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New Year, New Chef – could it be you?

The Hornbeam Cafe is recruiting!

10 DEC NOTE: WE HAVE SLIGHTLY UPDATED THE JOB DESCRIPTION Hornbeam vegan chef role 2018

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 and available from 5 January 2018?

If yes to all that – Come chef with us! Read the full Hornbeam chef role here Hornbeam vegan chef role 2018

Frankie - Cafe Chef
Hornbeam’s cafe manager Frankie

The Hornbeam Café is one of the longest running vegetarian cafes in London – recently turned fully vegan.

Our ethos is to support our local businesses as much as possible. This includes our coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. All our fresh ingredients are source as locally as possible, with most of our fruits and vegetables coming from local food enterprise Organiclea. We are also committed to a zero-waste policy with very minimal of our rubbish going to land fill.

If you are interested in this role, please

We look forward to hearing from you!

Start: 5 January 2018 

Responsible for food preparation, cooking and cleanliness of the kitchen.

Reporting to: Café manager
Wage: £9.75 per hour (London Living Wage)
36-40 hours variable per week (4 days)

 

 

Join Hornbeam’s JoyRiders cycling for fun and relaxation

We are delighted that our JoyRiders project has secured a London Cycling Grant for three years.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with JoyRiders E17.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
This will enable us to continue delivering led rides for novice cyclists, organise group training and train up a new generation of Ride Leaders so that we can build a network of groups organising their own led rides in partnership with local schools and organisations.
Can you be a Ride Leader?
If you are a competent, experienced cyclist and would like to volunteer to lead rides, please email hornbeamjoyriders@gmail.com for more information.
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
We particularly need female cyclists available to lead or support rides on weekdays, and both male and female cyclists to help lead family rides in school holidays.
We can also provide Ride Leadership training in partnership with Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest (limited places available).
If you’d like to be kept informed about future rides, please contact hornbeamjoyriders@gmail.com

Hooray – Hornbeam Nights Crowdfunder reached!

We did it – you did it – we all did it!

We met the Crowdfunder target! Thank you so much everyone who donated or supported with time and energy.

Thank you everyone!
Thank you everyone!

More news shortly, just letting you know we met the target and Hornbeam Nights is going to be going from strength-to-strength supporting all you lovely people to put on amazing nights! Woo hoo!

Hornbeam Nights empowers aspiring chefs and budding musicians to engage within our diverse community. We support entrepreneurs and workshop facilitators who educate the community on important social and environmental issues.

Hornbeam Nights will be able to continue to host top notch evenings with a large sway of activism, entertainment & education, for a better community, environment & world. We will be able to keep giving to the community in the way the Hornbeam has been for many years, in an even more sustainable and supported way.
THANK YOU!

Hornbeam Nights Crowdfunder – Two days to go

Do you want more confident, high quality local businesses?
Please support us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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

New Hornbeam Cafe team goes 100% vegan 

The Hornbeam Cafe is now proudly the first 100% plant-based vegan cafe in Walthamstow 

The Hornbeam Cafe and Centre has been running as a vegetarian cafe and community hub for 30 years. This month we have become the first fully vegan cafe in Walthamstow serving 100 per cent plant-based food and drinks (we will no longer serve dairy milk or eggs with brunch).

Salad plate with quiche.
Salad plate with quiche.
Roasted squash, french beans + tahini and harrissa sauce served with stewed greens, salad and bread
Roasted squash, french beans + tahini and harrissa sauce served with stewed greens, salad and bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to welcome our new kitchen team – Kitchen Manager Frankie and a new chef, who both have amazing culinary credentials plus huge enthusiasm to make people’s experience at the cafe better than ever.

Happiness is..... new Kitchen Manager Franke making scrumptious vegan food at The Hornbeam
Happiness is….. new Kitchen Manager Franke making scrumptious vegan food at The Hornbeam

Frankie grew up on an organic veg farm in Devon, which his parents still run, with a shop and a box scheme – so the Hornbeam is home-from-home for him.

“I started my catering career when I was 17. I worked in a restaurant based on an organic farm so all the produce we used in the kitchen came straight from the farm.

“From there I have worked in all manner of restaurants, but I am now glad to be back to my roots at a small independent business that supports local businesses just as my mum and dad still do today. 

“We are excited to be working with such beautiful seasonal produce provided by Waltham Forest’s own organic cooperative – Organiclea. We have updated our menu with the same regular favourites such as the daily curry and salad and vegan quiche and we have now rolled out the weekend brunch all week.

Hornbeam's famous vegan sausage brunch is now available all week.
Hornbeam’s famous vegan sausage brunch is now available all week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are also working on some new exciting dishes to come out soon. And of course – there is always scrumptious vegan cakes!”

Free drink with any cake during November!
Free drink with any cake during November!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hornbeam Cafe supports the local community and uses local suppliers such as Organiclea for all our veg. We have a fine selection of alcoholic drinks from local breweries including the Wild Card brewery in Walthamstow. Plus organic and locally produced soft drinks such as  Kombucha (come and learn how to make it at their  Kombucha workshop in November). We also sell Perky Blenders ethically-sourced coffee roasted in Leyton.

The Hornbeam also has a fair-trade policy so that a fair price can be paid to producers, suppliers and staff.

Wildfizz Kombucha
Wildfizz Kombucha
Perky Blenders coffee awaits you...
Perky Blenders coffee awaits you…

 

 

 

 

 

MORE NEWS FROM THE HORNBEAM

  • Hornbeam Nights are amazing… but we need some help. Please support us to keep running environmental and social change workshops, Live Music events and Pop-up Supperclubs. Please visit www.spacehive.com/hornbeamnights
  • If you are interested in running a workshop on your own environmental or social change workshop or pop up supper club get in touch.
  • Are you a local artist? We are supporting and exhibiting local artists work in the cafe every month. Would like to have your own exhibition?

For more info on the cafe or Hornbeam Nights contact: Charlie – hornbeamnights@gmail.com

Please visit our website and Facebook page for a full list of events.

Follow us on:

TWITTER: @nightshornbeam
FACEBOOK: hornbeamcafe
INSTAGRAM: Hornbeam_cafe

www.hornbeam.org.uk

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.