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

Whats on in July at

... and elsewhere

Events at Hornbeam

The Melting Pot   •   Thursday 4th & 18th   •   7.30pm
Come and sit with friends and strangers and share delicious authentic dishes from around the world on the first and third Thursday every month. Each menu will feature a specific cuisine. See twitter and facebook for details. Two courses for £10, full range of beverages. Advance booking is essential. Email with your name, and how many people.

Baking a Loaf with Pilar  •  Sunday 7th  •  11 - 4pm
This session is for those of you who want to learn the very basics of bread baking or who need a little help with your confidence as bakers or some reassurance for what you’re already doing. We will be baking a wholewheat loaf (or spelt if you have intolerance). While we wait for the dough to rise we will experiment with different doughs, tell bread stories and you’ll have a chance to grind your own flour with our stone mill.  Cost £25. More information & how to book here.

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Wednesday 10th  •  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 12th  •  10 am - 12pm
We all cook a fresh healthy lunch together for our children, while singing songs, playing and washing up, and there is also lovely café food (including cake!) available for us bigger kids too at lunchtime. Under 5s.  Booking essential, online here. Oh, and we are also looking for volunteers to help us, see website.

Open Mic night  •  Friday 12th  •  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,

Running Kids Kitchen: free training  •  Thursday 18th   •  10am – 1pm
Kids Kitchen sessions are young children and their carers cooking delicious healthy meals together; children who have contact with good food from an early age will grow up with the understanding of food necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great learning experience for parents too, and all enjoy the quality time together. All are welcome: play workers – parents – grandparents – community volunteers! At the end of the session you will get a Kids Kitchen Pack. This pilot session is free as we have been funded by the Lea Bridge Ward Community Fund.
Click here for more information, and to book online.

We are Everywhere: social movements for food sovereignty  •  Friday 19th   •   7pm - 10pm
Join us to hear feedback from the 6th international conference of la via campesina and discuss the growing movement for food sovereignty. Entry free / food by donation. This event is organised by Organiclea.

Shaping Breads with Raju  •  Sunday 21st  •  11am - 4pm
Do you want to learn the basic, intermediate and more advanced fundamental techniques and styles of shaping dough to create beautiful bread? We will be learning Pre and final shaping techs such as rounding, pulling and rolling; Different styles of shaping such as rolls, batards, Kaiser, Epi, Plaiting/braiding; Cutting and scoring techniques for final baking. By the end of the workshop you will receive various shaped breads to keep or share and some valuable skills to take away with you for the next time! Cost £30 Booking in advance essential – email (with the relevant course in the email subject).

Community Skillshare   •   Wednesday 24th   •   8 - 10pm
Join us for an evening of skillsharing. Transition Walthamstow is focussing on the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and economic contraction, with the aim of tackling these threats and creating a vibrant and sustainable future. Everyone is welcome, doors open 7.30pm, and we start at 8pm. The evening will also feature cups of tea, and for the curious, an opportunity to find out what Transition Walthamstow is about.  Venue Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe St.  More information about Transition Walthamstow here.

Bakers Arms Book Group  •   Friday 26th   •  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.

WF LETS   •  Saturday 27th  •  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. For more information here or email

Sci-fi, Fantasy & Supernatural Fiction Group   •   Saturday 27th   •   3.30 - 5pm
Discussion group for people interested in fantastic fiction... the focus is broad and the discussion tends to be wide ranging. New members welcome, just turn up.

Fork to Fork: Seasonal Supper Club  •   Saturday 27th   •   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.

Alternative Baking – Gluten Free with Raju   •   Sunday 28th   •   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 and use varied grains or learn how to bake for their intolerant friends. This will also be a great opportunity to meet others with similar diets and share ideas and recipes. Cost £30. Booking in advance essential – email (with the relevant course in the email subject).

And don't forget the ....
OrganicLea market stall  •  Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th   •  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   •   Monday 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. Ask at the bar to find out where Green Drinkers are sitting. Rose & Crown, 55 Hoe St, E17 4SA. Contact:

The Conservation Volunteers: Biodiversity Action Team   •    Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th   •   9am - 4.30pm
Our established Biodiversity Action Team 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 running every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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. All training and instruction is given on the day so no previous experience is required. Venue: 1a Connaught Close, Leyton, E10 7QS. (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Contact Tom Nandi, 07917267573,

Under 5’s Nature Explorers   •   Wednesday 3rd   •   10am - 1pm
Join us for 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. Booking is recommend to avoid disappointment, but all are welcome to join on the day. Free. Contact Rachel on 07787193981 Meet in the Community Room, Aveling Centre, Lloyd Park, E17 4PP.

