Dozens of green events at Hornbeam & around Waltham Forest...
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16th & 17th May 2015

Now recruiting for Green Open Homes Weekend 2015!

Have you made home improvements which have kept you warm and saved you money? If so, would you be willing to share your experience to inspire others? We’re looking for people to take part in this year’s Green Open Homes weekend on 16th & 17th May  2015.

Last year over 400 visits were made to 15 homes across the borough where energy saving measures were on show and householders were on hand to talk about the impact these had made on their homes and their fuel bills.

Dee & Dwight's House in LeytonstoneWe’re looking for homeowners and renters to take part in this year’s event!

So whether you have taken small steps (eg draught-proofing, building with reclaimed materials or using low energy light bulbs), or if you have done major work (eg installing solar panels or under-floor insulation), and are willing to open your home (or parts of it) to the public on 16th and/or 17th May get in touch by 10th April!

You would be joining a network of enthusiastic, like-minded people in a successful and well-managed project which has the capacity to really make a difference.

Please email with your name, address, type of property and a brief outline of the energy efficiency measures which are installed. We would love to hear from you

Events at Hornbeam

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Wednesday 8th  •  8pm - 9.15pm
Join us for a discussion on cycling issues, opportunities, and upcoming events on the second Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome and we appreciate all contributions. We usually go to a nearby pub after the meeting . Click here for more information about us.

Folk Night  •  Saturday 11th  •  7pm - 10pm
We are launching an exciting new monthly folk night at the Hornbeam Cafe. Come along to sing, play and listen to lovely acoustic folk music. Bring an instrument and play some tunes for us, or just come and enjoy the music. There'll be traditional songs, original music, covers and the opportunity to just have a jam with others on the night. Free and open to all. The cafe will be open and selling a range of tasty snacks, cakes and drinks.

Mosaics Workshops  •  Saturday  11th and 29th  •  10am - 1pm
Learn mosaics in these workshops at the Hornbeam. Cost: £55 for full day. For more information or to book online go to or contact Aliyah at

Organiclea Jamming Sessions  •  Monday 13th, 20th, 27th  •  2pm - 5pm
We will be starting up jamming sessions again at the Hornbeam Centre and looking for volunteers to come and help create jams, preserves, chutneys, cordials, flavoured vinegars, oils and perhaps even some fancy kale chile using surplus produce from Organiclea. These sessions will be led by a sessional worker and aim to give volunteers skills in jam and preserve making as well as how to deal with seasonal gluts by turning fruit and vegetables into jars of delicious goodness. Space is limited to about 5 per session and priority will be given to Organiclea and Hornbeam volunteers, so please let us know which sessions you would like to attend. 
Small relaxing time for children  •  Monday 13th 4-5 pm
A free meditation session for children aged from 8 to 12 years old at the Hornbeam. This session will be a simple, imaginative, relaxing exercise without any reference to religion or beliefs, to help children to learn the benefit of this practice.
Would your child be interested in attending? If so please get in touch to reserve their place.  Parents are welcome to participate or sit in the cafe. For booking please send an email to: with your name and your child age.

New Lammas Lands Defence Committee   •  Thursday 16th  •  8pm – 10pm
We meet on the third Thursday of each month. Our aim is to defend the former Lammas Lands of Leyton and Walthamstow Marshes, so that they remain public open space in perpetuity.

Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth  •  Tuesday 21st   •   8pm - 9pm
We're a local volunteer group that meets once a month to help highlight environmental issues. We're always looking for like-minded people to get involved. Venue: Le Delice Cafe, 117 Hoe Street, E17 4QR. Cost: Free. Contact:, or call Helen on 07712 654632.

Fork to Fork Seasonal Supper Club  •  Saturday 25th  •  7.30pm – 11pm
The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! 3 Courses for £15! Delicious, healthy & tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked & cooked. We're offering a tasty main course, as well as scrumptious starters and delightful desserts. And making use of as much local produce as possible, provided by Organiclea Community Growers. We cater for all special dietary requirements – please alert us to any such dietary requirements when you book.

For more info and to book, click , go to: To book, click here.

Waltham Forest LETS  •  Saturday 25th   •   10.30am - 12pm
Pop along to the comfortable surroundings of the Hornbeam Cafe to find out about Waltham Forest Local Exchange Trading Scheme. If you like the way that people can exchange all kinds of goods and services with one another without the need for money, then you can also join up on the spot. For more information please check our website: or email

Tiny Tempo   •   Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd   •   9.30am - 11.30am
Join The Tiny Tempo Team for a fun introduction to musical concepts-using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing! With guitars, ukuleles, and a lot of energy, fun is had by all. £5 for one child, £8 for two children. 9.30am start for under 18 months and 10.30 start for 18 months and older.

