This month has been a little disrupted by the Easter Holidays, some last minute changes, and some lively bees, so thank you to everyone who has managed to adapt and keep everything ticking along nicely.

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

  • Gardening at Tadcaster Primary Academy and Quaker Burial Ground
  • 10 blankets and 4 patchwork quilts to Martin House Children’s Hospice
  • 19 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
  • Donated fabric etc to a Ukrainian refugee to help her start up her sewing business
  • 12 Syringe driver bags to ward 31 at York Teaching Hospital.
  • Hebden Bridge Rag Market

 TadCrafters Group Update

Thank you to everyone who changed their plans and made it to the session a week earlier than intended.  For those people who didn’t manage to make it we hope you can come along to the next session which will be Tuesday 10th May (10am to 3pm at The Barn in Tadcaster).

We’ll be finishing off lots of bunting for the jubilee celebrations, preparing for the tombola stall as well as lots of other little jobs. If you can spare an hour or so to help us man the stall (and stop Lynne chucking out too many duff tickets) on Sunday 5th June we would very much appreciate it. There will be a list for you to sign up at the May session.

< Eunice modelling her blanket
Staff at ward 31 in York modelling the syringe driver bags >

Last month Eunice brought in the blanket from a really nice pattern she has found which uses lots of different colours of wool which is ideal for using up our stocks. Please email us if you would like the pattern.  Sandra has been doing some in-depth research to develop a new project to make syringe driver bags for ward 31 at York Teaching Hospital. She has now made and delivered the first batch which the staff seem to be very pleased with.  We are open to new ideas for projects so please let us know if you come across a new project or an organisation that could benefit from something that we could make.

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.

If you can fold bags etc carefully so they are not crumpled by the time they are donated it would be very much appreciated.  

 Gardening Group update

At the beginning of April, the gardening group met at the ‘Pond and Beyond’ wildlife garden at Tadcaster Primary Academy to carry out some post-winter tidying up. This will continue on Saturday 7th May at 10am. If you are interested in getting involved, please come along to this or contact Sue at tadcraftersst@outlook.com

The results of our previous activities this year can be seen in the Quaker Burial Ground where the apple trees have blossomed, the hedge is flourishing and the daffodil bulbs we planted both there and outside The Barn have flowered.

Don’t forget that Millrace Garden (which kindly supplied us with plants for the QBG) is open as part of the National Open Gardens Scheme on Sunday 22nd May in Garforth. More information can be found at: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/20316

< Daffodils flowering along the newly planted hedge
The newly planted  heritage variety apple trees blossoming  >

 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

The TadGrafters will now be meeting at the new time of 1-3pm (instead of 4-6pm), so we hope that our regulars are still able to attend but also this time might be more convenient for some new grafters to come along too.  The Grafters are next due to meet on Weds 11th May from 1-3pm at The Barn, Tadcaster.  We are continuing to make hedgehog lodges and bug hotels for local wildlife but hope to be able to expand our number of projects and welcome new ideas.

If you are interested in joining the group, you only need to bring yourself and you don’t need to be an expert.  The session is free but a £1 donation is appreciated. The entrance and parking is at the back of the building accessed from Leeds Road.

 Beekeeping Group Update

It’s been an exciting month for the beekeepers as the bees are now very active, and the weather has been warm enough to open the hives and have a really good look around.  Thankfully we are well supported with mentors and Andy has come over to help us novices find the elusive queens and keep us on the right path.

Because of where our hives are we are very lucky to be able to allow people to observe the hives at close hand safely through a window, so if you fancy coming along, even if it’s just for a look without getting all suited up, please get in touch. 

< If you know a bit about bees you might be able to spot some queen cells.

   Sherburn Crafters Update

The Sherburn Crafting sessions are becoming nicely established now but new people are always welcome to come along.  Just like the Tadcaster workshop, it’s free to attend but a £1 donation is appreciated. Projects are similar to the Tadcaster sessions too but can be adapted to more local needs and ideas.

The sessions are usually the third Friday of the month and next session will be on Friday 20th May 11am-1pm. Workshops are held at the Sherburn Old Girls School where there is also a very nice little café where you can have a spot of lunch afterwards.

If any of the Sherburn regulars would like to help at the Tadcaster Jubilee market tombola stall they would be very welcome

 Other News

Lynne and I had a really busy day at the Hebden Bridge Rag Market (and the day before it!) selling off some of our surplus fabrics, haberdashery and books etc to people who really appreciate them.  We met some wonderful people and hope we have been able to support some other community initiatives, as well as raising a little money to help keep all our activities free by paying for the boring stuff like venue fees, insurance and an accountant. Hopefully this also helped to raise our profile on our Etsy shop which helps to support our work too. Please tell anyone who you think might be interested or give them this link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tadcrafters/

Tadcrafters as an organisation is all about helping people to be able to help others and in April we were really pleased to be able to help a Ukrainian refugee, now living locally, to start up her own sewing business.  She managed to visit us just before the Rag Market and was given her pick of fabric and haberdashery.  Although she is yet to learn more than the odd word of English, it was clear that she was delighted with her haul and I understand she got to work as soon as she got home.  We hope to be able to support her further as she settles in and becomes more established.

We’ve been chatting to a number of people about the possibility of running more arts and cultural activities in Tadcaster with the hope of one day having a Tadcaster Arts Centre.  If this is something you think is a good idea and would like to discuss or support please get in touch. 

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

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

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

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/
  • 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.
  • 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/
  • 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 messages and 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