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

Whats on in May at

... and elsewhere

Events at Hornbeam

Sci-fi, Fantasy & Supernatural Fiction Group  •  Friday 3rd   •   7.30 - 10pm
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.

Curry Club   •   Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th   •   7.30pm
Our popular £10 for 2 courses curry club runs every Thursday evening, so come along for authentic delicious Indian food. All vegetables are local and organic. Food served at 8pm.  Advance booking is essential. Email with your name, and the number of people. Note that 2nd May is now fully booked.

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,

Natural Cosmetics Workshop   •   Sunday 12th   •   2.30 - 5pm
Making natural body creams using herbal oils and infusions - full of plant goodness that you can gather locally and prepare easily. You'll learn how to make simple skin balms and creams, and take your preparations and some recipes home with you. Price: 15 beams (plus £5 to cover materials which are all provided). Advance booking essential; if you are not a member of LETS you can join just before the workshop starts. For more information, or to book, email

Kids Kitchen  •  Friday 17th  •  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.

Baking a Loaf with Pilar  •  Sunday 19th  •  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.

Community Skillshare: Container growing  •   Wednesday 22nd   •   8 - 10pm
Mark Ridsdill-Smith who runs the 'Vertical Veg ' web-site calculated that in one season he was able to grow vegetables to the shop value of some £900.00 on his windowledges, and in containers in his back yard. Now we can't promise that you'll quite achieve this. But you can try to get near it! Find out how easy it is to grow spicy salad leaves in a pot on your windowsill, and what other tasty food you can propagate in containers. The first 15 to turn up will leave with their own salad pot which will yield food within 3-4 weeks. Afterwards you can stay on for a chat over a cup of tea, and to hear about some of our exciting ideas for events and projects in 2013.  Venue Hornbeam Cafe, 458 Hoe St.  More information about Transition Walthamstow here.

WF LETS   •  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. For more information here or email

Sourdough Baking 2 with Simon & David  •  Sunday 26th   •  11am - 4pm
For people who have done Sourdough Baking 1 or with some experience in sourdough baking, this session will provide a deeper understanding of the technique, teach how to convert any recipe into a sourdough recipe and  experiment further with different flours to make starters and loaves. You will take your own sourdough freshly baked bread with you, more recipes, tips and skills.. and the confidence to keep going! Cost £25. Booking essential via (with 'Sourdough Baking 2' in the email subject).

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, 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.

Plants for sale   •  Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th May, 1st June   •   10am - 3pm
Organiclea has hand-raised seedlings to help you get ahead in the garden this late-arriving Spring, at the market stall. The focus is on plants that are hard to get started without a greenhouse, and growers are on hand to offer tips and aftercare advice.  Look out for six varieties of chilli; 15 different salad leaves – make your own mix, plus fruit bushes, companion flowers, kudu, globe artichoke and aubergine, and popular favourites such as tomatoes, squash, courgettes and beans. Also seed compost, potting-on compost, garden improver and woodchip.

Events elsewhere

Waltham Forest Green Drinks   •   Wednesday 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:

Beating the Bounds  •   Sunday 5th May   •   2.15pm - 4.30pm
Walk around the ancient bounds of Leyton Marsh former Lammas Lands; meet at the Ice Centre Car Park, Lea Bridge Road. Free event organised by the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee. For more information contact,

Queens Road Cemetery Wildflower meadow planting  •   Tuesday 7th   •   9am - 11am
Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth and Friends of Queens Road Cemetery are teaming up to plant a wildflower meadow. Come and help us sow the seeds. No experience or equipment needed. We'll also be joined by Walthamstow's very own MP, Stella Creasy. Where: Walthamstow (Queens Road) Cemetery, Queens Road, Walthamstow, E17 8QP Contact Tom on or 020 7566 1673, or just turn up on the day.

Dawn Chorus Walk   •   Sunday 12th  •   5am - 7am
Join us for a chance to hear the wonderous early bird song on a dawn chorus walk through the marshes followed by a breakfast roll and a hot drink in the WaterWorks café. To book call 020 8988 7566. Price:£5 per person Venue: Starting from Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7QL. Please call 08463 770 600

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,

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 Old Red Lion, 640 High Road, Leytonstone E11 3AA Tube: Leytonstone, Bus W14, 257, W15, W16, W19. Contact Ros 0208 556 0885,

Spring Explored  •  Sunday 19th   •   10am - 12.30pm
Enjoy a guided walk through the marshes and nature reserve with activities along the way. Try your hand at bug hunting, bird watching and pond dipping. To book call 020 8988 7566. Price: Free, family event. Venue: Waterworks Nature Reserve and Golf Centre, Lammas Road (off Lea Bridge Road), Leyton, E10 7QB. Call 08463 770 600

Walthamstow Marshes Foraging Walk   •   Sunday 19th   •   2pm - 5pm
Phil Mason from Urban Harvest & Rasheeqa Ahmad from Hedge Herbs will lead us on a walk through the marshes, pausing to identify and discuss edible wild foods, flora, medicinal herbs, and fungi. We’ll then head to the Springfield Cafe where anyone new to WF LETS, Transition Walthamstow and Transition Leytonstone can find out more. Meet at 2pm Sunday 19th May outside Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton E10 7QL. This event is free; children welcome. More information from This event is jointly organised by WF LETS & Transition Walthamstow.

