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Free cycling-related training in March

The following training is available free of charge for those who want to be a member of the Hornbeam volunteering team – but book your place ASAP!

1. First Aid Training adapted for cyclists: 20/3, 17/4, 16/5 (9.30-16.30)

2. Ride Leader training: 29/3, 27/4 (9.30-17.00)

3. Basic Bike Maintenance: 23/3, 2/5 (9.30-17.00)

4. Further Bike Maintenance: 5/4 (9.30-17.00)

5. Marketing and communications: 22/3, 15/4 (9.30-16.00)

Please send an email to info@hornbeam.org.uk with ‘Volunteer’ in the subject line.

Find out about more volunteer opportunities 

Palm Greens March Supper Clubs

Palm Greens, Hornbeam’s current Test Kitchen, will be running three vegan, seasonal Supper Clubs in March to show off their amazing internationally-inspired cuisine…

Big flavours, made from organic, locally-sourced veg,

Fri 1 March, 7.30pm

Fri 8 March, 7.30pm

Fri 15 March, 7.30pm

Booking essential.

Chef Kali’s and Memby’s stories:

Kali has worked as a freelance chef for more than ten years, travelling the world for work and pleasure. She’s always been a lover of food and conscious of the treatment of animals and well being of the earth.

Fascinated by the way food works with your body Kali trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a school specialising in vegetarian health supportive cooking, this is where her style of cooking began to develop. Building relationships with local growers such as Growing Communities has encouraged Kali’s enthusiasm and belief in the need to be more in touch with where our food comes from and the impact the food system has on our environment and local community.

Hornbeam JoyRiders become media darlings

Hornbeam JoyRiders basked in the media spotlight today, being featured on BBC London News (go to 4 mins 40 secs), ITV London News, and BBC Radio News (go to 1 min 25 secs) as a shining example of one of the 30 local community projects across the capital Transport for London supports through the TfL Cycling Grants London. We were also covered by local media.

Celebrating the TFL Cycling Grants London funding.
Celebrating the TFL Cycling Grants London funding.

Hornbeam JoyRiders has been running since Jan 2017 and has had around 250 participants take part in rides around Waltham Forest (including family bike rides with dads and children), particularly off-road in some of the borough’s most beautiful natural areas. The TfL funding has enabled us to reach out to women and their families in Waltham Forest to help them gain confidence cycling, learn from scratch or brush up their skills and enjoy cycling with a supportive group.

We’ve also recruited and trained 20 Ride Leaders, four women have become instructors and at least at least 50 have been inspired to buy their own bikes. Anyone who doesn’t have access to a bike can hire one of Waltham Forest’s bikes for free on rides and ride with us, including more stable three-wheeler electric-assisted bikes, cargo bikes for carrying children, and specialist bikes for disabled passengers. 

TfL is committed to increasing the number of women and diverse groups that cycle, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and people with disabilities. Hornbeam JoyRiders has reached out to Muslim women in particular, but women from all backgrounds are welcome.

Cycling Grants London funding particularly helps groups that are traditionally under-represented among those choosing the healthy and sustainable way of travelling. By breaking down the barriers to cycling and making it safer, TfL aims to diversify cycling and make it accessible to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

The other winning projects stretch across London and range from schemes that train young people in bike maintenance, a project that encourages women working in hospitals to cycle, training for young offenders to become bike mechanics, cycling groups for disabled and homeless people and a cycle training and maintenance project for the Hindu Bengali community.

Carolyn Axtell, Hornbeam JoyRiders Founder and Project Lead explained the backround of the project to the TV crews on a ride today at Jubilee Park, Leyton: “Hornbeam JoyRiders aims to empower women through introducing them to the joys of cycling, which can also help to build their confidence in other areas of life.

Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.

“I started taking my three kids to school by bike about three years ago and we found that it liberated us as a family. The school run became a pleasure rather than a stressful experience.

“Two years ago I discovered that at least 90 per cent of the other local mums would love to cycle but hadn’t had the opportunity, or had barriers preventing them, such as lack of confidence and not knowing how to cycle. This is why I started organising informal, social bikes rides once a month for women during school hours, and once a month for families and women-only group training for those who couldn’t cycle.

JoyRiders can borrow accessible bikes on rides if needed
JoyRiders can borrow accessible bikes on rides if needed

“The Cycling Grants London funding has enabled me to build a strong, ever-expanding network of participants and volunteers, as previously we didn’t have enough Volunteer Ride Leaders to accommodate all of the demand.”

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner who came to join the JoyRiders today was definitely impressed by our project and explained how he feels projects like these are essential to help broaden the appeal and benefits of cycling: “By giving Londoners of all abilities, ages and backgrounds the confidence to cycle, we can improve their health and quality of life, as well as reducing toxic air pollution, which improves our city for everyone.”

TfL offers free Cycle Skills training to give people of all abilities the chance to improve their confidence on the capital’s roads. 

To book free cycle skills training please use this link:
You can request Carolyn Axtell by name by clicking the ‘training preferences’ box and stating you preference.
For more information about Hornbeam JoyRiders follow them on Facebook:

 

Wellbeing Day 18 March 2017

Saturday 18 March 2017, 11am–7pm

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!

£6pp, £12 per family, £8/£15 on the door . More info. Facebook Event for questions and info. 

Book here

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

Mon 23 Jan – Community Monday with Hedgeherbs at the Hornbeam

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Make your own herbal remedies for the family with medical herbalist Rasheeqa of Hedgeherbs at the Hornbeam between 10am-1pm.
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.
We will looks at common seasonal lurgies from coughs, colds and flus to allergies, skin and tummy upsets.
Booking essential (details to follow).

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