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Dozens of green events at Hornbeam and elsewhere in Waltham Forest, including our first ever Green Open Homes weekend, a call for E17 Art Trail artists, a dawn chorus stroll, Hornbeam Cafe's relaunch with extended opening hours, and Beating the Bounds.

Whats on in May at




... and elsewhere
Events at Hornbeam

Celebration: Norman Loves comes together with Hornbeam   •   Saturday 3rd   •   10am - 4pm, 5pm - 8pm
cafe relaunch flyer shrunkThe Hornbeam has formed 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. Heralding the beginning of an amazing new era for the cafe, which is celebrating its 20th birthday.
Be part of the celebration and re-opening on Saturday 3rd MAY and check out our new look. Brunch, lunch, cakes and drinks 10.00am – 4.00pmMusic, canapés, cocktails and free beer and the cutting of the cake 5.00pm – 8.00pm

 
Alternative Baking – Gluten Free with Raju  •  Sunday 4th  •  11am - 4pm
We will be using only gluten free flours to create baked goods, learning how to work with these flours a little differently than we would with wheat. We will be making a basic loaf, pizza and sweet, naughty and nice treats. This course is perfect for people who have intolerances or allergies to gluten, those who want to reduce their intake of wheat. Cost £30. Please book in advance to reserve a place at hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

Kids Kitchen   •   Friday 9th   •   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 9th  •  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

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Wednesday 14th  •  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.

New Lammas Lands Defence Committee   •  Thursday 15th  •  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. This month we will be planning for the annual Beating the Bounds walk, scheduled for Sunday 25th May. www.lammaslands.org.uk

Alternative Breads with Raju: Wheat Free   •   Sunday 18th    •   11am - 4pm
We will be using ancient grain spelt, rye and gluten free flours to create breads using alternatives to cultivated common wheat, learning how to work with these flours a little differently than we would with wheat. This course is perfect for people who have intolerances to wheat or gluten, those who want to reduce their intake of wheat and use varied grains or learn how to bake for their intolerant friends. Cost £30. Please book in advance to reserve a place at hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

Bakers Arms Book Group  •   Friday 30th   •   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.

FRP on the E17 Art Trail: Perturbation by Gemma Seddon   •   Saturday 31st   •    10am - 2pm
FRP joins the art trail with an exhibition of tree sculptures created from reclaimed domestic copper pipes. The structures represent a changing world. The exhibition is held at FRP's The Paint Place Shop, 2c Bakers Avenue, Walthamstow E17 9AW (tucked behind The Hornbeam Café).

LETS Join  •  Saturday 31st  •  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 31st   •   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 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st   •  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

Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening   •   Thursday 1st & Thursday 15th  •   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.

Waltham Forest Green Drinks   •   Thursday 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

Walthamstow Village Gardening Day   •  Saturday 3rd    •   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

Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers      Sunday 4th   •   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

Dawn Chorus and Breakfast    •   Sunday 4th    •   5am - 7am
Enjoy a magical early morning stroll in the park with our guide Peter Beckenham and hear the birds singing their dawn chorus. Learn how to identify different bird calls. It will be an hour’s walk followed by a relaxing light breakfast. This walk is designed for adults. Free. Meet at Forest Gate Road Entrance to Lloyd Park, E17 4PP. Organised by the Conservation Volunteers - for more information Rachel Hoyes 07787 193 981, r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk

BARA Cycle Ride     Sunday 4th   •   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.

Save Lea Marshes meeting     Monday 5th     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 7th   •   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 1pm. Food warming facilities and hot drinks will be available during and after the activities. These sessions are free and booking is recommend to avoid disappointment. Contact: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 7th    •   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
 
Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 11th   •   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 11th  •  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

The Yoga & Herbs Workshop   •   Sunday 11   •   1.30pm - 4.30pm
A day of connecting the heart and senses with plant study, meditation & yoga practice. Tasting blossoming herbs of early summer, sharing knowledge around their health-giving and energetic qualities, and engaging in gentle yoga nidra and pranayama (breathing practice). At Aveling Bowls Pavilion, Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, £35. Rasheeqa on 07784 506 494 / email rasheeqa@hedgeherbs.org.uk

Bumblebees Sunday   •   11th   •    2pm - 4pm
Learn all about bumblebees with Sam Page from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Find out about bumble bee declines, their life cycle, and their ecology in a one hour talk, and then learn how to identify them with an hour’s walk around the park. This walk and talk is designed for adults. Free. The Community Room in the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP. Organised by the Conservation Volunteers - for more information Rachel Hoyes 07787 193 981, r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk

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

Green Open Homes Weekend   •   Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th
An opportunity to visit homes and find inspiration to make your home more energy efficient, warmer and cheaper to run. For more information see right hand panel, www.hornbeam.org.uk/greenhomes or contact Sue at greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk

Save Lea Marshes meeting   •   Monday 19th   •   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.

