We’ve made it to the end of Summer and can look forward to some peace and quiet when the kids go back to school.  Hopefully we’ll have a few more warm days to enjoy before Autumn does its worst.


Considering the torrential rain and holiday-time the August drop-in session was much busier than I expected with about 20 people at most points during the day with others just popping in to drop off things they had made or a bag of something to donate, including 439 knitted or crocheted poppies! A big thank you especially to Hazel, Jane, Brenda, Jenny, Debbie, Eunice, Josie and Diane for those. Anne, who is “poppied out” brought over 20 personal effects bags, Edna brought twiddlemuffs and lots of others, contributed to making DfG shields/liners, and donating knitting yarn and donating over 20 bras for Smalls for All. Apologies for all the names I have missed off and other items that were made.


The next drop-in session will be on 12th September (10am-4pm) but neither Lynne or myself will be there so please take something with you to do as there will be only a limited amount of equipment and materials available.  Please also hang on to any donations until the October 10th session.


Donations from us

Including the donation of 31 personal effects bags from Pauline we were able to send 30 to York Hospital (with 5 twiddlemuffs) and another 30 to St. Leonard’s Hospice, who are so delighted they would like us to supply lots more. Sue has been very busy making the little “charms” that make the bags look so special (pictured)



I hear so many wonderful comments about what a fantastic group of people the Tadcrafters are and how they have made a real difference to the lives of many people far and wide. It would be lovely to see some recognition of what we have achieved together in so short a time. So, how can you help?

Please vote for us in the “Inspirational Business” Category of the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards. You have until 24th September to do it (and ask everyone you know to do the same as we’re up against some stiff opposition!) so many of you have worked so hard, you deserve it. It only takes about 10 seconds if you follow this link then scroll down to the bottom of the page. https://www.minsterfm.com/listener-choice-voting-11.php.  Alternatively search for the page on the Minster FM website.

We’ve also been shortlisted from over 700 applicants for the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving Initiative where we can win £500 if enough people vote for us before the deadline on 13th October at Leeds or York Branches, on Facebook, Twitter or follow this link to their website: https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2017-shortlisted-groups/yorkshire-and-the-humber/tadcrafters-cic/


Apple Day

Make sure you have Saturday 21st October in your diaries and keep the day free for joining in on Tadcaster’s very first Apple Day celebration. We’re not aiming to make money, just have a great community event. We want to get people to join in by collecting apples then use our press to make apple juice to take home and drink (or turn into cider). It will be held at Manor Farm (on the corner of St. Joseph’s Street and Leeds Road in Tadcaster) from 10am- 3pm and we are hoping that other community groups will join in by having stalls selling home made chutneys, jams, cakes and pies (apple of course), also maybe apple bobbing, apple tastings, and any other apple related activities. We want to encourage people to talk to friends and neighbours to collect otherwise wasted apples and turn them into something useful whilst having some fun.  Please get in touch if your group would like to join in by having a stall, an activity or just collecting and juicing apples. It will be a family event for all ages to get involved. Offers of trees suitable for picking will also be gratefully received and shared as will recipes. Don’t forget to save your plastic bottles to put juice in and jam jars (with or without lids) for anyone who needs them. You can use the “Free Stuff in Tadcaster” Facebook group to offer or request items but please use personal messages only to share addresses. More about the history and origins of Apple Day can be found on https://www.commonground.org.uk/apple-day/


Days for Girls

We have gradually been working our way through the fabric and part-made shields and liners, however there is still plenty left for anyone who would like to carry out tasks at home. If anyone needs to build up confidence on the sewing machine to be able to make everything I am hoping to run some lessons (through WEA- you may qualify to have the fees paid for you) sometime in the Autumn term. We are also going to be supporting Issy and York Days for Girls at their event on 11th October.


Smalls For All

We have collected almost 900 bras over the last year. With more and more people becoming aware that we collect “gently worn bras” I expect we will collect many more over the next twelve months.



We are hoping to be able to support the Macmillan coffee morning in Ulleskelf on Saturday 30th September with a small stall.  Our next stall after that will be November 24th at St. James’ in Leeds. We will also be having one at the Tadcaster Christmas market on 3rd December. If you have any suitable tombola items to donate we would be very grateful.  Crafty items are great but anything appropriate (not alcohol/age restricted items) would be fine. Cuddly toys also seem to go down very well if you need to clear out a bit of space before Christmas.


