“What’s On” green events listing for Waltham Forest in October 2015

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Events at Hornbeam

New Lammas Lands Defence Committee   •  Thursday 8th  •  8pm – 10pm
We meet on the second Thursday of each month. Our aim is to defend the former Lammas Lands of Leyton and Walthamstow Marshes, so that they remain public open space in perpetuity. www.lammaslands.org.uk

Life Classes   •   Sunday 11th and 25th   •   3pm – 5pm
This is a wonderful opportunity on alternate Sundays to make original art in front of a life model. You only have to bring yourself (and a sketchbook if you wish to take notes) as all materials will be provided. These classes will be taught by Jonathan Ellis, an experienced, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. Every class starts with a short slideshow to introduce that week’s theme, followed by drawing exercises in a variety of media. Advance booking essential at jonathan.ellis@mac.com or text 07980713819.

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign  •  Tuesday 27th  •  8pm – 9.15pm
Join us for a discussion on cycling issues, opportunities, and upcoming events on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome and our meetings are a great opportunity to meet other cyclists in the borough . Click here for more information about us.

Baker’s Arms Book Group •  Friday 30th  •  7.30pm
We are an informal and friendly group (sometimes some of us haven’t even read the book!), who meets on the last Friday of the month. See our book list here. Tea, coffee, wine available. New members welcome, just turn up.

Waltham Forest LETS  •  Saturday 31st   •   10.30am – 12pm
Pop along to the comfortable surroundings of the Hornbeam Cafe on the last Saturday each month to find out about Waltham Forest Local Exchange Trading Scheme on the last Saturday of every month. If you like the way that people can exchange all kinds of goods and services with one another without the need for money, then you can also join up on the spot. For more information please check our website: http://wflets.org/ or email info.wflets@gmail.com.

Fork to Fork Seasonal Supper Club  •  Saturday 31st  •  7.30pm – 10.30pm
On the last Saturday of every month The Hornbeam Cafe invites you to a feast with delicious healthy tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked and cooked! 3 Courses for £18! Delicious, healthy & tasty food – locally sown, grown, picked & cooked. We’re offering a tasty main course, as well as scrumptious starters and delightful desserts. And making use of as much local produce as possible, provided by Organiclea Community Growers. We cater for all special dietary requirements – please alert us to any such dietary requirements when you book. For more info and to book, click here.

Weekly events at Hornbeam ….

Community Mondays  •  Every Monday  •  11am  – 4pm
The Hornbeam space is a resource for many working for a better community and social justice. Help us keep it a great resource!  We play host to language classes, music classes, discussion groups, local activists and our space becomes more needed as so many other spaces are being squeezed.  Community Mondays are one-off, drop-in opportunities – we help maintain the space together, pick up some skills and have some lunch too. Click here for our events calendar, or email volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk for more information.

Organiclea Jamming Sessions  •  Every Monday  •  10.30am  – 1.30pm
We will be starting up jamming sessions again at the Hornbeam Centre and looking for volunteers to come and help create jams, pickles, chutneys, cordials, flavoured vinegars, oils and perhaps even some fancy kale chips using surplus produce from Organiclea. These sessions will be led by a sessional worker and aim to give volunteers skills in jam and preserve making as well as how to deal with seasonal gluts by turning fruit and vegetables into jars of delicious goodness. Space is limited to about 5 per session and priority will be given to Organiclea and Hornbeam volunteers, so please contact felicia@organiclea.org.uk to let us know which sessions you would like to attend.

Tiny Tempo   •   Every Thursday  •  9.30am – 11.30am
Join The Tiny Tempo Team for a fun introduction to musical concepts-using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing! With guitars, ukuleles, and a lot of energy, fun is had by all. £5 for one child, £8 for two children. 9.30am start for under 18 months and 10.30 start for 18 months and older.

OrganicLea market stall  •   Every Saturday  •  10am – 3pm
Located right outside the Hornbeam Centre on Saturdays, the market stall sells organic and ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, plus homemade bread, jams and preserves. It’s a buzzing space, where buying fresh produce is an enjoyable activity and where information about food can be freely shared.  Healthy Start vouchers can be used to buy fruit and vegetables at the stalls or box scheme. More details here.