Big Eco Refurb Share   •   Tuesday 20th   •   7.30pm - 9.30pm
Join us for an evening of ecorefurb information sharing at The Walthamstow Quaker Meeting House. See right hand panel for more information, or contact Sue at greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk

Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth   •   Tuesday 20th     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 25th   •   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

OrganicLea Open Day at Hawkwood  •  Sunday 25th •  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. Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH. More info here or call 020 8524 4994.

Beating The Bounds   •   Sunday 25th   •  12noon - 4pm
The annual Community Procession around Leyton Marsh. Willow-stripping at the Hare and Hounds, 278 Lea Bridge Road from noon. Procession departs from Princess of Wales, 146 Lea Bridge Road at 2pm and follows the southern boundary of the Leyton Lammas Lands to Marsh Lane about 4pm (easy walk of about 2 miles - route not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs). For the more intrepid Boundsmen, the walk will be continued in the early evening, following a more demanding route. www.lammaslands.org.uk           www.saveleamarshes.org.uk

Family Fun - Pond Dipping   •  Tuesday 27th   •  10am - 1pm
Try your hand at pond dipping and learn who lives in the waters of Lloyd Park. This event is designed for families to enjoy together so please note parents and carers will be required to stay with their children if under 18. Free. The Community Room in the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP. Organised by the Conservation Volunteers - for more information Rachel Hoyes 07787 193 981, r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk

Family Fun – Big Bug Hunt    •   Thursday 29th   •  10am - 1pm
Hunt around the park for all types of insects, and then return to the community room to make recycled mini beasts. This event is designed for families to enjoy together so please note parents and carers will be required to stay with their children if under 18. Free. The Community Room in the Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP. Organised by the Conservation Volunteers - for more information Rachel Hoyes 07787 193 981, r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk

And also ....

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall  •   Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st   • 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


From 11th May the cafe will be open longer, and on Sundays! So cafe opening times will be 10am – 5pm Tuesday through to Sunday.

From 12th May each Monday will be community day and the doors of the Hornbeam will be thrown open for community 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.

Green Open Homes Weekend * Sat 17 & Sun 18 May


The Hornbeam Centre is proud to present the first ever Waltham Forest Green Open Homes Weekend - an opportunity to visit homes around the borough and find inspiration to make your home more energy efficient, warmer and cheaper to run.  All of the householders have great stories to tell about why they decided to make their homes more energy efficient and how much warmer, more comfortable and usually richer (!) they are as a result. So if you want to find out about energy and water efficiency, solar panels, building with reclaimed materials, insulation, draught proofing and more, do come along. There are a wide variety of homes to visit, some are drop-ins but most require bookings via http://walthamforest.greenopenhomes.net
For a map showing venues, opening times and more information see www.hornbeam.org.uk/greenhomes or contact Sue at greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk
 
 

Big Eco Refurb Share * 7.30 - 9.30pm Tue 20 May


As part of our Green Open Homes project we're offering you the chance to meet the Green Homes experts - join us for an evening of ecorefurb information sharing. Expert speakers on solar power, insulation, damp and condensation prevention, building from reclaimed materials and much more. Plus meet many of the Green Open Homes participants to learn from their valuable experiences.

Venue: The Walthamstow Quaker Meeting House 1a Jewel Rd E17.
No need to book but if you would like more information contact Sue at greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk

 

Green Open Homes Photography Exhibition 5 - 31 May


Stunning photographs of the Green Open Homes venues and their residents taken by Veronika Speigl will be displayed at
The Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe St, E17 9AH and 
Arts and Crusts Cafe, 19 Victoria Road, E17 4LJ. 
Plus information about what the homeowners did and the motivations for their ecorefurbs.

Small Habits - Call for Artists


Call for Artists to join the Hornbeam’s E17 Art Trail 2014 show 29 May – 15 June 2014. An exhibition of small mixed works by local people in and outside the Hornbeam Centre. Tell us about your good green habits, lovable traits and steadfast frugality - or share your penchant for organic intoxicants and neglecting your allotment!
Hand in dates 20 – 24 May 2014 at The Hornbeam Cafe.
Terms and Conditions and Entry Form HERE.
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
Forest Recycling Project (FRP) has a range of volunteering opportunities, enabling you to join a vibrant team, and be involved in a successful and ever-expanding community project (including FRP’s flagship paint re-use project), where you can learn new skills while benefiting local people and the wider environment.
Please visit our website to see our current volunteering opportunities plus detailed role descriptions.
If you are interested to volunteer with us, please send an email to volunteering@frponline.org.uk and state which volunteer role you are interested in and your availability.

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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