Well, what an exciting month! Not only has the Tour de Yorkshire route been announced to include Tadcaster as the Saturday start but it looks as though we might have a bridge to open soon too!

Naturally both events will see Tadcrafters taking part in the celebrations.


Tadcrafters Lynne, Sandra H and I were invited to meet Sir Gary Verity and Christian Prudhomme at the announcement of the Tour de Yorkshire  route at an event at Everything Good Goes recently.  Hopefully they enjoyed the Tadcrafters juggling balls (made out of the fabric above) that they were presented with.

Tadcrafters have been asked to create lots of bunting (we thought perhaps a mile as a target?) and also lots of land art to make sure that the big wide world gets the message that Tadcaster is open for business.  To do that we need to collect huge amounts of sheets and fabric of a similar weight in yellow, blue and white. If you can ask your friends and family to join in that would be really great because we are going to need lots and lots. We will also require knitting yarn, in similar colours, for the knitted bunting being made, and of course people to sew and knit. Contact tadcrafters@outlook.com or bring to the Social Club on drop-in session.


As for the bridge opening celebrations we will be teaming up with Faceless Arts to make lanterns.  Tadcrafters will be trained to make lanterns during the next drop-in session and then be able to share what they have learnt with other groups within the community. There will then be lots of lanterns and people taking part in the bridge opening celebrations which will include a procession of lanterns.  Sessions will be 1.00-3.30pm and 5.00-8.00pm on Tuesday 10th January. Please let me know if you would like to join one of the sessions so we have an idea of the numbers to expect.


Quite a few twiddlemuffs have been given out now.  If you know of anyone in the community who suffers from dementia and might benefit from one please let us know and we can get one to them.  The same also applies to anyone who has a premature or small baby as there are knitted cardigans and hats etc that they might be able to make use of. We’ve had some amazing twiddlemuffs (works of art!) from Coleen and gorgeous premature baby outfits from Janice recently.

The knitted poppies made by Tadcrafters raised just short of £100 in total which all went to the poppy appeal. Particular thanks go to Eunice and Lynne for those.


Smalls For All In 6 short months with your help we have collected  374 bras.  They may only be smalls but they will make a big difference. A really Big Thank You to:

  • Tadcrafters
  • Tadcaster Methodist Church
  • Stepping Stones
  • Waitrose Otley
  • Jane Sanderson and friends
  • Pure Collections Knaresborough
  • Cath Cook and friends
  • Lynne Howard for organising the collection and posting to Smalls for All


Finally a big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the Christmas stall. I think virtually everyone either made items, manned the stall or bought goods/raffle tickets, some people did all of those! The weather was perfect and the tombola sold out.  The money raised will go to supporting Tadcrafters activities, most probably buying fabric for Days for Girls and tape for bunting. We are also hoping to purchase sewing machines in the January sales.


Wish list and current projects

Thanks go as always to Sandra and the Social Club for providing us with a room.  The Social Club really needs your support so that thy can support Tadcrafters. We would like to encourage people to join the club as members in January.  Subscriptions are £20 for the year.

Here is a list of current projects and where to get more information about them/ patterns. Not everyone is able to make the drop-in sessions, so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.




  • Make bunting. Email for information/instruction sheets


  • Collect sheets and fabric in yellow, blue and white (any shade) for making bunting
  • Collect knitting yarn in yellow, blue and white (any shade) for making bunting


  • Donate tape suitable for bunting. 50metres of 25mm/1” cotton tape cost around £5.50 including postage from Amazon
  • Encourage organisations to sponsor a length of bunting by donating money, fabric, yarn or tape
  • Collect/donate knitting needles
  • Learn to sew/ knit
  • Collect items for donation including bras for http://www.smallsforall.org/
  • Plan a demonstration or easy project that you could share with others
  • Contribute your own ideas for what to make or where to donate
  • Advertise the work of Tadcrafters to people who would benefit from donations Encourage people to join in, especially people who work or might like to come to the evening sessions
  • Cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)

Safety: Please ensure that any items intended for children/vulnerable people are safe from sharp edges, choking hazards and have appropriate stuffing, thanks.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list or would like to join in the Tadcrafters activities (wherever you live) please contact tadcrafters@outlook.com.  or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group for more information.

Hope to see you soon-

Su 🙂



Date Event Time Location
Tuesday 10th Jan Drop-in session


Lantern making


10am- 8pm*



Or 5.00-8.00pm


Social Club
Sunday 29th January Bridge opening TBC Tadcaster Bridge
Tuesday 14th Feb Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Weds 8th March Days for Girls TBC York Minster
Tuesday 14th March Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 29th April Tour de Yorkshire All day Tadcaster


*Evening sessions are sometimes quiet but we are keen to make Tadcrafters accessible to people who maybe at work or otherwise busy during the day. If you would like to join a drop-in session after 5pm please contact tadcrafters@outlook.com the day before so that we know to expect you.



Supported by funding from Selby District Council Community Engagement Forum