Hi everyone,

It’s actually quite nice to get back into routine now that the holidays are over and lots of exciting new things are happening.


The September drop-in was pretty busy despite Lynne and I both being away, so well done for everyone, especially Sandra H, for holding the fort.  Thanks to those people that brought in poppies etc, and also those who have hung onto their donations for another month to wait until I am there to pick them up. There are some potentially big changes happening at Tadcrafters over the next few months.  If you would like to have your say in what is going to happen you can take part in the discussions at the next drop-in session on 10th October (10am-4pm).


TadApple Day

Preparations are well underway for the Tad Apple Day on  Saturday 21st October. It’s a free community event to get people together.  You can help by collecting apples and bring them down on the day.  People can then use our press to make apple juice to take home and drink (or turn into cider). It will be held at Manor Farm (opposite John Smiths Brewery gates) from 10am-3pm. Other community groups will be joining in with apple related stalls and activities but there’s lots of space so if you know of a community group who might like one please aske them to get in touch. Don’t forget to save your plastic bottles to put juice in and jam jars (with or without lids) for anyone who needs them for jam/chutney etc.. 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/


We are through to the finals for the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards! If you have not already voted (on multiple devices if possible) you can still help us to win on November 6th by voting ASAP and sharing please. We are in the in the “Inspirational Business” Category. 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.  It’s as simple as that. Alternatively search for the page on the Minster FM website. Tickets for the event are available for finalists (that includes Tadcrafters) from their website if you would like to go.

We are also 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:



Days for Girls

We are going to be supporting Issy and York Days for Girls at their event on 11th October at York Minster with lots of local girls to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. Look out for us in the local press. You will be pleased to know that 45 kits that Tadcrafters have contributed to have gone to Kenya with Beryl. They will be given to each of the girls in Meisori School class 7 (13 years old). This is a picture of one of Beryl’s suitcases:



Thanks to Lynne, Sue, Lynda, Bev and Gwen who helped us to support the Macmillan coffee morning in Ulleskelf with a tombola stall.  Thanks also to the people who donated items. We would like to start up small groups of crafters in villages like Ulleskelf.  If you are interested in taking part please contact me.


On Thursday 26th October we will be having an interactive stall at the Community Discovery Day at the Riley Smith Hall 2-8pm. Please come down and help us to sew a few poppies on to the netting in readiness for the Selby Poppy Appeal for the 2018 end of WW1 centenary commemorations.


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.


Donations to Tadcrafters

Thank you to Pauline, again, for generously donating her knitting machine to us. I’ve have big plans for it soon.


Hospice Visit

Tadcrafters were invited to go to St. Leonard’s Hospice to discuss a new project to supply them with lots of personal effects bags.  We were lucky enough to have a guided tour round.  If you are interested in having a look around too you can attend their forthcoming open days on 9th -12th October.  Visit their website for further information. http://www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/



Next Projects

If you fancy a change from knitting twiddlemuffs and poppies (we are still collecting them though) you might be interested in knitting scarves for the Radio York appeal.  More information about that next month but if you want to make a start I’m sure you won’t need a pattern!  We are also going to be sewing lots of bags for St Leonard’s Hospice.



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
  • Start your own crafting group with our support. This could be just with your friends or open to the public. You can make a positive difference to your community.
  • 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 10th October Drop-in session 10am- 4pm 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
Thursday 26th October Community Discovery Day 2-8pm Riley-Smith Hall, Tadcaster
Monday 6th November Minster FM Awards Finals 7-10pm Principal Hotel, York
Saturday 11th November Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 14thNovember Drop-in session 10am- 4pm 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- 4pm Social Club

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