Poppies and Twiddlemuffs

Some of us had a trip out to Selby to meet the British Legion organisers of the Selby Abbey Poppy Appeal and see some the wonderful work they have done already (see picture). We are getting through a lot of red knitting wool and are amassing lots of knitted and crochet poppies ready to be sewn on to our length of netting for the 2018 commemorations. We will also donate some to sell for the local 2017 poppy appeal. If you fancy a change there’s still plenty of jerseys to turn into Twiddlemuffs too.


Next Projects

We’re still looking for knitters who like a bit of a challenge to be able to supply “knitted knockers” for mastectomy patients and breastfeeding counsellors.  I’ve given some samples to St. James’ in Leeds to see what they think but I would like to be able to have a team who can provide  more if patients and staff find them of benefit.

We are hoping to join in the Christmas tree festival at the Methodist church and will be looking for suitable Christmas tree decorations as well as suitable items for an “Advent Calendar” trail around Tadcaster organised by Iwilldoit Ltd. We’re aiming to put a bid together to purchase a trike suitable for taking elderly or disabled people out who are unable to ride a bike/themselves. I’d be interested to know your thoughts and if you know of anyone who might like to get involved.   This link shows a video clip of someone who has already done this: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/vb.228735667216/10154988287495787/?type=2&theater

If you enjoyed making the lanterns for the bridge opening parade earlier this year let me know if you’d like to do it again, and I’m also working on making snuffle mats for dogs for local rescue homes.



Thank you to everyone who has filled in an official membership form so far. Members are able to use Tadcrafters equipment and have access to fabric, yarn, haberdashery, products etc including for personal use (for a donation!). All your details will stay in the file unless we need to refer to them, the information will not be shared without your permission.  If you wish to be added to a mailing or facebook list please send a message as appropriate.  There is no obligation for anyone to make or provide anything for Tadcrafters but we do want everyone to stay safe and look after each other.



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.




  • 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. More information about how the kits help girls in developing countries attend school every week of the month, and the international Days for Girls organisation visit daysforgirls.org. The York branch of Days for Girls also run sessions. These are usually on Saturday mornings 9.30am-12pm. To confirm details contact the organiser, Issy Sanderson issyarts2@gmail.com.
  • Hand sewing twiddlemuffs from the little jumpers from the knitted bunting
  • Personal effects bags (email for instructions) These are used to give grieving relatives their loved-one’s belongings, as an alternative to an impersonal plastic carrier bag.


  • Identify apple trees and make arrangements to collect the fruit to bring on 21st October
  • Collect/donate fabric, yarn and equipment in particular red wool for the poppies (please see the full list on the “join in” page of the website)
  • DfG cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)
  • Donate crafty items for tombola stalls etc.
  • Learn to sew/ knit
  • Collect items for donation including bras and new pants. The wearing of underwear is a status symbol for women in many countries, which means they are less prone to be taken advantage of. For more information visit http://www.smallsforall.org/
  • Encourage people to join in, especially people who might like to learn new skills or just want to socialise.
  • Join the “Free Stuff in Tadcaster” facebook group


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 or follow us on Twitter for more information.

Hope to see you soon- Su

Date Event Time Location
Tuesday 12th September Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Social Club
Saturday 16th September Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Saturday 30th September Macmillan Coffee Morning 11am-3pm Ulleskelf Village Hall
Tuesday 10th October Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Wednesday 11th October Supporting Days For Girls Event# 10-12.30 and 13.00-3.30 York Minster
Saturday 21st October Apple Day 10am-3pm Manor Farm,  Tadcaster
Saturday 11th November Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 14th November Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Thursday 22nd Nov Stall 6pm St. James’ Hospital, Leeds
Sunday 3rd December Christmas Market 9am-3.30pm Kirkgate/Westgate
Tuesday 12th December Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club

**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 tadcrafters@outlook.com the day before so that we know to expect you.

# Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on issyarts2@gmail.com


Supported by funding from Selby District Council Community Engagement Forum