Our little Community Interest Company is now officially 2 years old, can you believe it? We’ve done some amazing things together.
To give you some sort of idea of what we have achieved together here are some statistics on some of the items we have made in the last 12 months:
•168 personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice (75 last year) These are mainly used to return belongings to grieving relatives.
• 44 washable feminine hygiene kits (40 last year) given to girls in developing countries so that they can attend school during menstruation. We have also assisted Days for Girls York to make lots more.
• 83 twiddlemuffs (68 last year) to help calm people with dementia. Most of these have gone to York Hospital to support their dementia appeal.
• 122 scarves, 108 of which went to the Radio York Appeal.
• 63 heart cushions and 8 drain bags that went to breast surgery patients at St. James Hospital, Leeds.
• 50 knitted Christmas angels to York Hospital
• 10 snufflemats to the Dogs Trust. These provide mental stimulation to the animals as they root for treats.
• 165m bunting (about 2 miles less than last year!)
• Approximately 3500 knitted and crocheted poppies for the Selby Abbey and Riley Smith Hall commemorations for the end of World War 1. At a conservative estimate each poppy takes on average 30 minutes to make representing 1750 hours, or about one year of full time work.
In addition to this we have also:
• Helped members of our community to make over 300 lanterns for the Tadcaster Festival of Light
• Won awards from Minster FM and North Yorkshire county Council
• Helped the community turn lots of apples into fresh apple juice
• Created an “Advent Calendar” around the shops in Tadcaster and took part in the Methodists Christmas tree Festival
• Been represented on the Tadcaster Events Management Project Team (TEMPT)
• Been interviewed and featured on Radio York including a 2 hour broadcast from one of our drop-in sessions, cake and a cuppa, and Tadvent.
• Supported Days for Girls York at their Minster event
• Made many lovely items for the tombola stall and had tombola stalls at community events
• Worked with artists such as Helen and Tony, and crafts people like Neil the wood-turner
• Converted an area of wasteground and 6’ high nettles to a manageable area with meadow flowers.
The directors (Su and Lynne) have also:
• Attended lots of meetings and events to find out and support what is going on in our community, investigate new projects and areas of activity and to promote Tadcrafters
• Given talks to local organisations including the Trefoil Guild and the WI
• Organised and run events and projects
• Looked after the boring stuff such as policies, procedures, accounts, insurance, room hire, storage… …and this isn’t even everything!
Thank you to everyone who has participated in any way from the people who donate fabric and yarn, to the people who bring a big bag of things they have made to each drop-in session, to the people who put up the posters and those who are only able to manage to make the odd item.
August was a fairly quiet month due to the holiday season but we still managed to deliver 23 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice, 6 blankets and 2 scarves to Age UK at York Hospital, and 6 snufflemats to the dogs trust.
22 Days for Girls kits have started their journey to Kenya. This represents a tremendous amount of work and a wide variety of different skills and tasks. One of the textile designs was created by Tadcaster’s own professional artist, Nel Whatmore. Look out for the patterns on these bags when they arrive later on this year.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make all of them.
We know that the things we make can make a big difference to people’s lives but It’s always lovely to hear from people who appreciate our work. This came to the Tadcrafters mailbox this month:
“I would like to say a HUGE thank you to you, especially Lynda. I was unfortunately recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy at St James’ hospital. I was given a heart pillow and a drain bag by my breast care nurse the day after surgery, with a lovely note attached from Lynda who had made the pillow. This pillow is still my best friend and it goes everywhere with me. Could you please pass on my upmost gratitude to Lynda and all the kind sewers who make these items. The pillow not only provides comfort to my scar but also to my soul as it’s caught a few tears.”
A full calendar of events is at the bottom of this page.
The next drop-in session is Tuesday September 11th 10am-4pm 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.)
Our second TadApple Day will be on Saturday October 13th 10am-3pm at the Manor Farm Centre. The point of this event is to get people within the community to talk to each other and co-operate by picking and sharing apples. If you have a tree with fruit that you cannot collect offer them to someone else, or if you see such a tree, ask the owner if you can have some of the fruit. Will have a press and will help people to turn their apples into delicious fresh apple juice. We are hoping to be able to borrow some picking equipment from the Edible York organisation.
Even if you don’t have any apples, please come along to give us a hand, find out about the community groups in our area and perhaps have a cup of tea and a cake at the café.
Congratulations to the Tadcaster Events Management Project Team who have been shortlisted in the Best Voluntary Community Group section of the NYCC Volunteer of the Year Award. We wish them the very best of luck, especially as Tadcrafters are part of the TEMPT team. The Award ceremony is held in October.
The wall hangings for the RSH event on 11th November are coming along well and are nearly finished. Make sure you go along to the Armistice Proms on the 11th of the 11th so you can see them completed in all their glory.
Thanks to another big donation from Rose Trading in Scarthingwell we have quite a stock already but we don’t want to risk running out so please keep donating items for the tombola stall at the duck race and the Christmas Fair. Volunteers for a stint at manning the stalls would be very welcome. There will be a signing up sheet at the drop-in session.
Suggestions for new projects are always welcome, particularly those for which we already have suitable fabric, wool etc for.
Wish list and current projects
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.
• New or clean, 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
• Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise extra money for us when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter.
Su Morgan and Lynne Howard, Directors Tadcrafters CIC
# Please contact Days for Girls York for messages about sessions email@example.com
Supported by funding from Selby District Council CEF and NYCC