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 for the benefit of the Billericay community. We help to care for the park, to promote its benefits, improve its facilities and encourage conservation and wildlife.
2019 Photography Competition
Prizes were presented on January 4th to the winners by representatives of our four local service organistiions who kindly sponsored the competition.
An exhibition of some of the finalists' photographs will be on display in the Library for the month of January..
Swimming Pool Now Open in Lake Meadows Swimming Pool
We are delighted to report that Firststrokes have reopened the Lake Meadows Swimming Pool.
Members of the Friends of Lake Meadows are offered a 10% discount on our Just Swim Passes. You need to show your Membership Card.
Carols in the Park
About 180 people attendind Carols in the Park which was held on Saturday December 14th. The afternoon was chilly with a strong breeze, the worst of which was avoided with the protection afforded by the boathouse. The mulled wine nibbles and mince pies went down well and got those attending in a Christmasy mood.
We would like to thank Liz who played keyboard and the Forging Men for adding depth to the singing.
A big thank you to Waitrose who donated the mince pies
The Friends of Lake Meadows - Water Station Project (UPDATE)
We are about to place the order for the water station and hope to have it operational in March, more details lto follow.
The Station will consist of a drinking fountain, a dog bowl and a bottle filler. This will hopefully enable park users (and their dogs) to keep hydrated also reduce the use of "single-use" plastic bottles.
Thank you to those who took the trouble to complete our survey. In the six days the survey was up we had 377 responses indicating that they thought that a water station would be a welcome addition to the Park and all except 5 said they would use it.
‘Art in the Park’
The event was held over half-term when nearly twenty children together with their parents/carers had great fun
For some of the younger children they got their fun kicking through the fantastic selection of coloured leaves.
Others enjoyed using their creative skills with leaves, cones, twigs and feathers.
We would like to thank the Ecology Group for arranging and running the event
At this time of year, little gems of nature appear in the form of fungi. This year there is an especially great display in the Park, keep looking and you will see some lovely examples.
A small selection can be seen below
The Children's seats in the Garden of the Child
The mushroom stools have been re-instated in the Garden of the Child. When they were initially put in place they only lasted ten days before some of our less responsible teenagers had deposited them in the lake. Having been cleaned and oiled we are pleased to see them back where they belong and being used by some very happy children.
The Friends wish to publicly thank Shaun and Harvey from "Garden Fencing Essex" coming on one of the hottest days of the year to re-insatll them. They volunteered to do this work at no cost to help our charity out; a truely public spirited gesture
Each of the mushrooms is etched with creatures; worms, bees and a butterfly. They were supplied by "Forest Crafts"
The funding came from patrons of the Co-op Store who generously put money in our buckets at the checkout. A big thank you to those who contributed and the Store for arranging
A New Grove of Elms
A small grove of six elm trees has been planted on the old pitch and putt course. In the centre is a rustic bench from which there is a good view of the east end of the Lake.
The planting is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lions Club of Billericay . The project was carried out in association with the Billericay Tree Wardens.
The photo by BTW
Hopefully you have appreciated the various garden areas.
The gardeners deserve a pat on the back for their efforts this year, with the vagaries of the British weather.
The gardeners started again on February 5th and will finish on December 3rd.
Pansies have now been planted in the raised bed and we hope for a colourful display in the Spring
Lake Meadows has won the award for the "Best Park 2019" in the East of England.
A big thank you to Park Users who took the trouble to vote for Lake Meadows as thier favourite park.
The Fields-in-Trust charity organised the competition as part of its remit to to ensure the importance of parks and green spaces in the UK is recognised. Over 38,000 people showed how they beleive this, by voting in the competition
Early Morning Bird Walk
This year our early morning Bird Walk was held on Sunday 19th May
The walk was fully subscribed, and enjoyed by all.
The birds were co-operative and sang their hearts out.
A big thank you to Neil Sumner who lead the walk and identified the various birds and their calls.
Name that Tree!
The "Name that Tree" walk was held on June 26th. The weather was perfect for the 90 minute walk lead by members of the Friends Ecology Group.
Monthly Working Party
The last Working Parties of the year is planned for
November 23rd from 9:30am
when it is hoped to do some repair work to the chipping paths in the Garden of the Child.
Note this is the fourth Saturday
Californian poppies add colour to the grasses area
The Wizard and Dragon
You may have noticed that the dragon had to be put in a cage whilst some major surgery took place. I am pleased to say that she did not suffer too much and that is delighted with her new "coat". Dragon says that she looks forward to meeting her young friends again.
The Child in the Park
We are delighted to say that the "Child in the Park" has been re-installed onto its plinth in the Garden of the Child.
"The Child in the Park" and some of the FoLM Committee
We wish to thank all those individuals who made donations and to Billericay Town Council for their contribution. The money was used to repair the statue and re-fixing. In addition we would thank the sculptor, John Doubleday and Paul Joyce of Silverback Bronze Ltd (the foundry) for returning "The Child" to its former glory.
The 2019 Great Lake Race
This year's Great Lake Race took place on Sunday 5th May and proved to be an enjoyable and entertaining event. The weather was bright albeit a little chilly as the small flotilla of forty boats was set on its way across the lake.
Congratulations and a big thank you to all the children (and parents) who took the trouble to enter into the world of naval architecture. They provided many smiles for the hundreds of spectators on the footpaths around the lake.