We had a bumper harvest of goodies during the drop-in session in April which has meant we’ve been able to make some significant donations. We have an accumulation of fabric in storage at the moment so the plan is to reduce that as much as possible in the May drop-in session which is on Tuesday 8th May at the Social Club from 10am.  If you arrive before the front door is open you will need to enter up the stairs at the back of the building. Please note that we will be finishing at 3pm from now on to accommodate another booking at the club.


Recent Donations

Tadcrafters work as a team to make products for donation. Everyone who donates materials, draws templates, cuts out, pins, sews, knits, turns, presses, decorates or delivers an item is part of the team. Thank you to everyone who takes part, especially those who don’t always get a special mention and those that I forget to mention.

Last month 21 blankets, 9 scarf/hat sets and 6 scarves were donated to Age UK York who transport patients home from hospital. Often patients arrive in their nightclothes or other light clothing and don’t have anything else with them when they are returned home.

Thanks in particular to Janice and Edna who made quite a few between them.


“Thank you and all the rest of the Tadcrafters for such a marvellous effort! Please pass on my thanks and compliments to everyone who was involved with this. Very best wishes” James Player, Deputy Chief Officer, Age UK, York April 2018


Many people benefit from our donations but other people benefit too by making them. One of these blankets was made by someone with a recent diagnosis of terminal cancer.

Thank you very much for the wool, it was a godsend for my mum to give her something to do and take her mind off things to help others”


We finished off over 60 heart-shaped cushions at the last drop-in session.  St James’ Hospital don’t have a cupboard big enough for them all but the first 30 went in April. Thanks to the team who made them including at least Anne, Anne, Anne, Bev, Sandra, Heather, Lynda and Lynne.

26 Personal effects bags went to St Leonard’s Hospice, including 5 beautifully lined ones  from Lynda and the Tuesday Quilters.

People and organisations that donate items are essential participants in the Tadcrafters activities. The pile of gorgeous fabrics above were donated by Vanilla Interiors in Tadcaster and will be ideal for personal effects bags.

GDPR- Please help us to comply with the New Data Protection Law

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the email asking you to confirm your name and whether you would like to remain on our emailing list.  If you wish to be on the list, by law, you must email us to tell us with your name (and organisation if applicable). A message via Facebook or a simple “yes” is not sufficient to comply with the law unfortunately.

Tadcrafters is for everyone who plays any part in our activities, not just the drop-in sessions.  Many people join in by donating items we can use, recommending us to people who may benefit, and making items at home.

If you do not want to be on the list you can still

  • access the newsletter on our website and
  • get messages on the Tadcrafters Facebook group
  • follow the Tadcrafters Facebook page or Twitter to keep up with our news.

If Facebook/twitter is your ONLY method of communication we’d appreciate you letting us know as it helps us to identify how many people are actively involved in what we do.

The response has been overwhelmingly positive and it appears we have a lot more people who are interested in our activities than we thought!



Days for Girls

The next Days for Girls session is on 12th May at Copmanthorpe, not at Poppleton as indicated previously. The Tadcrafters team has been busy making lots of drawstring bags ready for the next consignment.


Stalls and tombola

Please keep bringing items for the tombola. We have a couple of stalls coming up and we would like to fill them with lots of goodies.  Any small items you have made are great plus anything else you think is suitable as a prize, even if it is a bit quirky. No age restricted products, like alcohol, please.


Donkey update

Remember the knitted donkeys featured in last month’s newsletter? “Thank you so much for the four beautiful knitted donkeys which arrived safely in their wonderful packing. I love their bright colours and kind faces.  I am sure they will sell quickly and the money raised go towards keeping all our donkeys safe and healthy.”- Community fundraising team, The Donkey Sanctuary

Gardening: Grow Wild Project

Yorkshire Water have kindly allowed us to adopt the land around the pumping station on Ingleby Drive to turn it into a wildlife haven. Grow Wild, sponsored by Kew Gardens, liked our application to transform the plot and have given us enough wild flower seed to cover the whole area. Su and Lynne supported by John, Barbara, Heather and Stephanie have started clearing the plot of weeds ready to sow. All the while providing entertainment for the local dog walkers. We hope this is the start of groups of Tadcrafters  transforming other neglected areas around the town. Do you know a gardening enthusiast who would be happy to take the lead of our merry band?  Or anyone keen to bash a few dandelions? Please get in touch.


Next Projects

If you would like to develop a new activity or get involved in any of the current activities please don’t wait to be asked, just muck in. You can do as much or as little as you like.


  • 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.


  • Men in Sheds We are hoping to develop some new activities for a series of workshops to encourage more men to take part, possibly in partnership with the “Men in Sheds” organisation. If you know of anyone who has making or doing skills that could be put to good use for worthy causes for example gardening, bike mending, and woodworking, please get in touch. Likewise if you know of an organisation, particularly in our local area, who would appreciate something doing with these sorts of skills please get in touch.  We are open to ideas


Wish list and current projects

Here is a list of current projects.  More information about each is on our website or you can email for instructions. 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.



  • Twiddlemuffs
  • Poppies for Tadcaster’s end of WW1 Centenary commemoration


  • Days for Girls
  • Personal effects bags
  • Heart shaped cushions




For pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website. You can see the full list of how you can get involved on the “join in” page. www.tadcrafters.org.uk


To be put on the mailing list (wherever you live) please contact tadcrafters@outlook.com

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

Date Event Time Location
Tues 8th May Drop-in session 10am- 3pm Social Club
Sat  12th May Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Methodists Church, Copmanthorpe NB change
Sat 9th Jun Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tues 12th June Drop-in session 10am- 3pm Social Club
Sat7th-14th July Tad Arts Festival Various Various
Tues 10th July Drop-in session 10am- 3pm Social Club
Sat 14th Jul Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Sat 22nd July Tadcaster Carnival   Magnets sports club
Sat 11th Aug Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tues 14th August Drop-in session 10am- 3pm Social Club


# Please contact Days for Girls York for messages about sessions daysforgirlsyork2018@gmail.com


Supported by funding from Selby District Council CEF and NYCC