We hope your New Year’s resolutions are going well and you are back to normal routines again after the Christmas break.

At Tadcrafters HQ we are gearing up to a really busy time in preparation for the lantern-making workshops leading up to the lantern parade on Sunday February 10th. Thank you to everyone that helped draw and cut out templates. These will be particularly helpful when we go into the Tadcaster primary schools and make lanterns with about 200 children!


Here is a quick summary of the main things we’ve been up to since the last newsletter:

8/1        January Drop-in session
10/1     10 twiddlemuffs and 9 hats to York Hospital
10/1     5 blankets to Age UK at York Hospital
12/1     Days for Girls workshop
18/1     Vinyl for lanterns donated by Kolorcraft
20/1     13 heart cushions and 19 drain bags to St. James Hospital Leeds

We still have some bags to deliver to St. Leonard’s Hospice too, including a fair few from Sara and Sandra. Thanks to everyone who contributed in whatever way to making these donations possible and making someone’s life just that little bit better.


The next drop-in session will be on February 12th when we will be focusing on twiddlemuffs, knitted daffodils,  and preparing for the Days for Girls event at York Minster. There’s a full list of activities in the calendar at the end of the newsletter.


Thank you

Our network has been working overtime again, leading Sam from JLL to get in touch with the offer of a shed load of fabric sample books. We have now been introduced to Elaine and Gill at Elaine Johnson Fabrics and Interiors. They have generously given us over 25 sample books and 2 sewing machines, with the potential for more in the future. We would like to thank them for their support.

Thanks once again to Kolorcraft Ltd, from Osset, who have supplied us with some coloured vinyl to use to make the cylinder lanterns. This will come in very useful in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks also to
• Carlee and her mum for the 51 Days for Girls liners that they have made. These will go a long way to making more kits.
• Sue for the entire bin-bag full of sweatshirts she has cut up for snufflemats.
• Doreen and Gil for the lovely daffodils
• Chris, Edna, and Anne for all the knitting and anyone else I have missed out!


Current projects


You may remember that we were 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 have Tony and Charlie again to support us to make the really big “show-stopper” lanterns again (and also some other sessions with community groups).

Please come along to either help out or join in at the public lantern-making sessions on Sunday 3rd February or Saturday 8th February. Both of these are at the Manor Farm Centre 10am-3pm. We will also be making the cylinder lanterns at the Riley-Smith Hall in the afternoon of the parade 1pm-4pm. The parade is being organised by Tadcaster Events Project Management Team.  For more information please follow this link: http://www.tadcasterevents.com. If you would like to join in please gather in Sainsbury’s car park from 4pm to leave at around 5pm to walk to the Riley Smith Hall.

If you need a repair to an old lantern or you would like to make a big or pyramid lantern please come along to the Manor Farm sessions.


Days for Girls

We plan to focus on Days for Girls at the drop-in session in preparation for the Workshop in the Minster on Thursday 7 March 2019 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
There will be places for only 100 participants in either the 10.00-12.30pm or 1.30-4.00pm session, so registration is necessary. Registration forms will be available at the February drop-in session or can be downloaded from www.tinyurl.com/rotaryya
and returned to Days for Girls at York Minster c/o Church House,10-14 Ogleforth York YO1 7JN no later than Thursday 28 February. A £2.00 registration fee payable on the day will go towards the cost of the workshop materials and funding women’s and school groups overseas to make their own kits out of local materials.

There are different tasks to choose from including cutting out fabric, machine or hand sewing and packing finished kits. All fabrics and sewing equipment will be provided, but if you would like to bring a sewing machine it must display an up to date PAT test certificate. Coffee and tea and biscuits will be available throughout the day, but wrap up warm.

This year there will also be displays and information about groups working locally to help combat Period Poverty here in the U.K. Last year we sent 604 Kits from DfG York and our associated groups. A kit will last for up to 3 years. We also seed-funded self-help groups in 9 African countries and in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Nepal. The ripples out from our workshops in the Minster are amazing!



• Last month we had some gorgeous daffodils made and the following pattern is probably the best. We will be donating them to the Marie Curie appeal to “sell” alongside their normal daffies in March. They will be available at a number of businesses in Tadcaster. All proceeds will also go to Marie Curie in the same way as the poppy appeal. Please email for a copy of the pattern or follow this link Daffodil pattern
• We have collected lots of exciting twiddly bits to add to twiddlemuffs and we have plenty of knitting yarn, just help yourself to the bag on the “out” table at the drop-in session. Some people only like to do the knitting, some only like to do the decorating. Please ask around and team up. Please email for instructions or see twiddlemuffs_Instructions



• 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: 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.



• Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust).

• Fleece, or sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips

Future projects:

• We are on the look-out for people who might like to do a bit of gardening and would be able to help with the upkeep of a newly re-planted Quaker burial ground on Oxton Lane.
• 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 interested in a little woodwork.
• We will be making bunting for the UCI cycle race, of which the ParaCycling event will be starting from Tadcaster, in September. We will be looking for suitable fabric in blue, red, black, yellow and green, the UCI colours.

untitledWish list

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 for bunting, particularly in blue, red, black, yellow and green or prints.
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
• Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
• 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



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


Supported by funding from North Yorkshire County Council, Selby District Council Tadcaster Town Council and the National Lottery in partnership with Tadcaster Events Management Project Team