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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.
Great News!
We are pleased to tell our readers that the statue of The Child in the Park has been returned. The Child was stolen on the evening of Valentine's Day much to the dismay of The Friends and the thousands who responded through Facebook. There is quite a lot of work to do before we are able to have The Child home.
Unfortunately, it is not like replacing a vase on a shelf, but the good news is that there is no major damage to the outside of statue and most of the work needed is within the shell.
We will keep you updated here over the next few weeks
The Annual Great Lake Race
14th May 2pm

Get making your boat from recycled materials, ready for the Great Lake Race.
Prizes for the winners!
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

The Great Lake Race
Sunday 14th May (Changed)
Jazz in the Park
Saturday 8th July
Bark in the Park
Saturday 16th September
AGM & Open Meeting with Speaker
Carols in  the Park
Saturday 16th December
Tree Walk:
Thursday June 22nd 7.30pm
Rosie will again tell us about some of the beautiful trees in the park, as we go on a guided tour.

An Introduction to the Birds of Lake Meadows
Saturday May 27th at 7am.
If you are an early riser, why not join our "walk & talk" and meet some of our feathered friends, introduced by Neil Sumner.

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.
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.

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.
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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