It’s the holiday season so I hope you’ve all being enjoying some lovely weather and you haven’t been badly affected with any travel disruption.

There are a couple of changes to our regular sessions coming up so please make sure you read on and are aware of them. You might want to make a note in your diary of a few other events coming up on our calendar too.

We have had another month of lovely donations in terms of things people have made and also surplus fabric and wool etc. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, you are very much appreciated.

Amongst many other activities this month we have

  • Displayed a floral wall hanging at St. Mary’s Church Jubilee Festival
  • Had a Tombola stall at the Jubilee market in Tadcaster
  • Decorated Tadcaster with approx 500m of bunting
  • Given 10 twiddlemuffs to the stroke ward at York Hospital
  • Gardened at Tadcaster Primary Academy
  • Had a Tadcaster drop-in session
  • Had a TadGrafters woodworking session
  • Had a Sherburn Crafters session
  • Given 10 shawls to the stroke ward at York Hospital
  • Weeded at Quaker Burial Ground
  • Extracted the first of this year’s honey from our hives
  • Given 253 bras donated to Smalls for All
  • Donated fabric to local schools to make costumes for a parade and to create a watery-themed collage.
  • Sent 32 Yorkits to Malawi
  • Given 70 bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
  • Given 11 blankets and 4 patchwork quilts to Martin House Children’s Hospice   

 TadCrafters Group Update

The next Tadcaster drop-in session will be on Tuesday July 12th 10am-3pm.  This month we are delighted to be able to welcome our lantern guru and all-round talented artist, Tony Wade, who will be helping us to create some amazing silk paintings as part of a Tadcaster-wide art project. You don’t need to be experienced or artistic to be able to join in but this is a great opportunity to represent Tadcrafters as part of this bigger community display. Bring a packed-lunch for yourself and plan to stay for the whole session, if you wish, to give yourself plenty of time. NB our August session will be held at Tadcaster Leisure Centre (off Station Road).

It has been a long time since we updated you on our bra collection for Smalls for All.

Over the last few months, we have had lots of bags of bras dropped off at The Barn from unknown supporters, as well as some big bags from regular donators – thank you one and all.

Last week 253 bras were posted off to the depot bringing the total collected from the beginning to 3280. What’s more there are many more on the way to us for next month already. It is going to be a bumper year.

Last month’s drop in sessions in Tadcaster and Sherburn managed to create 13 Yorkits, an astonishing amount of work to do from scratch. In total 36 kits and 3 sets of patterns have been parcelled up and are on their way to Malawi. Even more impressive is that they were ready to go 2 months early, the deadline being the beginning of September. Thanks to you, these young women will be in school for a further 7200 days.

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 gardening group have been fairly active during June. At the beginning of the month we created quite a collection of surplus plants and were able to hold a successful plant sale alongside the tombola at the Platinum Jubilee street market.

In the middle of the month we returned to the Tadcaster Primary Academy wildlife garden to keep it tidy now that it is looking so good following our earlier efforts. We will be returning to keep up the good work there during the school summer holidays.

In the Quaker Burial Ground the weeds around the hedge saplings we planted at the end of last year suddenly took off and the hedge was in danger of getting swamped so a session was arranged to clear the weeds from the around the hedge. Happily all the hedge saplings have not only survived but are growing well, and hopefully will continue to thrive now that the competition from the weeds has been removed. You can see the difference in the before and after photos. The apple trees we planted earlier this year are also growing well, however unfortunately, the anticipated wild flower meadow has not fared so well having been repeatedly mown in error by the SDC contractors, but hopefully this will be able to recover next year.

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

 Beekeeping Group Update

This month has been a bit of a waiting game for the Beekeepers. One hive is quite settled and has been building up a nice lot of brood and honey. On the other hive we have been trying to stop them swarming as they have produced lots of new queen cells. We left the bees with their queen cell for four weeks, hoping that the new queen would go out, mate and return home.  We’re not sure if that has happened so we need to take further action.

However, both hives have given us a good amount of honey and allowed us to do our first proper late Spring harvest. We extracted the equivalent of 10 full frames.  We won’t have quite enough to set up our own honey stall but we hope to be able to offer the odd jar at our groups.  Thanks to Andy for the loan of his motorised extractor, which was a big help.

If you would like to join the group please email tadcrafers@outlook.com. We mostly meet to inspect on Saturday mornings but some evenings too when the weather is good.  We’re  mostly novices and are enjoying learning together-Sara

Photos courtesy of Simon

 TadGrafters Wood-working Group Update

The Grafters are next due to meet on Weds 12th July from 1-3pm at The Barn, Tadcaster, however, in August we will be meeting up at Little Land (walking distance from Tadcaster past Riverside School towards Boston Spa).  We hope to do some whittling, possibly round a campfire, thanks to Chub. If you need directions please ask.

The TadGrafters now meet at 1-3pm.  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 have a go please come down.  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 Barn building accessed from Leeds Road.

   Sherburn Crafters Update

The Sherburn Crafting sessions are well 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 may 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 15th July 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.

 Other News

It’s always nice to win something to if you can please could you vote for us to give us more chances of winning £1000 from this organisation?

Read these instructions then click on the following link which takes you to a website

Click on the “nominate a charity” button.

Do not search for Charity name or number (we aren’t one, but we do qualify) but tick the “registration exempt” box just above it.

In the “Charity name” box write “Tadcrafters Community Interest Company”

In the “Charity type” box select “community”

You should be able to work the rest of it out and it should only take you a few seconds. Thank you!

Link: https://movementforgood.com/#nominateACharity

If you happen to find yourself in the foyer of York Hospital, please have a look out for the patchwork to commemorate the York Scrubs that Tadcrafters were a part of, making scrubs for staff in a variety of local hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic then there was a lack of PPE. There should be a few of our patches included.

We were recently awarded funding from Localgiving’s Magic Little Grants to be able to support local refugees with craft-related activities and enabling them to become more integrated into the local community.  If you know of any refugees who might be interested 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 maybe 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

  • Blankets (ideally larger sizes between 3 x 4 to 5 x 8 feet) for Martin House Children’s Hospice
  • 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
  • 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

A huge thank you to the many people who have donated many, many things to us and have kept us going. If you have some surplus that you would like donate to us please be aware that we are really short of storage space so please try to stick as close as possible to our wish list, or speak to us first. Donations can be made at The Barn, ideally at one of the Tuesday drop-in sessions.

  • 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

Tadcrafters Calendar

DateEventTimeLocation
Sunday 3rd JulyGardening group visit1pm – 3pmNewton Kyme Hall garden
Tues 12th JulyDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 13th JulyTadGrafters1-3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 16th JulySherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 9th AugDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmTadcaster Leisure Centre
Weds 10th AugTadGrafters1-3pmLittle Land, Tadcaster
Fri 19th AugSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 13th SeptDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 14th SeptTadGrafters1-3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 16th SeptSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Tues 11th OctDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 12th OctTadGrafters1-3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Sat 15th OctHebden Bridge Rag Market10am-4pmHebden Bridge
Fri 21th OctSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
TBCTadAppleDayTBCThe Barn, Tadcaster
Tues 8th NovDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 9th NovTadGrafters1-3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 18th NovSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School
Sun 27th NovTombola Stall10am-3pmTadcaster Christmas Market
Tues 13th DecDrop-in workshop10am- 3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Weds 14th DecTadGrafters1-3pmThe Barn, Tadcaster
Fri 16th DecSherburn Crafters11-1pmSherburn Old Girls School