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.
Swimming Pool Re-opening of Lake Meadows Swimming Pool
We are delighted to report that Firststrokes are about to
re-open the Lake Meadows Swimming Pool.
A special launch will be held over the weekend of 30th November and 1st December
Carols in the Park
Come and join us for carols around the Christmas tree by the old boathouse,
starting at 4pm on
Saturday December 14th.
A free event with mulled wine and mince pies.
Everyone welcome, no booking needed.
Do bring a torch! And please watch the website for any changes due to the weather.
2019 Photography Competition
Prizes will be presented on January 4th
Some of this year's photographs can be seen in Billericay Library from January 4th for a month
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
‘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
The Friends of Lake Meadows - Water Station Project
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.
Californian poppies add colour to the grasses area
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.
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.
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
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
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.