Events elsewhere in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Green Drinks  •   Thursday 1st   •   8pmThis is a fabulous opportunity for us to get together to share information about green projects (environmental, sustainability and community-related) that we are involved in, make new friends, and have a good laugh. We meet on the 1st of each month at various venues around the borough, and for our October drinks we are meeting at the Red Lion in Leytonstone (640 High Road E11 3AA). This event is coordinated by WFLETS: info.wflets@gmail.com, www.wflets.org – get in touch to find out future venues.

Walthamstow Village Monthly Gardening Day  •  Saturday 3rd  •  10.30am – 12.30pm
Wear sturdy shoes/boots and if you have them bring gardening gloves; all other equipment will be provided. Please meet at the square at the Eden Road/Orford Road junction. For more details contact Helen Lerner on 07814 042499 or helen@walthamstowvillage.net

BARA Bike Ride    Sunday 4th  •  10.30am
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road off High Road Leytonstone, E11 3AD (behind NatWest which is on the corner). The rides are on the first Sunday of every month. Free.

Making and Using Compost in the Garden   •   Sunday 4th   •   10.30am- 4.30pm
A fantastic opportunity to improve your gardening skills knowledge for free. The workshops will be delivered by an experienced tutor from the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service. For further information, including how to book a place, email: gardeninginthepark@gmail.com. Available to Waltham Forest residents only; advanced booking required – book soon to avoid disappointment.

The Sunday Cycle    Sunday 4th  •  11am
Meet at 11am outside The Mill (7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA) on the first Sunday each month. Return by 1pm. If you have questions, email Katja on katjarosenberg@hotmail.com.

Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers  •  Sunday 4th  •  9.45am – 4.30pm
Practical and fun conservation activities. No experience required. Tools, training, coffee, tea & biscuits provided, home made cakes always welcome.  Bring your own lunch. Wear suitable clothing & stout footwear.
We meet on the first Sunday of the month at 1a Connaught Close, Lea Bridge Rd (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Free. Contact 07757 766950, or info@lbcv.org.uk. More information www.lbcv.org.uk

Under 5’s Nature Explorers   •   Wednesday 7th   •   10am – 1pm
Join us for FREE adventures and activities in Lloyd Park for under 5s and their parents/carers on the first Weds each month. We will start the day with a fun ramble around the park searching for items around our monthly theme. There will then be activities and story time until 12pm. Hot drinks and healthy snacks will be available during and after the activities. These sessions are free and booking is recommend to avoid disappointment. Please contact Rachel on 07787193981 or e-mail r.hoyes@tcv.org.uk for more information or to book your place. Venue: Meeting in the Community Room in the Aveling Centre Lloyd Park, E17 4PP

Waltham Forest Greenpeace  •  Wednesday 7th  •  7.30pm – 8.30pm
The local Greenpeace group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 53 Hoe Street. Come along to find out how you can make a local difference to global campaigns to Save the Arctic, stop deforestation and protect our oceans. All are welcome. Contact daveocarroll@hotmail.com, 07967 380548 or visit us at http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/groups/walthamstow

Apple Day in Walthamstow   •   Saturday 10th    •   11am – 4pm
Come along for Apple tasting, pressing, and many other activities. Organic food, Tea & cakes, Cider bar, Live performance, Plants & Trees Sale, Arts & Crafts. And its free. In the glorious gardens of Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17 9NH. For more information and to get involved contact Volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk

Suntrap Open Day   •   Saturday 10th    •   1 – 5pm
Suntrap’s annual open day is suitable for all ages from 2-92 years! You can meet the animals, pond dip, peer down microscopes, have a go on the low ropes course, enjoy some craft activities, stroll through the forest on a guided walk, look at our exhibitions or enjoy some light refreshments. No booking required. Entry is free but there is a £3 charge for parking.  If you don’t want to bring your car a free shuttle bus will leave from Chingford Station at 12.50pm, 1.40pm, & 2.25pm with return journeys back to the station at 3.15pm, 4.30pm, & 5pm. Suntrap is at Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AJ. Contact suntrap.centre@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8508 0611.

