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.
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.
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.
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
Lataliaagain 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"