If you want something to do to avoid the sport or perhaps make the most of a few minutes between matches please read on!  Hopefully you have been able to make the most of some warmer weather and going out more over the last few weeks but there are still plenty of our projects and lots of activities to take part in if you need inspiration.

Over the last month we have:

  • Had 3 Gardening sessions at Tadcaster Primary Academy
  • Held a Plant sale and tombola at The Barn
  • Given 3 worry monsters to Tadcaster Primary Academy
  • Given 32 toiletry bags to Zero Waste Leeds
  • Given 40 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
  • Sent 50 Yorkits and 35 toiletry bags to Wullimkamma School, Gambia

TadCrafters Group Update

The June workshop was very successful with lots of drawstring bags strung, and pads clipped and turned ready to use in the Yorkits project – 50 kits are now heading for Wullimkamma School, Gambia.

Thanks to Carlee, Sara, Jane S, Anne H, Jane W, Eunice, Lynn, Cath, Gil, Wendy, Edna, Jennifer, Sandra and Su. Apologies if I missed your name, the memory is not what it was.

Everyone coped well with the social distancing and facemask wearing. We are planning to do a drop off/workshop along the same lines on the Tuesday 13th July 10am to 12pm in The Barn. There will be lots of individual tasks for people to have ago at if you are able to stay- Lynne (group leader)

Stitches for Survival (Knit/sew etc). Please continue to create your 100cm wide x 60 cm high panels for this project.  If you don’t want to do a whole one yourself you can make flowers, insects and animals etc that we can all add together to create a design to join the display hoping to influence the delegates at the COP26 climate talks, to be held in Glasgow in November. The deadline is our September drop-in session. More information in our June newsletter or https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/

Worry Monsters- Three of our worry monsters went to live at Tadcaster Primary Academy this month (formerly Tad East CP School) and reports say they are settling in well.  If you think your child’s school might be interested in having some to gobble up children’s worries ask the school to email us and we should be able to donate some. 

We have not been able to distribute shawls etc to York Teaching Hospital Charity for a couple of months but we hope to be able to send a very large bag full off soon.

For a full list of all our current projects please see the list towards the end of this newsletter.


50 Yorkits and 35 toiletry bags to Wullimkamma School, Gambia.  That’s approximately 10,000 extra days at school for the girls receiving them.

TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

Our wood working group meets every month on a Wednesday afternoon at The Barn. At the moment we are continuing to make hedgehog lodges with Group leader, Craig.  If you are interested in coming along and not already a regular please make sure you let us know by email so we can control numbers, not only for Covid security but for space and safety. The dates and times are on the calendar below. The next session is 4-6pm on Weds 14th July.

 Gardening Group update

During June the gardening group have been active at Tadcaster Primary Academy’s ‘Pond and Beyond’ wildlife garden which was in need of a little TLC having got just a bit too wild. The group met on two days during half term to tackle the ornamental grasses that were gradually smothering everything else and made a huge difference in the process. Work continued on 26th June to continue clearing weeds and to do some additional planting. It is amazing how many plants are now beginning to thrive in the space that has been created. The school wish to pass on their thanks to all involved.   

“I have to say that I really enjoyed meeting you all and thank you for the help.  I think that we really made a massive improvement.  Can you pass on my personal thanks and those of school, to the Tadcrafters”. Ruth Griffin

The plant sale that took place at The Barn on 12th June was very successful with the Tadcrafters plant stall making a healthy surplus to fund future gardening activities. There were a lot of plants of different types donated and, due no doubt to the excellent weather, a steady stream of customers. Thanks to everyone who donated plants and to those who bought them.

Look out for future plans for the ‘Pond and Beyond’ garden, the Quaker Burial Ground and TadApple day coming up in the autumn- Sue (group leader)

If you would like to be kept up to date about the Gardening Group please email us and ask to be put on the Gardening Group mailing list and your email will be forwarded to the group leader.

 Sherburn Crafters Update

The box of supplies is at the Library for collections and if anyone wants any please email me and I will sort it out – Karen

The August monthly Tadcrafters’ meet will be at Sherburn’s All Saints Church Hall.  This is an ideal opportunity for you to encourage people in the village to come and see what we do and start off a regular crafting group which supports our Tadcrafters projects and meets in Sherburn.  If you are interested in coming along and haven’t already done it, please could you spend about a minute to do this survey so we can get an indication of the day and time that would be the most popular from September: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FF63DVH

 Beekeeping Group Update

Our first beekeeping group meeting will be taking place on Thursday 8th July at 6pm at The Barn. If you would like to help look after the bees when they arrive later this month please come along. We hope to be able to train a few key members of the group who will guide others to properly care for the bees and deal with the resulting honey etc. If you would like to kept informed about the group’s activities please email tadcrafters@outlook.com so we can put you on the Beekeeping mailing list and pass on your details to Sara, the group leader.