Life Classes   •   Sunday 12th and 26th   •   3pm - 5pm
This is a wonderful opportunity on alternate Sundays to make original art in front of a life model. You only have to bring yourself (and a sketchbook if you wish to take notes) as all materials will be provided. These classes will be taught by Jonathan Ellis, an experienced, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. Every class starts with a short slideshow to introduce that week’s theme, followed by drawing exercises in a variety of media. Advance booking essential at or text 07980713819.

And don't forget the ....

Baker's Arms Book Group  •   Every Friday  •  7.30pm
We are an informal and friendly group (sometimes some of us haven’t even read the book!).
See our book list here. Tea, coffee, wine available.New members welcome, just turn up.

OrganicLea market stall  •   Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th  •  10am - 3pm
Located right outside the Hornbeam Centre on Saturdays, the market stall sells organic and ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, plus homemade bread, jams and preserves. It’s a buzzing space, where buying fresh produce is an enjoyable activity and where information about food can be freely shared.  Healthy Start vouchers can be used to buy fruit and vegetables at the stalls or box scheme. More details here.

Events elsewhere

Waltham Forest Green Drinks     Wednesday 1st   •   8.30pm - 11pm
This is a fabulous opportunity for us to get together to share information about green projects that we are involved in, make new friends, and have a good laugh. We meet on the 1st of each month at the Rose and Crown (55 Hoe St, E17 4SA). Just ask at the bar where the Green Drinkers are sitting! We hope to see plenty of you there. This event is coordinated by Waltham Forest LETS:

Under 5’s Nature Explorers   •   Wednesday 1st   •   10am - 1pm
Join us for FREE adventures and activities in Lloyd Park for under 5s and their parents/carers on the first Weds each month. We will start the day with a fun ramble around the park searching for items around our monthly theme. There will then be activities and story time until 12pm. Hot drinks and healthy snacks will be available during and after the activities. These sessions are free and booking is recommend to avoid disappointment. Please contact Rachel on 07787193981 or e-mail for more information or to book your place. Venue: Meeting in the Community Room in the Aveling Centre Lloyd Park, E17 4PP

Waltham Forest Greenpeace    •   Wednesday 1st    •   7.30pm - 8.30pm
The local Greenpeace group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street. Come along to find out how you can make a local difference to global campaigns to Save the Arctic, stop deforestation and protect our oceans. All are welcome. Contact, 07967 380548 or visit us at

Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening    •   Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd    •   10am - 1pm
We meet at the William Morris Garden (near Forest Road gate) in Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow every Thursday. Help keep the new William Morris Garden looking lovely with Lloyd Park’s Head Gardener. Contact 020 8496 3000 or email

Walthamstow Village Monthly Gardening Day   •   Saturday 4th   •   10.30am - 12.30pm
Wear sturdy shoes/boots and if you have them bring gardening gloves; all other equipment will be provided.Please meet at the square at the Eden Road/Orford Road junction.
For more details contact Helen Lerner on 07814 042499 or

Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers   •   Sunday 12th   •   9.45am - 4.30pm
A change to the usual first Sunday of the month meeting date. Practical and fun conservation activities. No experience required. Tools, training, coffee, tea & biscuits provided, home made cakes always welcome.  Bring your own lunch. Wear suitable clothing & stout footwear.
Meet at 1a Connaught Close, Lea Bridge Rd (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Free.
Contact 07757 766950, or More information

BARA Bike Ride     Sunday 5th   •   10.30am
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road off High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AD (behind NatWest which is on the corner). The rides are on the first Sunday of every month. Free.

Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 12th   •   11am
Enjoy a variety of practical conservation activities on the second Sunday each month. FREE. Meet at Larkswood Recreation Ground (Normanshire Drive entrance), Chingford E4. Contact: 020 8524 5794

Walthamstow Family Bike Club  •  Sunday 12th  •  1pm - 5pm
A relaxed and sociable ride around open spaces and cafes in and around Waltham Forest. Meet 1pm outside the Ancient House Orford Rd/Church Lane junction, E17 on the second Sunday each month. Free. More info here, or contact Paul 020 8520 0648,

Lloyd Park Walk for Women  •  Monday 13th, 20th, 27th  •  10am - 10.45am
Join a free and friendly women-only walk on Mondays at Lloyd Park. Improve your health and wellbeing whilst enjoying the outdoors and a good chat! Meet outside the park cafe (in the middle of the park, next to the play area). All abilities welcome. Wear sensible clothing and flat shoes. Find out more by emailing Ellie at or calling her on 0208 496 2822. Can't find us on the day? Call 07530 072216.

