Hi to all our Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,

It would be an understatement to say that the last month has been difficult for many people both world-wide, and within our local community due to the effects of flooding, again.  It is with some irony that the lantern-parade, to celebrate 5 years of the bridge being re-opened, had to be postponed due to the dreadful weather and imminent flooding. It’s certainly not something any of us wanted to go through again, however, we are a strong community, we will support each other and hopefully something good will come out of the situation, like the creation of Tadcrafters did last time.

This is what we have donated or worked on over the last month, in addition to all he work done at home the usual crafting sessions in Tadcaster and Sherburn:    

  • 57 matching hearts and drain-bags to St. James Hospital
  • 166 bras and 70 (new) pants to Smalls For All
  • 6 patchwork quilts and 8 blankets to Martin House Children’s Hospice
  • 37 bags delivered to ST. Leonard’s Hospice
  • 25 Hand puppets and 16 worry monsters to Knit for Nowt
  • On Radio York with Presenter Julia Lewis making a lantern at The Barn
  • 4 Lantern workshops at The Barn
  • Yorkits workshop at Manor Academy
  • Gardening group planted 100’s of daffodil bulbs at The Barn and Quaker Burial Ground
  • Impact report published

 TadCrafters Group Update

We have managed to make rather a lot of knitted and crocheted daffodils for Marie Curie over the last couple of months.  Please look out for them in local collecting boxes and encourage people to give generously.

The next TadCrafters session, will be on Tuesday 8th March (our 6th birthday) 10am to 3pm at The Barn in Tadcaster. We’ll be finishing of any last minute requirements for the Minster Yorkits workshop and making a proper start on the bunting ready for the Jubilee.  There will be knitting yarn and packs of sewing kits to take away to make and you can drop off any finished items, as usual.

Preparations for the Yorkits workshop at York Minster on 10th March are moving at pace. Tickets are going fast with only a few tickets still remaining for the morning session.  If you would like to take part and help us to celebrate our 6th birthday and International Women’s Week you can book by following this link https://yorkminster.org/whats-on/event/yorkits-workshops/ or phoning 01904 557200.

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.  We do not require hats, scarves, baby clothes or twiddlemuffs at the moment.

 Beekeeping Group Update

Last month we checked the bee hives to give them a treatment and provide them with some fondant food to keep them going through the winter until they start feeding again.  I’m glad to say that all looked good with both hives.

Meetings: We would like to start the year with a couple of refresher sessions for our meetings. The first will be on Tuesday 1 March at 7.30pm at The Barn.  Andy Gowdy, who did our training day, will give a refresher session to cover some of the things we need to look out for when we start checking the bees regularly. The second session will be April 12th, again at 7.30, when we will cover some other topics and do some Bee Biology. If you know anyone who would be interested in joining the Tadcrafters group please feel free to pass on these details and ask them to join us. From April onwards we will need to start checking the bees on a regular basis and we will set up a rota to share a weekly check.

Membership and Training: A reminder that if you would like to do some training our two local Bee groups (Barkston Ash and Leeds Beekeepers Associations) run training courses.  The Barkston Ash course started last week but you can still join in.  For further details see their websites. You will need to pay for these training courses, but you can join the Tadcrafters Beekeeping group for free whether or not you do the training.


 Sherburn Crafters Update

Storm Eunice did not deter our regulars at the Sherburn Tadcrafters in February. We were also delighted to welcome 3 new members. We were pleased to have completed all the daffs which had been kindly knitted so they are ready to go to the Marie Curie collection boxes. We also completed a set of needle cases so we have our own tools and materials. In addition we were stuffing hearts and cutting out and drawing templates for the Yorkits. All in all a good couple of hours work and chat!

Our next meeting is on Friday 18th March, 11am to 1pm at the Old Girls School.


 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

The Grafters are next due to meet on Weds 9th March from 4-6pm at The Barn.  This month we are expecting a visit from the Stillingfleet Hedgehog Rescue Centre who we hope to be making hedgehog lodges for.

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.

We are currently looking for a group leader who is willing to give just 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. If you are interested in talking about this opportunity in more detail please get in touch.

 Gardening Group update

The gardening group ventured out of hibernation just prior to the recent storms in order to plant hundreds of daffodil bulbs outside The Barn. It was not the ideal time of year to be planting them but even if there is not enough time for them to flower this year we are hopeful for a good display next year whilst also providing a much needed spring food source for The Barn’s resident bees.

The group has also visited Three Hagges Woodmeadow at Escrick where Dan, who has been advising us on turning the Quaker Burial Ground into a haven for wildlife, together with Woodmeadow Trust volunteers Alison and John showed us around their wild flower plant nursery and gave us a guided tour of the site. It was a very interesting and informative morning where we have picked up plenty of tips that we can put to good use in the QBG. More information about what is going on there can be found at:


Later this month we’ll be planting 5 heritage variety trees at the Quaker Burial Ground, where an orchard once existed.


 Other News

Lantern workshops: We were very disappointed to have had to postpone the lantern parade last month but the weather was dangerously windy and wet.  The route we would have taken was largely under water only a few hours after we should have been setting off. This does, however, mean that you have a little more time to dig out your old lantern and replace the batteries. The new date is now Sunday 20th March, gathering from 6pm for a 6.30pm (dusk) set off from Sainsbury’s car park.

There will still be a weekend of events to celebrate 5 years of the bridge being re-opened, including the artisan market on Kirkgate and a roller disco at The Barn. Look out for more details nearer the time.

BBC Radio York’s Julia Lewis asked if she could come over and make a lantern with us.  We had a lovely time getting sticky with the PVA glue and she did a really good job! I hope you enjoyed listening in.

BBC Radio York’s Julia Lewis and the lantern she made>  <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, at bargain prices. 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 Please share with anyone you think might be interested.

Impact report: Our full impact report for 2021 was published in February.

  • We made approximately 3,200 items worth around £22,000
  • We helped over 25 worthy causes
  • We have over 50 regular volunteers over 5 project groups
  • We supported Patients and staff in York, Selby and Leeds Hospitals, people living with dementia, bereaved families, girls in developing countries, financially struggling families, breast cancer surgery patients, stoma patients, traumatised anxious and sick children, cancer research, ex service personnel, local refugee children, convalescents, people with poor mental health, and the local community in general.
  • We promoted sustainability by mainly using materials which have been generously donated by private individuals and local companies.  Some surplus items have been sold, and collected items have been passed on to appropriate charities e.g. bras to Smalls for All and tools to Tools with a Mission.  We supported the Stiches for Survival Project at COP26 in Glasgow.

 If you would like the full copy please email me for it.

If you have managed to read this far you are obviously a keen Tadcrafters supporter.  If so you might be interested in helping us out in another way. We have won a few awards in the past and this only happens when someone nominates us or supports a nomination. If you think we deserve a nomination for Community Group of the Year or you think Lynne deserves Volunteer of the Year (which she does) please go to the NYCC website and fill in whatever details that you can before the closing date which is May 6th.   www.northyorks.gov.uk/communityawards

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
  • Blankets (ideally larger sizes) for Martin House Children’s Hospice
  • 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


Tues 1st MarchBeekeeping Group7.30pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Tues 8th MarDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th MarTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Thurs 10th MarYorkits workshop10am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4pmYork Minster
Fri 18th MarSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Sun 20th MarLantern Parade6 for 6.30pm startSainsbury’s Car Park, finishing at St. Mary’s Church
Tues 12th AprDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Tues 12th AprilBeekeeping Group7.30pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 13th AprTadGrafters4-6pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 29th AprSherburn 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