Read on for an amazing range of green events at Hornbeam and elsewhere in Waltham Forest ...

Whats on in January at

... and elsewhere
Events at Hornbeam
Please note the Hornbeam cafe reopens following a festive break on Saturday 4th January 2014.

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Wednesday 8th  •  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.

Open Mic night  •  Friday 10th  •  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,

Kids Kitchen   •   Friday 17th   •   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:

LETS Join  •  Saturday 25th  •  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

Fork to Fork: Seasonal Supper Club  •   Saturday 25th   •   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.

Bakers Arms Book Group  •   Friday 31st   •  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.

And don't forget the ....
OrganicLea market stall  • Saturday 4th, 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

Waltham Forest Green Drinks   •   Wednesday 1st   •   8.30pm - 11pm
Kick off the year as you mean to go on, with this 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:

Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening   •   Thursday 2nd   •   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 Thursday of every month. Meet at the William Morris Garden (near the Forest Road gate). 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, secateurs and loppers; all other equipment will be provided.  Please meet at the square at the Eden Road/Orford Road junction to prune roses and trees around the Village. For more details contact Helen Lerner on 0781 404 2499 or

Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers      Sunday 5th   •   9.30am - 4pm
We meet on the first Sunday of every month (except bank holidays) 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 More information

BARA Cycle Ride     Sunday 5th   •   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.

Under 5’s Nature Explorers   •   Wednesday 8th   •   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 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 8th     •   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

Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 12th  •   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 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. More info here, or contact Paul 020 8520 0648, 

Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth   •   Tuesday 14th     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 : Helen 07712 654632.

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 Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 26th   •   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

Winter Birds Walk  •   Sunday 26th  •   10am - 12noon
Enjoy a guided walk in search of winter birds around WaterWorks Centre nature reserve and Walthamstow Marshes. Call 0208 988 7566 to book. Suitable for everyone.

LETS Escape •   Sunday 26th  •   12 - 3pm
Who wants to escape out to the fresh wild air from the post-festive chocolate and fireside slump? Come join us on a new year’s ramble with Waltham Forest LETS around the Waterworks Nature Reserve. We’ll have a good old get-together, trade festive stories and new season plans, wander the Waterworks spotting items of interest, inhale the freshness of the land and finish up with a warming drink & natter at the Springfield Café. Non-LETS members can find out more about the scheme (and even join) when we reach the cafe. We'll set off back home up Coppermill Lane around 3pm. This event is free. Meet at 12noon at Waterworks Centre reception area, Lammas Road, Leyton, E10 7QB. Contact Rasheeqa for more information: 07784 506 494.

OrganicLea Open Day at Hawkwood  •  Sunday 26th •  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.

And also ....

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall  •  Saturday 4th, 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,

Waltham Forest Green Gym    •   Every Friday (except 3rd Jan)    •    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,
Full events listing here:


The Hornbeam Café is open
  • Mon to Fri : 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday: 10.30am – 5pm
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


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.  
  • 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 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: Even in the midst winter there is always a range of seasonal gardening activities to do, both in the glasshouse and outside. Our horticultural volunteer days are: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 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 & Wednesday 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 3.30pm: Science Fiction Reading Group (except December)
  • Every last Saturday of the month 6.30pm: Seasonal Supper Club (except December. Booking essential)
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