“The Guardian” article

Her’s a link to an article about us in the local newspaper supporting our Crowdfunder campaign



Please Donate to our Crowdfunder…..

 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!

Thank you!

Completed Cob Oven

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.communitylinks.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!