As ever our volunteers and supporters have been busy and there have been lots of things going on over the last month. We hope you find this newsletter brings you up to date. .
Here is a quick summary of the main things we’ve been up to since the last newsletter:
1/6 June newsletter published
5/6 20 Snufflemats delivered to the dogs trust in Leeds
8/6 Days for Girls Workshop, now called YorKits
8/6 30 cushions and 13 drain bags to St. James’ Hospital, Leeds
11/6 Drop-in session
12/6 65 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
12/6 2 blankets and two patchwork quilts to Age UK at York Teaching Hospital
12/6 2 Twiddlemuffs to Sandra H (she sends her love to all)
18/6 40 YorKits (16 made by Tadcrafters) to Zambia
22/6 Tombola stall at Stutton Fair
26/6 The Barn (Manor Farm) Management Group meeting
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our projects, given items they have made or donated materials this month, but especially to Sandra, Lynne, Linda, Sara, Lynda, Jennifer, Doreen, Gil, Edna, Ann, Ann, and Anne for the ridiculous number of bags blankets, cushions, twiddlemuffs, tombola prizes and bunting etc they brought in to the last session. Thanks to the Tuesday Quilters for the beautifully embroidered and patchwork bags that went to the Hospice, as well as Tony, Janet, Anne and Jane who helped run the tombola stall at the Stutton Fair. Thanks also to Richard for continuing to strim the grassy area on the Ingleby Drive Pumping Station garden and making it look like a proper lawn. The flowers are looking beautiful at the moment when the sun comes out.
The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday July 11th when we will be focussing on making sewn and knitted bunting for the UCI World Championships cycle race in September. The team work is really coming together to produce our target 2km of bunting and we will have lots ready to hand out to local shops and businesses in time for the Soapbox Challenge on 1st September. NB we made 2 miles of bunting for the Tour de Yorkshire so this will be a breeze! August will be the last session for making the bunting, so we will also be discussing our future projects. If you have any particular ideas please bring them along.
YorKits- Feminine Hygiene Kits
In our last newsletter we mentioned that Days for Girls York were going to change their name and become independent from the American organisation. It has now been decided to call the group “YorKits.” Tadcrafters will continue to work in close partnership with Issy Sanderson, the leader, and all the other members of the group. You are very welcome to join the Saturday workshops at Copmanthorpe Methodist Church. Please see the calendar for dates.
Kits made by Tadcrafters went off to India with the Hope Foundation in April. We have heard back that some went to Hope Hospital’s Nightwatch service (an ambulance that provides medical support on the streets of Kolkata) and some went to schools in villages around Kolkata.
In June we sent off 40 kits (16 made by Tadcrafters) with Sue M, through Global Care, to Makayi Village in Kapompo, Zambia. 40 kits represents around 12,000 extra days in education for girls in this village. That’s quite some achievement!
Thanks to the efforts of the Tadcaster Beavers and people at the Horton Housing well-being Café in Selby we were able to give 20 Snufflemats to TheDogs Trust in Leeds this month.
“I just wanted to drop you a quick message to say thank you for the wonderful snuffle mats you brought us today.
I know the dogs will love sniffing out treats from them!
I have attached a couple of images of one of our dogs enjoying one this afternoon. Bailey was kept entertained for quite some time!”
Media Assistant Dogs Trust
Thank you to everyone who filled in a membership form last month. If you have not done one yet could you please do so, then we can have a record of how many people support us and/or take part in our activities. This helps us when applying for funding etc. Your information is not passed on to anyone else but can help us to get in touch with you when appropriate. You will still need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on the mailing list.
Selby District Disabilities Forum is a group of people who work together to look at how to make life better for those with disabilities in the local area. Most members have health conditions or disabilities, so are “experts by experience”. If you have any ideas or suggestions of actions to improve facilities or access please come along to the CEF event on Monday 22nd July 6.30pm at the Riley Smith Hall. More information on http://www.sddf.co.uk
Tadcrafters are supporting Aberford Village Hall to start up a similar sort of group on a Friday at their community café. We will be there again on 26th July if anyone would like to go along.
Tadcrafters CIC are part of the management committee The Barn at Manor Farm and are supporting the new owners to turn it into a valuable and well-used community asset for lots of different users. There will be an official open day and launch event on Saturday 7th September to which you are all invited to come and find out about all the activities that go on there and if you are available to chat to people about what Tadcrafters do, that would be appreciated.
The Autumn WEA adult learning courses are now open for enrolment. There will be courses on British Sign Language, Managing Relationships, Mindfulness and Greek in Tadcaster, as well as Computers for Beginners and Crochet courses in Sherburn and Spanish in Copmanthorpe. More information is available on http://www.wea.org.uk or 0300 303 3464.
Tadcaster and Villages U3A are holding an information session at the Barn on Monday 16th September 1-3pm where you can find out how it operates and how the organisation benefits people who are semi-retired or retired. It is hoped that people will be able to meet up and form interest groups. More information about the organisation is available on http://www.u3a.org.uk
• Bunting: for the UCI cycle races in Tadcaster in September. Templates, instructions and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Heart shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Templates and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. Please email for instructions
• YorKits: Thanks to the team of people who work at home and who are still working hard.
• Bunting: Little knitted Jerseys for the UCI cycle races in Tadcaster in September. Please email for a pattern. Yarn available at the drop-in session or to purchase from Simply A Party in Tadcaster or Rose Trading in Scarthingwell.
• Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. 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
• Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones. Any offer to help on the stalls would be gratefully received.
• Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust and RSPCA). We use lots of fleece or sweatshirt fabric, ideally cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips.
• Wooden Collection boxes loan out to private parties to collect for St Leonard’s Hospice. We need wood, hinges, catches, and people to make and paint them. Please get in touch if you think you or someone you know might be interested.
• Bras which are new or “gently worn” for Smalls for All.
• Most sewing and knitting projects involve tasks that can be done by people who cannot sew or knit.
Future events and projects
• TadApple Day: Enjoying the blossom? Keep a look out for the trees that will have apples on them to pick before 12th October.
• Tadcrafters go forth: If you know of anyone who would like to form a small group, to join in Tadcrafters projects in their village, please get in touch.
• Gardening: We would like to encourage 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/
• Bobby Buddies: North Yorkshire Police currently have plenty of these and will contact us when their stocks run low.
• Tadcrafters Market: in May next year we are planning on holding a market, in Tadcaster, for crafters. If you are interested in having a stall please email email@example.com to register an interest, but save the items on our wish list for us!
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/
• Display our posters, share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
• Fabric that isn’t suitable for our projects is sold to raise funds for us. NB Oxfam shops will take donations of rags/ fabrics that are too tatty 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.
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Su Morgan and Lynne Howard,
Directors Tadcrafters CIC