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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

Time is getting short, you have just 5 weeks to get your entries in!

Great Prizes donated to 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



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 necessary work and to help The Child return home.
Dates for your diaries


Bark in the Park
Saturday 16th September

AGM & Open Meeting with Speaker

Carols in  the Park
Saturday 16th December
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"

Have a look at this year's Great Lake Race
Have a look at our video<br />
Tree Walk:
Thursday June 22nd 7.30pm
Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event. But it is hope to reschedule it later in the summer


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.
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.
The East End of the Lake Project
 
Visitors to the Park will have noticed changes to the East end of the lake. The major project comprises the dredging of the end of the lake and landscaping the area. The dredging has been completed and there will now be a period of time enabling the dredged silt to settle and drain. Following this, there will be re-contouring of the bank and in June it is intended to plant a new reed bed on the lake margin.  
Please note that the ground between the end of the Lake and the Garden of the Child will be fenced off and the Garden of the Child locked.


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.
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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