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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 and the Billericay community to care for the park, to promote its benefits, improve its facilities and encourage conservation and wildlife.
An Opportunity for You
to Help the Friends of Lake Meadows

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

Dates for your diaries
Our future events for this year include:  

Members meeting
Wednesday 19th October 10:30am
in the Community room

Carols in  the Park:
Saturday December 17th
October working party

The volunteers  cleared the raised bed ready to receive the winter bedding plants which should be delivered soon.

The first stage of our "bug hotel" was built by working party volunteers together with members of the Ecology Group. The next stage will be to "furnish" the new property and we hope that the children of members will help to do this over half term. If interested please drop us a line


Photographic Competition Winners

The Prize winners for this years competition receievd their prizes in the Library. The presentations were made by Ed Harrison (The Rotary Club of Billericay, Colin Campbell (The Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower) and John Bellringer (Billericay Lions).

*Last week to visit the exhibition in the Library*

Adult 1st Prize winner, Sean Muldoon receiving his prize from the Friends chair Charles
The annual dog show was well attended by the hardy owners and their dogs, but unfortunatley the biting northerly wind detered many of the normal Saturday visitors, which was a pity for the stall holders.
We were treated to an excellent high tempo display given by Conquest-39
Guided Tree Walk
Our first guided tree walk was enjoyed by those attending and the warm evening enabled everyone to enjoy both the trees and the Park. Many found that they normally just walked past so many of the trees without noticing their individual characteristics. One special delight was the ginkgo bilboa or maidenhair, with its unique leave structure Fossils have been found dating back 270 million years. The one in the garden of the child is about 20 years old.
"Go Batty" evening a great success.

On a lovely warm summers evening we had a fascinating talk by Pete Claughton which was  followed by a walk around the Park listening for the various types of bat on the bat monitors & finished with the bats being easily seen in the torch beams as they flew over the lake. 40 people attended includng 7 children (who needlss to say mastered the technology). A big thank you to Pete and to whoever arranaged the orange orb of a harvest moon, a truly mystical evening.

Members coffee morning
A second coffee morning for members was held in the Community Room in September and following requests from those attending a third and final one for the year has been arranged. This will be on Thursday October 13th at 10:30am.  Members are welcome and they can bring along one guest. At the first meeting discussion was about the history and at the second the fauna and flora was discussed with everyone having their say. Topics that may be raised at the next meeting may well cover the Park in the Autumn and Winter


Hopefully you are appreciating the garden area, but it takes a lot of effort to keep on top of the jobs, so do think about joining us.
Flower Meadow

The Flower meadow is again a colourful spectacle and we hope that it will still look good until the end of September. As you will know there is a grass path through it, but thoughtless people have cut their own track from the "tree monster" to the exit and we  hope this does not spoil your enjoyment.
You will note Basildon Parks team have erected a fence this year, the reason is to prevent the geese from causing problems and when the flowers are in bloom to stop children, and it has to be said parents, from taking short cuts through the flowers.
 
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