Leytonstone Green Drinks   •   Wednesday 15th   •   8pm
A monthly friendly get-together for the green and eco-minded, organised by Transition Leytonstone at 8pm on 15th of each month. Newcomers always welcome. The Walnut Tree, 857-861 High Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HH. Tube: Leytonstone, Bus W14, 257, W15, W16, W19. Contact Ros 0208 556 0885,

Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth   •   Tuesday 21st   •   8pm - 9pm 
We’re a local volunteer group that meets 3rd Tuesday each month to help highlight environmental issues. We're always looking for like-minded people to get involved. Le Delice café, 117 Hoe Street, E17 4QR. Contact: Helen 07712 654632.

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 26th   •   10am - 3pm
We meet every fourth Sunday of the month at 10am at Walthamstow Library for a 10:15am start. We have a few routes lined up and usually decide distance and destination on the day according to what people prefer. We ride leisurely suited to the wishes of participants. We usually stay within 30 miles and sometimes considerably shorter. We tend to be back by 3pm and always have a snack stop somewhere. Contact Robert

Organiclea Open Day   •   Sunday 26th   •   12 noon - 4pm
Hawkwood Plant Nursery, our beautiful 12 acre market garden site, hosts for family friendly Open Days on the last Sunday of every month.  Just show up on the last Sunday each month to have look around, talk to the growers, or help out with horticultural tasks. Get a helping hand with your garden too: buy plants and compost to see you through the summer. Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH. More info here or call 020 8524 4994 .

Save Lea Marshes
Save Lea Marshes is a group of individuals who are campaigning to ensure that all the Lower Lea Valley marshes - Tottenham Marsh, Walthamstow Marsh, Leyton Marsh and Hackney Marshes - remain open and green. For more information, contact or see our website:

And also ....

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall   •   every Saturday   •   10.30am - 3pm
The Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea stall sells organic and ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, plus homemade bread, jams and preserves from outside Matalan, 829-837 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HH.

 The Conservation Volunteers BAT   •    Tue, Wed, Thu each week   •   9am - 4.30pm 
Our established Biodiversity Action Team (BAT) helps manage some of Waltham Forest’s most beautiful and vibrant sites for nature conservation.  Help improve your local green spaces through a wide range of activities including; woodland management, habitat creation, pond maintenance and some environmental construction.  With practical sessions every day there are plenty of opportunities to join in, meet new people, learn new skills and discover hidden green spaces while improving your health and stamina. No previous experience is required. Venue: 1a Connaught Close, Leyton, E10 7QS. (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Contact Tom Nandi, 07917267573,

Significant Seams Mending Club   •   Every Wednesday     •   1pm - 3pm
Do you need help with mending your socks, a seam or hem that's come undone or a pair of jeans that need shortening?  Fancy some company while you stitch? Fancy an excuse to socialise? Come along with your items every Wednesday afternoon and receive guidance on how to mend your stuff, or get involved in one of our community projects! £3 recommended donation. Drop ins welcome! Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, Walthamstow,  E17 3JX.

Priory Court Gardening Club   •   Every Wednesday     •   2.30pm - 4.30pm
Priory Court Community Centre has its very own sustainable food growing garden where we grow everything from tomatoes and beetroot to onions, lettuce and courgettes. We want to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food so if you would like to get involved and join our volunteers to help our project please get in touch! Beginners welcome.Please contact us on 020 8531 9990. Priory Court Community Centre, 11 Priory Court, Walthamstow, London, E17 5NB.

Significant Seams Neighbourly Stitch & Knit   •  Every Thurs & the first Sat of month   •  1pm  - 3pm
A safe and supportive group, where all are welcome. This group is like a book club, for people who make, want to make, or want to learn to make in the most informal of environments... or want to socialise with people who do. Partner organisations refer people struggling with anxiety or depression and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence but people’s backgrounds and personal challenges are their own business, for sharing only if they chose. This is a befriending group. £3 recommended donation. Drop Ins Welcome. Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, Walthamstow,  E17 3JX.

