Hi Tadcrafters,
We hope you are making the most of the lighter evenings but are still being able to do a bit of crafting too.


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

7/3      Days for Girls event at York Minster
8/3      IWD event Unite Period Dignity, Rachael Maskell MP and Thabitha Khumalo
11/3    Directors meeting
12/3    Drop-in session
13/3    Manor Farm Refurbishment meeting
14/3    Retirement Fair at the Riley Smith Hall
18/3    38 PE bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
19/3    Manor Farm Management group meeting
20/3    Disability Action Group meeting
21/3    U3A meeting
22/3    6 hats, 6 scarves and 5 twiddlemuffs to York Teaching hospital Charity
22/3    1 blanket and 3 quilts to Age UK at York Hospital

As you can see, we’ve had a busy month again but thankfully a little quieter than last month!

The next drop-in session will be on April 9th when we will be making a start on making bunting for the UCI cycle race in September thanks to receiving funding from Tadcaster Mayor’s fund. We will also be 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

Thanks to everyone who made daffodils to support the Marie Curie daffodil appeal, in particular Janet, Edna, Deborah, Eunice, Diane, Valerie and Jane. As most of these have been given directly to the collection boxes it is difficult to know exactly how many we have made but it is well over 200. Hopefully people have donated generously for them.

Thanks also to
• Doreen who donated 4 bin bags of cones of knitting yarn
• Sara and Anne for the personal effects bags
• Chris, Gil and Anne for the hats, scarves and blankets

Current projects


Days for Girls

Once again we supported the Days for Girls Workshop in the Minster on 7th March. Also to mark International Women’s Day, Lynne and Su were invited as guests of Issy to talks given by Rachel Maskell MP and Thabitha Khumalo, an incredibly brave women’s rights campaigner from Zimbabwe.


• 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: 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.
• We will be making bunting for the UCI cycle race, of which the para-cycling event will be starting from Tadcaster, in September. We will be looking for suitable fabric in bold and bright blue, red, black, yellow and green, and white, the UCI colours. The first bunting is now off the production line.



Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust and RSPCA). We use lots of fleece or sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips. We’ll be making mats with the Beavers this month.
• St Leonard’s Hospice asked if we knew 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 or you would like to help by painting these lovely boxes made by John. We are also on the look out for little hinges and catches to be used on the boxes.


• We already look after a bit of ground above the Ingleby Drive pumping station where we’ll be sowing lots of wildflower seeds soon. We would like to encourage other gardening groups of people who can care for bits of garden around Tadcaster, maybe with edible plants for anyone to help themselves. Edible York have a similar plan. http://www.edibleyork.org.uk/

• Do you suffer from a disability? If so would you like to be involved in making Tadcaster and/or surrounding villages more accessible? Would you like to become a mystery shopper? If you are interested and would like to become involved in the Tadcaster and Villages CEF Disability Action Group please contact emily@makingthingshappen.org.uk. The next meeting is at the Manor Farm Centre 10.30am Thursday 18th April. The group is particularly keen to improve access ahead of the high profile para-cycling event in September.


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 bold shades of 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 pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page.

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You can see the full list of how you can get involved on the “join in” page. http://www.tadcrafters.org.uk or come and have a chat with us at a drop-in session to see if you would like to help,
Su Morgan and Lynne Howard,
Directors Tadcrafters CIC


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