Happy New Year to all our Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,

We hope you have managed to have a restful and merry Christmas and you are ready for a healthy and happy new year. Please take the time to look at the calendar at the end of this newsletter and add the key events and workshops to your 2022 diary. Unsurprisingly, it’s been quiet over the last couple of weeks but we’ve still managed to donate a fair amount of items to worthy causes, including a total of 438 Christmas stockings to Spirit of Christmas and the Selby District foodbank this year. 

Our impact report will be coming out soon with all the totals of our donations over 2021 but this is a summary of what we’ve achieved together in the last month:    

  • December newsletter published
  • 15 shawls and 30 twiddlemuffs to Popple Well springs
  • 20 twiddlemuffs to Selby District branch of Carer’s Resource
  • 25 twiddlemuffs donated to Riverside Care home in Kexby
  • Tadcaster Tadcrafters December workshop session
  • Su’s graduation from the Community Business Trade-Up Programme, run by the school of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in Partnership with Power to Change
  • 36 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
  • 144 Christmas stockings, 14 hat and scarf sets, 4 pairs of gloves, 4 hats donated to Spirit of Christmas.
  • 114 Christmas stockings 2 hat and scarf sets, 14 hats, 1 scarf to Selby District Food bank.
  • 4 patchwork quilts to Martin House Hospice
  • Issy from Yorkits was interviewed live on Radio York and the team were featured in an article on BBC TV’s Look North
We delivered a total of 438 Christmas stockings, 127 hats and 54 scarves to Spirit of Christmas and the Selby District foodbank this year.  Look out for our impact report, coming out soon, with all the totals of our donations over 2021.

 TadCrafters Group Update

Now that we have turned the corner into 2022 we are getting ready with new spring projects: knitted daffodils for Marie Curie Cancer Care and crocheted Buttercups for Dementia forward. They will be given to these organisations to help them raise funds by donations. For the next couple of months we will be focusing on the Yorkits feminine hygiene kits for our sewing projects in preparation for the International Women’s week workshops on 10th March in the Minster. If you would like to come along to help you will need to book your place when bookings become available.

You’ll see from our list of activities that we donated 75 twiddlemuffs recently to organisations who provide support for people living with dementia. We still have quite a backlog of twiddlemuffs to get through before we run out so please do not rush to make any more for the time being. We are still waiting for the stocks at York Hospital to be used up, but as these are such a popular item to make, if you have any suggestions as to organisations who would like them, please get in touch.

The next TadCrafters session, will be on Tuesday 11th January 10am to 3pm at The Barn in Tadcaster, as usual. We may need to operate on a drop-off/pick-up basis rather than a workshop, due to restrictions but we will make sure there are plenty of projects for you to work on before the next monthly session.

For a full list of all our current projects and where to find instructions please see the list towards the end of this newsletter.

 Beekeeping Group Update

As we launch into 2022 we can start planning and get the group going properly. In the next week or two we will need to check on the bees, give them some fondant to feed on and give them the Winter Treatment against Varroa.  If anyone would like to get more involved this should be a relatively easy task. 

We don’t intend to arrange any beginners training courses this year, although we hope to invite Andy for some further talks and refresher workshops. If you would like more comprehensive training there are two options: you can join Barkston Ash Bee Keepers Association and take part in their online theory course, starting soon and later in the season attend their apiary for some hands on experience.  For further details go to http://www.barkstonashbees.com. I am in the process of joining and will do the training. Alternatively you can join Leeds Beekeepers Association who run an introductory course. Further details at http://www.leedsbeekeepers.org.uk  

You do not have to join one of these groups to remain part of the Tadcaster bee group.  It’s just that most of us are very new to it and the more knowledge we can gain the better. If you’d like to keep informed about or involved with any up and coming events please ask to be put on the bee-keeping group mailing list via the Tadcrafters email. I will be in touch soon once I have arranged some dates we can meet in the next few months in preparation for when we start a regular rota to check the bees weekly through the season- Sara

 Sherburn Crafters Update

Big thanks to everyone who turned up at the last Sherburn session of the year – much better supported than we imagined!  We managed to make quite a few hearts, stuff some worry monsters and big hearts and cut out some period products. A nice relaxing time away from the hustle bustle of Christmas.

We look forward to starting again on 21st January, fingers crossed. Please put the 3rd Friday of the month in your 2022 diary, except for April when it is the last Friday, 29th, due to Easter.

 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

*We are currently looking for a group leader who is willing to give us two or three hours a month of their time to co-ordinate this small group.  Wood-working skills are not essential and the meeting times/days are negotiableand can be flexible however we do need someone who understands the Tadcrafters ethos of community spirit and environmentally-friendly approaches to activities.*

The Grafters are next due to meet on Weds 12th January from 4-6pm at The Barn.  We are a small group for safety reasons but we usually have spare places if anyone new would like to pop down to see what we do. We have plenty of equipment, so you only need to bring yourself. If you have not been before or for a while please let us know by email to expect you in case there’s a change of plan, you will be very welcome.

