2019 has been a very busy year for Tadcrafters, and our little Community Interest Company has gone from strength to strength supporting a wide range of worthy causes and involving many people in the Tadcaster area with our projects and the events that we’ve been involved in. With your support, we are looking forward to lots more exciting activities in 2020, being able to help many people, recycle lots of things that might otherwise get thrown away and have a fair bit of fun whilst doing it! Please scroll down to the calendar at the end of the newsletter and add the dates to your new diary so you don’t miss out!

In 2019, amongst other things, we’ve managed to use recycled fabric and yarn make and donate:

299 personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice
181 heart cushions and 54 drain bags for St James Hospital
97 twiddlemuffs mainly for York Teaching Hospital charity
87 blankets and quilts mainly for Age UK at York Hospital
55 snufflemats for the RSPCA, Dogs Trust and Hearing Dogs
2170m bunting mainly to decorate Tadcaster
100 Christmas stockings to Leeds Baby Bank, HomeStart York & Acomb food bank.
20+ Hygiene kits, 111 hats, 18 scarves, gloves, jumpers, daffodils, poppies, …
…and we have also sent 421 bras to Smalls for All this year.

Well done to everyone has contributed in any way, we couldn’t do it without you.



Here is a brief summary of the main things the Tadcrafters team have made and been up to during December:

1/12    Tadcaster Christmas Market
10/12   December Drop-in session
11/12   13 twiddlemuffs and 11 hats to York Teaching Hospital Charity
11/12   3 blankets and 3 quilts to Age UK at York Hospital
11/12   December TadGrafters
11/12   Bug hotel to the Barn
15/12   Hedgehog Lodge to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
16/12   19 PE bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
16/12   6 hats, 1 pair Gloves, 1 scarf to Acomb foodbank
16/12   4 owl cushions, 4 owl lavender bags and 3 owl Christmas decorations went to the                Jane Tomlinson OWLS appeal
19/12   8 hats and a jumper to Leeds Baby Bank
19/12   6 hats 3 scarves, 1 pair bootees, 3 cuddly toys to HomeStart in York.


Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has contributed over the past year, and of course this month. There’s such a lot coming in every month now that we cannot thank everybody although you are all very much appreciated. Special thanks go to
• Eunice, Nina, Carole, Diane, Valerie, Lynda, Wendy, Wendy, Anne, Anne and Gil for the pile of donations that arrived at the drop-in session.
• The directors, Sandra and Lynne, who rarely get a mention but are working behind the scenes all year round preparing, collecting, delivering and generally doing lots of lugging around of stuff throughout the year. Tadcrafters CIC would not exist without their dedication.
• Vanilla Interiors (Tadcaster) and Elaine Johnson Fabrics and Interiors (Clifton Moor, York) for the bumper deliveries of gorgeous fabric which will mainly go towards making bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice.
• Heineken for the donation of personal protection equipment including protective glasses, face masks and gloves. Heineken have also donated a really sturdy box on wheels to house some of our equipment.
• Simply a Party (Tadcaster) for providing us with a shelf to sell our Christmas puddings etc.

We have also received Christmas cards and thanks from a number of organisations this month including Marie Curie, York Teaching Hospital Charity, Age UK, Jane Tomlinson Appeal, St. Leonards Hospice and the Hearing Dogs Charity:
…a huge thank you on behalf of the staff and the dogs (for the snuffle mats you made for them. They all love them!.. It’s very much appreciated” (The Beatrice Wright Centre for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Jaffa and Dudley pictured below)


The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday January 14th when we will be cutting out and sewing the Yorkits feminine hygiene kits (so that girls in developing countries do not suffer period poverty and can attend school on average an extra 200 days per kit. We will also be cutting out p/e and tote bags for SLH and YDH. The knitters will be finishing off the hats, scarves and jumpers for young children and starting on the daffodils for Marie Curie, or, as always in demand, making or decorating Twiddlemuffs for people living with dementia.

The next TadGrafters session will be Wednesday January 15th. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has taken delivery of the first hedgehog lodge and have approved of the design of the bug hotels too. Now the TadGrafters have become experts at making them they are now going to be going into production to make about 10 of each in total before moving on to a new project. Although the TadGrafters sessions are full there is a waiting list in operation, so if any of the current TadGrafters decide they cannot/do not want to continue places will become available. People are welcome to visit to see what the group do.

Current projects


Please stick to these projects if you are making at home as other items can be hard to find homes for. Thank you for continuing to donate items of such excellent quality. If you need help, please ask.



• Heart shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Templates, instructions and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. Please email for instructions
• YorKits: If you are interested in attending Saturday workshop dates (now on the calendar) please contact Issy Sanderson issyarts2@gmail.com so you can be informed of any related events and changes to the dates etc



• Baby clothes and jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for ages 1 to 5 to give to young families in need (deadline January drop-in session).
• Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. click here for twiddlemuff instructions



• Insect hotels, Hedgehog lodges: instructions and materials at the sessions.



Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones. If you have any unwanted Christmas presents we will happily take them of your hands!
Most projects involve tasks that can be done by people with no special skills or experience.

Future events and projects

Dates for your diary: Please see the calendar at the end of this newsletter for forthcoming events. Use this opportunity to put them in your new 2020 diary.
Tadcrafters Market: on Saturday 16th May  we will be holding a market at the Barn, for crafters, £1 entrance fee. If you are interested in having a stall (£5) please email tadcrafters@outlook.com for a booking form, but save the items on our wish list for us!

Wish list and how to help

These are the things we currently require help with. NB Fabric or other items that are not suitable for our projects are donated to appropriate groups or sold to raise funds for us. If you have rags/ fabrics that are too tatty for us Oxfam shops will take them as they have their own fabric recycling plant.

• An ironing board and coat hangers for the uniform project
Broken or unwanted beads and costume jewellery for Adorn CIC who are a social enterprise that aim to challenge social isolation and exclusion by teaching people how to make jewellery. https://www.facebook.com/adorncic/
• Chicken wire for the TadGrafters’ bug hotels
• New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
• 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/
• If you would like to make a donation you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
• Display our posters, share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
Please bring items to the drop-in or TadGrafters session. For larger donations please email to make arrangements.

Have a Look

For more pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website http://www.tadcrafters.org.uk or come down to the Barn (on the corner of St. Joseph’s Street and Leeds Road, Tadcaster, LS24 9HA) and have a chat with us to see if you would like to help.
To be put on the emailing list (wherever you live) please request it by emailing tadcrafters@outlook.com

Happy New Year! Su.

Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt