We are delighted that our JoyRiders project has secured a London Cycling Grant for three years.
This will enable us to continue delivering led rides for novice cyclists, organise group training and train up a new generation of Ride Leaders so that we can build a network of groups organising their own led rides in partnership with local schools and organisations.
Can you be a Ride Leader?
If you are a competent, experienced cyclist and would like to volunteer to lead rides, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or message us through Facebook.
We particularly need female cyclists available to lead or support rides on weekdays, and both male and female cyclists to help lead family rides in school holidays.
We can also provide Ride Leadership training in partnership with Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest (limited places available).
The Hornbeam Café is one of the longest running vegetarian cafes in London – recently turned fully vegan.
Our ethos is to support our local businesses as much as possible. This includes our coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. All our fresh ingredients are source as locally as possible, with most of our fruits and vegetables coming from local food enterprise Organiclea. We are also committed to a zero-waste policy with very minimal of our rubbish going to land fill.
We met the Crowdfunder target! Thank you so much everyone who donated or supported with time and energy.
More news shortly, just letting you know we met the target and Hornbeam Nights is going to be going from strength-to-strength supporting all you lovely people to put on amazing nights! Woo hoo!
Hornbeam Nights empowers aspiring chefs and budding musicians to engage within our diverse community. We support entrepreneurs and workshop facilitators who educate the community on important social and environmental issues.
Hornbeam Nights will be able to continue to host top notch evenings with a large sway of activism, entertainment & education, for a better community, environment & world. We will be able to keep giving to the community in the way the Hornbeam has been for many years, in an even more sustainable and supported way.
“The Hornbeam has been instrumental to the growth of my business: without their support and encouragement, it would have been far more difficult to gain the confidence and experience to try serving so many people at once. A valuable community asset…” Tegan – Pie N Mash Pop-up
“Hornbeam nights are a genuinely unique part of Walthamstow life and offer great opportunities for people. I was made to feel confident and comfortable in trying things for the first time and I’m very grateful for that. The Hornbeam Cafe is a very encouraging environment for creativity, friendship and life.” Liam Emerson, Ra Ra Ramen Pop-up, DJ & musician
The Hornbeam Cafe is now proudly the first 100% plant-based vegan cafe in Walthamstow
The Hornbeam Cafe and Centre has been running as a vegetarian cafe and community hub for 30 years. This month we have become the first fully vegan cafe in Walthamstow serving 100 per cent plant-based food and drinks (we will no longer serve dairy milk or eggs with brunch).
We are delighted to welcome our new kitchen team – Kitchen Manager Frankie and a new chef, who both have amazing culinary credentials plus huge enthusiasm to make people’s experience at the cafe better than ever.
Frankie grew up on an organic veg farm in Devon, which his parents still run, with a shop and a box scheme – so the Hornbeam is home-from-home for him.
“I started my catering career when I was 17. I worked in a restaurant based on an organic farm so all the produce we used in the kitchen came straight from the farm.
“From there I have worked in all manner of restaurants, but I am now glad to be back to my roots at a small independent business that supports local businesses just as my mum and dad still do today.
“We are excited to be working with such beautiful seasonal produce provided by Waltham Forest’s own organic cooperative – Organiclea. We have updated our menu with the same regular favourites such as the daily curry and salad and vegan quiche and we have now rolled out the weekend brunch all week.
“We are also working on some new exciting dishes to come out soon. And of course – there is always scrumptious vegan cakes!”
The Hornbeam Cafe supports the local community and uses local suppliers such as Organiclea for all our veg. We have a fine selection of alcoholic drinks from local breweries including the Wild Card brewery in Walthamstow. Plus organic and locally produced soft drinks such as Kombucha (come and learn how to make it at their Kombucha workshop in November). We also sell Perky Blenders ethically-sourced coffee roasted in Leyton.
The Hornbeam also has a fair-trade policy so that a fair price can be paid to producers, suppliers and staff.
We have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign for the Hornbeam Centre and Hornbeam Nights and would love your help!
We want to continue creating our Hornbeam Nights evening workshops, supper clubs and music events to support our amazing community but need to update our equipment that has, well…. seen better days!
As Charlie who organises our events says: “We want to provide an ethical and sustainable space for creatives, where aspiring musicians, DJs, workshop facilitators, small businesses and chefs, can walk into and feel held and supported not only by just but by decent gear and equipment.
“If you can give a little today into our pot, we will keep on giving in the way the Hornbeam has been doing in many ways for the past 30 years….”
A VERY SPECIAL, COMMUNITY HUB
The Hornbeam is a community anchor, providing space to groups, support and incubation of new ideas, and a point of entry for people wanting to take action. We support people lacking in confidence and skills to set up new social enterprises and community initiatives.
Pick up a Green Open Homes brochure and map at the Hornbeam, any library or popular venues in the borough or print it out from here.
Drop in and get inspired!
Note: End times are leaving times so please arrive in advance. Suggested time per venue 30 mins to 1 hour, depending on extent of features.
