Hi to all our Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,

It looks as though the weather is going to be a little drier and warmer, at least for a while, so I hope you are able to make the most of it.  We have some new events in the pipeline so a little sunshine won’t go amiss along with the easing of restrictions. We are still quite a way off “normal” but we have been lucky enough to be able to adapt and continue to keep going throughout the past year rather than have our activities too badly affected.  

Tadcrafters Group Update

The next drop-in session will take place on Tuesday 8th June from 10am to 12 noon. But it will be slightly different in that we will be able to be inside, albeit social distanced and wearing a face mask. As well as the usual drop off and pick up of materials, we will be running a workshop. We have been asked to make 50 feminine hygiene kits to go to a school in Wullimkamma in Gambia in July – as part of a consignment of items being collected by Michelle in lieu of her 50th birthday presents. So there will be drawstrings to thread, some clipping and turning, and templates to draw round etc. Can’t wait to welcome you all back to a near normal session Hooray!

It has been sometime since we gave you an update on the number of bras we have collected and sent to Smalls for All. The last batch was posted in October 2020, now we thought that everyone must have finished with their ‘lockdown’ drawer sorting, but no. We have just parcelled up 172 bras, bringing the grand total to 2562. Thank you and keep collecting.

The Bridge Project at The Barn are holding a car boot sale 9am-12pm on Saturday 12th June. We have booked 2 tables – the gardening group are planning a plant sale and the crafters are doing a tombola. Help with running the stalls would be much appreciated. Please email me on tadcrafterslh@outlook.com if you are able to come along.- Lynne

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26 Personal effects bags were donated to St. Leonard’s Hospice this month to return belongings to bereaved relatives

Stitches for Survival (Knit/sew etc)  We will be joining the Stitches For Survival Group who is crafting a 1.5 mile “scarf” of climate messages for the negotiators at COP26 climate talks, to be held in Glasgow in November.

We’d like you to create a 60cm/24” high x 100cm/39” wide piece of the “scarf” in mainly 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!  Fabric and yarn will be available to collect from the drop-off sessions.

The deadline will be our September drop-in session after which we will send them to Glasgow together. More information and inspiration for the project is available on https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/

Hand puppets (knitting) We received the first hand puppets last month. 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 are much easier than the worry monsters to knit.  Please make sure you take careful note of the high safety standards.

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A family of knitted hand puppets to help professionals supporting children’s mental health

Community Patchwork Thank you to everyone who contributed to the patchwork projects or made appreciative comments on social media.   We have over 150 squares and 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

TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

Hello Tadgrafters, we are able to work together at the moment albeit outside under a gazebo or  limited to 4-5 people to work together safely indoors. We will continue to finish projects started- Craig.

Instructions, tools and materials are available at the sessions. If you would like to join in wood working projects from home, too, you would be very welcome. The next session is 4-6pm on Weds 9th June at The Barn.

Gardening Group update

The QBG site is now looking a lot tidier. For the next meeting of the group we are turning our attention to the Pond and Beyond area at Tadcaster Primary Academy. This wildlife garden was created a few years ago by parents and the community and has established very successfully. So successfully in fact that it now needs some maintenance and we have been asked to help out with getting it back into shape. This is going to take place on two days during half term, on Wednesday 2nd June and Saturday 5th June both from 10am. If you can help out on either date do get in touch- Sue

Please note that the date of the plant sale at The Barn has changed to Saturday 12th June (from 13th) at 9am-12pm. Any contributions of plants will be very welcome.  Please drop-off any plant donations first thing on the day or email tadcrafters@outlook.com for an address to drop-off plants beforehand.  In the autumn we are hoping to bring back TadApple Day!

Sherburn Crafters Update

The box of supplies is at the Library for collections and if anyone wants any please email me and I will sort it out – Karen

The August monthly Tadcrafters’ meet will be at Sherburn’s All Saints Church Hall.  This is an ideal opportunity for you to encourage people in the village to come and see what we do and start off a regular crafting group which supports our Tadcrafters projects and meets in Sherburn.  Please could you spend about a minute to do this survey so we can get an indication of the day and time that would be the most popular from September: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FF63DVH

Beekeeping Group Update

When we get a date for moving the bees over to The Barn we will set a meeting date.  If you would like to find out more and maybe help out please email tadcrafters@outlook.com so we can put you on the Beekeeping mailing list and pass on your details to Sara, the group leader.

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Chickens stress juggling balls made with one of our new kits

Tadcrafters Community Interest Company news

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £250 by Arnold Clarke to support our projects. We’re a bit low on poly/cotton fabric at the moment and we might treat the Grafters to some nice wood so the money will go a long way to help with that.

We are currently investigating ways in which Tadcrafters CIC can be more financially independent and less reliant on grants and donations. Hopefully this will help us to develop new ways to fund all our current activities which will remain free.  We are, and will remain, a not-for-profit organisation but we are considering a range of paid-for additional products and services which will help finance the free drop-in sessions etc. Ideas include sewing and other kits, workshop teaching/social sessions in small groups and official membership. If you have any other suggestions we would be pleased to hear them.  If you could spare about 3 minutes to do this survey to tell us what you think we’d really appreciate it.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FCSMVT2

As a director of Tadcrafters CIC, Su is being supported by the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. They are match-funding any money we make from the new paid-for products over the next few months and supporting us to be able to use The Barn as a more permanent base for our activities. We hope you can help us make the most of this opportunity.

If you can think of a group of volunteers (ahem) worthy of a 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. https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/

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 and deserve this recognition.

“I would just like to say a huge thank you for the bags that you recently sent for the patients use at the hospice, also for the bag of hearts they are just wonderful,” Liz, Housekeeping Manager St. Leonard’s Hospice

“Thank you so much for the wonderful bags and buttercups. The bags really are so useful for putting jigsaw pieces in to save space in our boxes, and for all sorts of other bits and pieces.  We are so grateful”  Dementia Forward.

List of Current TadCrafters 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 form at the drop-off sessions

•           Stitches for survival 60cm high x 100cm wide “scarf” https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/ Deadline September

•           Worry Monsters for Children’s Services

•           Drawstring toiletry bags for Zero waste Leeds.

•           Drawstring book bags for the Banana box toy project

•           Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice.

•           YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags.

•           Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital.

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Knitting/crochet- yarn available at the drop-off sessions

•           Stitches for survival 60cm high x 100cm wide “scarf” https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/ deadline September

•           Hand Puppets There’s a wide choice of options and instructions 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.

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.
  • Join our wood-work, gardening, or bee-keeping groups.

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
  • 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

DateEventTimeLocation
Weds 2nd JuneGardening10am onwardsTadcaster Primary Academy (formerly Tad East)
Sat 5th JuneGardening10am onwardsTadcaster Primary Academy (formerly Tad East)
Tues 8th JunDrop-off/pick-up session10am- 12pmThe Barn
Weds 9th JunTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Sat 12th JunPlant Sale and tombola9am- 12pmThe Barn
Tues 13th JulDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 14th JulTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Tues 10th AugDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmAll Saints Church Hall, Sherburn-in-Elmet
Weds 11th AugTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Tues 14th SeptDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 15th SeptTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn

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