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Green Open Homes Top Tips

There’s always a lot to take in at Green Open Homes so we’ve put some of our Top Tips from our Green Open Homers here. 

Waltham Forest Green Open Homes is 16 & 17 Sept 2017 – with 17 venues to visit – drop in and be inspired!

Please also let us know what you thought after you’ve visited by filling in this quick online form.

AND… Do join us for Meet the Experts Night on 26th September at Sir George Monoux College (book your seat now).

What people have said about us
 Walthamstow Diary blog describing the green homes visited in 2016.

BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours feature from last year with interviews with various of Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homers.

Articles on Headway Gardens self-build project:
Build your own community, The Telegraph

DIY Families build own homes – Evening Standard

Making Headway in Housing – Waltham Forest Echo

Useful Organisations
Energy Saving Trust

Green gas and electricity: Ecotricity

Association of Environmentally Conscious Builders (AECB) 

Ecobuild (annual exhibition)

Local Businesses
Recycled Paint and timber – Forest Recycling Project (behind The Hornbeam)

Recycled furniture – Bright Sparks, 842 – 844 High Road Leyton, E10 6AE

Upcycled Home Design – Nostalji  Instagram: nostalji_home_design
gimmegimmegimme@nostalji.co.uk

Insulation, ventilation and damp
Abbott Damp Proofing Ltd

Other useful Websites

www.rethinkinghousingrefurbishment.co.uk

www.cat.org.uk

www.greenbuildingstore.co.uk

www.rainwaterharvesting.co.uk

www.greenbuildingbible.co.uk

www.greenshop.co.uk

Sustainable Energy Academy’s Superhome scheme

Ecologist article series of Sue and Michael’s ecorefurb

Useful Books

The Earthscan Expert Guide to Retrofitting Homes for Efficiency. David Thorpe

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure. Joseph C Jenkins.

 

Hornbeam Nights – a social adventure

The Hornbeam are launching a crowdfunding campaign for our Hornbeam Nights in September at our JAM SANDWICH music//comedy//open mic night on Fri 22 Sept.

If you’d like to be one of our FIRST supporters go to our Spacehive crowdfunder page!

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.

Jam Sandwich - music, comedy, poetry, spoken word - join us!
Jam Sandwich – music, comedy, poetry, spoken word – join us!

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.

See you on the 22nd!

 

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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La Buenaventura Cafe September Takeover!

We are delighted to have a collaboration with La Bueneventura for the whole of September!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.

Sheila and Pino - the La Bueneventura team!
Sheila and Pino – the chefs behind the tastes of La Bueneventura.  @10CableStreet
La Bueneventura's amazing gazpacho.
La Bueneventura’s amazing gazpacho.

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

Arroz al Horno @10CableStreet

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!

Vegan chorizo!

So delicious and the staff are so friendly!  Stephanie

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Waltham Forest Green Open Homes – call for homes

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.

Or Contact Sue and Hannah on greenhomes@hornbeam.org.uk or call Sue 07950 953004.

Some previous Green Open Homers

John and family in the home they built themselves...with a bit of help.
John and family in the home they built themselves…with a bit of help.
Isabel and Andy's sedum roof looks after the bees as well as being a beautiful top layer to a cedar-clad extension.
Isabel and Andy’s sedum roof looks after the bees as well as being a beautiful top layer to a cedar-clad extension.
A family affair - gutting the kitchen that was rotten with condensation then rebuilding.
A family affair – gutting the kitchen that was rotten with condensation then rebuilding.
Claire and Dan next to their invisible rainwater harvesting system.
Claire and Dan next to their invisible rainwater harvesting system.
Charlie's house has been furnished almost exclusively from Sell or Swap and charity shops - and been upcycled by Charlie using her skills from her upcycling business Nostalji Home Designs.
Charlie’s house has been furnished almost exclusively from Sell or Swap and charity shops – and been upcycled by Charlie using her skills from her upcycling business Nostalji Home Designs.