Spirit of 45 – free screening of new Ken Loach film  •   Friday 12th  •   7pm
Friday 12th – 7pm (Is Leytonstone already on track in 2013 to regain that wonderful postwar community spirit? A panel discussion including local people and film participants follows. Doors open for refreshments 6.30pm). Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, E11 1HG. Book at or phone Diana on 07747 014 235.
Bat Night      Friday 12th        8.45pm - 10pm
Enjoy an introduction to bat ecology before heading out equip with bat detectors to identify the species that are swooping overhead. Meeting Place: Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP, meeting 8:45pm at the Bowls Pavilion. Contact Rachel on 07787193981 or e-mail for more information or to book your place. This free event is designed for adults, all are welcome to join on the day, but booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 14th  •   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 14th  •  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,

Leytonstone Green Drinks      Monday 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 16th   •   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. Contact

Giant Haystacks: Lee Valley  •   Wednesday 17th  •   10am - 2pm
Help us undertake our annual management to improve the meadows on Three Mills Green and collect seeds from the meadow to grow at home. Free, everyone welcome. Venue: Three Mills Green. Please call 08463 770 600 Lee Valley Regional Parks Authority.

E11 Eco and Friends   •   Thursday 18th   •   7pm
An evening of local talent, with E11 Eco, Transition Leytonstone’s poetry performance group, Italian singing duo Ileana di Camillo and Antonio de Lillis and acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter Ian Norbury. A free event under the auspices of the Leytonstone Festival. Café de Montmartre, 34 Church Lane, E11 1HG  Contact or phone Diana on 07747 014 235

Epping Forest Field Centre Open day Thursday 25th  11am - 3pm
Come and join us on our Open Day for a taster of some of the exciting activities we run. Try your hand at pond dipping or mini beast hunting, explore the forest with your senses and find out how you can get more involved. Price: Free. Contact 020 8502 8500, Epping Forest Field Centre, Epping Forest Field Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AF

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 28th   •   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

OrganicLea Open Day at Hawkwood  •  Sunday 28th •  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.

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall •  Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th  •  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.

Forest Families – Survival Skills  •  Tuesday 30th   •   2pm - 4pm
Are you a Forest Family? Whether you know the Forest inside out or have never visited before, you’re sure to learn something new on our family days. Join us for this activity and find out what we need to survive, build a shelter in the Forest from natural materials and think about how to enjoy the Forest without leaving a trace. Booking required. Children aged 5-11 - £6, Children under 5 - £2, Adults and children over 11 - £2. Epping Forest Field Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF 0208 502 8500

Forest Families - Plants and Trees   •   Wednesday 31st   •   10am - 12pm
Join us for this activity and discover more about the plants and trees that grow in the Forest. How old are they? What can they tell us? Why are they useful? Booking required. Price: Children aged 5-11 - £6, Children under 5 - £2, Adults and children over 11 - £2. Epping Forest Field Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF 0208 502 8500

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
Click on link for more details

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
We have the following volunteering opportunities, enabling you to join a vibrant team, and be involved in a successful and ever-expanding community project, where you can learn new skills while benefiting local people and the wider environment.
Help feed Waltham Forest - volunteer on our veg box scheme!
Every Wednesday a team of volunteers helps us to pack local, organic veg bags for box scheme customers all over Waltham Forest. Volunteers weigh and sort fruit and veg and put them in bags. This role is suitable for volunteers with a wide range of physical abilities. Packing takes place on Wednesdays 10.30am-3pm. If you are interested in the veg box scheme please email or call 020 8524 4994.
For all our volunteering opportunities at Organiclea, please see our website.
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 1st & 3rd Thursday 7pm: The Melting Pot (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 4th Wednesday of the month 8pm: Transition Walthamstow Community Skillshare
  • 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
  • Every last Saturday of the month 3.30pm: Science Fiction Reading Group
  • Every last Saturday of the month 6.30pm: Seasonal Supper Club (booking essential)
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp