Category Archives: Projects

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. 

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!
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  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

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.

Rescue Food! with Best Before Project

best-before-logoThe Hornbeam and This is Rubbish are working together to run Waltham Forest’s Best Before Project. We are working with anti food waste campaigning and redistribution organisation ‘Best Before‘ to raise awareness among local food retailers that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date.

To help us reach out to people in the community we are seeking passionate Food Rescuer Volunteers across Waltham Forest. They are working

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Volunteers will encourage and support retailers to sell food passed its Best Before date at a reduced price; showing we can reduce waste and also educating their customers.  Shops will also be able to donate food which they don’t want to sell, to other projects such as food banks and the People’s Kitchen and E17’s Disco Soup.

We’re looking for enthusiastic people to help run collections, engage shops, help with distribution, or run awareness-raising events.

More about the roles here: Rescuer: Contacting shops and Spreading the Word
Distributor: Finding  a Use for Surplus

Pay-What-You-Feel stalls locations in Waltham Forest

For more info please complete the Hornbeam Volunteering form.  (Tick the ‘Best Before – Food Rescue’  box)

 

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World Disco Soup-Waltham Forest

World Disco Soup Waltham Forest & Local People’s Food Forum Launch!

Sunday 30 April 2-6pm

Scout Hut 205a Wood St, Walthamstow, London E17 3NU

Hornbeam’s Best Before Project is teaming up with Plan Zheros and This is Rubbish. We are calling for attention and action to stop global food waste.

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: poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk

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Food Rescuers – NEW AQA award in Social Action

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.

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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.

Best Before Campaigner – Volunteer Role Description

Pay-what-you-feel stall assistant – WF Food Rescue Stall Assistant, volunteer role description

Food Redistributor – WF Food Rescue Redistributor, volunteer role description

Contact Poppy on poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk for more info.

New Women’s Cycling group

We have an exciting new cycling project for women coming up – bringing women together to cycle, support each other, increase confidence and have fun.

We’ll be running free women’s only group training for beginners on Thursdays and Sundays in March, at St James sports ground.

And if you’re an experienced cyclist, please join us as a ride buddy. We’ve got ‘Breeze Riders Leaders Training’ on 18 March so please contact us if you’d like to take part.

Contact carolyn@hornbeam.org.uk.

womens cycling leaflet
womens cycling leaflet

Job Opportunity: Hornbeam Office and Systems Coordinator

Application deadline Mon 6 Feb

It’s time to get our systems in order once and for all – do you have the experience, skills and a friendly temperament to help us do it?

We are looking for someone to co-ordinate administrative systems at the Hornbeam, including financial, bookings and communications. The role is seven hours a week for six months, with some additional days for induction and this role will possibly be extended.

This role would suit someone who already has experience of working in small, non-hierarchical environments, with strong organisational skills and an ability to work on own initiative as part of a team.

Please take a look at and share the Job Description, and complete the online form to apply.

Job Description and Person Specification

Online Form

Deadline:  6th February midday
Interviews: 10th February
Start:  Mid to late February.

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Making Herbal Remedies in Chingford

Tuesday 24th January, 2.30-4.30pm at Friday Hill TMO, Chingford
Make your own herbal remedies for the family with local medical herbalist Rasheeqa of Hedge Herbs.
Making herbal remedies
Making herbal remedies
Learn how to make effective and tasty medicines for the kids when they get poorly, with kitchen ingredients and local plants! Natural healthcare at low cost and with connection to our environment: healthy families, healthy communities, healthy earth.
Hedge Herbs pot
Hedge Herbs pot

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We will look at common seasonal lurgies from coughs, colds and flus to allergies, skin and tummy upsets.
Make and take home a winter herbal cough syrup for the family.
The Chingdale Centre
19 Chingdale Road, London, E4 6HZ