Learning Lodge, E4

Here is what’s coming up at the Learning Lodge and Pimp Hall.  For monthly updates sign up to Hornbeam enews. More about the Learning Lodge, and how to book, here. 

Fourth Wednesday of every month – The Changing Year, 6.30-8.30pm
Monthly evening workshops exploring the changing seasons, old myths and magic, with Christine Watts of the Avalonia Centre.
March 22nd  The Greening
April 26th    Springtime Magic
May 24th   Summer is a Coming In
June 27th   Midsummer Murmurs.
July 26th   Halcyon Days

Sunday Family Club, First and third Sunday of every month, 2-4pm, Learning Lodge and outside in the reserve when fine.

Pimp Hall Nature Reserve is a beautiful small wooded area in Chingford where we organise activities for people to spend valuable time in nature.
Pimp Hall Nature Reserve is a beautiful small wooded area in Chingford where we organise activities for people to spend valuable time in nature.

Every second and fourth Sunday enjoy quality time with your kids.

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Kids Kitchen will help you make delicious food with your under 5s and other activities will be taking place inside and outside the Learning Lodge such as outdoor learning, visits to Pimp Hall allotments, activities with the Friends of Pimp Hall Park. Activities will take place on the second and fourth Sunday of every month with activities from Kids Kitchen, Walk the Loop and Craft activities.

Drop-in or for more info contact Olivia at olowe@walkthetalkcoaching.co.uk

DROP-IN TUESDAYS, 2.30-5.30pm, at Friday Hill TMO Office, Chingdale Rd. E4 6HZ (this is down the road from the Learning Lodge)
We’re running drop-ins at Friday Hill  (NOT the Learning Lodge) every week and are looking for volunteers in Chingford E4 to help us out. Contact Elizabeth for more info.

Tues 7 March – Look after your money
Nicholas Clark, Utility Warehouse representative and local neighbour, will be helping us on how we can save money, fix our energy prices, keeping everything in just one bill and get FREE LED Bulbs including installation!

Tues 14 March – Jewellery making
Handmade earrings to present your mum in Mother’s day!

Tues 21 March – Sleep Sound with Herbal Medicine, 3-5pm
Gail Farrow well experienced herbalist explains the beauty of sleep. We will explore how modern life can disturb our sleep patterns and some simple things we can do to help restore our sleep.  We will discuss, make and taste bedtime drinks, consider exercise, breathing, use of essential oils and some gentle herbal remedies that can be used safely to help. Will include a  comforting hot chocolate drink!

Wellbeing Day 2017

Saturday 18 March 2017, 11am–7pm

The Hornbeam is running its second Wellbeing Day at the Learning Lodge with Dao Lu Thai Chi and 15+ other local groups to stage this wonderful event.

Tai Chi, yoga, singing, massage, kick boxing for young people, makin
g lights and lanterns and a glow walk, the list is endless. We even have a Men’s Shed Group for guy-friendly chat!

Workshops are first come, first served, due to limited spaces. There will be a signing-up list on the door.

£6pp, £12 per family, £8/£15 on the door . More info.
Book here


Other events using the Learning Lodge:

German Language Play and Activities at the Lodge

German Playgroup Flyer
German Playgroup Flyer

Second Sunday of every month from Mar-June.
Indoor and outdoor activities for all families interested in German language and culture. This will be a chance to learn through play, stories, games and songs and with no age restrictions. There is also a book/CD/DVD exchange. Free, drop-in.

Contact Nina via Facebook groups: Waltham Forest German speaking parents or Deutschsprachige Eltern Nord-London

Tai Chi Classes every Wednesday (term times) 10am – 11am

Moving in harmony with nature. Re-engernise your body and mind through Tai Chi graceful movement. A community project by Dao Lu CIC. Booking:  info@daolu.co.uk, 020 3670 3005, or text 07713 152 999. www.daolu.co.uk

Forest School: Early-years outdoor learning and play sessions  Fridays term time: Morning session 9.45 – 12.30 and afternoon 12.30 – 3.30.
We are excited to announce that within this block of Forest School sessions at Pimp Hall on Fridays, for the first time, the afternoon sessions will be for 6-11 year olds (all other sessions and those in past have been for 3-6 year olds.
Course Fees £108 for 9 week block payable in advance.
Limited low-income spaces and sibling/multiple course booking discounts available, please request on enquiry. To book a place or for more information call Tehseen on 07946477091 or email hawkwoodlandschool@gmail.com
Volunteers can come all day (9.45am – 3pm) or for either the morning (9.45 – 12.30) or the afternoon (12.30 – 3.30) only and those able to commit to all or most of the weeks are preferred as the same group of children will be in attendance over the 12 weeks.