Sat 27 May – Vegan Japanese pop-up Supper Club

Hornbeam Nights: Ra-Ra-Ramen Pop-Up Supper Club

Join us for an exciting Japanese twist on our Saturday Pop-Up Supperclubs on Sat 27 May.

On the menu is a vegan take on one of Japan’s most popular dishes, Ramen. Chef for the night is local resident Liam Emerson, with sous chef Bill Rae Smith.

There will be two sittings, the first from 7pm til 8.30pm and the second from 9pm til 10.30pm, so pick one, book your place and come down and join us.

The bar will also be serving a good selection of locally brewed beer and cider, plus soft drinks and of course tea!

Facebook event. 
Booking essential: https://ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/416

Dusty Grooves – last Friday of every month

Hornbeam Nights DJ slot – last Friday of every month

Starting on Fri 26 May, 7.30-11.30pm – Hornbeam Nights’ resident DJs Lounch & Noods will be providing your ears with super deluxe ambient down tempo grooves, dub, low-fi electronica and underground hip-hop on the last Friday of every month from May.

HAPPY HOUR 7.30pm
Drinks, cocktails, lazers and a little dance floor action.

Fri 12 May: Jam Sandwich – (the musical type)

Hornbeam Night’s monthly Jam Sandwich, 7.30-11.30pm

Jam Sandwich is our new monthly musical jamboree on the second Friday of every month. No mics, no pressure. Just a flowing lovely musical space for people to express themselves.

Bring instruments, voices, dancing feet.
We have a fully stocked bar of local ales, ciders and bio dynamic wines.

HAPPY HOUR 7.30PM all drinks £3. Full details on Facebook.

FREE – just rock up and join us.

 

 

Thurs 11 May – Growing the Local Dream workshop

HORNBEAM NIGHTS Thurs workshop, 7-10pm

Growing your own food - practical activism.
Growing your own food – practical activism.

Thurs 11 May, GROWING THE LOCAL DREAM: a talk on making food sovereignty a reality and how to start growing your own.

We have three guests speakers who are involved in growing with Hornbeam partner and local community growing project Organiclea. 

SPEAKERS:
Melanie Strickland – OrganicLea: What is Food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty allows communities control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. The food sovereignty movement is a global alliance of farmers, growers, consumers and activists.
Mel is the Community Food Movement Builder at Organiclea

Terry Bennett – OrganicLea: How to bring small growers into the political mainstream.
Terry will be referencing the Land Worker’s alliance post brexit agricultural policy.
– A new growth model for a new generation.
– Grow the dream and nurture your brain.

Jon Rackham – Gardens for all
Do it yourself. How to bring your growing home.

FREE although donations to Hornbeam and Organiclea’s community work are gratefully received.

FOOD AVAILABLE: hot vegan curry and rice bowl for £6.

DRINKS: choose from our fully stocked bar of local ales and ciders, bio-dynamic wines, locally made soft drinks and vegan snacks.

FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: You can also find out about the work of Organiclea and the Hornbeam and volunteering opportunities at both

Thurs 18 May: Night of the Dandelions – Herbal workshop

Hornbeam Nights Thursday Workshop, Thurs 18 May, 7.45pm

Come join a communal plant medicine making session to create delicious healing tonics for your family/households/friends with seasonal, locally foraged and grown herbs! Adults and children welcome.

Rasheeqa Ahmed of Hedge Herbs & Sarah Gary of the Community Herbal Hands are hosting an evening of concocting, supping and sharing around the Hornbeam table.

Learn practical pharmacy skills, share knowledge, stories & healing remedies and take home your medicines as well as making a stock for the community to be available from the Hornbeam Cafe. This will be a lively participatory workshop to make healing connections together and find out about our neighbourhood plant allies and resources.

This month, connect with the glorious Dandelion: we’ll roast Dandelion root coffee, brew tea and make a contemporary Dandelion and Burdock root beer tonic for cleansing and liver health – joyful seasonal additions. Price £10.
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