Waltham Forest Green Gym    •   Every Friday    •    11am - 2pm
Want to improve your health and well-being but not too keen on running machines or lycra? Then why not take a look at our award-winning alternative... You could be helping the environment as well as yourself! We all know we should try to be healthier and fitter. We are increasingly aware of the importance of our natural resources and environment. Green Gym ticks all the boxes! The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym inspires you to improve both your health and the environment at the same time. Experienced leaders guide you through a range of practical projects giving you the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors - improving your strength and stamina, boosting your practical skills and confidence and benefiting your local green spaces. This event takes place at Lloyd Park. Contact Gareth 02085338022,

Click here for all green events for the next 12 months
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The Hornbeam Café is open 10am - 5pm six days a week Tuesday to Sunday.

Room hire available 7 days a week from £10/hour: online availability & full details here.


The Hornbeam, 458 Hoe St, London, E17 9AH
020 8558 6880


Seeking Green Entrepreneurs

The Hornbeam is hosting a free six week course (one day a week) for people in Waltham Forest who want to start their own green enterprise run by London Sustainability Exchange LSX). From up-cycling to recycling, this course is about making money from what would otherwise be waste. Whether you are just starting out, have an idea or what to develop one, this course is for you if you are from a community group in Waltham Forest and looking for extra income. Alongside social enterprise start-up specialists, Tree Shepherd, this course will explore the key aspects of enterprise development, including marketing and finance. With additional support and workshops, we will help you build confidence, develop your idea and launch your enterprise.
Places are limited on this popular course -  book yours now: 0207 234 9400
Or visit  

Volunteering at the Hornbeam
The Hornbeam runs an Eco-Volunteering project, which aims to grow the range of 'green' volunteer opportunities throughout Waltham Forest and beyond. Our mission is to become the best source of ethical, well supported, environmental volunteering placements in London. Click here to sign up for our monthly update of volunteering opportunities.

Hornbeam Centre

Kitchen and Cafe - You can find a range of our volunteering vacancies on our website. Such as Cafe Volunteer, which offers training in sustainable catering, including low-impact suppliers, food safety, and barista skills. Click here for the role description and read about Tess' experience of being a Cafe Volunteer.

Change Champions  - Could you reach out to people to help them share, grow and nurture their resources?Have you got an idea which would help local people live well for less? Could you pass on your skills and help others think about how to make the most of their resources? Could you make a difference to people in Waltham Forest? The Hornbeam Centre is looking for change champions who can work with us to inspire their communities come up with an idea to share, grow or nurture their resources. Click here for more info.

Forest Recycling Project

Thanks to our team of volunteers, Forest Recycling Project (FRP) diverted over 10 tonnes of paint from waste streams last year. Could you help us to do even better next year? Volunteering with FRP provides an opportunity to learn about our innovative paint re-use project, help the environment and provide people with access to affordable paint.

At FRP we need volunteers to help run our shop and warehouse, as well as to help us deliver special projects. Join our team to learn new skills, help FRP grow and make a visible difference in the community.
Please visit our website for details of current volunteer opportunities, including a 12-week, work experience programme for people aged 18-30, who want support developing employment skills and setting their own personal goals.

To find out more: or call 0208 539 3856.

Organiclea - help us feed Waltham Forest!
  • Veg Box Packers: Every week a team of volunteers helps us to pack local, organic veg bags for box scheme customers all over Waltham Forest.  Packing takes place on Wednesdays 10.30am-3pm.
  • Horticultural Assistant: The growing season has started at Hawkwood, we welcome volunteers of all levels of experience to help with all aspects of the market garden on Wednesdays 11am-4pm, Fridays 11am-4pm and Tuesdays 1.30-4.30pm.
  • Stalls Volunteers: Help out on our sociable Saturday market stall outside the Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow. Volunteers commit to a monthly shift on the stall or provide occasional cover  as needed.

If you're interested in any volunteer opportunities at Organiclea please contact Jo to arrange an induction, on 020 8524 4994 or
Click here for all our volunteering opportunities at Organiclea.
Regular events at Hornbeam (just turn up on the night unless 'booking essential')
  • Every Tuesday 7pm: Italian Class (booking essential)
  • Every Thursday 2pm: Knitting and crafts group
  • Every Saturday 10am: E17 Junior Guitar Club (booking essential)
  • Every 2nd Wednesday of the month 8pm: Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign
  • Every last Friday of the month 7.30pm: Bakers Arms Book Group
  • Every last Saturday of the month 10.30am - midday: WF LETS drop-in & enrolment (except December)
  • Every last Saturday of the month 7.30pm: Seasonal Supper Club (except December. Booking essential)
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