The Tadcrafters have all been amazingly busy again this month with a huge amount of items being made. I’ve managed to deliver lots to worthy causes but my garage is still pretty full. Numbers are also creeping up as we were struggling to fit in the room at the last drop-in session despite a good few of the “regulars” not being able to make it. The next drop-in session will be Tuesday November 14th at the Social Club, 10am-4pm. New members are always welcome of any level of experience.


TadApple Day

The first TadApple Day went down really well.  We had a steady supply of people and apples throughout the day and managed to make quite a few litres of very tasty apple juice. Lynne and Clive barely had chance of a cup of tea, but luckily they had plenty of help and lots of people joined in.  Thanks also go especially to Sara, Debs, Sue, Sandra L, Roger and Tony for supporting and joining in whilst I floated around as usual. It was really nice to see so many families and children (like Tilly in the picture) having a go and taking part. We were lucky enough to have the press on loan from “Outside the Box” which is a café run by people with learning disabilities in Ilkley, so a big thank you to them. We hope to be able to get some funding to be able to buy our own press for doing it all again next year.




We are through to the finals for the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards! If you have not already voted (or even if you have it might let you do it again) 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.  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.


Days for Girls

Lynne, Sandra L and I supported Issy and York Days for Girls at their event on 11th October at York Minster with lots of local secondary school children to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. We helped to train a group of pupils from Manor School to make kits. They are in Malawi at the moment delivering kits that they have helped to make. They will now be teaching the local children how to make the kits for themselves.

Thanks to Sue, Sandra L, Lynda, Carlee and Anne D (and lots more of you) I currently have 81 liners and 77 shields finished and there is also a fair bit more work in progress around Tadcaster.  We are discussing the possibility of Tadcrafters linking up with a British charity that supports youngsters in Tanzania to supply them with kits. .



On Thursday 26th October we were at the Community Discovery Day at the Riley Smith Hall sewing poppies on to the netting in readiness for the Selby Poppy Appeal for the 2018 end of WW1 centenary commemorations. We were joined by many people including Chris, and Joel, who despite having no vision managed to sew around 10 poppies on. Thanks also to Heather, Alison, Sara, Fran, Magda, and Bea for keeping Lynne and me company and helping us to get loads done.


Our next stall will be a tombola on November 24th at St. James’ Hospital 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

Thanks to Adele for the HUGE delivery of wool, it should keep the knitters busy for a while! Thanks also to Jess at Clayfever for the box of fabric and to Rose Trading at Scarthingwell for their lovely bag of goodies.  I now have a box of all sorts of Christmassy stuff ready for the November drop-in session which needs making into something.


Donations from Tadcrafters

We have had a total of 52 bras and 20 pairs of pants in October for Smalls for All, making  a total of 975 bras and 220 pants to date. We are going to be well over 1000 bras next month, thanks to Anne D.


19 Twiddlemuffs went to York Hospital and 28 personal effects bags were delivered to St Leonard’s Hospice this month. If you need instructions on how to make personal effects bags please e mail me for a sheet, but basically any well-made bag approximately the size of an average “bag for life” will be fine. We have been asked to keep up a steady supply of bags for SLH and I aim to produce an information sheet with more detailed instructions sometime soon. We have plenty of fabric if you would like some.  I’ll take a selection to the next drop-in for you to choose from.


Kyra Women’s Project, York

Kyra is an amazing organisation that supports women to make positive changes in their lives and helps them to recover from difficulties such mental health issues and domestic abuse. They are based behind the Central Methodist Church in St. Saviourgate (near Stonebow and Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate).  They have drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 14pm where they have a small group of people who like to do simple crafting. They urgently need someone to help support these crafters at least a couple of times a month if possible.  If you think this is something you could do please contact me or


Christmas and our Next Projects

We are going to decorate a tree at the Christmas Tree Festival at the beginning of December so any suitable decoration will be very welcome (before the end of November please).  We are also linking up with Tadcaster Library to create a Tadcaster-wide advent calendar.  Lynne is pretty well on with that but I’m sure she would appreciate some additional, small, Christmas-themed items (by the next drop-in session) to hide in shop windows.    York Hospital have asked us to knit Christmas Angels to give to people after the Christmas Eve carol service. Email me for a pattern. They can be decorated and in any colour you like and will also be useful for the Christmas tree festival too.  I’m still waiting for more information about knitting scarves for the Radio York appeal but if you want to make a start I’m sure we will be able to find a home for them. There’s no specific pattern to follow.



Wish list and current projects

Here is a list of current projects and where to get more information about them or patterns. You don’t need to come to the drop-in sessions to contribute to our projects 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 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
  • 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. We regularly give bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice and York Hospital


  • 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
  • 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  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
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
1st-24th December TAdvent Calendar n/a Tadcaster businesses
Saturday 2nd December Christmas Tree Festival 10am -4pm Chapel Sanctuary,

Methodists Church Hall

Sunday 3rd December Christmas Tree Festival 10am -4pm Chapel Sanctuary,

Methodists Church Hall

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


Supported by funding from Selby District Council Community Engagement Forum