Welcome to the website of the Friends of Lake Meadows Billericay
An independent local charity, with volunteers working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council, Billericay Town Council and the Billericay community to care for the park, to promote its benefits, improve its facilities and encourage conservation and wildlife.
The Statue of the Child Stolen!
On Valentines Night the Statue of the Child was yanked from its pedestal by unidentified thieves. It must have been removed using a truck because of the weight.
If anyone did see anything last night please let the Police know.
This is a tremendously sad day for so many people who have enjoyed the statue since the Millennium.
A big thank you to those who have made donations either through the site mentioned above or directly to the Friends.
Dizzy Ducks Nurseries are holding one of their Open days this Saturday and their Billericay nurseries will be hosting fundraising activities in aid of the appeal details can be found by clicking here.
What a sad day for the Park and the people of Billericay. The statue was unveiled in 2001 as the Millennium project of Billericay Early Years Forum, it was a proud day, with local children carrying out the unveiling in front of the renowned Essex sculptor, John Doubleday.
During the 16 years, thousands of children, parents and grandparents have enjoyed the statue touching the animals’ noses and ears. Children loved to count and name the 17 animals with many coming back time and time again. In recent years, the second generation of children have visited with parents who themselves had enjoyed the statue.
The people who have removed the statue in order to melt it down for perhaps £300 have robbed the children of today and thousands in the future the opportunity to interact with real art and to see and touch animals.
These thieves have caused distress and upset to those who spent eighteen months planning the project raising the money from many Billericay people and organisations and working with the artist as the project evolved. The upset felt by John the sculptor will be incredible, imagine spending seven months creating a work of art and to have it destroyed by contemptible people. During the project John ran workshops for both primary and secondary schools and even came back last year when we opened the refurbished garden
The committee of Friends of Lake Meadows-February 15th 2017
The East End of the Lake Project
A major project will start at the end of February looking to improve the East end of the Lake. More details will be available soon. Please note that the ground between the end of the Lake and the Garden of the Child will be fenced off and the Garden of the Child locked.
What is happening in our lovely Park
As we approach the middle of February, it is time for the Friends to get involved in our Park again. Half term is upon us and the Cafe will be open during the week once more. The Gardening Group starts its weekly sessions on Tuesday February 14th at 9:30am then onFebruary 25th we have our first Saturday Working Party. Dates have also been published for the first three events.
An Opportunity for You
to Help the Friends of Lake Meadows
A big thank you to those who have already chosen FoLM as your charity but there is still time for you to enrol ready to recieve your 5% and FoLM its 1% before April.
The staff at the local Co-operative businesses have selected the Friends, as one of three local charities, to benefit from their new Community Fund.
We wish to thank the Co-operative Society for selecting us and hope that you take this chance to support the Friends whist getting extra benefit yourselves.