The Hornbeam can now be hired as a Supper Club venue – just get in touch, or come along to try out the amazing food cooked by local cooks keen to put on their own Pop-Up!
We have a lovely, cosy cafe seating around 25 people. We have a fully-equipped professional catering kitchen for your use upstairs with a dumb-waiter to help deliver the food with minimum stress to the cafe downstairs.
Organic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are all available.
If you’re a lonesome eater, don’t be shy, The Hornbeam is a cracking place to meet and mingle with new lovely people.
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
Local beers, cider, organic wine and spirits are available.
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First and third Sunday of every month, 2-4pm Learning Lodge and outside in the reserve when fine.
Every second and fourth Sunday enjoy quality time with your kids. 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!
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.
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.
Sat 20 May, 10am-1pm – E4 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.
A Disco Soup is a way of collecting a lot of food that was going to be wasted, cooking it into something yummy together with a lot of people and having fun in the process.
Join us to fill bellies instead of bins!
This event is also a perfect opportunity to bring the diverse range of local food organisations together to launch the Local People’s Food Forum. So come along to discover what is being done in Waltham Forest to build a sustainable food system, from farm to fork and beyond.
This family-friendly event is free and all are welcome! There will also be stalls, workshops and live entertainment! For any more info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling local Food Rescuers to take action on Food Waste
The Best Before Project, with support of the Hornbeam Centre, has an exciting new opportunity for volunteers to gain an AQA accreditation in Designing, Planning & Delivering a Social Action Project. Taking part in this programme gives participants evidence of developing and improving important work and community skills.
Participants will work in a team and be supported to put on an event or multiple pop-up ‘pay what you feel’ stalls in the borough. The aim is to raise awareness among local people and independent food retailers and that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.
Volunteers will practically help reduce preventable food waste and therefore save natural resources and enable people and small community organisations to save money.
There are many other ways to be part of Food Rescuing activities in the borough and we are keen to hear from organisations that can use or distribute food, or groups that would like to run their own ‘pay-what-you-feel’ stall.
See the volunteer role descriptions below for more details about the project and specific opportunities.
Sssshhhhh….. this could be one of the most useful and beautiful days you could attend this year…..
It’s in a gorgeous and secret enclave of forest at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve in Chingford where the Hornbeam manage the Learning Lodge and put on wonderful events like this!
The Hornbeam is running its second Wellbeing Day at the Hornbeam Learning Lodge in Chingford 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!
THE DAY’S SCHEDULE
Yoga (prevention of fall) for 60+ (11:00 – 12:00)
Singing for all (12:00 – 12:45)
Massage for mums (including pregnant women) (12:00 – 13:45)
Tai Chi & Laughter for girls/women (12:45 – 13:45)
Kickboxing for young people (13:45 – 14:45)
Chingford Gents Group (14:45 – 15:45)
Craft for family (15:45 – 17:00)
Seasonal Aromatic Herb Playtime (15:45 – 17:00)
Tai Chi at Sunset (17:00 – 18:00)
Glow Walk (18:00 – 19:00)
Workshops are first come, first served, due to limited spaces. There will be a signing-up list on the door. Book your ticket now and do spread the word…..this is a secret we want to share!
Thurs 23rd March, DJ Night – Dusty Sneakers Djs Science Man (Babuin) is back with his pal Wilfy G to take to the decks for a night of dusty vinyl, spaced-out house and sneaky, bleepy tech. Drinks, cocktails, lazers and a little dance floor action.
Thurs 30th March, Film Night – The Divide The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. On general release in the UK from 22 April – we have a sneak, free preview! Plus glorious vegan food cooked by the Hornbeam Cafe
Thurs 19 Jan – Robin Grey and friends Folk Night Inspired by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and a few other instruments! Family feast. Matinee family performance. Grown-ups performance and party.
Thurs 26th January – January Film Night at the Hornbeam – The Gleaners and I Food served at 6:30, Film starts at 7:15. 80 mins film. Pay by donation. Award winner at Cannes Film Festival in 2000, this creative documentary film by director Agnes Vada explores the history, culture and contemporary laws of gleaning in France. The film is mostly in French with English subtitles.
….Also find out how to become a Waltham Forest Food Rescuer to help reduce food waste and redistribute food surplus in the borough. Contact email@example.com
Live performance and pre-record conversation with local musician Hannah Ledgewidge a talented multi-instrumentalist. LIVE PERFORMANCE 8pm. Free.
Thursday 9th February DEEPER GROOVES – A night of dub, dusty house & downtempo electronic music with DJ’s Lounch & Noods. Lazers, grooving and happy hour.
Thursday 16th February OPEN DECKS Bring vinyl. Spin some tunes. Buy records. Drink a cocktail. Mingle. Dance. Yeah. Free.
Thurs 23 Feb – February Film night: This Changes everything. Inspired by Naomi Klein and the issues raised in her brilliant book, Klein and impassioned protesters provide political insight but also hope for the future. Trailer: https://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/about/