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FANTASTIC NEWS

Amazingly the Child in the Park statue has been recovered.
Basildon Council received a call from the Police in the late afternoon of Friday 5th May to say that it had been found.
It has been inspected by FoLM and there would appear to be no major damage, but quite a lot of work is needed before it can go back on its plinth.
The situation has been discussed with the sculptor, and the next step is to find a foundry which can carry out the work.
The funds which had been raised will be used for the work to repair and reinstate this much loved icon.

As you can see from this months’ accompanying photo our Gardening Group are achieving increasingly impressive displays. The neat and colourful shrub and flower beds near to the tennis courts show just how hard our small but dedicated band is working. If you enjoy gardening and have a few hours to spare, please do come and join us in our efforts to make the park a visual pleasure.
 Late spring work will continue at the boathouse end of the lake, in readiness for the reed bed to be planted later in the year.
As we welcome more visitors to the park with the improving weather , you will notice that our Information hut will be open on more occasions. Please go in and look at the various displays inside and perhaps take a stroll around the park using the provided tree map. If you are not already a member of the Friends of Lake Meadows you can join at the hut.
May is the new month for our Great Lake Race and we hope to see lots of competitive homemade boats entertaining us on Sunday 14th at 2pm. This event has attracted a large crowd in the past so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to register before the race. Registration starts at 1.30pm and you will find forms and rules on our website. So make your final nautical preparations!
As usual our contact details are:
www.lakemeadows.org.uk or ring 07843 860135 (answerphone)