 Gardening Group update

As we are out of the growing season not much has been happening in the Quaker Burial Ground over the last month but it has received the attention of the Town Mayor who commented on how tidy it was looking and wanted me to congratulate the team who have been looking after it. There will be more activity when the weather picks up and hopefully we will seethe some new hedge, flowers and plants coming through.

“Before” and “after” photos taken about a year apart.

 Other news

Believe it or not, our “new” bridge will be 5 years old in February and we think that is definitely worthy of a celebration. On Sunday the 20th February 2022 we will be hosting a Bridge celebration day. Pandemic permitting, we will have all the usual activities on the day accumulating with a lantern parade in the evening. With the support of the Tadcaster Events Management Project team, we will be hosting more lantern making workshops that the community will be invited to attend and we would appreciate your support on the day to help people make new lanterns and mend the ones they might have made previously. You don’t need to have made lanterns before to be helpful. Workshop dates and times will be confirmed soon.

In December I graduated from The Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Power to Change. Over the past 9 months I have been working with a group of amazing social entrepreneurs who run not-for-profit organisations similar to Tadcrafters Community Interest Company, some inspirational industry experts, and some fabulously supportive facilitators and administrative staff at the SSE.  I am therefore very proud to now be a Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs. I now feel much better equipped to take Tadcrafters forward by becoming more financially sustainable and less reliant on grant funding thanks to what I have learnt and the financial support from the programme. A HUGE thank you goes to Lynne and Sandra, the other directors, for supporting me and for holding the fort while I have been on the course (inconveniently clashing with 8 of the last 9 Tadcaster workshop sessions!) and thank you to the group leaders and all the volunteers who have worked with them to keep everything ticking along nicely.  I look forward to getting back to some busy workshop sessions in the new year.  

If Santa has over-done it this year and you have been lucky enough to have received presents that might be better suited to someone else, you could consider “re-gifting” them to us. In the spirit of recycling, we are happy to accept items for our tombola stalls to help us to help lots of charities and worthy causes. You can pop them into The Barn labelled for us if you can’t make one of our sessions.

BBC Radio York interviewed Yorkits founder, Issy Sanderson, in December about the Yorkits project. The short video they made is available on the Radio York Facebook page and was shown on Look North after the BBC 6pm National News (you’ll find the link from our Facebook page post on 20th December). Hopefully lots of people living locally will be inspired to join the workshops at Manor Academy, York and at York Minster in March.  Please see the calendar for the dates and contact yorkitsrotaryainsty@gmail.com to be kept up to date with any new dates or changes.


The Yorkits team being filmed by Radio York

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 at our drop-in sessions and instructions are provided by email or the links if provided below; if you need help, please ask!

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

  • Worry Monsters for Children’s Services and local schools
  • Drawstring book bags for the Banana box toy project
  • Personal effects bags for hospice patients and bereaved families
  • YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags for feminine hygiene kits
  • Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for breast surgery patients

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

  • Daffodils for Marie Curie Cancer Care (Complex knitting)
  • Buttercups for Dementia forward (Easy crochet)
  • Worry worms (Easy crochet) to help children, and others, to overcome anxiety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAuuj321Ugg (NB stitched, not  googly eyes)
  • Small hearts (knitted) to help children, and others, to overcome anxiety
  • Hand Puppets for Knit for Nowt https://www.knitfornowt.org/what-sorts-of-puppets-are-needed
  • Hats/scarves/mittens sets for food banks (your choice of design)- Deadline January drop-in sessions.
  • No twiddlemuffs or shawls for the time being please

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 or 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/s (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.

If you would like to be kept up to date about any of the specific group activities please email us and ask to be put on the relevant group mailing list and your email will be forwarded to the group leader.

See you soon, Su.

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

Calendar 2022

Tues 11th JanDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 12th JanTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 21st JanSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Fri 29th JanYorkits workshop10am-12pmManor Academy, Poppleton
Tues 8th FebDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th FebTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 18th FebSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
19th /20th FebLantern WorkshopsTBCThe Barn, Tadcaster
Sun 20th FebLantern ParadeEarly eve TBCTown Centre, Tadcaster
Sat 26th FebYorkits workshop10am-12pmManor Academy, Poppleton
Tues 8th MarDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th MarTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Thurs 10th MarYorkits workshopTBCYork Minster
Fri 18th MarSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 12th AprDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 13th AprTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 29th Apr*Sherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 10th MayDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 11th MayTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 20th MaySherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 14th JuneDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 15th JuneTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 17th JuneSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 12th JulyDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 13th JulyTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 16th JulySherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 9th AugDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 10th AugTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 19th AugSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 13th SeptDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 14th SeptTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 16th SeptSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 11th OctDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 12th OctTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 21th OctSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 8th NovDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th NovTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 18th NovSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 13th DecDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 14th DecTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 16th DecSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School