As you will be aware from the world news, Tadcaster has been an extremely exciting place to live over the last month.  It will be a while before I stop grinning every time I cross the bridge. Tadcrafters have had their share of excitement too with the bridge-opening lantern parade and the preparations for the Tour de Yorkshire.

There is so much news to pass on this month so I shall try to be brief.

Lantern Parade

A big thank you to Tony and Helen, and the rest of Faceless Arts, for the time, advice and support they have given us during all the workshops and  on the day too. It’s been a pleasure working with them and the lanterns looked absolutely amazing.


Tour de Yorkshire

Work on the huge amount of bunting required for the Tour de Yorkshire has begun in earnest. We’ve had support from Selby Council and Nigel Adams (MP) to spread the word about our need for sheets etc. Selby Leisure Centre, Tadcaster Leisure Centre, Summit Indoor Adventure, the Social Club and the Ark are acting as drop off points for us.  The Cleaning Centre in Tadcaster and St. Leonards Hospice have already donated lots of sheets. The next drop-in session is on March 14th but we are hoping to organise some additional bunting only sessions before then.


We still 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 more we have, the more we can put Tadcaster on the international stage and help the recovery. You don’t need to be able to attend the drop-in sessions to join in, you can make at home with or without your friends too.  We will also requ

ire knitting yarn and knitting needles in similar colours, for the knitted bunting being made, and of course people to sew and knit. Contact or bring any donated items to the Social Club on drop-in sessions.


Happy Birthday to Us!

The very first Tadcrafters (formerly “Bunting for Tadcaster”) session was held nearly a year ago, on 8th March, the same day as the big Days for Girls event held at the Minster in York.  This year on 8th March some Tadcrafters will be joining them at the Minster to help organise the sessions.  If you would like to attend you will need to register as places are limited (over 300 took part last year!).  I can email you a form if you require one.

Since we started, less than a year ago, Tadcrafters has attracted a lot of attention.  With the help of Selby council CEF and the generosity of the Social Club we have grown from strength to strength.  We have produced lots of crafty items which have not only benefitted the people who have received them (such as premature babies at LGI and residents at Highfields Care home) but also the people who have made them.  I hope the people who have kindly donated things have also felt good too. We now have quite a pile of lovely fabric, yarn, haberdashery and equipment we can use. We’d love to offer more sessions and supplies one day, but that would take a lot of time and money (and storage space!).

Days for Girls

Days for Girls dates are on the calendar (see below).  These are on Saturday mornings 9.30am-12pm and at the Minster on 8th March. To confirm details or for more information contact the organiser, Issy Sanderson  Tadcrafters support the York Days for Girls group to sew washable feminine hygiene products so that girls in developing countries can attend school.  More information about the international charity is available from



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.  Suggestions for future projects are always welcome (but maybe give it until after the TdY!)


Smalls For All

We have collected another 84 “gently worn” bras this month making a total of 464 bras so far and a total of 128 pants. It’s a great excuse to buy yourself some new things.  The wearing of underwear is a status symbol for women in many countries, which means that your old bras can make women less prone to be taken advantage of or abused. For more information visit



We are always collecting craft items for the drop-in stall which has become very popular.  Items are “sold” for a donation to funds.  We will no doubt be having a tombola at a future date so if you like making items other than one of the current projects then you can still make a positive contribution to our activities. Funds go towards buying the fabric and wool etc that we need for projects that we have not been able to acquire for free.


What does the Tadcrafters group mean to you?

If you think you have benefitted in any way from the Tadcrafters group please let everyone know.  Whether you have learned a new skill, made new friends, enjoyed seeing the bunting or just learned what a twiddlemuff is! Please share pictures and messages on the facebook group (rather than the FB page), send me an email or write in the Bunting Book available at drop-in sessions. It’s rewarding for the Tadcrafters to see their hard work being appreciated but also it demonstrates to the people and organisations that fund the group that they are giving to a worthy cause. Thank you.


Wish list and current projects

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 for TdY. Email for information/instruction sheets
  • Days for Girls You will need to attend a session to be given materials and templates etc but you can work at home afterwards to support


  • Cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)
  • Donate crafty items for tombola and other fundraising
  • Collect sheets/duvet covers/tablecloths or other similar fabric in yellow, blue and white (any shade) for making TdY bunting
  • Collect knitting yarn (especially double knitting) in yellow, blue and white (any shade) for making bunting
  • Collect/donate knitting needles (especially 4mm)
  • Learn to sew/ knit
  • Collect items for donation including bras for
  • 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

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  or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter for more information.

Hope to see you soon- Su

Date Event Time Location
Sunday 19th February Bridge opening parade 5.30 Tadcaster Bridge
Weds 8th March Days for Girls** 10.00-12.30 or


York Minster
Tuesday 14th March Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 18th March Days for Girls** 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 11th April Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 29th April Tour de Yorkshire All day Tadcaster
Saturday 20th May Days for Girls** 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Saturday 15th July Days for Girls** 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Saturday 16th September Days for Girls** 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Saturday 11th November Days for Girls** 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton

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

** Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on



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