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.
The Annual Photographic Competition
Note that the end date has been extended until October 31st.
Don't miss out on this opportunity!!
This time the competition is for photographs taken from November 2017 through to the end of October 2018.
Three Adult and three Juniors cash prizes
So get out there and capture some wonderful shots while you visit our lovely Park.
Imaginative shots are as welcome as simple scenic ones
Peter Cloughton, Essex Bat Group, has again agreed to give us a talk about our bats and then to take us round the Park to see and hear them as the sun sets.
This will be on Tuesday 21st August. Booking is now open and our previoue events have been fully booked, so don't miss out
FULLY BOOKED Reserve list also full
It is really exciting to hear the bats flying over the lake and then to pick them up in your torch beam.
The 5th Annual Jazz in the Park
The event was held on Saturday 7th July and although there was the clash with the World Cup game we would like to thank the 200 or so people who ignored the match and a simlar thanks to the 270 who arrived just after 5pm,
To welcome them Drew played a chorus of "Football's coming home"
The weather was again fantastic and everyone seemed to have a great time picnicing and listening to the music. It was lovely to see a selection of younger attendees having a dance infront of the stage
A really big thank you to all the performers:
Nimrod and the "Meadows" including half a dozen students
Andy and Tiv - "The Law"
Drew Levi - knocking it out on keyboard (as well as compering)
John Summerton, Steve and Bradley - Abacas (the band you can count on)
A Potted History of Lake Meadows
An illustrated talk on the history of Lake Meadows touching on the land, the people and the Park up to the present, was held on Tuseday June 26th.
Tree Talk and Walk
Lake Meadows is very lucky in having a wonderful collection of trees. These go from the old oaks which marked the ancient field boundaries to many speciomen trees planted in the last century. If you want to learn more about our trees and enjoy an early evening stroll around the Park do consider joining us on Tuesday 3rd July.
The Dawn Chorus
The weather behaved and Neil Sumner a local wildlife expert led a small group of people, to enjoy the early morning delights of our Park. The members of the group had mixed knowledge of birds and their calls, so with Neil's help and binoculars to the fore the session was enjoyed by all.
The Great Lake Race
This year's race took place on Sunday 6th May. The weather was fine but the wind could not make up its mind as to which direction to blow causing much consternation to Admiral Jonny in setting the start point. Having set the fleet on its way to strike land first, all except one boat headed in a westerly direction with the one goin north, you guessed that was the boat that won! The majority finished this year and the others were recsued by teh Admiral and his trusty crew.
Late Spring Highlights
The wonderful Ox-eye daisies in the boat house compound and the glorious rhododendrons
We are always looking for volunteers who are willing and able to join us for a couple of hours on a Tuesday morning or at our monthly Working Party. Any queries then email us and we will get back to you
Monthly Working Party
The next Working Party will take place on April 21st from 9:30am
We hope to clear up the flower meadow complete the Spring clean which had to be cancelled in March.
Our Annual Carols Event was held on Saturday 16th Dec.
The weather was dry and chilly, but about 180 to 200 people of all ages congregated around the Christmas tree by the Boat House.
Following some festive fare and drinks we had some fifteen carols. Although perhaps not up to the King's College Choir standards it provided a lovely introduction to Christmas.
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.
The East End of the Lake Project
With the exception of teh reed bed this project is complete and we would like to thank the Co-operative Community Fund for funding the project.