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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.
The Annual Phographic Competition

ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO!

Great Prizes donated by local organisations so why not have a go?

Adults
1st Prize - £100   2nd Prize - £60   3rd Prize - £40

Juniors (under 16)
1st Prize - £50     2nd Prize - £30    3rd Prize - £20



Dates for your diaries

Bark in the Park
Saturday 16th September

AGM & Open Meeting with Speaker
Andrew Armstrong
(Essex Wildlife Trust)
Thursday 28th September

Carols in  the Park
Saturday 16th December
 
A Dog Event for all the family
Saturday 16th September 2017
Fun Dog Show
Have a go Dog Scurry
Conquest-K9 Display Team
Side Stalls
Children’s Rides
Classes start at 11am
NOTE! Registration now 10:30am
This year’s event is sponsored by

Another Amazing Batty Evening


This year's Bat Talk and Bat Walk proved to be a great success.
Peter Claughton from the Essex Bat group gave an interesting and informative talk. First of all dispelling the myths that surround bats and then discussing the baths that we were hoping to see on our walk. As the sun was setting we went outside armed with a number of bat meters and made our way around the park.
The evening was warm and the sky perfectly clear as went up by the rhododendron walk and as we reached to top the meters started to register the sound of bats. As we stood there they could be seen flying just over our heads, silhouetted against the sky. We moved on to the woods and again bats could be heard but were harder to see. From the wavelengths of the sounds it was confirmed that these were Common and Soprano Pipistrelles.
As we got to the lake the meters became very active the larger Daubenton’s bats were feasting on the insects flying over the lake. They were flying back and forth and were easily picked up in the beams of the torches. Those attending felt that they had a fascinating evening and thanked Peter and his two colleagues for sparing their time.
The Crazy Golf has facelift

The crazy golf area has looked tired for some years and although  no money has been available to replace the the obstacles, it has had a facelift.  It may be no easier to get a hole in one but you can still have an enjoyable hour or so playing.


Have a look at this year's Great Lake Race
Have a look at our video<br />
The East End of the Lake Project progress
 
Regular visitors will have seen Phase One which included the dredging of the silt from the East end of the Lake. The silt has been allowed to drain and recently the area has been graded and topsoil spread. Phase Two will start soon with fencing to the end of the lake, followed by some landscaping.


Donations  for a replacement of The Child statue
The Friends would like to thank those who have made donations to our fund for the replacement of the statue. There will be costs in carrying out the refurbishment, repair and relocation; we hope that donors will be happy for their money to be used in carrying out the work and to help The Child return home.
Update
The statue is being worked on in the foundry preparing the new fixings and who are working with the Sculptor is carrying out all the necessary repairs. We hope to have the statue back on its plinth towards the end of August.

Jazz in the Park- July 8th 2017

Hundreds of people enjoyed having a picnic with their families, basking in the sunshine and listening to over three hours of music.

The music was provided by:
Nimrod Margalit and his band accompanied by four young saxophonists
Latalia again delighted the audience with several songs including "Summertime"
The Law (Tiv and Andy)-  who got the crowd joining in with "Sweet Caroline"
Drew Levi entertained us with several of his own compositions
and John Summerton's Group - Abacus, the highlight being when they were joined by Michael Barnard who had sponsored the event with a rousing rendition of "Johnnie B Goode"

New Rose Bed

A new circular rose bed has been created in the garden area.
The fifteen roses have been kindly donated by the local The Inner Wheel
The picture shows The Mayor of Basildon Cllr. David  Harrison and Inner Wheel District President Janet Larkey, assisted by FoLM chair Charles Novis planting the final rose.
The roses are pink, perfumed, floribunda roses bred in Denmark and named “Inner Wheel Forever” by Princess Benedikte of Denmark at the 2015 Inner Wheel International Convention in Copenhagen.
An Introduction to the Birds of Lake Meadows
Saturday May 27th at 7am.
A very successful event enjoyed by all those attending. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker was very busy drumming away in the wood.
We would like to thank Neil Sumner for the knowledge he imparted.
The Co-operative Society Community Fund

The six months, when FoLM has been one of three local charities benefiting from the Fund, is now over and we will hear how much has been donated to us in a few weeks.
It was the staff at the local Co-operative businesses who 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 also a big thank you to the Society’s members who chose to support us.

Thank you to the Billericay 2nd Scouts

We would like to thank the Scouts for carrying out a community project in the Park. Fourteen scouts helping to create a bark mulch to the fern bed which we planted last year
New Crocus Bank

The Friends thank the Rotary Club Billericay Mayflower for donating 5000 purple crocus bulbs last Autumn. These were planted in the newly cleared bank near the swimming pool by Basildon Parks team.
The eight clusters are providing welcome colour and will be really special in years to come as they naturalise.

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