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 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.
Evening Events For You To Enjoy
Everyone is welcome to join us for these events
£2 per person, free to FoLM members
Numbers limited – Booking required!!
Name that Tree!
A guided walk around the park
to find out about the great variety of trees
Led by the Friends Ecology Team
Wednesday June 26th 7.30pm
Let’s go Batty!
A talk and walk to discover the bats in the park
Led by Peter Claughton Essex Bat Group
Tuesday August 21st 7.30pm
Who Dug the Lake?
A talk, with slides, about the History of Lake Meadows
Led by the Friends History Team
Wednesday September 4th 7.30pm


At Lake Meadows
Saturday July 6th 4pm - 7.15pm
 
 
  • Nimrod Margalit & his Jazz Band
    with local young musicians

  • Evangeline Brown - singer

  • Heads UP! - Jazz Quartet
         
Bring a picnic and chairs, sit down and enjoy music by the lake
A Riot of Colour in the Park this Spring

Early Bird Walk
This year our early morning Bird Walk will be on Sunday 19th May
at 7am.
Neil Sumner leads this walk for the Friends

The places for the Walk have now been filled.
The Children seats in the garden of the Child

Early risers on April 13th will have seen three mushrooms rising from the earth and providing seats for the children using the Garden of the Child. Each is etched with creatures; worms, bees and a butterfly. These were bought from "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
Mushroom Update
Only ten days after the mushrooms arrived in the Garden of the Child - see above … some of our thoughtless, and not so bright, teenagers decided to spend half an hour or so uprooting the stools and depositing them in the lake. This was no mean feat, as the largest stool, complete with its concrete base, weighed over 30kgs. We could see the community's disgust by the many, many comments placed on Facebook.
Although only in place for such a short time, the mushrooms had been a big hit with young children, and it is they who are affected by this vandalism.
The mushrooms have been recovered and, when they have dried out, we will try to remove the stains due to the silt and put them back where they belong. Thanks to a kind offer from a fencing company in Chelmsford offering to re-set them in place, our veteran volunteers will be spared the job.  A further update coming soon.
Dates for your Diary 2019



Jazz in the Park
Saturday July 6th


Carols in the Park
Saturday 14th December





Hopefully you have appreciated the various garden areas.
The gardeners deserve a pat on the back for their efforts in 2018, with the very wet start to the year, followed by the very dry Summer months. Trowels were put away in December for a few weeks, but the gardeners started again on February 5th 2019.
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.
Monthly Working Party

The next Working Party is planned for
May 18th from 9:30am



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.


 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.

Event Videos

Check out these short videos




these videos have been kindly made for us by


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