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Dozens of green events at Hornbeam and elsewhere in Waltham Forest, ranging from E17 Art Trail exhibitions, coaching & upcycling workshops, cycle rides and nature walks, to Hornbeam's ever popular Kids' Kitchen, Open Mic evening & Fork to Fork Supper Club.

Whats on in June at




... and elsewhere
Events at Hornbeam
 
Small Habits – E17 Art Trail  •  until Saturday 15th   •    10am - 5pm
An exhibition of small mixed works by local people in and outside the Hornbeam Centre (closed on Mondays).
 
E17 Art Trail @ FRP: "Perturbation"  •  Tuesday 3rd - Sunday 15th  •  10am - 2pm
FRP joins the art trail with an exhibition by Gemma Seddon of tree sculptures created from reclaimed domestic copper pipes. The exhibition is held at FRP's reclaimed paint shop which is tucked away behind The Hornbeam Café. Opening times: Tue to Fri 10am to 2pm & Sat 10am to 2pm. The exhibition runs until Sunday 15th June.

Make-a-habit workshop  •   Saturday 7th   •   4 - 6 pm
Workshop for adults... an opportunity to find out how to use coaching to start and keep good habits going. Run by coach Grace Wiiliams.
 
Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Wednesday 11th  •  8 - 9.15pm
Join us for a discussion on cycling issues, opportunities, and upcoming events. 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.

Kids Kitchen   •   Friday 13th   •   10am - 12noon
We all cook a fresh healthy lunch together for our children (under 5s), while singing songs, playing and washing up, and there is also lovely café food (including cake!) available for us bigger kids too at lunchtime.  Booking essential, online here. Oh, and we are also looking for volunteers to help us, see website: http://kidskitchenlondon.wordpress.com/volunteer-with-us/

Open Mic night  •  Friday 13th  •  7.30 - 11pm
Experience a compelling mix of local & talented performers, warmly supportive audience, healthy organic ales, ciders & wines, and mouthwatering snacks. Singers, musicians, poets, comedians and magicians are all welcome to grace our intimate stage. And this is the best venue for first time performers as we are the most friendly and encouraging venue this side of the river. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the music kicks off at 8.15, no need to book - just turn up.  More details here or from from Andy 07940 260558, andy@mirror-mic.com

New Lammas Lands Defence Committee   •  Thursday 19th  •  8 – 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. www.lammaslands.org.uk
 
Give a Chair some Wings! Hornbeam Up-cycling Workshop  •  Saturday 21st   •  2pm - 5pm
Gain hands-on skills on how to transform old furniture using decoupage and paint techniques with artist Giles Leaman. Wooden chairs and all materials provided. Cost £5 per chair so bring friends or family and make something amazing together. Limited places available, booking essential by emailing karen@hornbeam.org.uk or phoning 0208 558 6880 stating how many chairs you would like and how many people you will be bringing.

Bakers Arms Book Group  •   Friday 27th   •   7.30pm
We are an informal and friendly group (sometimes some of us haven’t even read the book!). Tea, coffee, wine available. New members welcome, just turn up. Book list here.

LETS Join  •  Saturday 28th  •  10:30 - 12noon
Pop along to the comfortable surroundings of the Hornbeam Cafe 10.30am - 12noon to find out about Waltham Forest LETS (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. Members are also welcome to pop by to chat and trade. For more information here or email info@wflets.org.

Fork to Fork: Seasonal Supper Club  •   Saturday 28th   •   6.30 - 10.30pm   
The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a vegetarian feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! All 3 courses for just £15! The supper club is open from 6.30-10.30pm so you can choose your time to book a table (latest 9pm). Advance booking is essential. The café can cater for all special dietary requirements. Click here for more information, including how to book.

And don't forget the ....
OrganicLea market stall  •   Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th   •  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

Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers      Sunday 1st   •   9.30am - 4pm
We meet on the first Sunday of every month from 9:30am, leaving at 10am for task site. Finish approx. 4.30pm Practical and fun conservation activities. Tools, training, tea & biscuits provided. No experience required. Bring your own lunch. Wear suitable clothing & stout footwear. Meet at 1a Connaught Close, Lea Bridge Rd (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Call/text if you want to meet on site. Free. Contact 07757 766950, or info@lbcv.org.uk. More information www.lbcv.org.uk

BARA Cycle Ride     Sunday 1st   •   10am
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.

Waltham Forest Green Drinks   •   Sunday 1st   •   8.30pm - 11pm
An informal opportunity for people with green/community interests to get together, chat about projects they’re involved in or find out about those of others at the Rose & Crown (55 Hoe St, E17 4SA). Ask at the bar to find out where Green Drinkers are sitting. Contact: suewheat@me.com

Save Lea Marshes meeting     Monday 2nd     7 -  9pm
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. We meet on a Monday every two weeks; this meeting will be at the Princess of Wales 146 Lea Bridge Rd E5 9RB (we alternate between two pubs on Lea Bridge Road The Hare and Hounds at 7.30pm and the Princess of Wales at 7pm). For more information, contact saveleytonmarsh@hotmail.co.uk or see our website: www.saveleamarshes.org.uk.

