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Please support our Social Adventure!

 

We have launched a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign for the Hornbeam Centre and Hornbeam Nights and would love your help!

We want to continue creating our Hornbeam Nights evening workshops, supper clubs and music events to support our amazing community but need to update our equipment that has, well…. seen better days!

As Charlie who organises our events says: “We want to provide an ethical and sustainable space for creatives, where aspiring musicians, DJs, workshop facilitators, small businesses and chefs, can walk into and feel held and supported not only by just but by decent gear and equipment.

“If you can give a little today into our pot, we will keep on giving in the way the Hornbeam has been doing in many ways for the past 30 years….”

A VERY SPECIAL, COMMUNITY HUB

The Hornbeam is a community anchor, providing space to groups, support and incubation of new ideas, and a point of entry for people wanting to take action. We support people lacking in confidence and skills to set up new social enterprises and community initiatives.

For example the cafe and kitchen space is currently being used to support a supper club run by refugees, offer free meals made from surplus food, and as a pop-up cafe enabling a new catering enterprise run by women on very low incomes to trial things out before taking on their own space.

We also teach cooking and low cost living skills as well as providing a safe and supportive space. Hornbeam Nights host music, educational film nights, supper clubs, environmental & social change workshops. We are always running on a shoe-string and we’ve decided to reach out in order to sustain our people-focused community events.

Have a look at our events to see the various wonderful things happening all the time!

CAN YOU HELP?

So we’d love it if you could help us keep building our community with our latest community business idea!  Every successful Hornbeam Night raises money for and builds our community further.

But in order to continue our work we need some help to bring ourselves up-to-date with some better technology to help the events we organise inspire and enthuse.

Please help by supporting our Crowdfunder and sharing this fundraising campaign www.spacehive.com/hornbeamnights

And we hope to see you at the Hornbeam sometime very soon!

Thank you!

 

We also need social media volunteers to spread the word or volunteers to seek support from local businesses! If you can help please contact  Charlie at hornbeamnights@gmail.com

 

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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Green Open Homes 2017 – who, what, where

Sharing what’s Green, Beautiful and Useful

Pick up a Green Open Homes brochure and map at the Hornbeam, any library or popular venues in the borough or print it out from here.

Green Open Homes map 2017 - pick up a paper map at The Hornbeam, libraries or venues around the borough.
Green Open Homes map 2017 – pick up a paper map at The Hornbeam, libraries or venues around the borough.

Drop in and get inspired!

Note: End times are leaving times so please arrive in advance. Suggested time per venue 30 mins to 1 hour, depending on extent of features.

Key:
UF: Unique Feature.    I – Insulation.    G – Glazing.   L – Lighting.    W -Water conservation.    U – Upcycled or sustainable materials.    GS Garden Solutions.    £ – low cost improvements.    R – Renewable  energy  C – Community

  1. The Hornbeam Centre
    458 Hoe St, Walthamstow, E17 9AH
    Sat 16 & Sun 17 Sept 10am-5pm Green Open Homes photo exhibition
    U, £, R

1b. Forest Recycling Project:
The Paint Place and reclaimed furniture
Sat 16 Sept 10.30am-4pm
FRP, 2C Bakers Avenue, E17 9AW (behind the
Hornbeam)
Shop for surplus paint, upcycled furnitur and scaffold boards – ideal for allotments and gardens.
U, £, R

1c. Organiclea fruit and veg stalls
Sat 16 Sept, outside the
Hornbeam, E17 9AH
10am-3pm. Also between
Matalan and St John’s
Church, E11 1HH
10.30am-3pm
Also find out about their natural building courses. www.organiclea.org.uk
£, C, R, GS

