It is official you are amazing and we have a Silver Award from Minster FM to prove it! Well it’s been another busy month with a bit of a media storm, and things don’t look to be quietening down again much for a couple of weeks yet.
The drop-in session was bursting at the seams as usual, and we were also accompanied by Adam Tomlinson, Radio York presenter, who was broadcasting live for two hours. Radio York are promoting their Knit for North Yorkshire Campaign to encourage people to knit crochet a target of 1000 scarves to be given to Age UK, food banks and homeless charities who will distribute them. If you missed it (maybe because you were there) you can download the podcast from BBCiplayer in the local radio section. Look for Adam and Anna’s programme on 15th November (we’re on 2-4pm).
Thank you to Liz, Eunice, Janice and everyone else who helped us to start off Radio York’s collection with 20 scarves for them to take away on Tuesday. We will be collecting more on the next drop-in Session on Tuesday 12th December at the Social Club 10am-4pm. You can also drop off scarves at Tadcaster Library up until midday on 16th December. They can be any size, any colour, any pattern, knitted or crocheted, they’ll even accept the occasional snood or shawl.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards. We came an AMAZING second place behind a much bigger organisation. Considering we are so small, run by volunteers and have a substantial technophobic membership (!!) I think you all did fantastically. Well done everyone.
In addition, the hard work of Tadcrafters has been recognised by North Yorkshire County Council who have given us a Volunteer of the Year 2017 Award. This was decided on by a panel of judges who interviewed and filmed Su talking about our work and then judged what we do as the best of all the finalists. Again, well done everyone for supporting all our projects and making the group such a success.
Days for Girls
We have a growing pile of liners and shields ready to go to Issy at Days for Girls but I’m also hoping that we will be able to directly supply a couple of groups in developing countries ourselves. At the last count we had 105 shields and 141 liners but I know that Carlee and her mum are working on a huge pile of liners and Heather is busy cutting more squares to keep feeding them more. Thanks to Sandra L, Jane H and anyone else who managed to bring in a total of 36 finished shields and 50 liners at the drop-in session, and Sue who finished off 37 shields earlier this month.
Stalls and Christmas
Lynne (with some Tadcrafters elves) has been working her Christmas stockings off organising our stalls over the last few months including the one at Ulleskelf for Macmillan Cancer Support, and also St. James Hospital supporting the breast out-patients department to raise money to provide spa treatments for their ladies with breast cancer.
Hopefully you will be reading this before the Christmas Tree Festival and our Stall at the Christmas Market on 3rd December. Please come down to support us, and the rest of the town on the day. We’ll have lots of lovely stocking fillers to buy but you will need to be quick as we could easily have sold all of them at the drop-in session. Thanks to Edna for the puddings, Lynne for the origami Santas, Sue for all sorts of things and everyone who has knitted Christmas Angels. We will be collecting in Christmas Angels at the December drop-in session to be given to York Hospital. You can still take any knitted after that date to the hospital until 23rd December. More details about why these are required are on the pattern sheet.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the TAdvent Calendar. Without giving away any secrets, number 24, knitted by Anne D is absolutely stunning. Please make sure you encourage as many people as possible to pick up an entry form from the library and then spot the 24 different boxes as they open each day throughout advent. There will be cash prizes for the correct entry winners. Any proceeds will be split between Tadcrafters and the Library but the aim is mainly to encourage people into the local shops. The 2nd of December is Small Business Saturday which is a good day to make a start on the TAdvent calendar and buy some christmas presents locally.
Donations to Tadcrafters
Lynne has just sent Roger off to post the latest huge bundle of bras to Smalls for All. Novembers’ 78 bras brings the total collected to 1048! Thank you, especially to Tadcrafters Anne D and her friend Jackie from the Shap Community Shop in Cumbria, Jane and friends from Otley, Joanne, Vicky and their customers at Hands on Hair and Beauty Leeds, Tadcaster Methodist Church, and Barbara from NB hair design in Wetherby. Thanks should also go to Roger and Paul at Leisure Spares for carefully packing and posting the smalls to the collection point in Scotland. They carry on despite the comments from their colleagues. Keep collecting it really makes a difference.
In addition to all the items Tadcrafters have made (apologies to those who have slipped through the net and I’ve omitted to thank) thanks to Sue N for donating a bag of beautiful fabric most of which will be perfect for Days for Girls or bags for the Hospice. Thank you also to Mel from Sew Necessary in Middlesorough who made and donated some beautiful tissue holders and scarves which went on our stall at St. James Hospital.
Donations from Tadcrafters
Other than the bras for Smalls for All, 16 Twiddlemuffs (thanks mainly to Barbara H, Anne H, and Magda) are going to York Hospital, 6 to Trenewydd Care home in Brecon, and 30 personal effects bags (thanks to at least Sandra H and Anne H) were delivered to St Leonard’s Hospice this month, including 4 beautiful little gift bags made by Sara. If you need instructions on how to make personal effects bags please email 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 including some smaller gift bags and book bags. Su has produced an information sheet with more detailed sizes, email if you would like one. We still have plenty of fabric if you would like some. A small selection will be available the next drop-in for you to choose from.
Su has made and donated 50m of bunting to support Kyra’s fundraising events. Kyra Women’s Project, York 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, see www.kyra.org.uk. They are based in central York and have drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4pm where they have a small group of people who like to do simple crafting. They urgently need someone to help support these crafters a couple of times a month or more if possible. If you think this is something you could do please contact us or Yvonne@kyra.org.uk.
WW1 Centenary Commemorations
You may have seen the Air Cadets from the 2434 Squadron Church Fenton at the Remembrance Day Parade in Tadcaster. A few days earlier they were helping with the 5m of poppies that we will be contributing to the Selby Abbey display in November 2018.
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Membership numbers and email forms
We are often being asked how many members we have. As we are a fairly informal group it is very difficult to say with any great accuracy but it is nice for people to feel a part of the team. There is no joining fee and no obligation to contribute anything but if you haven’t already filled in a membership form it would help us to keep track of our lovely supporters. You don’t even need to fill in all the information. Please email for a membership form. If you would like to be put on the mailing list please say so on your email. If you would like to be part of the facebook group or follow the facebook page or twitter you can do that through the appropriate channels.
Bunting for end of WW1 centenary: We’ll be looking for donations of all shades of red, white and blue sheets and lightweight poly/cottons.
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.
- Scarves for the Radio York Appeal until mid December. Details as above.
- Christmas Angels for York Hospital. Email for pattern.
- Twiddlemuffs http://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf, http://www.sath.nhs.uk/twiddlemuffs/HowTo.aspx
- Poppies for Selby Abbey (email for a pattern) The poppies will be attached to cargo netting and placed over the Abbey in 2018 to commemorate the end of the centenary of the end of the conflict.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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 bras and new pants for donation. 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/
- Donate unwanted spectacles. These are used by the Rotary Club who to raise funds for Days for Girls.
- Encourage people to join in, especially people who might like to learn new skills or just want to socialise.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter for more information.
Su Morgan and Lynne Howard,
Directors Tadcrafters CIC
|1st-24th December||TAdvent Calendar||n/a||Tadcaster town centre|
|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|
|Tuesday 9th January||Drop-in session||10am- 4pm||Social Club|
# Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by funding from Tadcaster and Villages CEF