Under 5’s Nature Explorers   •   Wednesday 4th   •   10am - 1pm
Join us for FREE adventures and activities in Lloyd Park for under 5s and their parents/carers. 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 r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk 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 4th    •   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 daveocarroll@hotmail.com, 07967 380548 or visit us at http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/groups/walthamstow
 
Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening   •   Thursday 5th & Thursday 19th  •   10am - 1pm
Get outdoors, meet new people, get new skills & knowledge, improve your health & well-being, be part of your community and help keep the new William Morris Garden looking lovely with Lloyd Park’s Head Gardener on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month. Meet at the William Morris Garden (near the Forest Road gate). Contact 020 8496 3000 or email ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk.

Walthamstow Village Gardening Day   •  Saturday 7th    •   10.30am - 12:30pm
Wear sturdy shoes/boots and if you have them bring gardening gloves, handtools and a kneeler; 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 0781 404 2499 or helen@walthamstowvillage.net

Tottenham Marshes Nature Walk    •   Saturday 7th    •   10.30am - 1pm
Join Friends of Tottenham Marshes for a nature walk around the marshes.£2 members, £4 non-members. Refreshments will be provided for a small donation. Booking is required for this event. To book contact Friends of Tottenham Marshes on 020 8808 5612 or go to tottenhammarshes.org

Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 8th   •   11am
Enjoy a variety of practical conservation activities. FREE. Meet at Larkswood Recreation Ground (Normanshire Drive entrance), Chingford E4. Contact: 020 8524 5794

Walthamstow Family Bike Club  •  Sunday 8th  •  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. More info here, or contact Paul 020 8520 0648, paul.gasson@gmail.com

Leytonstone Green Drinks   •   Thursday 12th   •   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, info@transitionleytonstone.org.uk

Plants of the Marshes - Botanical Walk  •   Saturday 14th  •   11am - 1pm
Join us for a guided walk learning about the flowering plants of the marshes, led by a local expert. Organised by Lee Valley Park. Booking is required for this event. Call 08456 770 600 or book online. Please note the meeting point for this walk is Coppermill Fields car park.

Family Fun – Fathers Day Survival Trail  •   Sunday 15th  •   10am - 1pm
To celebrate Father’s Day, join our Lloyd Park survival trail. Learn how to start a fire, identify useful plants and tie knots. Free. At the Community Room in the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP.  For more information Rachel Hoyes on 07787 193 981 or e-mail r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk

Save Lea Marshes meeting   •   Monday 16th   •   7.30 -  9.30pm
Save Lea Marshes is a group of individuals who are campaigning to ensure that all the Lower Lea Valley marshes remain open and green. We meet on a Monday every two weeks; this meeting will be at the Hare and Hounds 278 Lea Bridge Rd E10 7LD. For more information, contact saveleytonmarsh@hotmail.co.uk or see our website: www.saveleamarshes.org.uk.

Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth   •   Tuesday 17th     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. Le Delice café, 117 Hoe Street, E17 4QR. Contact: foe.walthamforest@gmail.com Helen 07712 654632.

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 22nd   •   10 - 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 Robert@wfcycling.org.uk

Herbal Walk   •   Sunday 22nd   •   2.30pm - 4pm
Celebrate the start of Herbal Medicine Awareness Week with a walk in WaterWorks Nature Reserve to discover what herbs plants are grown locally and how they would have been traditionally used. There will then be an opportunity to ask local herbalists your questions and sample remedies and teas. The walk starts from the WaterWorks Centre. Booking is required. Book online or call 08456 770 600 for more information.

OrganicLea Open Day at Hawkwood   •   Sunday 29th   •   12 - 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 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.

And also ....

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall    Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th   • 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, t.nandi@tcv.org.uk

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,  gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk

 

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Extended Cafe Opening: 10-5 Tue to Sun


The cafe is now open longer, and on Sundays... 10am – 5pm Tuesday through to Sunday.

Mondays is now a community day and the doors of the Hornbeam will be thrown open for local activities and events; there will be no cafe service.

These changes follow Hornbeam forming an exciting new partnership with Norman Loves aka the fabulous local chefs, Jenny and Kate who will be working with Organiclea to serve up delicious, sustainable and affordable food.

New Volunteering Opportunities
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.
  • Marketing and promotions. We are looking for a volunteer with experience of designing leaflets and posters, writing copy for articles or websites and using social media to raise profile. If that sounds like you we would be most interested to hear from you!
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.
Contact Eoin to find out more: volunteering@frponline.org.uk 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 jo@organiclea.org.uk.
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 2nd Friday of the month 7.30pm: Hornbeam Open Mic
  • 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 6.30pm: Seasonal Supper Club (except December. Booking essential)
 
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