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.
Apple Day is one of Walthamstow’s regular highlights of the year so join us again for another apple-y adventure held in the gorgeous gardens of Vestry House Museum and organised by The Hornbeam Centre and Cafe with partners OrganicLea and Artillery and involving lots of amazing local community organisations.
If you have apples in a tree in your garden please get in touch with Organiclea who can come and pick them for you and make them into apple juice on the day!
Lots of Arts and Crafts for all the family to get involved in too, and music from the delectable Auntie Maureen, Walthamstow’s finest vintage DJ.
Come and taste and buy apples, apple trees, apple juice, cider and cake!
Do apple bobbing, use the vintage apple press to make juice, and try your luck in the longest peel competition.
We need lots of volunteers to help out on the day and it’s a wonderful event to be involved in! Contact us here.
We are looking for a chef to join our team, who will be relaunching the Cafe from October 2017.
Cafe Manager Frankie will be bringing his experience from a range of food enterprises and from cheffing within the Hornbeam to take us forward – the same brilliant vibe with a few new twists.
The Hornbeam Café is one of the longest running vegan/veggie cafes in London. Based in one of the Hornbeam’s two venues, our vision – like the Hornbeam – is active communities where people have a positive impact on their environment. This means that: most of what we sell is from local businesses including coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; all our fresh ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, with most of our fruits and vegetables coming from local food enterprise Organiclea; and we are committed to a zero-waste policy with very minimal amount of our rubbish going to landfill.
You’ll need to prepare and cook hot and cold food five days a week, as well as vegan cakes and cookies. You’ll be working to a planned menu but you’ll be responsible for the kitchen while you’re there, and for keeping it organised and tidy.
Hornbeam nights have not only become a great success but also built a wonderful community of creative folk. Alas, our equipment doesn’t reflect the quality of the creativity… We’d love the opportunity to spruce things up.
WITH YOUR HELP: Our nights will be able to host top notch evenings with a large sway of activism & education, for a better community, environment & world.
LAUNCH: We’ll be launching our campaign at our exciting new Open Mic evening Jam Sandwich on Friday 22nd September – the campaign will take place for six weeks.
TARGET: We hope to raise £5,000 to acquire sustainable sourced equipment: PA system, turntables, a mixer, a projector, projector screen, installation and setting up costs. Live music equipment. Furniture.
Please keep supporting local talent, businesses and the community at The Hornbeam.
Remember – it’s at Forest Recycling Project behind the Hornbeam this month – a big bright warehouse-esque space to hold more performers, punters and for any movers and shakers.
We have so much going on that the support of volunteers is vital to helping us run all the projects that we do.
If you have time or skills you’d like to share or just time and energy and would like to learn some skills, please get in touch!
Volunteer press Liaison Do you have experience or would like to gain it talking to the local and national press and providing them with what they need to create great stories about the amazing work we do? We have so much going on that’s worth letting the media know about we’d love some help. Tell us why you think you’d be good at this here.
Volunteer Photo Editor
Are you familiar with online photography storage? Could you help us create a system to store all our amazing photos in one place and for staff to have easy access to them? If this is your world we’d love to hear from you. Contact Sue at email@example.com More info on the role
Walthamstow Apple Day volunteers
Save the date: 14 October is Apple Day! The Hornbeam and the Learning Lodge will have a stall to tell people about our work and if you are a fan of the Hornbeam and love chatting to people, we’d love to have you join us. Tell us about yourself here.
Join our Social Media Champions Could you help us get the word out about the amazing work we do around the borough on social media? Whether your preferred ‘platform’ is Facebook, Twitter or Instagram we’d love to hear from you. We’d like to recruit a few Social Media Champs so we can share the sharing love. Do spread the word. Message Sue at the Hornbeam on Facebook or Twitter if you’re up for it!
We are excited to welcome La Buenaventura to the Hornbeam, for the month of September helping us all extend summer with the taste of Spain…
The regular Hornbeam Cafe team will have a small pause in September ahead of a re-launch in October. More of this soon…
This has given us the opportunity to support an excellent pop-up business with a stellar reputation in East London to try out the cafe life during September and we think you’ll love them!
Sheila and Pino – the La Buenaventura team – will be serving the regular Hornbeam menu with a Spanish twist, still local food at reasonable prices.
Vegan chorizo brunch, anyone…?!
The Hornbeam will be open regular cafe hours (except Thursday 14th) with a celebration evening menu on the final Saturday, 30th September. Check our events listings and Facebook page for more information – and tell your friends!
YES – vegan tapas! Hurrah!
“Last night’s Vegan Tapas with La Buenaventura was amazing. A superb menu
and each course an absolute delight. Thank you for putting on such a delicious feast for us…can’t wait to eat your food again soon! Mark
“I can honestly say the food I’ve tried from la buenaventura is the yummiest ive had in a long time!
So delicious and the staff are so friendly! Stephanie
Community Mondays will not be running during August so that our fantastic crew of volunteers and facilitators can have a well-earned break.
There are summer activities both at the Hornbeam, the Lodge and beyond as part of the Food for London project and with other partners. Our partner Kids Kitchen’s family timetable is here and you can see all events on our listings pages.
There will also be some Free Food stalls – Check our Facebook page for up to date details. We have plenty of surplus food to redistribute – do you have a community group that could use some food? Get in touch!
Community Mondays will be back in September with more volunteering opportunities and food rescue! Our programme for September 2017 looks like this (full details will appear on the events listing, and follow us on Facebook for updates
Monday 4th and Monday 18th – People’s Kitchen:
The first and third Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted. Volunteer from 10am or just come to eat at 1pm – Pay-what-you-feel!
Monday 11th – Makeover Monday:
Join us from 10am and help make the hornbeam ship-shape while learning some basic DIY skills. Makeover Mondays are our opportunity to give the building a much needed lick of paint, spruce up of the plants and tackle general maintenance jobs, such as putting up shelving. Plus volunteer lunch from rescued food!
Monday 25th – Jamming:
Join us from 10am and learn how to make jam from foraged and rescued fruit. Plus volunteer lunch for all jam-makers.
Volunteers are guided through activities by experienced facilitators and have the opportunity to gain AQA accreditation in activities such as cooking, painting/decorating etc.
Have you done something with your home or workplace that makes it energy efficient or eco in some way?
You might have gone the whole hog with solar panels, or have nifty gadgets that help you save energy. Have you upcycled lots of things or insulated your house to lower your energy bills? Perhaps you’ve got a wonderful garden that uses permaculture principles or is landscaped using reclaimed items?
Whatever you’ve done – we’d love to hear from you asap. The Hornbeam has run Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes every year now and this is the fourth year and it’s always really popular. Like Open House or the E17 Art Trail – people kindly open their doors to the public and share their top tips of low cost and eco living.
If you would like to open your home/workplace on the weekend of 16/17 September 2017 please get in touch.
Or if you’ve got an idea for a talk, demo or activity – we’d also love to hear from you!
We also need VOLUNTEERS to help out on events chatting to the public, social media and proof reading. If you’re able to help please fill in our volunteering form giving your availability, interest and skills.