Making the most of Waltham Forest
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We Love Low Cost Living is all about people in Waltham Forest sharing, growing and nurturing their resources. The newsletter tells you what local organisations and community groups are doing to make the most of resources, promotes lo-cost or no-cost activities in Waltham Forest and connects you to new low-cost initiatives. This month find out about how to become a change champion, what low cost activities are going on in Lloyd Park and Hornbeam's new Community Mondays. To view our new We Love Low Cost Living website click here.


Could you champion a community idea?

Have you got an idea which would help local people live well for less? Could you pass on your skills and help others think about how to make the most of their resources? Could you make a difference to people in Waltham Forest? The Hornbeam Centre is looking for vital change champions who can work with us to inspire communities to come up with ideas to share, grow or nurture their resources. Supporting champions will be a central part of we love low cost living  2015. From January we are running a series of free 'how to' make your idea happen workshops which are free and open to all in Waltham Forest.  Click here for more info.
Low Cost Living at Lloyd Park
Your local park is a great place for low cost living. At Lloyd Park there are lots of free activities and facilities to help you improve your health and well-being; meet people and be part of your community; or just enjoy yourself. We’re very welcoming at Lloyd Park and our activities are friendly, accessible and inclusive. You’ll also find the park is very clean and safe. So come and enjoy the café, outdoor gym, Aveling Fields (for walking, jogging, football, picnics and more), nature area, play areas, skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts, bowling clubs and the park’s beautiful gardens and moat. Plus lots of green surroundings and fresh air!  The park is also home to the William Morris Gallery. We offer all the following activities; most are free, all are low cost: Under-5s Club, Family Activities, Adult Walks and Talks, Gardening Workshops and Training Courses, Volunteer Gardening, Nature Conservation Volunteering, Over-50s Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Women, Group Exercise Classes, Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Over-50s Group, Art Exhibitions and a Schools’ Programme. Click here for full information or contact Ellie Mortimer: 020 8496 2822
Visit Our Parks for information on our Group Exercise Classes.
Visit William Morris Gallery for information about the Gallery and their activities.
Open to all
The Hornbeam is beginning a new programme of Community Mondays - where we throw our doors open to community activities. We launched Community Mondays earlier this month with a decorations session - thanks to everyone that helped make the Hornbeam look so festive. On Mondays in December, Organiclea will be starting up jamming sessions, making delicious jams, preserves and more. On Monday 5th Jan 10 am – 1 pm, come and lend a hand with making a selection of seasonal soups using locally grown organic produce. Learn how to make the delicious soups that we serve in the cafe. Get tips on how to make exciting and affordable soup out of every day ingredients. We also have lots of cleaning jobs which you are welcome to help staff with – contact us if you can give some time.. For info of about future community monday activities see the Hornbeam calendar. If you want to come to a session or have an idea for a community activity please get in touch with Sofia.

What's On in Waltham Forest: December

At Hornbeam….
Organiclea Jamming Sessions • Monday 15th • 2 pm – 5 pm
We will be starting up Jamming sessions again at the Hornbeam Centre, and looking for volunteers to come and help create jams, preserves, 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. 

New Lammas Lands Defence Committee • Thursday 18th • 8pm – 10pm
We meet on the third 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.

And don’t forget the ….
OrganicLea market stall • Saturday 20th • 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.

Events elsewhere

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign Monthly Ride   •   Sunday 28th   •   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

And also ....

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.

The Conservation Volunteers BAT   •    Tue, Wed, Thu each week   •   9am - 4.30pm
Our established Biodiversity Action Team (BAT) helps manage some of Waltham Forest’s most beautiful and vibrant sites for nature conservation.  Help improve your local green spaces through a wide range of activities including; woodland management, habitat creation, pond maintenance and some environmental construction.  With practical sessions every day there are plenty of opportunities to join in, meet new people, learn new skills and discover hidden green spaces while improving your health and stamina. No previous experience is required. Venue: 1a Connaught Close, Leyton, E10 7QS. (Opposite Lee Valley Riding Centre). Contact Tom Nandi, 07917267573,

Significant Seams Mending Club   •   Every Wednesday     •   1 pm - 3 pm
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     •   2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
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   •  1 pm  - 3 pm
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.

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,



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