We seem to have managed to plan a very busy Autumn. Wonderful weather and a great turn out for the duck Race helped us just about clear the stall once again. Lynne and I are going to the Hebden Bridge Rag Market next week to try to clear some of our excess fabric and haberdashery followed by the drop-in session on 9th October and TadApple Day on the 13th. On the 11th we are also going to be supporting a Days for Girls workshop at Bootham School and attending the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards where we are on the shortlist!

If you are able to come down to the Manor Farm Centre 10am-3pm on 13th October for TadApple Day your help would be very much appreciated. Last year was great fun. There will be a café for drinks, cake and lunch, stalls from various community groups and the skate park will be operating.



3/9 Shortlisted for “Community Group of the Year” Yorkshire’s finest Rural Awards 2018
5/9 Business Forum meeting at Tad Albion
11/9 Drop-in session- Jewellery workshop and demonstrations by Bev
12/9 Extra session for Poppies
14/9 Stronger Communities event at Tadcaster Library
15/9 Woza-Rya DfG event, set up and attended by Lynne and Su
18/9 Poppy Wall hangings handed to RSH
21/9 19 personal effects bags given to St. Leonard’s Hospice
21/9 Goalball meeting at International Service- Su
24/9 Directors meeting
24/9 14 twiddlemuffs to York Hospital
27/9 Big sort for Rag market- Lynne and Su
29/9 Stall at the duck race
30/9 Installation of the bug hotel at the Ingleby Drive pumping station plot

Thank you
Thanks to everyone who has supported events and projects this month especially:
• Lynda who made lots of Lavender bags which were very popular on the Duck Race Stall and lots of drain bags which will be donated soon.
• Sandra for the personal effects bags
• Anne H for her usual haul of blankets, twiddlemuffs, and personal effects bags
• Mavis for her scarves and hats
• Everyone who came along for the extra session to support TEMPT and finish off the wall hangings for the riley Smith Hall’s Remembrance day event.
• Sandra, Sue, Jane and Lynda for helping us on the Duck Race stall.

Days for Girls
Do you remember the 22 lovely Days for Girls kits which started their journey last month?

“Please pass on our thanks to all the people who have had an input into providing these (kits) whether by sewing or donating towards the other items in the kits. This particular batch will be going to class 7 girls (13 year olds) at Kampi Ya Samaki Primary School in the Lake Baringo area of Kenya. The kits will be delivered personally by a group of us who are travelling to Kenya at the end of October this year and will help girls to attend school every day of the month and hopefully not fall behind the boys in academic achievement.”

Beryl, Secretary, Friends of Meisori School, Kenya.

This month, Lynne has organised 20 kits which were given to a group of girls from Africa visiting this country organised by http://www.educatethekids.com

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Thank you to the team who are cutting, collating, and sewing liners and shields at home to rebuild our stock levels ready for the next batch of kits to be delivered. NB the Saturday Days for Girls York workshop on 13th October has been cancelled due to bad timing and alternative commitments in the DfG York team!


Ingleby Drive Pumping Station Garden
Lynne and the team have been working hard on the garden keeping the weeds under control and digging up areas ready for seed sowing for next year’s plants. The area planted earlier this year with seeds from the “Grow wild project” (www.growwilduk.com) has looked spectacular. The resulting seeds will be harvested and used on the rest of the plot along with other donated seeds. Thank you to the people who have offered spare plants but the site needs to remain accessible to Yorkshire Water for maintenance and so more woody permanent bushes etc are not really suitable. The only exception to this has been the recent introduction of a bug hotel. If you are able to add twigs, canes, logs, pine cones etc to furnish the hotel or sedum to roof it please feel free to add them. If you would like help to get a group together transform an area near you please get in touch.


We will be invited along to the Riley Smith Hall soon to add the finishing touches to our magnificent wall hangings; so we’ll get the first chance to see in position. If you still have poppies at home or fancy using up the rest of your red wool then please bring what you have to the October drop-in session. We have been asked if we have any spare from a few places and we could do with a few more to decorate lots of places. Any left over will be sold for donations to the Poppy Appeal.

Coming up
Please come along and support us at TadApple Day on Saturday 13th October 10am-3pm at the Manor Farm Centre. Bring an apron if you don’t want to get apple pulp on your clothes. Help us to supervise members of the public having a go at chopping, scratting (mushing), and pressing juice, or just come along with some apples to press and some containers to take the juice home in. The purpose of the event is to get people talking to each other, for the community to engage with activities and hopefully identify a group of people willing to develop a group interested in growing produce and/or gardening.

We have been cleared out of prizes at the Duck Race tombola but we would really like to do a little tombola on TadApple Day if we have sufficient prizes. If you have anything suitable please bring them to the next drop-in session. People really love our crafty prizes. For the Christmas Fair Stall there are some lovely patterns you might like to knit on https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com. I’ve already had enquiries about Christmas pudding covers for chocolate oranges which were really popular last year. There are also lots of lovely ideas on http://www.thebigknit.co.uk/ for the little Innocent smoothie hats which are ideal covers for Ferrero Rocher sized chocolates. These would be great for tombola prizes or to sell (with or without chocolate interiors!). We don’t do a huge amount of fundraising for ourselves but we do have some boring overheads nowadays which we cannot fund any other way and without which we cannot operate. Your contributions are very much appreciated.

Next Projects
In the run-up to Christmas we thought it would be nice to focus on a couple of festive projects.
• We would like you to knit hats and scarves in whichever pattern you choose, adult or child. These will be donated to either York Hospital, (many patients feel the cold and like hats despite the tropical temperature in there apparently), local food banks, Trussel Trust, homeless charities, Age UK or used to fill Christmas stockings, see below.
• Novelty “Hats” for the Christmas fair. Either for people’s heads, chocolate oranges or Ferrero Rocher
• We would like to cut out, decorate and sew Christmas stockings to be filled with goodies. These will be donated to local children/families or go on to the Christmas stall, depending on quantity and timing.

In the run up to Christmas you might be doing some shopping on line. If you sign up to Easyfundraising you could help us to raise funds for no cost to yourself with every purchase that you make. It’s really easy to do.
Wish list and current projects
Please have a look at our wish list for the items we always require.
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 clean, nearly new polyester, cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
• Fleece fabric or sweatshirts 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/
• NB Oxfam shops will take donations of rags/ fabrics that are unsuitable for us as they have their own fabric recycling plant.


Current projects
• Hats and scarves for adults or children (any pattern, e mail for easy pattern above)
• Novelty “hats” for the tombola
Adult hat: http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Hats/adult-beanie-christmas-plum-pudding
Baby pudding hat, pudding, elf hat and tree Chocolate orange covers and Ferrero Rocher sized chocolates cover: https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com
Innocent smoothie “hats”: http://www.thebigknit.co.uk/
• 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

• Christmas Stockings. Template and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• 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). • Fleece sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips
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


* If you don’t wish to join in the activity you can bring your own materials and equipment.
# Please contact Days for Girls York for messages about sessions daysforgirlsyork2018@gmail.com


Supported by funding from Selby District Council CEF and NYCC