Last week was the first time I’d ever been into the Forest Recycling Project (FRP) on Bakers Avenue, near the Bakers Arms. What a cracking find it was too.
FRP is situated next to the Hornbeam Cafe. On first glance it doesn’t look like much, but the place is massive inside and there are all sorts of items available from there. I popped in to see if they would take a TV cabinet which I didn’t need any more. The people who run it were really helpful and came round to pick up the cabinet there and then.
The project was set up in 1989 and I assume it must have been slightly ahead of its time. Anyway, it’s a great place to either donate some good quality items which can be reused, or to pop in and have a rummage around their store. The website is here. I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem in Walthamstow!
The Hornbeam, Hoe Street
The Hornbeam cafe have announced details of their events in March (and even a few in April). We went down to Hornbeam for the vegan Sunday roast the other week and it was delicious, with a good atmosphere too.
Highlights of the calendar for March are a Pancake Day event this Saturday (5 March) and the Fairtrade day next Saturday (12 March). As well as the usual treats, Hornbeam are promising a range of other Fairtrade delights to try, including chocolate and cocktails. There will also be a special menu in the actual cafe that day (did we mention the cocktails? Yum).
The Spring Up! celebration on Saturday 19 March will feature a rhubarb pizza with ultra-local rhubarb from Chingford. The website has details of all their usual events, such as the Science Fiction/Fantasy book group and knitting groups. Full details of all the events are here.
The 2011 Census is happening in March and the awareness campaign has been launched in Waltham Forest. The census is a survey of everyone in the UK, and it happens every ten years. The information used not only builds up a picture of social change, but it helps inform government policy.
The census will be happening around the 27 March 2011. Every household will receive a form which you’re required by law to fill in. In 2001 around 86% of people in Waltham Forest returned their forms, higher than the average in London.
Waltham Forest council have set up a website to answer questions about the census. It also has contact details if you’d like the form in a different language or an alternative format. The official government website for the census is here.
There are also various websites which provide historical census information. A profile of Waltham Forest in 2001 is available here, and it shows various statistics about the local area in comparison to the England & Wales average. If you want to go further back, this website has got a wealth of information about Waltham Forest since 1880, gathered from the census.
Look out for your census forms as they come through your door over the next few weeks.
A few weeks ago we asked E17ers to tell us what their favourite takeaway curry in Walthamstow was. We were swamped with responses! The results are published in our new “Favourites” section, which is here. Thanks to everyone who responsed! We hope that it inspires you to try somewhere new and maybe even find a new favourite.
We’ll be doing something similar later in the year, so keep checking the blog and keep it E17! In the meantime, read the results of our curry crowdsourcing here.
The Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union are holding a protest march and demonstration in Walthamstow this Saturday, 19 February. The demonstration is to protest against cuts to jobs and services in Waltham Forest, and is supported by local Trade Unions.
The march begins in Abbots Park, Leyton at 12pm and marches to Walthamstow Town Centre, ending at around 3pm. Full details can be found on the Facebook page here.
This Friday night, the Hornbeam cafe is ready to wine and dine you, and introduce you to The Scumbags as well!
The vegetarian cafe on Hoe Street, near Bakers Arms, is holding a special Valentine music evening this Friday, 11 February. They have got an open mic session, DJ Robbie playing “happy disco” and a band called The Scumbags. I must admit, I know very little about The Scumbags. I think they are a four piece folk rock band from Forest Gate, but I might be wrong. Anyway, who cares, they’re called The Scumbags and they are playing a Valentine’s event, so it has to be awesome!
Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 8pm, it’s £5 on the door or in advance. The Hornbeam is a lovely little cafe which specialises in organic, locally grown food. On Friday they are also doing organic cocktails as well as wines, beers and soft drinks. Details of the event, and the cafe generally, are here.
E17 Art Trail won the 2010 Arts Award
We know there’s a lot of you out there who figuratively (or literally) kiss the badge when it comes to Walthamstow. It’s awesome, right? So, Waltham Forest council are running the “Love Your Borough 2011” Awards.
There are a range of categories, including an Arts Award. There’s even a Best Kept Front Garden award for all you gnome-totin’ guys and gals out there. We’ve seen our share of dodgy front gardens but there’s some beauties too (all you Village kids, I’m looking at you, right).
Details of the awards are on the Waltham Forest council website. We know Walthamstow isn’t perfect, but it’s got a lot of people who are making a positive difference in it. So check out the website, download the form and nominate a Walthamstow legend. Closing date is Monday 31 January 2011.
Our farmyard friend
Brooks Farm in Leyton is closing for Christmas on Thursday 23rd December and will re-open in the new year. This weekend is the last chance to go down and wish the goats and pigs merry christmas.
The farm is based inside Skeltons Lane Park in Leyton. It’s a real gem and is well worth a visit. If you need a winter warmer after your visit, head to the King William IV opposite Tesco in Leyton for a few pints of Brodie’s to shake off the chill.
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Today Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced this year’s local government finance settlement. This sets out the budget that local councils have to spend.
According to the Local Government Information Unit blog, the Waltham Forest council budget has been cut by 5.22%. This equates to a cut of £13.4 million. Waltham Forest council recently consulted people in the borough about what services could be cut. No details are available about where the 5.22% savings will come from, so keep an eye on the Waltham Forest council website for further details.