Hi to all our Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,

I hope you are all still managing to stick to your new year’s resolutions if you made any, if not, don’t worry, by supporting us you are doing a great thing already.  If you would like to more about what we have achieved together you can have a look at our summary of 2021 and feel very proud as part of the team.

We’re already well into 2022 now so this is a summary of what we’ve achieved together so far this year:

  • TEMPT meeting to plan the Lantern parade
  • Tadcaster January crafting workshop session
  • Featured on Radio York with Julia Lewis on Georgie Spanswick Show
  • Sherburn January crafting workshop session
  • Tadcrafters Etsy shop launched
  • Lantern-making workshops at The Barn
  • 100 little hearts and 30 worry worms to Flying Feathers
  • 20 twiddlemuffs and 20 shawls to YTHC
  • 50 knitted hats, scarves and mittens to SD foodbank

 TadCrafters Group Update

During last month’s session we were visited by Radio York who initially just wanted a quick telephone interview before 8am which eventually turned into their reporter, Julia Lewis, staying with us for most of the morning.  It was lovely to see her as she expertly made a snufflemat live on air, and interviewed a few of our regulars at The Barn.  Thanks to everyone who took part.

< Julia Lewis, reporter for Radio York, making a snufflemat when she came to visit us.

Some of the cute little hearts helping families to tackle issues like grief and anxiety. >

We donated over 100 little hearts and 30 worry worms to Flying Feathers Family Wellbeing in January and they loved them so please keep making more.  This local organisation runs activities with whole families together to tackle issues like grief and anxiety whilst having fun.  They have a page on Facebook if you want to look them up, @flyingfeathersfamilywellbeing.

The next TadCrafters session, will be on Tuesday 8th February 10am to 3pm at The Barn in Tadcaster, as usual. Stay as long or as short as you want, you can even bring your lunch along. We’ll be working on getting ready for the Yorkits Minster event on 10th.  There will knitting yarn and packs of sewing kits to take away to make and you can drop off any finished items, as usual.

This month we will be expecting lots of knitted daffodils for Marie Curie Cancer Care and crocheted Buttercups for Dementia Forward coming in as we gave out lots of yellow knitting yarn last month.  During the February workshop session we will be finishing these off and preparing different stages of the Yorkits feminine hygiene kits in readiness for the International Women’s week workshops on 10th March in the Minster. If you would like to attend the event you will need to book your place when bookings become available which we will publicise in due course.  Alternatively you can be put on the Yorkits mailing list and they will inform you directly.

You’ll see from our list of activities that we have started to deliver to York Teaching Hospital Charity again and making a start on the back og of shawls and twiddlemuffs.  We’ll let you know when stocks need replenishing again so don’t rush to make any more.

For a full list of all our current projects and where to find instructions please see the list towards the end of this newsletter. Please stick to this list as we are struggling to store and find homes for different items.

One of the girls at a school in Malawi who received some our Yorkits in January.thumbnail_IMG-20220121-WA0001 (2)

 Beekeeping Group Update

You’ll be pleased to know that the bees are still very much alive. They’ve been fed with fondant and have had a treatment for Varroa mites so they should be ready for getting on with some honey-making in spring.  There’ll be lots of opportunities coming up if you would like to help look after them.  If you are interested, please ask to be put on the beekeeping group mailing list, if you are not already, so you are kept informed about that’s going on.

 Sherburn Crafters Update

The Sherburn crafters group continues to be well-attended and follows the same projects and format as the Tadcaster workshop.  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. 11am-1pm at the Old Girls School.

 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

We are currently looking for a group leader who is willing to give three or four hours a month of their time to co-ordinate our small wood-working group that meets in Tadcaster.

Advanced wood-working skills are not essential, and the meeting times/days can be negotiable. It’s more important to us to find someone who understands the importance of community spirit and an environmentally-friendly approach to activities.

If you are interested in talking about this opportunity in more detail please get in touch.

The Grafters are next due to meet on Weds 9th February 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

The gardening group is still hibernating but we are planning to visit the Woodmeadow Trust nursery in Escrick in Februrary and hoping to source some heritage variety apple trees so we can get our own small orchard started by the spring.

If you are interested, please ask to be put on the gardening group mailing list, if you are not already, so you are kept informed about that’s going on.


We are delighted to announce that Sue Tennant, our Gardening group leader, has agreed to become a new Tadcrafters’ volunteer director.  She will be a great addition to the team and add lots of new ideas and inspiration to support Lynne, Sandra and myself.

Lantern workshops: Over the last couple of weekends we’ve been supporting the team at The Barn, along with artist Tony Wade, to make lanterns in preparation for the lantern parade on 20th February.    If you still have a lantern from previous parades you can make sure you dig it out and replace the batteries in the light if need be. There’s still time to mend it or make a new one on Saturday 5th 10am-1pm, or  Saturday 12th 1-4pm  at The Barn. There will be a day of events to celebrate 5 years of the bridge being re-opened, including the artisan market on Kirkgate and the parade starting at dusk (6pm) from Sainsbury’s.  Please come along to watch or take part.

Some of the lanterns made by Tadcaster Brownies>

<You can reach our Etsy shop by following this link  https://www.etsy.com/shop/tadcrafters/

Our new Etsy shop was started in January to help fund our not-for-profit community interest company by selling top-quality fabric remnants, donated to us by independent interior designers, that are surplus to our needs. Each purchase will support our activities, help lots of people, reduce waste and make us less reliant on grant funding. If you’d like to visit the shop you can follow this link and get 20% off if you purchase 3 or more items https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tadcrafters?coupon=SAVE20

The fabrics we are selling typically retail for between £30- £150 per metre so if you only need a small quantity or you want some luxurious fabric for a project you could pick up a bargain.

If you buy 3 or more items you can claim 20% off


Impact report: Our full impact report for 2021 will be published in February. If you would like to add your comments to our annual survey, to be added to the report, please complete this 4 minute set of questions and let us know what you think of Tadcrafters.  Thank you to everyone wo has already done it and given us some really lovely feedback.


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 by 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
  • Red, white and blue bunting for the jubilee celebration

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

  • Daffodils for Marie Curie Cancer Care (Complex knitting) deadline March drop-in session
  • Buttercups for Dementia forward (Easy crochet) deadline March drop-in session
  • 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
  • No twiddlemuffs, shawls, hats or baby clothes 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.
  • Visit our Etsy store to purchase top-quality fabric remnants that are surplus to our requirements https://www.etsy.com/shop/tadcrafters/


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 other Tadcrafters 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 your 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 Sandra Levitt and Sue Tennant

Date Event Time Location
Sat 5th Feb Lantern Workshop 10am-1pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Tues 8th Feb Drop-in workshop 10am- 3pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th Feb TadGrafters 4-6pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Sat 12th Feb Lantern Workshop 1-4pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 18th Feb Sherburn Crafters 11-1pm Sherburn Old Girls School
Sun 20th Feb Lantern Parade 6pm Sainsbury’s, Tadcaster
Sat 26th Feb Yorkits workshop 10am-12pm Manor Academy, Poppleton
Tues 8th Mar Drop-in workshop 10am- 3pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th Mar TadGrafters 4-6pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Thurs 10th Mar Yorkits workshop TBC York Minster
Fri 18th Mar Sherburn Crafters 11-1pm Sherburn Old Girls School
Tues 12th Apr Drop-in workshop 10am- 3pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 13th Apr TadGrafters 4-6pm The Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 29th Apr Sherburn Crafters 11-1pm Sherburn Old Girls School