The last month has been influenced by preparations for the upcoming jubilee celebrations and yes, we’ve been making bunting, again, and we’ll have a tombola stall at the Tadcaster Jubilee market.

Although everyone else has been busy running around and making stuff, I’ve been on holiday then out of action due to Covid so there have been very few donations this month, however we did manage to get 70 heart-shaped cushions and 70 matching drain bags out to St. James Hospital breast surgery ward and a fabulous blanket to Martin House Children’s Hospice. Look out for a bumper month in June.

 TadCrafters Group Update

Since the last newsletter we were given the opportunity to create a floral display for the St. Mary’ Church Jubilee flower festival.  Thank you to everyone at the Tadcaster and Sherburn drop-in sessions who were able to create lots of flowers at short notice to contribute to our display which will be available to see at the church, in Tadcaster, on Saturday 4th 10am-4pm and Sunday 5th June 9am- 3.30pm

You will be able to see around 500m of our bunting strewn around the town.  In my view you can’t have enough bunting for a good display so I’m sure Lisa at Simply a Party will be able to help you out if you if you would like to put up some more.

The next Tadcaster Tadcrafters session will be Tuesday 14th June (10am to 3pm at The Barn in Tadcaster).                                          

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

The Tadcrafters gardeners got together on Saturday 7th May at the Tadcaster Primary Academy’s ‘Pond and Beyond’ wildlife area. The garden is looking very good and the next session there is scheduled for Saturday 11th June 10am-1pm.

As you know, Tadcrafters will have a stall at the Platinum Jubilee street market on Sunday 5th June. We would like to include a plant sale so if you have any spare plants they will be very gratefully received. Collection can be arranged.

We are planning a group visit to the garden at Newton Kyme Hall East Wing on Sunday 3rd July, 1-3pm. The garden is opening as part of the NGS Open Gardens scheme but only for pre-arranged groups. If you are interested in going (and haven’t already let me know) please get in touch by 10th June as numbers need to be confirmed prior to the visit. The cost is £13 per person including tea and cake and all proceeds will go to charity. https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/35393/east-wing-newton-kyme-hall

For more information on any of the above, please contact Sue at tadcraftersst@outlook.com

 Beekeeping Group Update

Our Two bee hives are going well.  We have had to keep an eye on one of them as the bees have been determined to swarm. We did a “Demeree” swarm control and now have a new queen cell. We’ll leave the hive for a few weeks and will hopefully have a new mated queen when we next inspect. 

The other hive had a low amount of brood (new bees) but has come back in the last few weeks.. The sealed queen cell was still there.  There were quite a lot of other Queen cells with larvae and a couple sealed, which we got rid of.  The top brood box still had some sealed brood but there were lots of baby bees hatching, which I still find very cute.  And no new larvae or eggs, which is what there should be.

Both hives still have a good amount of honey and we will hopefully be able to harvest some in June.

We are still on a steep learning curve but the past few weeks have been very enjoyable and fascinating. I still get rather excited when I see a new bee burrowing out of its cell.

During June we will continue regular hive inspections and will arrange a date for harvesting the honey. Unfortunately, it’s proving difficult to have a regular rota for inspections but we are mostly doing them on Saturday mornings.

If you would like to join the group or even just come along for a quick look, please get in touch through the Tadcrafters email tadcrafters@outlook.com and ask to be put on the beekeeping mailing list, and I will get in touch.

Sara- Group leader

 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

The TadGrafters are now meeting at the new time of 1-3pm (instead of 4-6pm) which suits the regulars much better.  Although numbers need to be kept low for the sake of safety, we are still able to welcome new members so if you would like to just come and have a look or havea go please come down. The Grafters are next due to meet on Weds 13th June from 1-3pm at The Barn, Tadcaster We are continuing to make hedgehog lodges and bug hotels for local wildlife and some of the guys have been helping sort out the ramps for the skatepark at The Barn.  

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.

   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 27th June 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 on Sunday 5th June they would be very welcome

 Other News

In the last newsletter we told you about how we are supporting a local Ukrainian Refugee with fabric etc.  We have now been able to loan her a sewing machine too, to help her start her own business.  In the last month we have been awarded funding from Localgiving’s Magic Little Grants to be able to support other local refugees with craft-related activities and enabling them to become more integrated into the local community.  If anyone would particularly like to be involved in this initiative please get in touch.

We are continuing to work on plans to run more arts and cultural activities in Tadcaster with the hope of one day having a Tadcaster Arts Centre.  If you are a local artist or 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

  • 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