Her’s a link to an article about us in the local newspaper supporting our Crowdfunder campaign
here …http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hornbeambakerscollective/… to raise much needed funds for our new move!
We are the Hornbeam Bakers Collective, a group of community bakers who make and sell our bread for local markets, cafes, and our communities. We are passionate about making real (healthy) bread and running community baking workshops which are currently the MOST AFFORDABLE BAKING BREAD WORKSHOPS IN LONDON!
We have been baking in the collective since 2006 and have organically grown over the years. We begun with hand kneading and transporting our bread by bicycle trailer and have been based at the Hornbeam Centrehttp://www.hornbeam.org.uk/ in Hoe St Walthamstow and now we are looking to expand and grow!
With your help we are moving into a new bakery premises as part of a community workshop project, in Walthamstow London which will enable us to not only grow as a collective, which would benefit our local communities, but also offer you much more of our affordable baking bread workshops and even training to become a baker! …As well as even more of our organic nutritious bread.
We are moving into a new community based project at Blackhorse Workshops in Walthamstow Londonhttp://www.createlondon.org/event/blackhorse-workshop/ where we will set up our bigger and better bakery workshop. This will enable us to:
- bake for our regular markets
- run even more of our popular baking workshops. For just £30 you can attend our workshops to learn how to bake real bread.
- set up an in house café
- cater for local events
- We will also offer baker enthusiasts training to build their experience and skills in a professional equipped kitchen and you could even end up joining our baking collective, working in a bakery or setting up your own business!
You will learn how to bake bread with experienced bakers from the collective who have various backgrounds of training and bread baking skills. You will be working with high quality ingredients and techniques and professional equipment to create beautiful breads that are wholesome. We believe in high standard of craftpersonship and in helping people achieve their full potential in baking by demystifying bread baking for the community and making it more accessible.
We endeavour to make the Hornbeam bakers Collective Community Workshop one of the most affordable and community focused bakery workshops in London.
We have the space, the experience and we have the vision. Now we just need the funding to build and equip the bakery and get an oven. We cannot bake without an oven!
By pledging now you’ll help fund the equipment, but you’ll also prove to our other backers that there are people out there who want and need these facilities which they will also benefit from. At this stage in our development your support is absolutely critical. So please help the Hornbeam Bakers Collective and pledge something now!
There are plenty of rewards and this project will benefit you, us and the communities we are a part of!
Its the end of November, a month of sun, winds and gales, rain and chill and with that comes the end of the cob oven project!
We have been spending the whole month and the one before that working on creating a cob oven from scratch!
It all started with help from Simon Blackwell with a one off workshop and some kindly donated funds from James Crawley from Community Links www.community-links.org and the rest is history,well bascially a lot of hard work from community members.
Its all been relatively smooth, bar a few cracks and damp patches here and there but plenty of fun and education and a labour of love!
a BIG Thanks to all who helped us on this great project:
Simon Blackwell, Ken Johns, Suat Atac, Helen schafer-Cohen, Anna Mitchell, Dan, Nic pomphrey, Pamela Shaw, Patrick Shaw and little Isla, Andie Barlow, Elsa Godfrey, Renee Brawley,Toby Conroy, Anthony Lane, Edek and the Hornbeam Crew
There will be Pizza from our first cob oven bake off as soon after we have fired it up a few times and let is dry out completely and of course you are all invited!
some soup and treats at our pop up cafe at the Blackhorse Workshop
A lamp helped us see inside the beast
Removing all the sand, so much sand! from inside ‘the beast’
firing it up, a crowd gathers to warm up, featuring Matt from the Blackhorse Workshop
Ken watching proudly
look at it burn
Ken checking the door fits! he may make another one that is light enough for all to handle
Pilar filling up that hole!
This cob oven will continually need repairs and maintenance so we are saying its completed but there will always be more work to do on this beauty!
