Welcome to the Hornbeam:  a community organisation working with a range of partners in Waltham Forest and beyond.

  • SPACE for communities to meet in E17 and E4
  • TIME and support to develop community initiatives
  • SKILLS and knowledge about low cost, low impact living.

Our E17 space hosts the Hornbeam Café, run by Norman Loves with Hornbeam volunteers… serving affordable vegetarian food made from organic, seasonal, locally grown and/or fairly traded ingredients.

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  • We’re recruiting… July 29, 2016 Rebecca TullyDo you know the Hornbeam and like what we do?  Please be part of it! We have one paid, and a number of volunteer roles: Project worker: Low-Cost-Living.  Paid.  Start 3rd October.  More info Apple Day Team:  Volunteers, Mondays in September.  More info Coordinating Team: Monthly meetings and some time in between. More info     Project Worker:  Low-Cost Living.   3 days ...
  • Community Mondays in August July 27, 2016 Rebecca TullyCommunity Mondays: one-off, drop-in opportunities 11am-2pm – we help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and often have some lunch too. Peoples Kitchen: 1st August. The first Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.   If you’d like to volunteer to cook from 10am, please ...
  • Desk Hire in August July 27, 2016 Rebecca TullyDuring August:   Desk space upstairs at the Hornbeam won’t be available – but you can still use the café’s airy tables with an iced coffee or two! Desk space at the Learning Lodge is available 10am-3pm, Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Friday. £2 an hour, minimum 2 hr booking. Find out more or head straight to the online booking below.  24 hrs’ ...
  • July Film night – Self-building their way out of the housing crisis July 11, 2016 Rebecca TullyJuly’s film night at the Hornbeam will be organised by Family Foundations Self-build Group – a new self-build group in Waltham Forest. Family Foundation are being mentored by John Struthers who organised a community eco self-build for 10 families which was part of  the Hornbeam-run Waltham Forest Green Open Homes last month. John will be ...

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Community cafe, event space and environment centre // 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH // 020 8558 6880