Make your dream come true in 2017!
Would you like to run a club at the lodge? Would you like to be the leader of some of our sessions? Have you got an idea that could developed into a community project? We’d love to hear from you and help make it happen. Contact Elizabeth at lodge.hornbeam@gmail.com


About the Learning Lodge
The Learning Lodge IMG_7810is situated in the beautiful Pimp Hall Nature Reserve in Chingford.
The Learning Lodge is a joint project of the Hornbeam Environment Centre, Forest Recycling Project, Organiclea, HEET and Friday Hill TMO.
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IMG_7878It is a space for the community to meet, learn and take action together. As a group we strive to inspire people through our Low Cost Living Campaign to live with a lower cost to themselves financially, to their health and to the environment.
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If you would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you would like to hire the Learning Lodge, please contact amy@hornbeam.org.uk.

IMG_7908The hire costs are:

  • £20 per hour for one-off events
  • £15 per hour for regular sessions (minimum of 6 hours)

Hire costs for a full day or full weeks available on request.

Check the calendar below to establish Learning Lodge availability.

Once you’ve a found a suitable date/time, complete our booking form, and email it to rooms.hornbeam@gmail.com.

Note that your booking will only be definite once we have emailed you back to confirm we have accepted it.

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Previous Events and Activities:

Sun 5 and 19 Feb – Carnival and Kids Kitchen – food and mask making. Also looking at animal tracks and dens.

Sun 5 and 19 March – Sound of Nature – we welcome spring with music and land art.

Half term adventures:
WALK THE LOOP: Hedgehog Reading Club, 13th and 15th February, 1.30-3pm
For children aged 3-7 and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome!
Over two sessions, we will:
–    read One Winter’s Tale by Christina Butler and meet the warm-hearted Little Hedgehog
–    find out more about how hedgehogs live, feed and sleep through the coldest months
–    follow a hedgehog trail
–    make a hedgehog home
–    craft our own hedgehogs from a range of  natural materials
The sessions are FREE but your donations would be most welcome
Please book your place in advance by contacting Olivia Lowe at: olowe@walkthetalkcoaching.co.uk

Wed 15 Feb, Tai Chi and Laughter, 11:15am-12:15pm
Tai Chi for the whole family. Incorporating some mirroring and clowning elements to add a bit fun! Contact aileen@daolu.co.uk

Thurs 16 Feb, Kids Dancing Class, 1.00-2.00pm
For children aged 8-10
Contact Juels. £3 per child, siblings £1


Sweetness and Light – HONEY! Free
Sunday 26th Feb

Learn to make beeswax candles at the Learning Lodge.
Learn to make beeswax candles at the Learning Lodge.

Children’s session, 2-3:30pm, Adults session, 4-7pm
The Bee Project from Pimp hall allotments is holding a talk about the relationship between honey and beeswax with experts from Essex Beekeepers Association. Learn to candle roll and do some honey tasting too! Tea and cakes provided. Donations to cover cost of the materials welcome.

Tues 30th Waltham Forest Cloth Nappies
Learn the benefits of cloth nappies, healthier and cheaper! Bring any anything unwanted and swap it for something that you like for  Take & Give Day. Get vouchers for nappies too.

Tues 24 Jan: Make your own herbal remedies for childhood ailments in Chingford 
Join local herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmed with Hedge Herbs at Friday Hill TMO Drop-in,  2.30-4.30

Sunday 6th November, from 6pm – The Bee Project, from Pimp Hall Allotments is holding a Bee wax Candle Making Evening.
Fun for all the family and free!

Wed 9 Nov, 1-3pm – Quality Time Together. Drop-in

Walk the Loop and enjoy the nature reserve as a family.
Walk the Loop and enjoy the nature reserve as a family.


For children aged 0-8 years with their parents/carers (older siblings welcome too). Promotes well-being, learning and development through walking in nature and related activities

Drop-in. Contact: Olivia: olowe@walkthetalkcoaching.co.uk

Sunday 13th & 27th Nov, 2-4pm – Sunday Family Club: Let’s Print! Printing with potatoes, sweetcorn and other veggies. Drop-in. Contact: Elizabeth lodge.hornbeam@gmail.com

Printing fun for kids and adults alike.
Printing fun for kids and adults alike.