The bees were collected from the Barn last summer

Tadcrafters Community Interest Company news

As you know we are a “not-for-profit” company which means that any surplus money is reinvested in the activities we offer for the benefit of the community. We are working on making Tadcrafters CIC less reliant on grants and donations and more financially independent whilst still being able to offer all of the activities we currently offer for free.  Reponses to our survey about what paid products and services we could offer have been very helpful so far but there’s still time for you to let us know your opinion and other suggestions.  Hopefully this will lead to some fun workshops and products sometime in the autumn. If you could spare about 3 minutes to do this survey to tell us what you think we’d really appreciate it.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FCSMVT2

With the funding from Arnold Clarke we bought 57 metres of brushed cotton fabric to make the Yorkits feminine hygiene kits and 10kg of stuffing which will go to make the heart cushions for breast surgery patients at St. James’ Hospital, Leeds.  This will go a long way to helping about 100 girls in developing countries to continue their education whilst menstruating and will stuff an awful lot of cushions.

The community patchwork is currently being put together ready for an unveiling sometime soon.

List of Current TadCrafters projects 

We welcome anyone new who would like to join us but ask you to please stick to our current projects as other items can be hard to find homes for. We need to focus on a few projects at a time so we can support everyone, maintain our standards and supply items that are wanted by worthy causes, in appropriate quantities.  We are able to supply materials locally for free and instructions are provided by email or the links provided below; if you need help, please ask as our pile of hospital cases needing attention is growing!

Sewing- supplied in kit form at the drop-off sessions

•           Stitches for survival 60cm high x 100cm wide “scarf” https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/ Deadline September

•           Worry Monsters for Children’s Services and local schools

•           Drawstring book bags for the Banana box toy project

•           Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice.

•           YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags.

•           Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital.

Knitting/crochet- yarn available at the drop-off sessions

•           Stitches for survival 60cm high x 100cm wide “scarf” https://stitchesforsurvival.earth/ deadline September

•           Hand Puppets There’s a wide choice of options and instructions also available on https://www.knitfornowt.org/.  NB safety instructions.

•           Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity (York and Selby Hospitals). Any design including wide scarves.

Other projects

  • If you can’t knit or sew there are non-sewing tasks such as threading drawstrings and decorating twiddlemuffs that are really useful to the team, please ask.
  • Picking-up/dropping-off supplies for people who are unable to make the sessions. Team up with someone who cannot drive or has other commitments on session days.
  • Join our wood-work, gardening, or bee-keeping groups.

Wish list and other ways to help

We are really short of storage space so please try to stick as close as possible to our wish list.

  • New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
  • New or clean, nearly new winceyette (brushed cotton) sheets/fabric
  • New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight
  • Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
  •  “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
  • Please share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
  • If you would like to make a financial donation/direct debit to help us do what we do you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
  • Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise money for us at no extra cost to you when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
  • Vintage fabric, equipment and haberdashery (see below)
  • Any items not suitable or surplus to our own use we sell to people who really appreciate them, whilst also raising funds for our projects.

Keep in touch

If you need to get in touch with us, and need a response, please use email. This is to protect your personal details and because conversations on social media become lost. Someone will get back to you but it might not be straight away due to other commitments. The Tadcrafters Chat Group/Sherburn Tadcrafters Chat Group is a great way to keep in touch with each other and be inspired. You can also follow the Tadcrafters Page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@Tadcrafters). 

To be put on the emailing list (wherever you live) please request it by emailing tadcrafters@outlook.com  and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk. There are usually only one or two emails a month.

See you soon, Su.

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


Thurs 8th JulyBeekeeping group meeting6pmThe Barn
Mon 12th July TBCBees arrive The Barn
Tues 13th JulyDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 14th JulyTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Tues 10th AugDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmAll Saint’s Church Hall, Church Hill, Sherburn-in-Elmet.
Weds 11th AugTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Tues 14th SeptDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 15th SeptTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Tues 12th OctDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 13th OctTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
TBCTadApple Day  
Tues 9th NovDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 10th NovTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn
Sun 28th NovTombola Stall10am – 4pmTadcaster Christmas Market, Kirkgate
Tues 14th DecDrop-in workshop session10am- 3pmThe Barn
Weds 15th DecTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn

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