…so the kitchen is slowly taking shape thanks to the amazing and generous work of Edek and Simon who are there most days engaged in this art form that is Plumbing; i’m mesmerised at their skill and so grateful for their good disposition and spirits.
…and the outdoors cob oven has received it’s final smooth coat as well! made of clay, sand and wheat “glue” (cooked flour and water). We did it last saturday on another session of collective fun; Raju, Renee, Toby, Ken, Tony, David, Pilar and Renee’s children were there with hot cups of tea, cold toes and good laughs
making the cob base with sand and clay
The prepared cob oven awaits….
Raju making the wheat paste for the render
Ken putting the render on like plaster using a float
Renee mixing up the render wetter with a shovel
David securing the loose fire bricks with cob mixture
smoothing the render around the door way so the door fits
Raju smoothing the render down
The finished smoothed render final layer!
Hooray we are nearly done!
Another cob oven building session and we are getting close…
As you know the hornbeam bakers’ collective is getting their new premises ready at the Blackhorse Workshop, a warehouse in an industrial estate in Walthamstow that is about to become a community space for artists, builders, chefs and community bakers.
…and we look like proper builders
It was a relief that the structure of the oven didn’t collapse when we took the sand out. Ken had brought the tools and did most of the hard work, his help and enthusiasm are being of great value.
We are doing this work with very little economic resources, we are fundraising right now as we get the work done and try to find cheap equipment. Members of the collective and supporters are putting a great amount of hours and creativity into bringing this new phase of the collective into birth… Sometimes it feels to me that it is too big, we can’t make it, we’re not ready… and today I feel we can, not alone but with the help of our friends and supporters, by making each step of the way a community adventure, by trusting that together we will find creative solutions as we keep developing our ability to work and organise together.
The oven didn’t collapse, we gathered a little bit of kindling and in the middle of this industrial state, in this crisp, sunny autumn day we lit a flame in the hearth for the first time…
…wishing a great abundance of loaves and nourishment for the years to come *
Raju from the Hornbeam Bakers Collective held a workshop for the ’Community Clean Up’ event at Priory Court Community Centre.
The aim of the day was to bring the Community together to help with lots of planned activities around reuse, recycling and skills sharing (whilst saving money) in and around the Community Centre at Priory Court. There were lots of indoor and outdoor activities with lots of hungry people at lunchtime, including the mayor Nadeem Ali and local residents, who ate bread made by Raju and the bread making participants as well as wholesome soup made by Ruth from the Hornbeam Cafe,
We also handed out recipes with what to do with left over bread. Please email us if you would like a copy!
As many of you know already, the Hornbeam Bakers’ Collective has a new venue; we are very excited about these new developments and are hoping the new space will become a vibrant community resource.
From january we will be partially operating from there; we doubt the kitchen will be fully fitted by then but we can start using the workshop space for other kind of classes and events.
So please read below, pass this mesage around to your contacts and get in touch if you would like to offer a workshop, we would love to hear from you.
pilar on behalf of the Hornbeam Bakers
Workshop Programme Call Out Jan – Mar 2014:
The Hornbeam Bakers Collective are seeking workshop practioners who can lead non-baking workshops from Jan – Mar 2014. Please submit a short proposal of what you would like to run as a session, availability and what would requirements you would need in detail. We are looking specifically for any workshops that can empower individuals and the communities we live in. Anything from yoga, healing and health focused, environmental, making various foods, self empowerment, education, arts, craft or skill sharing and more!
Our ethos at the collective is too keep workshop costs low so that they are made more accessible. The fee for the workshops will therefore reflect this at £100 for leading a 3-4 hr session to include costs of materials (*shorter sessions will have a reduced fee). The rest of the costs will go towards the collective to be put back into our community project and for administration and hire of venue. We can provide some equipment but would prefer if facilitators can provide their own and/or are using minimal resources.
We are seeking facilitators who are either qualified to teach and/or have good experience, and can provide references and any appropriate certification.
Please send submissions to email@example.com by 15 Nov 2013