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 15.01.27Yoga from 1 Oct-5 Nov, 10-11am, Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve. £40 for the 6 week course.
A fun programme in Hatha Yoga exploring basic breathing exercises and the classical postures. All equipment provided, suitable for beginners. Contact Kirsty /  07903 035180

Sunday 23 Oct, 2-4pm – Halloween pumpkin carving and pumpkin soup!

Pumpkin-y fun
Pumpkin-y fun

 

Wed 12 Oct, 1-3pm – Quality Time Together
Drop-in. For children aged 0-8 years with their parents/carers, but older siblings are welcome. Promotes the well-being, learning and development of children and those responsible for their care through walking in nature and related activities.
Contact: Olivia: olowe@walkthetalkcoaching.co.uk

Sun 11 Sept, 2-4pm – Sunday Family Club – Cultivate Edition. Free.
As part of the Cultivate Festival, join this special Sunday Family Club to spend quality time in beautiful natural surroundings of Pimp Hall Nature Reserve. Kids Kitchen makes seasonal delights with kids and adults. Free.  

Sign up by emailing lodge.hornbeam@gmail.com or just show up on the day!

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More activities with Friends of Pimp Hall Park & Nature Reserve too.

Thanks to the Friday Hill Community Association for supporting this initiative.

Woodland’s Parade

Saturday 20th February, 10am – 2pm,
Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, off 48 Kings Road, E4 7HR
All Welcome: It’s FreeWoodland-masks-3-watermark

e3cdfea20d280ab54a64b90d10dcc82cCelebrate the wonders and joys woodlands offer us!

• Delicious Food & Drinks
• Live Music
• Tree Planting Workshop & take a free tree home
• Outdoor games and learning for all ages
• Reveal of Wildlife Cameras
• Launch of Woodland’s Podcast
• Car Boot Sale
• Wildlife Photography Exhibition

• Bird-box Making

Wildlife Photography Competition

Capture the beauty of Pimp Hall Nature Reserve with a camera and win fantastic prizes with your photographs. Whether you are a hobby-photographer or a professional – we believe you can win! There are two categories: Wildlife and Still-life. All pictures need to be of Pimp Hall Nature Reserve and submitted electronically or in print by the 8th February 2016. Winners of the competition will be announced on the 20th February. Submitted work will be assessed by a panel of professional photographers and nature experts.Photography competition

The site is accessible during sunlight hours, every day.

Keep up to date with the competition by checking the Hornbeam website, Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Submit work by emailing amy@hornbeam.org.uk or sending prints to Amy Croome, The Hornbeam, 458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH London.

There will be a photography workshop in January for you to learn how to take amazing pictures.

Thanks to Groundwork for supporting this initiative.


 

Photography Workshop

wildlife-photography-squirrels-max-ellis-2__880Thursday 28th January – 1-3pm

Learning Lodge, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, off 48 Kings Road, E4 7HR

Capture the beauty of Pimp Hall Nature Reserve with a camera with a professional photographer as part of the Wildlife Photography Competition. Learn to take incredible pictures with any camera and enjoy tea and cake!

Win fantastic prizes with your photographs. Whether you are a hobby-photographer or a professional – we believe you can win! There are two categories: Wildlife and Still-life. All pictures need to be of Pimp Hall Nature Reserve and submitted electronically or in print by the 8th February 2016.Submitted work will be assessed by a panel of professional photographers and nature experts. Keep up to date with the competition by checking the Hornbeam website, Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Sign up to the event by emailing amy@hornbeam.org.uk.

feel good cafe 2Traditional activities – Santa’s grotto, and Christmas Crafts with other things to do such as African Drumming!  We’ll also have a pop-up cafe from Chingford’s new Feelgood Cafe. 

Wednesday 16th September 2015 – Start Up Hub Space

Start Up Learning Lodge

Saturday 19th September 2015 – Learning Outside the Classroom

LOTC Workshops – Hornbeam – V2

Every second Tuesday of the month – Friday Hill Neighbourly Knit & Stitch

Knit and Stitch

Saturday 26th September 2015 – Young Entrepreneurs Workshop

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Tuesday 29th September 2015 – Guided Nature Walks Training

Guided Walks Training Pimp Hall Flyer

Sunday 11th October 2015 – Apple Day a big festival day for everyone!

Final Poster Learning Lodge Apple Day

Saturday 31st October 2015 – Halloween in the Woods

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Woodlands School 10th-14th August
Woodland School
Wild Theatre 17th – 21st August
Wild Theatre

 

 

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