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People’s Kitchen – every Monday

People's Kitchen menu
People’s Kitchen menu

Every Monday the normal Hornbeam Cafe is closed, but we transform it with volunteer-led cooking, using zero waste food donated from supermarkets and local shops as part of our Food Rescue Project.

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 lunch with others who live and work locally. Do tell your neighbour or colleagues.

EDIT: We are now also providing zero-waste Pay-What-You-Feel food in the cafe on Tuesday and Wednesdays too.

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. 

The Hornbeam is 25 years old this year – this is its story

Jim Craddock, one of the founding ‘Hornbeamers’ tells the story of how The Hornbeam came into being.

Twenty five years ago on St Georges Day – at the Bakers Arms end of Hoe Street – something special happened. A group of concerned environmentalists had coalesced around an idea – an Environmental Centre for Waltham Forest – and on 23 April 1994 – they opened the doors to The Hornbeam Centre and Café.

The management committee at The Hornbeam (formerly called Gannets) on Opening Day, 24 April 1994.
The management committee at The Hornbeam (formerly called Gannets) on Opening Day, 23 April 1994.

From left to right it’s David ‘Nod’ Ellis, Jowanna Lewis, Bundy Braga, Diane Sizer, Dave Cullen, George Warren, Lesley Broadbent and Christian Mountney.


There had been a vegetarian café in Palmerston Road, which had provided a focus for locals, but that had closed. Forest Recycling Project (which is still going from strength to strength after nearly 30 years) had just started out, so Jowanna Lewis and Diane Sizer, who’d met at the Palmerston Road café, decided an old newsagents on Hoe Street would be the perfect venue for the new one.

Their vision was amazing and their enthusiasm soon rubbed off on other people.  And so with a small amount of funding, a lot of volunteer time and effort and an incredible amount of dust, Hornbeam Environmental Centre opened on 23rd April 1994.  And it’s still going today, with its vegan café and restaurant (called Gannets) and community space providing that continuing focus for environmental action in the borough.

This Easter Saturday (20th April 2019), some of those idealists are meeting up at Hornbeam to see how their vision has evolve.  Jim Craddock, a local Greenpeace volunteer in the early 1990s is among those coming back to the centre for the first time in almost 20 years.

Jim said: “We didn’t realise what we were getting into back then, but there was something infectious about giving up your weekends to build the place, and then, once it had opened, volunteering at the restaurant once you’d finished your day job.  Seeing it thriving 25 years later has made that investment so worthwhile.”

The Hornbeam Environmental Centre and Café now has many more strings to its bow.  Their Learning Lodge at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve runs family events on weekends and during school holidays and one of the groups it has formed and supported through to independence – the Hornbeam JoyRiders Women’s Cycle Club – have been awarded Club of the Year by London Sports.

READ MORE FROM JIM – ‘So Long and Thanks for all the Dust’ – read the article here.

So Long and Thanks for All the Dust page 1
So Long and Thanks for All the Dust page 1

Palm Greens March Supper Clubs

Palm Greens, Hornbeam’s current Test Kitchen, will be running three vegan, seasonal Supper Clubs in March to show off their amazing internationally-inspired cuisine…

Big flavours, made from organic, locally-sourced veg,

Fri 1 March, 7.30pm

Fri 8 March, 7.30pm

Fri 15 March, 7.30pm

Booking essential.

Chef Kali’s and Memby’s stories:

Kali has worked as a freelance chef for more than ten years, travelling the world for work and pleasure. She’s always been a lover of food and conscious of the treatment of animals and well being of the earth.

Fascinated by the way food works with your body Kali trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a school specialising in vegetarian health supportive cooking, this is where her style of cooking began to develop. Building relationships with local growers such as Growing Communities has encouraged Kali’s enthusiasm and belief in the need to be more in touch with where our food comes from and the impact the food system has on our environment and local community.

Hornbeam Nights

 

We love helping people put on night time events – especially anything to do with the arts, community, low-cost living, food, education and music!

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 us at info@hornbeam.org.uk.  We can support with publicity, bar and more and have a huge amount of cafe/kitchen resources too.

 

Hornbeam Xmas Food Drink and Crafts Market

Sat 22 Dec, 10am-3pm

We’re having a Xmas market popup at the cafe to share seasonal festivities, mulled wine, mince pies, gifts and more.

Please come along and enjoy a relaxed afternoon, grab a few extra stocking fillers, and join us for a drink and a snack.

Can you sell pickles, jams, chutneys?

Can you sell pickles, jams, chutneys?If you’d like your own  vegan food or drink or craft stall book here before Thurs 18 Dec. Only £10 for a table, or contact Anne at anne@hornbeam.org.uk

Arts and craft stall holders welcome.
Arts and craft stall holders welcome.

Please note the normal cafe service will be closed.

This is our chance for people to buy, sell, eat, drink, chat and be merry together – do join us!

Venue Hire and Events Coordination Volunteer

Do you love making things happen?

We’re looking for a volunteer to help us book and organise events at The Hornbeam in E17 and our Hornbeam Learning Lodge in E4.

We’d love to have you for around 5 hours a week, working from our office at the Hornbeam Centre (Mon, Tues or Fri), or at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge in Chingford on Thursdays. You’ll need to be good on the phone and on the computer (email, Excel, online booking systems) and be a great organiser. If you also have social media skills that would work well too, but not essential.

This would be particularly suitable for someone who’s already got good contacts in the community with artists, workshop leaders, etc, and could help spread the word about our facilities and venues.

Contact Anne at anne@hornbeam.org.uk with your details or call 07492 915531.

 

Sun 22 April – Help us Celebrate!

Sun 22 April, 4-8pm (note later start time than previously advertised).

Scrumptious winter quiche
Scrumptious winter quiche

Join Walthamstow’s first fully vegan cafe and celebrate good food and good people.

Meet the new chefs. Eat the food. Find out the amazing things the Hornbeam does. Family Friendly drop-in. 4-8pm.

 

Open Decks at the Hornbeam: Bring your tunes, spin your tunes.

You can also bring along some vinyl and spin some tunes with Patrick Steele leading Open Decks. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never DJed – now’s your chance to take control of the music!

We’ll also be showing the Hornbeam JoyRiders / Cycle Sisters short film and sharing info about all the exciting things going on at the Hornbeam and Learning Lodge generally, as well as keeping you fed with scrumptious tasters.

 

Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.

Organic hot and cold drinks and bar available.

Spread the word! All welcome.

Event link

Hornbeam Nights Crowdfunder – Two days to go

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“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

PLEASE SUPPORT HORNBEAM NIGHTS NOW

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

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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