All posts by Rebecca Tully

Apple Day at Vestry House Museum – 14 Oct 2017

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!

Buy a beautiful apple tree
Buy a beautiful apple tree

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.

Apple Day wouldn't be Apple Day without E17 DJ Auntie Maureen
Apple Day wouldn’t be Apple Day without E17 DJ Auntie Maureen
All sorts of Apple Day crafts
All sorts of Apple Day crafts

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.

Make your own apple juice!
Make your own apple juice!
Apples make cider...
Apples make cider…

We need lots of volunteers to help out on the day and it’s a wonderful event to be involved in! Contact us here. 

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Recruiting: Veggie Cafe Chef

choc hazlenut cakeThe Hornbeam Cafe is recruiting!

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?

If yes to all that – Come chef with us!

We are looking for a chef to join our team, who will be relaunching the Cafe from October 2017.

Frankie - Cafe Chef
Happiness is….. making donated surplus food into lunch for People’s Kitchen

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.

If you are interested in this role, please

  • Read the Job Description and Person Specification
  • Email a CV and covering letter to hornbeamcafe@gmail.com by 22nd September 2017. In your covering letter, please tell us how you fit each point of the person specification – thank you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Start: 2nd October 2017
Interviews: Week of 25th September

Vegan meatballs in a ragu sauce with tagliatelle and organic homemade pesto. Yum in our tum!

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Love the Hornbeam? Volunteer to keep it ticking.

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 info@hornbeam.org.uk
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!

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August: No Community Mondays, Plenty Going On!

Community Mondays will not be running during August so that our fantastic crew of volunteers and facilitators can have a well-earned break.

Thanks Kim – Briliant Volunteer Support every community Monday!

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.

To get involved, join us at the Hornbeam on Mondays from 10am or complete the short volunteer online form.

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May Film Night: FOREIGN

This Friday 5th May, the Hornbeam will be screening the documentary film Foreign.
 
Foreign documents the journeys of Mohamed from Mali and Jerry from Cameroon as they travel from sub-Saharan Africa to the European borders. Director Miriam Fassbender met the men over a period of three years during their migration and used a participative video approach, so that their own footage accounts for 7% of the film.
The evening is FREE ,with glorious pay-as-you-feel food from Stories & Supper volunteers. We will collect donations to cover the cost of the food and any other money raised will go towards the next Stories & Supper project.

Doors open at 6.30pm
Films start at 7pm
 

Stories and Supper
Stories and Supper

Local beers, cider, organic wine and spirits are available.

Please share the facebook event where you can  – thanks!
More about Stories and Supper here

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Regular activities at the Learning Lodge

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.Sunday Family Club Logo  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.

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6.30-8.30pm
THE CHANGING YEAR
Monthly evening workshops exploring the changing seasons, old myths and magic, with Christine Watts of the Avalonia Centre.
April 26th    Springtime Magic – Beltane is a Celtic fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Learn more about this tradition.
May 24th   Summer is a Coming In
June 27th   Midsummer Murmurs.
July 26th   Halcyon Days

FREE but donations towards materials welcome Booking details – just turn up!


FRIDAY HILL 

DROP-IN TUESDAYS for Friday Hill tenants and neighbours, 2.30-5.30pm, at Friday Hill TMO Office, Chingdale Rd. E4 6HZ
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.

Other Events and Classes at the Learning Lodge and Pimp Hall Nature Reserve.

Hornbeam Nights – July happenings and August break

 

We’ve got a whole host of summery night time events going on during July and then we’re going to have a break for August and come back singing and dancing in September!

Check out upcoming events and keep up to date on the Hornbeam Facebook and Hornbeam Nights Twitter.


Got an exciting Hornbeam Nights idea? If you’d like to use the Hornbeam cafe for an event, workshop or a pop-up Supper Club contact Charlie at hornbeamnights@gmail.com.  We can support with publicity, bar and more and have a huge amount of cafe/kitchen resources too.

 

May Learning Lodge events, E4

Sun 7 and 21 May, 2-4pm, SUNDAY FAMILY CLUB. For children aged 0-8 years and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome… We will enjoy a range of outdoor and indoor activities, decorating our own maypole tree, looking out for birds, discovering a range of herbs and plants and nurturing them. Arts and crafts will also be there to enjoy.

Tues 9 May, *Flower Arranging with Simone (note this is at Friday Hill TMO, not the Learning Lodge)

Wed 10 May, 1-3pm, Walk the Loop. For children aged 0-8 years and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome. Join Olivia this second Wed of the month to walk around beautiful Pimp Hall Nature reserve and enjoy the blossoming plants, trees and shrubs. We will be looking out for birds and enjoying their different songs. We will also craft and paint our own fantastic birds. Contact Olivia.

Sun 14 May, 2-4pm, *German Language Playgroup. Second Sunday every month. Learn and practice German while enjoying this beautiful space. FREE, drop-in. Contact Nina via Facebook groups: Waltham Forest German speaking parents or Deutschsprachige Eltern Nord-London

Sat 20 May, 10am-1pmE4 Joy Riders: Family Bike Ride. Second outing of our new group Chingford JoyRiders. Meet outside Friday Hill TMO office and join a cycle ride ending at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve for a picnic. Suitable for beginners and anyone wanting a relaxed cycle.  

Wed 24 May, 6:30-8:30pm, *Myth and Magic talk: Summer-is-a-coming-in. FREE. Drop-in.

Sat 27 May, Green Open Spaces day organised by *Friends of Pimp Hall. Wildlife day starting with the Dawn Chorus and ending with Bat Watch. 11-3pm Families crafts and exploring the nature reserve.

* Organised by a Hornbeam Community Champion

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People’s Kitchen – first and third Monday of every month

People's Kitchen menu
People’s Kitchen menu

The first and third Community Monday of every month is People’s Kitchen – making and eating a delicious lunch made from food that would have been wasted.

Food is served 1pm, or come and help make the lunch and join us at 10am to prep the food.

Everyone welcome so come and share your lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbour or colleagues.

NOTE: there will be no People’s Kitchen is on 1 Jan 2018.

People's Kitchen volunteers preparing food
People’s Kitchen volunteers preparing food

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People’s Kitchen is part of Hornbeam’s Food for London project, which works with Waltham Forest Food Rescue and other anti-food waste organisations.

Visit our Best Before pop-up ‘pay-what-you-feel’ food stall outside the Hornbeam every Monday too (weather permitting). New volunteers always welcome. Contact volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk to help on stalls or to collect food for local agencies supporting those in need.