Our second drop-in session at our new Manor Farm Centre venue went really well and we are still maintaining around 25 people calling in or staying at the drop-in session each month. Considering there are usually another 5 regulars that can’t make a session due to holidays and other commitments we think that is a really good turn-out.

In July we joined in the activities for the Tadcaster Arts Festival by inviting special guest Neil Lawton, a wood turner, who demonstrated and helped people to make their own simple projects. He was so busy that not everyone who wanted to managed to have a go by the end of the session. He kindly donated his time and all the materials to us for which we are very grateful. You may remember we raffled off some wood-turned quick unpicks last Christmas that he donated. If you are interested in doing some wood turning or would like to buy a present for someone to do some classes you can contact Neil on http://www.workerinwood.co.uk


Thank you to everyone who brought items to the drop-in session including 12 lavender bags for the tombola from Lynda and a total of 137 knitted poppies for the Riley Smith Hall wall hangings (50 from Doreen alone). Including the poppies that went to Selby this is an amazing total of 3229! An additional 27 bras came in for Smalls for All bringing the overall total received to 1508. Jennifer, Anne and Alison brought in 8 gorgeous blankets, which have now gone to Age UK at York Hospital. Also this month Tadcrafters have donated 33 heart cushions and 8 drain bags to St. James’s Hospital, and 34 personal effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice.

The next drop-in session is Tuesday August 14th at the Manor Farm Centre (opposite the John Smiths entrance, on St. Joseph’s Street. The entrance is around the back and easily accessible with no steps.)

Cake and a Cuppa
If you are around on Yorkshire Day (1st August for foreigners) come and join us at the Riley Smith Hall 1-3pm at the Radio York Cake and a Cuppa event.
Days for Girls
Thanks to Carlee and her mum for making another high–quality batch of 27 liners this month. If you want to join in by making at home too, you are very welcome.

On Saturday 15th September Issy from Days for Girls is organising Woza-Rya! which is an evening of Asian-African themed entertainment at the Fairfield Manor Hotel including a very tasty looking 3 course dinner. Tickets are £30 and the dress code is “Colourful!” We (Lynne and Su) are already booked to go to support the Days for Girls, Specsort and other projects the event is raising funds for. Contact c.willey187@btinternet.com for tickets before the end of August.



Stalls, tombola and (dare I say it) Christmas
Our next tombola stalls will be the duck race at the end of September and the Christmas market. Helpers will be very much appreciated on the day for both. Little crafty makes like Lynda’s lavender bags are great as prizes. If you have any ideas or patterns e.g. knitted Christmas puddings for Ferrero Rocher chocs please share them. We are also hoping to join in the Christmas tree festival so if you have an idea for a theme please let us know your suggestion.



Apple Day
Saturday October 13th will be our Apple Day this year, down at the Manor Farm Centre again, 10am–3pm. Please keep an eye out for apple trees in the area that might need relieving of their fruit in October. We will be borrowing the press again to help you to make fresh apple juice to take home. Helpers will be very much appreciated on the day.

Next Projects
Suggestions for new projects are always welcome, particularly those for which we already have suitable fabric, wool etc for.

Wish list and current projects
We have been lucky enough to have received so many donations of fabric, knitting yarn, haberdashery etc that we now have a big issue with storage. Please have a look at our wish list for the items we still require but unfortunately we have no space to store the less suitable items. Oxfam shops will take donations of rags as they have their own fabric recycling plant.
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.

Wish List

  • New or nearly new polyester, cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
  • Fleece fabric or old fleecy jumpers cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
  • New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
  • “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
  • Socks and tights (clean) for the Donkey Sanctuary
  • Scaffolding planks for edging in the garden
  • Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise extra money for us when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/

Current projects
• Twiddlemuffs (for people with dementia) Please email for instructions or see https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
• Wide variety of flowers in different colours (for a community wall hanging)
• Days for Girls (washable feminine hygiene kits for so poor girls can go to school in developing countries) Please email for instructions. http://www.daysforgirls.org/
• Personal effects bags (for St. Leonard’s Hospice). Heart shaped cushions and drain bags (For the breast surgery ward at St. James Hospital).
• Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust).

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. http://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.

Su Morgan and Lynne Howard, Directors Tadcrafters CIC

Date Event Time Location
Weds 1st August Cake and a Cuppa 1-3pm Riley Smith Hall
Tues 14th August Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Manor Farm Centre
Sat 8th Sept Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Copmanthorpe Methodist Church
Tues 11th Sept Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Manor Farm Centre
Sat 15th Sept Woza-Rya 7pm Fairfield Manor Hotel
Sat 29th Sept Duck Race TBC Tadcaster riverbank and town centre
Sun 30th Sept Soap box Challenge TBC Tadcaster Town centre
Sat 6th Oct Hebden Bridge Rag Sale Hebden Bridge


Tues 9th October Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Manor Farm Centre
Sat 13th Oct Tad Apple Day 10am- 3pm Manor Farm Centre

(helpers required)

Sat 13th Oct Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Upper Poppleton, All Saints Village Hall
Sat 10th Nov Days for Girls# 9.30-12.00 Copmanthorpe Methodist Church
Tues 13th Nov Drop-in session 10am- 4pm Manor Farm Centre
Sun 2nd Dec Tadcaster Christmas Market TBC Kirkgate/Westgate

(helpers required)

Tues 11th Dec Drop-in session* 10am- 4pm Manor Farm Centre


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



Supported by funding from Selby District Council CEF and NYCC