Saturday Open Day at FRP’s The Paint Place   •   Saturday 25th   •   10 - 1pm
Let the Spring and May Bank Holidays inspire a fresh coat of paint, a new design for tired furniture, or even a mural for community walls. FRP’s The Paint Place has a pot of paint for every job, and in addition to our normal weekday opening hours (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 4pm) we are holding another fantastic free selected paint giveaway. For those that enjoy a creative challenge, ‘Project Pieces’ of furniture will be available from FRP’s ReUse container on site at The Paint Place; only £10 each including 2 litres of undercoat, eggshell and satin wood paint. Unit 7, The Sidings (off Hainault Road), Leytonstone, E11 1HD.

Cycle ride •  Sunday 26th  •  10am - 3pm
The ride is about ?? miles with a lunch stop. Bring a packed lunch or money for a cafe. We should to be back by 3pm. Meet 10am at Walthamstow Library for a 10:15am start. More details here, or contact Robert

Nature Connection workshop  •  Sunday 26th   •  11:30am – 4:30pm
Explore your connection to nature through your senses, and tap into its invigorating energy. A gentle walk and simple exercises invite you to deepen your connection with the wider web of life. At Hawkwood Nursery
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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.

Course - Family Amphibians   •   Wednesday 29th   •   2pm - 4pm
This family course will include a brief introductory talk about the type of amphibians participants might expect to see. Each family/group will be allowed to dip at their leisure. The course is aimed at 'families', children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Booking required. Price: £6 per person. Venue: Epping Forest Field Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF0208 502 8500

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall •  Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th  •  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.

Plants for sale   •  Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th May, 1st June   •   10am - 3pm
At Hawkwood Nursery (Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford), 12-4pm.
Also on Sunday 12 May and Sunday 9 June at Chingford Farmers Market (Station Road,10-3).

For an idea of what's for sale, see 'Plants for sale' at Hornbeam above.

Sustainable Beekeeping  •  Saturday 1st June – Sunday 2nd June  •  9:30 am – 5:00 pm
For anyone from beginners to experienced beekeepers who is interested in learning about more sustainable methods of beekeeping. At Hawkwood Nursery
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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
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The Hornbeam runs a growing 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.
Follow this link to find out more about Current Volunteering Opportunities or contact the volunteer coordinator by email on
Click here to sign up for our monthly update of volunteering opportunities.

Hornbeam Centre
  • We are seeking a Promotion Assistant to support the marketing of the Hornbeam Centre’s aims, projects and events; key tasks will include helping compile our "What's On" newsletter, improving content on our website, and using social media. The Centre is used by a wide variety of local organisations and individuals with an interest in environmental issues, so this represents an especially valuable opportunity for anyone wanting to develop skills for working in the environmental sector. Contact
Forest Recycling Project
  • The Paint Place is growing and over the next year, volunteers are needed to help FRP collect and sort 85 tonnes of reusable paint, and assist the reuse of 40,000 litres of reclaimed paint that would otherwise been thrown away!  We have several volunteer roles: Stockroom assistant, Warehouse assistant and Membership & Events assistant, The Paint Place has also just started a 12 week programme PRIME to support people to try their hand at different rolls and recognise the learning that happens through volunteering.
  • FRP is also looking for volunteers interested in assisting with the day-to-day running The ReUse Centre, supporting other volunteers who have extra needs and doing promotional tasks such as blogging and making information displays for the public.
  • To find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities contact Poppy at or phone 020 8539 3856.
  • Regular volunteer days at our Hawkwood site are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteer getting involved with growing organic produce, packing our veg box scheme and cooking seasonal lunches for other volunteers.
  • There are also opportunities to help out on our Saturday market stall at the Hornbeam. Talk to customers, learn about the produce and gain customer services skills. Volunteers commit to a monthly shift on the stall or provide occasional cover as needed. During their shift volunteers get a free lunch at the Hornbeam Cafe and a 20% discount on their shopping at the stall. 
  • To find out more about any of the volunteer roles at Organiclea please contact, call 020 8524 4994, or see here

April’s Star Volunteer Story

Three months ago The Hornbeam Centre’s loft was almost impassable due to being full of innumerable but potentially useful objects ranging from 2 old leaky water tanks, a tea chest, several desks and chairs, and building materials from the buildings refurbishment 20 years ago. However the chaos meant that many items were effectively lost as they sank under the next wave of offerings.
Just before Christmas Forest Recycling Project volunteer John Byrne came to the rescue, offering to put down a proper wooden floor, and install shelving throughout.
No one realised just how big this exercise would be; it ended up taking 2 days a week of his time for 3 months, during which he reused 350 wooden planks from dozens of pallets (and many of the nails used in their construction), laid down 2 layers of flooring, and constructed an immense shelving system.

The shelving has created much additional valuable storage space, and Hornbeam users are now able to find what they need quickly. John also panelled 2 walls which had exposed insulation on them, and carefully boxed in ducting and a number of water pipes.

The Hornbeam Centre owes a huge vote of thanks to John, who we reckon has saved it at least £2,800 in labour costs, and well over £1,000 in wood and other materials.
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 Thursday 7pm: Curry Club (booking essential)
  • Every Saturday 10am: E17 Junior Guitar Club (booking essential)
  • Every 1st Friday of the month 7.30pm: Science Fiction Reading Group
  • 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 6.30pm: Seasonal Supper Club (booking essential)
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