Organic Pest and Disease Management (including Wildlife Gardening)   •   Sunday 11th   •   10.30am – 4.30pm
Another great opportunity to improve your gardening skills knowledge for free.
The workshops will be delivered by an experienced tutor from the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service. For further information, including how to book a place, email: gardeninginthepark@gmail.com. Available to Waltham Forest residents only; advanced booking required – book soon to avoid disappointment.

Apple Day at the Learning Lodge    •   Saturday 11th    •   11am – 4pm
Come along for Apple tasting, pressing, and many other activities. Organic food, Tea & cakes, Cider bar, Live performance, Plants Sale, Arts & Crafts. And its free. At the Learning Lodge in the beautiful Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, off 48 Kings Rd, E4 7HR. For more information and to get involved contact Volunteering@hornbeam.org.uk

Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods   •   Sunday 11th   •   11am
Enjoy a variety of practical conservation activities on the second Sunday each month. FREE. Meet at Larkswood Recreation Ground (Normanshire Drive entrance), Chingford E4. Contact: 020 8524 5794

Walthamstow Family Bike Club  •  Sunday 11th  •  1pm – 5pm
A relaxed and sociable ride around open spaces and cafes in and around Waltham Forest. Meet 1pm outside the Ancient House Orford Rd/Church Lane junction, E17 on the second Sunday each month. Free. More info here, or contact Paul 020 8520 0648, paul.gasson@gmail.com

Leytonstone Green Drinks   •   Thursday 15th   •   8pm
A monthly friendly get-together for the green and eco-minded, organised by Transition Leytonstone at 8pm on 15th of each month. Newcomers always welcome. The Walnut Tree, 857-861 High Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HH. Tube: Leytonstone, Bus W14, 257, W15, W16, W19. Contact Ros 0208 556 0885, info@transitionleytonstone.org.uk

Waltham Forest Friends of the Earth   •   Tuesday 20th   •   8pm – 9pm
We’re a local volunteer group that meets 3rd Tuesday each month to help highlight environmental issues. We’re always looking for like-minded people to get involved. In the back of the Rose and Crown pub, 53 Hoe St E17 4SA. Contact: foe.walthamforest@gmail.com Helen 07712 654632

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 25th   •   10am – 3pm
We meet every fourth Sunday of the month at 10am at Walthamstow Library for a 10:15am start. We have a few routes lined up and usually decide distance and destination on the day according to what people prefer. We ride leisurely suited to the wishes of participants. We usually stay within 30 miles and sometimes considerably shorter. We tend to be back by 3pm and always have a snack stop somewhere. Contact Robert at Robert@wfcycling.org.uk

Organiclea Open Day   •   Sunday 25th   •   12 noon – 4pm
Hawkwood Plant Nursery, our beautiful 12 acre market garden site, hosts for family friendly Open Days on the last Sunday of every month.  Just show up on the last Sunday each month to have look around, talk to the growers, or help out with horticultural tasks. Get a helping hand with your garden too: buy plants and compost to see you through the summer. Venue: Hawkwood Plant Nursery, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, Chingford, E4 7UH. More info here or call 020 8524 4994.

Weekly events
Lloyd Park Walk for Women  •  Every Monday  •  10am – 10.45am Join a free and friendly women-only walk on Mondays at Lloyd Park. Improve your health and wellbeing whilst enjoying the outdoors and a good chat! Meet outside the park cafe (in the middle of the park, next to the play area). All abilities welcome. Wear sensible clothing and flat shoes. Find out more by emailing Ellie at ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk or calling her on 0208 496 2822. Can’t find us on the day? Call 07530 072216.

