We hope you have been able to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather over the last few days and it has inspired you to knit or crochet some daffodils for the Marie Curie Daffodil appeal.



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

29/1      Talk to Methodists in Ulleskelf
30/1      TEMPT meeting
31/1      Lantern making workshops with Rainbows and the Air Cadets
1/2        63 lanterns made at Tadcaster Primary Academy
3/2        Public lantern-making workshop at Manor Farm
4/2        30 heart cushions to St. James’ Hospital
4/2        73 lanterns made with St. Joseph’s School
4/2        Lantern-making with the air cadets
6/2        Lantern-making at Manor Farm
8/2        Lantern-making at Riverside school
8/2        Lantern-making at Manor Farm
9/2        Lantern-making at Manor Farm
10/2      Lantern-making at Riley smith Hall
10/2      Lantern Parade
11/2      Directors meeting
12/2      February drop-in session
13/2      Manor Farm Management meeting
15/2      71 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
18/2      Days for Girls planning meeting at Minster
18/2      11 patchwork quilts, 2 blankets to York Hospital
18/2      12 twiddlemuffs , 6 scarves, 3 hats to Age UK at York Hospital
21/2      Hygiene kits arrive in Mombassa

As you can see, we’ve had a busy month again, rather dominated by the lantern parade.


The next drop-in session will be on March 12th when we will be focusing on twiddlemuffs, knitted daffodils, and preparing for the Hebden Bridge Rag Market where we sell our excess fabric and haberdashery. If you fancy a bargain you might be able to get first chance of some of the stuff we plan to take.

Thank you

To everyone who took part in the lantern parade. We Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. This is the third year we have supported this event which has been a real winner at involving lots of people in the community. Thanks go to the Big Lottery and Tadcaster Town Council for funding all the workshops which made it possible.

Thanks also to
• Carlee and her mum for some more Days for Girls liners that they have made.
• Eunice, Edna, Jennifer, Diane, Doreen and Gil for the 60+ daffodils at the drop-in session that have gone out to the collecting boxes for Marie Curie.
• Eunice, Debbie and everyone who has made and handed out daffodils since then.
• Ann for making all the knitting needle bags
• Kathlene, Chris, Ann, Sandra, Edna, Jennifer, Josie, Diane and anyone else I have missed out for all the other knitting!
• Sara and Anne for the bags. Anne surpassed herself with a personal best of 52 bags (and 9 patchwork quilts!)

Thanks have also come to us from St James’ Hospital:
“To all the lovely Tadcrafters involved in making heart-shaped cushions and drain bags
Just a note to thank you all so much for all the time and effort you devote to making these items for our breast ladies.
It is so lovely as a ward to be able to provide these to patients going through difficult times, which help to provide comfort. This would not be possible without all your hard work and kindness.
The ward has received another 30 cushions from yourselves, so thank you so much. They really are much appreciated.
Love Sarah & all staff at J23@SJUH xxx


and York Teaching Hospital Charity:
“Once again, thank you for your continued support with all of the knitted items for our patients. The wards are so grateful for your kind work and love us turning up! Thank you, Maya”


Current projects

Days for Girls

Once again we will be supporting the Days for Girls Workshop in the Minster on Thursday 7 March 2019 to mark International Women’s Day. This will mark 3 years since the first time we all got together to make bunting for Tadcaster.

If you would like to go you will need to register as places are limited. Registration forms can be downloaded from http://www.tinyurl.com/rotaryya.

Some of the kits that Tadcrafters made in the Autumn last year have now been handed out in Mombassa, Kenya. You may recognise the fabrics of the bags.


We are continuing to help raise funds for Marie Curie by donating daffodils to them. The ones already distributed have been snapped up very quickly so if you are able to make some more and take them directly to the businesses with the collecting boxes it would be greatly appreciated: Tadcaster Medical Centre, Kirkgate Dental Surgery, Bridge Street Dental Care, Tea Lounge, Calcaria Pharmacy, Genesis hairdressers, Lambert engineering, Melanie’s Floris,t Vanity Hair, Simply a party and Totally Polished. Please keep a count on how many you make as people like that sort of thing. More yellow yarn will be available at the March drop-in.

All proceeds will also go to Marie Curie in the same way as the poppy appeal. best Please email for a copy of the pattern or see https://www.ageuk.org.uk/brandpartnerglobal/ceredigionvpp/documents/knitted_daffodil_pattern__1_.pdf
• 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 https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.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.


Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust).  Fleece, or sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips
Retirement Fair. We will be attending a Retirement Fair at the Riley Smith Hall on Thursday March 14th 1-4pm to promote Tadcrafters. Please come along to support us.

Future projects

• We would like to help start a group of people who can care for bits of garden around Tadcaster with edible plants for anyone to help themselves. Edible York have a similar plan. http://www.edibleyork.org.uk/ We will have some of their leaflets at the retirement fair on 14th March.
• 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, and white, the UCI colours.

Wish list

Please have a look at our wish list for the items we currently require.
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, white 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 more 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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