Dozens of green events at Hornbeam and elsewhere in Waltham Forest, including Permaculture & fruit tree pruning courses,  cycle rides and nature walks, to Hornbeam's Bistro Buclette, Tiny Tempo sessions for children, and the ever popular Open Mic performance evening & Fork to Fork Supper Club.

Whats on in July at

... and elsewhere
Events at Hornbeam

Tiny Tempo   •   Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st   •   10am - 10.45am
Join The Tiny Tempo Team for a fun introduction to musical concepts-using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing! With guitars, ukuleles, and a lot of energy, fun is had by all. £5 for one child, £8 for two children.

Bistro Bicyclette   •   Monday 7th   •   12- 4 pm
Have lunch cooked by Norman Loves whilst you wait for the Tour De France to whizz by Bakers Arms and celebrate all things cycling with Dr Bike, HEET, We Love Low Cost Living Campaign and the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign.
Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Wednesday 9th  •  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 11th  •  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,
Making Musical Instruments from Recycled Materials  •  Saturday 12th  •  2 - 5pm   
Learn how to transform everyday objects into drums, shakers and horns. Make something creative and then make some noise! This is a hands on workshop suitable for all ages, all materials are provided and there's no need to book just come along. And its free. Just behind Hornbeam in FRP's yard at 2c Baker's Avenue.

Our Big Gig  •   Saturday 12th  •   4pm - 6pm
As part of ‘Our big gig’ which is a creative/community event happening all over the UK Hornbeam Cafe proudly presents ‘You and your voice’ a ‘FREE’ workshop for aspiring singers of all levels. The workshop will be lead by performer and poet Camtan Ringel who is sure to bring out the best of you. Just turn up - no need to book. More info from Andy 07940260558,
New Lammas Lands Defence Committee   •  Thursday 17th  •  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.

Bakers Arms Book Group  •   Friday 25th   •   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 26th  •  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 26th   •   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 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th   •  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   •   Tuesday 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:

Under 5’s Nature Explorers   •   Wednesday 2nd   •   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 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 2nd    •   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
Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening   •   Thursday 3rd & Thursday 17th  •   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

Walthamstow Village Gardening Day   •   Saturday 5th    •   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

Introduction to Permaculture   •   Saturday 5th & Saturday 12th    •    9.30am - 5.30pm
This is a two day course at Organiclea's Hawkwood Nursery, also running on Saturday 20th & 27th September. Permaculture is a design approach for living more lightly on the planet, rooted in an understanding of nature’s patterns and cycles. Although often associated with gardening, its insights and tools are applicable to all aspects of our lives. Cost £120/£80/£40. More details and booking at

Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers   •   Sunday 6th   •   9.30am - 4pm
LBCV will be doing their annual pond and ditch management tasks on Walthamstow Marshes. This task will help the water voles and dragon flies. 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. No experience required. Tools, training, coffee, tea & biscuits provided, home made cakes always welcome.  Bring your own lunch. Wear suitable clothing & stout footwear. Meet at 1a Connaught Close, Lea Bridge Rd (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Free. Contact 07757 766950, or More information 

BARA Cycle Ride     Sunday 6th   •   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.

Lloyd Park’s Plants for around the world  •   Sunday 6th   •   2pm - 4pm
Come and discover the history behind some of Lloyd Park’s trees and plants. In a 90 minute walk learn about the Tree of Heaven and Gingko from eastern Asia, the Horse Chestnut from Eastern Europe, and other interesting additions to the park. This walk and talk is designed for adults. Free. Meet atThe Community Bowls Pavilion, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 4PP. Organised by the Conservation Volunteers - for more information Rachel Hoyes on 07787 193 981 or e-mail

Pruning and training fruit trees and bushes     •    Sunday 13th     •    9.30am - 5pm
This one day course at Organiclea's Hawkwood Nursery covers the essentials of pruning fruit trees and bushes and how to establish trained forms. It includes plenty of practical experience in summer pruning with techniques that can be applied in winter too. Course fee: £60/£40 /£20. More details and booking at

Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 13th   •   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 13th  •  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,

Save Lea Marshes meeting   •   Monday 14th   •   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 or see our website:

Leytonstone Green Drinks   •   Tuesday 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 15th     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.

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 27th   •   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 27th   •   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.

Save Lea Marshes meeting     Monday 28th     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 or see our website:
And also ....

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall    Saturday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th   • 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    •    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,



The Hornbeam Café is open 10am - 5pm six days a week Tuesday to Sunday.

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


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: 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
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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