Key: UF: Unique Feature. I – Insulation. G – Glazing. L – Lighting. W -Water conservation. U – Upcycled or sustainable materials. GS Garden Solutions. £ – low cost improvements. R – Renewable energy C – Community
1b. Forest Recycling Project:
The Paint Place and reclaimed furniture
Sat 16 Sept 10.30am-4pm
FRP, 2C Bakers Avenue, E17 9AW (behind the
Hornbeam) Shop for surplus paint, upcycled furnitur and scaffold boards – ideal for allotments and gardens.
U, £, R
1c. Organiclea fruit and veg stalls
Sat 16 Sept, outside the
Hornbeam, E17 9AH
10am-3pm. Also between
Matalan and St John’s
Church, E11 1HH
10.30am-3pm Also find out about their natural building courses. www.organiclea.org.uk £, C, R, GS
Sat 16 Sept 2-6pm
172 Murchison Road,
Leyton E10 6LX UF: Solar water, solar PV electric, organic small
space gardening. Surplus food and plants stall.
R, £, GS, W
Paul and Fiona Sat 16 Sept 12-4pm 46 Sandringham Road E10 6HJ Kitchen, conservatory and extensive garden eco-makeover. Reclaimed and re-used materials. Electric bike officionado.
I, R, U, G, £, GS, W
The Drive Housing Coop Sat 16 Sept, tours at 12pm and 2pm only. 8 The Drive, London E17 3BW UF: Cooperative living, 11-bedroom intentional community and fully mutual housing co-op £, C, UF
Tom and Sallie Sat 16 Sept 10.30am-3.30pm 17 Chestnuts Av North, E17 3NF UF: Solar thermal heating, heat recovery unit, secondary glazing. Tom runs HEET which provides energy saving support and advice. I, R
Isabel and Andy
Sat 16 September 11am-4pm 63 Melford Road, E17 7EN UF: Cedar-clad, sedum-roofed extension, internal and external wall insulation, high-spec glazing, bamboo flooring.
I, G, W, U, GS, £
Claire and Dan
Sat 16 Sept and Sun 17 Sept 1-5pm
51 Ritchings Avenue, E17 6LD UF: Professional, hidden, rainwater harvesting
system used in toilets and washing machine.
W, GS, UF
Ruby Stables Sat & Sun 12.30-6pm Ruby Road, E17 4RB Plants plus reclaimed, vintage, funky items for the house and garden.
£, U, GS
‘Useful and Beautiful’ mural Public space – daylight hours 434 Forest Road Walthamstow E17 4PY Wood St Walls mural on side of Salvation Army wall, corner of Ruby Road and Forest Road. This one isn’t on an insulated wall but the ethos is there!
William Morris Insulated External Wall Public space – daylight hours 9 Bedford Road, E17 4PX UF: Insulation and art!
Beautiful mural of William Morris by Wood St Walls on top of external wall insulation by Be Constructive Ltd. If you have an external wall you’d love to see insulated and painted get in touch! I, C, UF
Sue and Michael
Sun 17 Sept 10am-3pm
243 Chingford Road,
Walthamstow E17 5AB. Internal wall and floor insulation systems and heat recovery ventilation unit to tackle condensation. Reclaimed materials, eco-decoration, DIY.
I, U, £
Sir George Monoux College Chingford Road, E17 5AA Sat 16 Sept 10am-1pm Sir George Monoux College is on its way to being zero carbon with multiple energy saving and sustainability features. UF: an eco-gym is the only way students can charge their phones.
R, GS, £, UF, L, C
Sat 16 Sept 12-3pm
Sun 17 Sept 11.30am-1.30pm
103 Northbank Road,
E17 4JY UF: DIY total refurb. Internal wall and underfloor insulation and heating, reclaimed materials, sash window draught-proofing, plus exciting future heating and water plans.
I, G, L, W, U
John and neighbours
Sat 16 Sept 10am-4pm
Sun 17 Sept, 1-4pm
9 Headway Gdns, off
Penrhyn Grove E17 5FA UF: Community self-build,
PV solar panels, insulation, glazing
and water conservation. Read the story of Headway Gardens.
Icons: I, G, R, C, £, W, UF
Rebecca and Luke
Sat 16 and Sun 17 Sept 12am-3pm
27 Penrhyn Crescent,
E17 5BH UF: DIY summer solar shower and composting toilet.
Icons: W, U, £, R, UF
Charlie – Nostalji
Sun 17 Sept 12-5.30pm
219 Billet Road, E17 5NS
UF: Upcycling. Come and be inspired by Charlie’s home /workshop where she runs her upholstery and upcycling business.
U, GS, £, UF
Mary, Allan and Anna Sat 16 Sept 11am-12pm, then 3-4pm Sun 17 Sept 11am-12pm, then 3-6pm 12 Gordon Close, E17 8PF Solar PV panels, secondary glazing, reclaimed fittings, flooring and furniture, green paints.