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Job opportunity: Hornbeam Coordinator

We are looking to recruit a new, dynamic, community-minded Hornbeam Coordinator.

This exciting part-time role (24.5 hours, expected to rise to 28) exists to coordinate the many community, low cost living and sustainability projects happening under the Hornbeam umbrella, both grant-funded and enterprise, and is a great opportunity for someone who has experience and passion for innovative community work.

It will not be the post holder’s role to deliver everything, but it will be their role to communicate, inspire and help organise those making things happen in our E17-based Hornbeam Cafe and Centre and our E4-based Hornbeam Learning Lodge in the Pimp Hall Nature Reserve.

All projects come under our Low Cost Living initiative, which seeks to facilitate and engage people in activities that support them to reduce their costs of living, including financial, health and environmental costs.

Current and planned activities and projects include Food Rescue, Healthy Eating,  community development, JoyRiders Cycling Project, volunteer coordination, management of the Hornbeam Centre, and support to the Hornbeam cafe and Hornbeam Learning Lodge E4.

Enjoying zero waste lunch at our People's Kitchen
Enjoying zero waste lunch at our People’s Kitchen
The person we are looking for will need excellent communication, administrative and financial skills and experience working in a community organisation. They will be able to deal with all the challenges and excitement that working in a small, vibrant organisation brings.
Download the Job Spec for full details and Person Specification: Hornbeam Coordinator March 2018

Salary:  £22,750 pro rata (£15,925 per annum)

Closing date: midnight on Wed 4th April
Interviews: Thur 12th April
Please send CV and covering letter to

All Day Vegan Brunch plus Sunday Vegan Roasts

We have a new Kitchen Dream Team – Lucy and Frankie – and to celebrate they are offering all-day vegan brunch + coffee/tea + organic juice for just £10. Plus more amazing vegan dishes every day.

Brunch is all day (or till it runs out) and consists of: 2 vegan sausages, slice of sourdough toast, home-made baked beans, fried potatoes, steamed greens, fried mushrooms and tofu scramble!

And there’s more…..

On Sundays come on down for Vegan Roast and all the trimmings for £9.95. 

Vegan Roast with all the trimmings
Vegan Roast with all the trimmings

Lucy Johnson joins us from the Wulf and Lamb, having also been Head Chef for the ‘Real Junk Food Project‘, among others, in Sheffield. Some of you may have enjoyed her food at one of our Veganuary Hornbeam Nights supper-clubs. She joins Frankie Ebdon who has cooked at the Hornbeam for over a year and between them they are cooking up some wonderful treats.

See you soon.

Join Hornbeam’s JoyRiders cycling for fun and relaxation

We are delighted that our JoyRiders project has secured a London Cycling Grant for three years.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with JoyRiders E17.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
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 for more information or message us through Facebook.
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
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).
If you’d like to be kept informed about future rides, please contact
See our What’s On page for future family rides or join the Hornbeam JoyRiders Women’s Facebook group.

New Year, New Chef – could it be you?

The Hornbeam Cafe is recruiting!


Hornbeam vegan chef role 4 days 

Interview date: 20 January 2018
Start date: 6 Feb 2018

Do you have experience in a professional kitchen? Are you competent working in a busy space, happy to cook alone but keen to be part of vibrant and growing team?

Are you enthusiastic, organised, flexible AND calm and available from 6 February 2018?

If yes to all that – Come chef with us! Read the full Hornbeam chef role here Hornbeam vegan chef role 4 days 

Frankie - Cafe Chef
Hornbeam’s cafe manager Frankie

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.

If you are interested in this role, please

We look forward to hearing from you!


Interview date: 20 January 2018 

Start date: 6 Feb

Responsible for food preparation, cooking and cleanliness of the kitchen.

Reporting to: Café manager

Wage: £10.20 per hour
36-40 hours variable per week (4 days)



Hooray – Hornbeam Nights Crowdfunder reached!

We did it – you did it – we all did it!

We met the Crowdfunder target! Thank you so much everyone who donated or supported with time and energy.

Thank you everyone!
Thank you everyone!

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.

Hornbeam Nights Crowdfunder – Two days to go

Do you want more confident, high quality local businesses?
Please support us!







“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


Stories and Supper pop-ups provide a way for migrants to share their experiences, food and culture.
Stories and Supper pop-ups provide a way for migrants to share their experiences, food and culture.

“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

New Hornbeam Cafe team goes 100% vegan 

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).

Salad plate with quiche.
Salad plate with quiche.
Roasted squash, french beans + tahini and harrissa sauce served with stewed greens, salad and bread
Roasted squash, french beans + tahini and harrissa sauce served with stewed greens, salad and bread









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.

Happiness is..... new Kitchen Manager Franke making scrumptious vegan food at The Hornbeam
Happiness is….. new Kitchen Manager Franke making scrumptious vegan food at The Hornbeam

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.

Hornbeam's famous vegan sausage brunch is now available all week.
Hornbeam’s famous vegan sausage brunch is now available all week.









“We are also working on some new exciting dishes to come out soon. And of course – there is always scrumptious vegan cakes!”

Free drink with any cake during November!
Free drink with any cake during November!









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.

Wildfizz Kombucha
Wildfizz Kombucha
Perky Blenders coffee awaits you...
Perky Blenders coffee awaits you…







  • Hornbeam Nights are amazing… but we need some help. Please support us to keep running environmental and social change workshops, Live Music events and Pop-up Supperclubs. Please visit
  • If you are interested in running a workshop on your own environmental or social change workshop or pop up supper club get in touch.
  • Are you a local artist? We are supporting and exhibiting local artists work in the cafe every month. Would like to have your own exhibition?

For more info on the cafe or Hornbeam Nights contact: Charlie –

Please visit our website and Facebook page for a full list of events.

Follow us on:

TWITTER: @nightshornbeam
FACEBOOK: hornbeamcafe
INSTAGRAM: Hornbeam_cafe

Please support our Social Adventure!


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….”


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.

For example the cafe and kitchen space is currently being used to support a supper club run by refugees, offer free meals made from surplus food, and as a pop-up cafe enabling a new catering enterprise run by women on very low incomes to trial things out before taking on their own space.

We also teach cooking and low cost living skills as well as providing a safe and supportive space. Hornbeam Nights host music, educational film nights, supper clubs, environmental & social change workshops. We are always running on a shoe-string and we’ve decided to reach out in order to sustain our people-focused community events.

Have a look at our events to see the various wonderful things happening all the time!


So we’d love it if you could help us keep building our community with our latest community business idea!  Every successful Hornbeam Night raises money for and builds our community further.

But in order to continue our work we need some help to bring ourselves up-to-date with some better technology to help the events we organise inspire and enthuse.

Please help by supporting our Crowdfunder and sharing this fundraising campaign

And we hope to see you at the Hornbeam sometime very soon!

Thank you!


We also need social media volunteers to spread the word or volunteers to seek support from local businesses! If you can help please contact  Charlie at