Before you read any further please make a mental note that we will not be at The Barn for our August sessions as the kids are taking the place over!  The Tadcrafters session will be in Sherburn, and the Grafters will be up at Little Land this month.  Please don’t turn up in the wrong place if you are planning on coming along!

We hope you managed to make the most of the warm weather last month before the rain started. At least you’ll get a good opportunity to watch the Olympics if you are stuck inside for a bit.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the following donations and activities:

The last month in Summary:

  • 46 banana box bags to Spirit of Christmas
  • 25 tote bags to Second Chance Ostomy Yorkshire
  • 1 twiddlemuff to local resident
  • First bee group meeting
  • Bees arrived and installed at the Barn
  • July Tadcrafters Workshop session
  • TadGrafters session
  • 1 worry monster to Children’s Services
  • Meeting with Quaker Archivist
  • 37 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
  • Gardening at the Primary Academy

 TadCrafters Group Update

The July workshop went very well and was much more relaxed than the June one as we had The Barn to ourselves. A few people stayed for most of the two hours and were a great support to Lynne who was holding the fort on her own again while Su continues her inconveniently-timed course. Lots of jobs got done and we were delighted to welcome some new volunteers as well as familiar faces.  We hope that the sessions will all be longer from now on, 10am-3pm, starting this month in Sherburn.   We have plenty of tasks lined up that do not require great skill and concentration so you will have lots of chance to catch-up with each other if you are able to come along, for however long you want. 

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One of the more skilful tasks will be to knit/crochet flowers to add to this 100x60cm banner heading to Glasgow as part of a campaign to persuade the world leaders at the Cop26 conference to effectively tackle climate change.

We will be drawing round, cutting out, clipping and turning for Yorkits as well as making snufflemats, and whatever else needs doing.

The next session, in Sherburn will be at All Saints Church Hall on Tuesday 10th August 10am to 3pm.  There will be tea/coffee etc but please bring some lunch if you need it. All Saints Church Hall is next to the church at the top of Kirkgate (the road past the Old Girls School that goes to Squires). There is parking outside and it is all on the ground floor.  There’s also plenty of space so we can spread out as much as we like.

We still have not been able to distribute shawls etc to York Teaching Hospital Charity but we hope to be able to send two very large bags full soon.

Stitches for Survival (Knit/sew etc). Please continue to create your 100cm wide x 60 cm high panels for this project.  The deadline is our September drop-in session. More information and inspiration for your designs in our June newsletter or https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/

For a full list of all our current projects please see the list towards the end of this newsletter.

 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

Group leader, Craig, is back to full speed again and is working on a plan with Chub up at Little Land for this month’s meeting on Weds 11th August 4-6pm which will probably include the surprisingly pleasurable activity of some whittling round the fire.  Little Land is an area of woodland just outside Tadcaster about ¼ mile past Riverside school towards Boston Spa.  If you would like to go along, with or without your own knife, please let us know in case of any change of plan.

Gardening Group update

July has been a quiet month for the gardening group, however we are planning to meet again on Wednesday 4th August at Tadcaster Primary Academy’s ‘Pond and Beyond’ wildlife garden which is now looking very good.

At the Quaker Burial Ground we have been fortunate in being able to make contact with the Quaker archivist for the York area who has been to Tadcaster to look at the site and has been able to provide a wealth of information about the history of the Quakers in Tadcaster. It appears to be one of the oldest Quaker burial grounds having been in existence since 1659, as well as possibly being one of the largest but there is still a lot more to be discovered about its history- Sue

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Our Hollyhocks at the Yorkshire Water SPS at the bottom of Ingleby Drive are looking fantastic at the moment, and much better than the 7’ high nettles that were there a couple of years ago.

As you know, Tadcrafters try to be environmentally friendly and try to increase biodiversity by encouraging wildflowers and native plants in our gardening projects. We would like to see more attractive, bee-friendly verges and grassy areas around the town whilst also saving the local council/landowners money by reducing the amount of grass-cutting, but this needs to be done in a safe way with the understanding and support of the community.  This is a link to a leaflet that explains how it would work. We would appreciate your views on the idea, and support to develop understanding within the community of the benefits of such a campaign should we decide to continue. https://bluecampaignhub.com/councils

Sherburn Crafters Update

We are looking forward to welcoming the Sherburn Tadcrafters back after such a long break.  Thank you to everyone who has been busy knitting and sewing in the meantime. All these items have gone to Tadcaster for distribution to the good causes.

After  the August meeting at the Church Hall, from September we will be moving back to the Old Girls’ School. Drop in sessions from 11am to 1pm are booked for the following Fridays: September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th and December 17th*. *Realising you will not want to meet on Christmas Eve, I have pencilled in the 17th, but we can decide on that nearer the time!

We will have lots of exciting projects for you to get involved in, so please come and support this new group- Karen.

Beekeeping Group Update

The bees have arrived! After spending their winter in the new hive the bees have now been moved back to the Barn, where they swarmed last year.  There are a small group of enthusiastic Bee friendly volunteers who will take care of them.  We are currently arranging a basic beekeeping course so we will know how to care for them and keep them and us safe.  If you have some Bee knowledge or know someone who does and would like to join the group please forward your name and contact details via Tadcrafters and we will be in touch. 

We are trying to think of a better name than Tadcaster Bee Group so if you have any buzz-tastic ideas please let us know- Sara.   

The first of two beehives being installed on the roof of The Barn.

Tadcrafters Community Interest Company news

The Community patchwork is slowly taking shape and will be ready to be displayed fairly soon. You may recall that the project was supported by funding in conjunction with Rural Arts.  We hope to be able to work with them again on this new initiative so please could you help them out by completing this short survey?

 “Thirsk based charity Rural Arts would like to create a new way for you to join in with their workshops, by receiving all the materials you need in a handy postal pack. Not only that, but they would also offer access to the workshop itself online. If this is something you would be interested in, please take a moment to complete their questionnaire here:  https://forms.office.com/r/zcpETw2qpX  Everyone that completes the questionnaire can enter a prize draw for a £15 Rural Arts voucher – useable on any of their activities! Or if you prefer, you can remain completely anonymous by opting out of the prize draw.” 

Plans are still underway to be able to offer additional workshops and crafting sessions that will help us fund our free activities.  This is largely dependent on getting easier access to the loft space in The Barn and hopefully you will see a new staircase being installed before too long. If you have any ideas of what you’d like to see please let us know.

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 as our pile of hospital cases needing attention is growing!

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 and local schools

•           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.

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 them, whilst also raising funds to support our activities.

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 on Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with each other and share inspiration. 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.

If you would like to be kept up to date about any of the specific group activities please email us and ask to be put on the relevant group mailing list and your email will be forwarded to the group leader.

See you soon, Su.

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

DateEventTimeLocation
Weds 4th AugGardening10am-1pmTadcaster Primary Academy
Tues 10th AugDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmAll Saint’s Church Hall, Church Hill, Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Weds 11th AugTadGrafters4-6pmLittle Land
Tues 14th SeptDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 15th SeptTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Fri 24th SeptSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 12th OctDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 13th OctTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Sun TBC OctTadApple Day The Barn
Fri Oct 27thSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 9th NovDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 10th NovTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Fri 26th NovSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Sun 28th NovTombola Stall10am – 4pmTadcaster Christmas Market, Kirkgate
Tues 14th DecDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 15th DecTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Fri 17th DecSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School

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