Here we are at the start of another year and 3 years on from the bridge collapse, the event that started off all our activities. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are now ready for a new year of action!
If you plan to have a de-clutter and maybe want to “re-gift” a few of the items brought by Santa we would be happy to look after them for our next tombola stall.
Please take the time to look at the calendar below and put the key dates in your new 2019 diary.
We did really well with our Christmas projects making 124 Christmas stockings, 42 hats, and 11 scarves which were donated to
• Women’s Aid (Leeds), and IDAS (York and Selby) who help people who have experienced domestic abuse
• Syrian refugee families living in Selby
• Acomb foodbank and CAP debt counselling agency
• York Hospital
We also made around 30 Christmas pudding chocolate orange covers which sold out thanks to Simply-a Party and our Christmas market stall. I think these will be a must for next year. We don’t do much fundraising but this sort of thing allows us to keep doing what we do.
This is all on top of the regular donations like the 63 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice and the 23 heart cushions to St. James’ Hospital.
Thanks to everyone who contributed in whatever way to making these donations possible and making someone’s Christmas just that little bit better.
Here is a quick summary of the main things we’ve been up to since the last newsletter:
30/11 8 Hats, 8 scarves, 6 gloves and baby clothes to Acomb foodbank
30/11 50 Christmas stockings to IDAS
2/12 Stall at Christmas market (thanks especially to Lynda and Anne D)
11/12 Drop-in session
11/12 Banner and fabric donated by Kolorcraft Ltd
12/12 63 bags to SLH (Thanks mainly to Coleen, Anne H, Sandra)
13/12 7 blankets 3 scarves to Age UK at YDH
13/12 8 hats 14 twiddlemuffs to YDH (thanks mainly to Janice, Sue, Christine, Eunice, Jennifer, Doreen)
20/12 27 Christmas stockings 10 hats and a hot water bottle cover and 2 octopi to Acomb foodbank/CAP debt advice
23/12 23 heart cushions went to St. James Hospital.
The next drop-in session will be on January 8th when we will be focusing on preparing materials for the lantern festival, twiddlemuffs, knitted daffodils, snufflemats and cutting out amongst other activities. There’s a full list of activities in the calendar at the end of the newsletter.
Thanks to everyone who has supported events and projects this month, but especially to Kolorcraft Ltd, from Osset, who contacted us wanting to help to support us. As we try to focus on good deeds rather than donations of money they kindly agreed to create a pop-up banner and have purchased 10m of fabric suitable for Days for Girls kits. They are also hoping to be able to supply us with coloured vinyl to use to make lanterns. We are delighted to have their support.
Thanks also to Sophie who sent a box full of beautiful handmade bow hair slides from Derby. These went to help fill Christmas stockings given out by the Acomb foodbank.
We are delighted to inform you that we have been successful in receiving grants from Tadcaster Town Council and from the National Lottery Fund so that we can run lantern-making workshops in the three primary schools and have public sessions leading up to the lantern parade on 10th February. We will be able to pay for professional artists to support us to make the really big “show-stopper” lanterns too. Look out for the publicity confirming the times and dates which will be in early February.
You don’t need to come to the drop-in sessions to contribute to most of our projects so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.
Days for Girls
We have a number of Tadcrafters who are working at home and have made lots and lots of liners. We are now able to supply a reasonable number of kits at short notice if required. We plan to focus on Days for Girls in March in preparation for the International Women’s Day event on 7th March in York Minster.
• We have not sent many twiddlemuffs (for people with dementia) off to the Hospital lately and so it would be great if we could have a big effort to send a load. We have collected lots of exciting twiddly bits to add to them and we will be putting a call out for donations of knitting yarn of all weights to replenish our stocks.
• Please email for instructions or see https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
• Marie Curie Cancer Care have asked if we would like to knit daffodils to sell for their campaign in March. Please email for a copy of the pattern or see https://www.ageuk.org.uk/brandpartnerglobal/ceredigionvpp/documents/knitted_daffodil_pattern__1_.pdf
• Liners and shields always required for Days for Girls (washable feminine hygiene kits for so girls in developing countries can go to school) Please email for instructions. For more information on how they help: http://www.daysforgirls.org/
• Personal effects bags (for St. Leonard’s Hospice). Please email for instructions.
• Heart shaped cushions and drain bags (For the breast surgery ward at St. James Hospital). Template and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Coming up: Bunting for the cycle race in September
• Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust). • Fleece, or sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips
• St Leonard’s Hospice have asked if we know of anyone who could make attractive wooden collection boxes to your own design that they can loan out to private parties, funerals etc to collect donations). Please get in touch if you think you or someone you know might be able to help.
We have been approached, with the promise of funding, to see if we can get a group of people together to improve the Quaker burial ground area (Oxton Lane). If you are interested in being involved please get in touch.
We are hoping to link up with Sporting Memories soon, and encourage the founding of a “Men in Sheds” group. If you have an idea for a community group or activity and would like some help to get it off the ground we are happy to talk it over with you.
Please have a look at our wish list for the items we currently require.
Here is a list of current projects. More information about each is on our website or you can email for instructions.
• New or clean, nearly new polyester, cotton or other lightweight woven fabric, particularly in blue, red, black, yellow and green colours or prints.
• Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
• Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
• “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
• 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.
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
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Su Morgan and Lynne Howard, Directors Tadcrafters CIC
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