Chingford Green Gym  •  Every Tuesday  •  10.45am – 2pm
Join in, feel good! The Green Gym in Chingford is a brand new project and is the perfect opportunity for people with an interest in conservation projects to be involved right from the start. We’ll have a balanced programme of activities to promote the local green spaces and wildlife as we’ll be working in both Ridgeway and Mansfield Parks – two venues that are abound with nature and many other features. Our tasks will include pond creation hedgerow planting, and wild flower planting among others, to improve the biodiversity of the area. These events are free and spaces are limited. We meet at Ridgeway Park, at the park keepers hut, E4 6BX. Contact Gareth Chalmers (0208 533 8022, gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk) for further information.

The Conservation Volunteers BAT   •    Tue, Wed, Thu each week   •   9am – 5pm
Our Biodiversity Action Team helps manage some of East London’s most vibrant sites for nature conservation.  With projects running weekly throughout the year there are plenty of opportunities to join in, meet people, learn skills and discover hidden places.  Join In, Feel Good. Meet at 1a Connaught Close, Leyton, E10 7QS. (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Contact Tom Nandi, 07917267573, t.nandi@tcv.org.uk

Significant Seams Mending Club   •   Every Wednesday     •   1pm – 3pm
Do you need help with mending your socks, a seam or hem that’s come undone or a pair of jeans that need shortening?  Fancy some company while you stitch? Fancy an excuse to socialise? Come along with your items every Wednesday afternoon and receive guidance on how to mend your stuff, or get involved in one of our community projects! £3 recommended donation. Drop ins welcome! Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, Walthamstow,  E17 3JX.

Priory Court Gardening Club   •   Every Wednesday     •   2.30pm – 4.30pm
Priory Court Community Centre has its very own sustainable food growing garden where we grow everything from tomatoes and beetroot to onions, lettuce and courgettes. We want to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food so if you would like to get involved and join our volunteers to help our project please get in touch! Beginners welcome. Please contact us on 020 8531 9990. Priory Court Community Centre, 11 Priory Court, Walthamstow, London, E17 5NB.

Significant Seams Neighbourly Stitch & Knit   •  Every Thurs & the first Sat of month   •  1pm  – 3pm
A safe and supportive group, where all are welcome. This group is like a book club, for people who make, want to make, or want to learn to make in the most informal of environments… or want to socialise with people who do. Partner organisations refer people struggling with anxiety or depression and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence but people’s backgrounds and personal challenges are their own business, for sharing only if they chose. This is a befriending group. £3 recommended donation. Drop Ins Welcome. Significant Seams, 131 Wood Street, Walthamstow,  E17 3JX.

Lloyd Park Volunteer Gardening  •  Every Thursday  •  10am – 1pm
We meet at the William Morris Garden (near Forest Road gate) in Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow every Thursday. Help keep the new William Morris Garden looking lovely with Lloyd Park’s Head Gardener. Contact 020 8496 3000 or email ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk

Waltham Forest Green Gym    •   Every Friday    •    11am – 2pm
Want to improve your health and well-being but not too keen on running machines or lycra? Then why not take a look at our award-winning alternative… You could be helping the environment as well as yourself! We all know we should try to be healthier and fitter. We are increasingly aware of the importance of our natural resources and environment. Green Gym ticks all the boxes! The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym inspires you to improve both your health and the environment at the same time. Experienced leaders guide you through a range of practical projects giving you the opportunity to tackle physical jobs in the outdoors – improving your strength and stamina, boosting your practical skills and confidence and benefiting your local green spaces. This event takes place at Lloyd Park. Contact Gareth 02085338022,  gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk

Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea market stall   •   every Saturday   •   10.30am – 3pm
The Transition Leytonstone/OrganicLea stall sells organic and ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, plus homemade bread, jams and preserves from outside Matalan, 829-837 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HH.

And also …

Save Lea Marshes
Save Lea Marshes is a group of individuals who are campaigning to ensure that all the Lower Lea Valley marshes – Tottenham Marsh, Walthamstow Marsh, Leyton Marsh and Hackney Marshes – remain open and green. For more information contact saveleytonmarsh@hotmail.co.uk or see our website: www.saveleamarshes.org.uk/Events.html