  1. Lanka
    Sat 16 Sept 2-6pm
    172 Murchison Road,
    Leyton E10 6LX
    UF: Solar water, solar PV electric, organic small
    space gardening. Surplus food and plants stall.
    R, £, GS, W
  2. Paul and Fiona
    Sat 16 Sept 12-4pm
    46 Sandringham Road E10 6HJ
    Kitchen, conservatory and extensive garden eco-makeover. Reclaimed and re-used materials. Electric bike officionado.
    I, R, U, G, £, GS, W
  3. The Drive Housing Coop
    Sat 16 Sept, tours at 12pm and 2pm only.
    8 The Drive, London E17 3BW UF: Cooperative living, 11-bedroom intentional community and fully mutual housing co-op £, C, UF
  4. Tom and Sallie
    Sat 16 Sept 10.30am-3.30pm
    17 Chestnuts Av North,  E17 3NF
    UF: Solar thermal heating, heat recovery unit, secondary glazing. Tom runs HEET which provides energy saving support and advice. I, R
  1. Isabel and Andy
    Sat 16 September 11am-4pm
    63 Melford Road, E17 7EN
    UF: Cedar-clad, sedum-roofed extension, internal and external wall insulation, high-spec glazing, bamboo flooring.
    I, G, W, U, GS, £
  2. Claire and Dan
    Sat 16 Sept and Sun 17 Sept 1-5pm
    51 Ritchings Avenue, E17 6LD
    UF: Professional, hidden, rainwater harvesting
    system used in toilets and washing machine.
    W, GS, UF
  3. Ruby Stables
    Sat & Sun 12.30-6pm
    Ruby Road, E17 4RB
    Plants plus reclaimed, vintage, funky items for the house and garden.
    £, U, GS
  1. ‘Useful and Beautiful’ mural
    Public space – daylight hours
    434 Forest Road Walthamstow E17 4PY
    Wood St Walls mural on side of Salvation Army wall, corner of Ruby Road and Forest Road. This one isn’t on an insulated wall but the ethos is there!
    C
  2. William Morris Insulated External Wall
    Public space – daylight hours
    9 Bedford Road, E17 4PX
    UF: Insulation and art!
    Beautiful mural of William Morris by Wood St Walls on top of external wall insulation by Be Constructive Ltd. If you have an external wall you’d love to see insulated and painted get in touch!
    I, C, UF
  3. Sue and Michael
    Sun 17 Sept 10am-3pm
    243 Chingford Road,
    Walthamstow E17 5AB.
    Internal wall and floor insulation systems and heat recovery ventilation unit to tackle condensation. Reclaimed materials, eco-decoration, DIY.
    I, U, £
  4. Sir George Monoux College
    Chingford Road, E17 5AA
    Sat 16 Sept 10am-1pm
    Sir George Monoux College is on its way to being zero carbon with multiple energy saving and sustainability features. UF: an eco-gym is the only way students can charge their phones.
    R, GS, £, UF, L, C

Also: Meet the Experts night Tues 26 Sept, 7.00-9.30pm. Book your place.

  1. Andrew
    Sat 16 Sept 12-3pm
    Sun 17 Sept 11.30am-1.30pm
    103 Northbank Road,
    E17 4JY
    UF: DIY total refurb. Internal wall and underfloor insulation and heating, reclaimed materials, sash window draught-proofing, plus exciting future heating and water plans.
    I, G, L, W, U
  2. John and neighbours
    Sat 16 Sept 10am-4pm
    Sun 17 Sept, 1-4pm
    9 Headway Gdns, off
    Penrhyn Grove E17 5FA
    UF: Community self-build,
    PV solar panels, insulation, glazing
    and water conservation.
    Read the story of Headway Gardens.
    Icons: I, G, R, C, £, W, UF 
  1. Rebecca and Luke
    Sat 16 and Sun 17 Sept 12am-3pm
    27 Penrhyn Crescent,
    E17 5BH
    UF: DIY summer solar shower and composting toilet.
    Icons: W, U, £, R, UF
  2. Charlie – Nostalji
    Sun 17 Sept 12-5.30pm
    219 Billet Road, E17 5NS

    UF: Upcycling. Come and be inspired by Charlie’s home /workshop where she runs her upholstery and upcycling business.
    U, GS, £, UF
  1. Mary, Allan and Anna
    Sat 16 Sept 11am-12pm, then 3-4pm
    Sun 17 Sept 11am-12pm, then 3-6pm
    12 Gordon Close, E17 8PF
    Solar PV panels, secondary glazing, reclaimed fittings, flooring and furniture, green paints.

Plus:

  1. The Mall Walthamstow – Energy Saving Advice Pop-up, Selbourne Walk (near Costa Coffee)
    Tues 5 Sept 10.30am-5pm 
    The Mall, E17 7LT.  Pop by for advice from HEET www.theheetproject.org.uk
    £, I, L 
  1. Organiclea
    6-10 and 11-17 Sept
    115 Hawkswood Cresc, Chingford E4 7UH
    UF: Building with natural materials courses.
    R, I, GS, £, C, UF

More Green Open Homes info

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.

 

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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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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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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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.