeeping Group Last year in the barmy days of Summer a swarm of bees, looking for a new home, descended into the yard behind The Barn and settled.  Fortunately, staff at The Barn acted fast and notified a local beekeeper, who collected the swarm and gave the bees a home in one of her hives.  They have been living there over winter.  We want to relocate them to a hive at The Barn and need volunteers who would like to help look after them.  We hope to arrange some training, so no prior knowledge of beekeeping is necessary, however, if you do have some experience and would like to help out that would be great.  Initially, we just need volunteers to check on the bees about once a week, so your commitment will not be too time-consuming.- Sara   If you would like to help out please email tadcrafters@outlook.com and we will pass on your details to Sara, the group leader, or leave your details at The Barn with David. There will be a meeting arranged towards the end of May.  
Sherburn Tadcrafters We have received some funding from Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust to support face to face sessions in Sherburn when we are allowed. If you have any suggestions of the days or times you would like the sessions to be, now is your chance to let us/Karen Packham know. You might see her at the library.   Projects are the same as the main Tadcrafters group  
TadGrafters (woodwork group) TadGrafters sessions need to be outdoors until July because of the restrictions.  If you’d like to join the sessions please get in touch to find out where they will be as they might be will be whittling up at Little Land or outside The Barn from 4-6pm Wednesday 12th May. If you are not already on the What’s App group please email to request a place.   Instructions, tools and materials are available at the sessions. If you would like to join in wood working projects from home you would be very welcome.   Pictures of all our projects and information about how and who they help can be found on the “what we do” section of our website.  

Other newsYour help needed please

Coming Out of COVID – Selby District Survey The results of this survey will be collated and shared across community partnerships to help shape services and direct resources to where they are most needed. This means that organisations like ours will be allocated funding fairly, should we apply for it. To complete the short survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SDCovid2021

Awards

Nominations are now open for the Selby District Shining Stars Community Awards 2020. Residents from the Selby district are invited to say thank you and nominate the people or organisations that they feel have gone above and beyond to support their communities through the difficulties of 2020.  Any individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to support their communities can be nominated using this short web form https://www.selby.gov.uk/selby-district-shining-star-community-awards or you can visit the Selby council website. Voting will be open until the end of May.

If you can think of a group of volunteers worthy of an even more prestigious award you might want to consider nominating them for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. Nominations are open until September.

Groups like ours only receive awards like these if the judges find out about what good they do by people nominating them. The Tadcrafters volunteers certainly qualify for both awards and deserve consideration and recognition, as do many others.

List of Current projects  We welcome anyone new who would like to join us but ask you to please stick to our current projects as other items can be hard to find homes for. We need to focus on a few projects at a time so we can support everyone, maintain our standards and supply items that are wanted by worthy causes, in appropriate quantities.  We are able to supply materials locally for free and instructions are provided by email or the links provided below; if you need help, please ask.   Sewing- supplied in kit format the drop-off sessions Stitches for survival 60cm high x 100cm wide “scarf” https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/ Deadline SeptemberWorry Monsters for Children’s Services Drawstring toiletry bags for Zero waste Leeds.Drawstring book bags for the Banana box toy projectPersonal effects bags forSt. Leonard’s Hospice.YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags. Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital.Tadcaster Community Patchwork. Create your own 15cm/6” square Instructions also available on the website. Deadline 17th May Knitting/crochet- yarn available at the drop-off sessions Stitches for survival 60cm high x 100cm wide “scarf” https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/ deadline SeptemberHand Puppets There’s a wide choice ofoptions andinstructions also available on https://www.knitfornowt.org/.  NB safety instructions.Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity (York and Selby Hospitals). Any design including wide scarves.Buttercups for Dementia Forward (used year round)     Other projects If you can’t knit or sew there are non-sewing tasks such as threading drawstrings and decorating twiddlemuffs that are really useful to the team, please ask.Picking-up/dropping-off supplies for people who are unable to make the sessions. Team up with someone who cannot drive or has other commitments on session days.  

Wish list and other ways to help

We are really short of storage space so please try to stick as close as possible to our wish list.

  • New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric or brightly printed duvet covers
  • New or clean, nearly new winceyette (brushed cotton) sheets/fabric
  • New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight
  • Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
  •  “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
  • Please share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
  • If you would like to make a financial donation/direct debit to help us do what we do you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
  • Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise money for us at no extra cost to you when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
  • Vintage fabric, equipment and haberdashery (see below)
  • Any items not suitable or surplus to our own use we sell to people who really appreciate it, whilst also raising funds for our projects.

Keep in touch

If you need to get in touch with us, and need a response, please use email. This is to protect your personal details and because conversations on social media become lost. Someone will get back to you but it might not be straight away due to other commitments. The Tadcrafters Chat Group/Sherburn Tadcrafters Chat Group is a great way to keep in touch with each other and be inspired. You can also follow the Tadcrafters Page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Tadcrafters). 

To be put on the emailing list (wherever you live) please request it by emailing tadcrafters@outlook.com  and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk. There are usually only one or two emails a month.

See you soon, Su.

Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt

Calendar

DateEventTimeLocation
Sun 9th MayGardening10am- 12pmQuaker Burial Ground
Tues 11th MayDrop-off/pick-up session10am- 12pmThe Barn
Weds 12th MayTadGrafters4-6pmTBC
Tues 8th JunDrop-off/pick-up session10am- 12pmThe Barn
Weds 9th JunTadGrafters4-6pmTBC
Sat 12th JunDrop-off/pick-up session TBC10am- 12pmSherburn Library
Sat 10th JulDrop-off/pick-up session10am- 12pmSherburn Library
Tues 13th JulDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 14th JulTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Tues 10th AugDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmTBC
Weds 11th AugTadGrafters4-6pmTBC