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Great News for Billericay
Mill Meadows Society wins National Lottery support for new Trail

The Mill Meadows Society has received a National Lottery grant of 62,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to create new trails within Mill Meadows Local Nature Reserve in Billericay. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will help people to enjoy the wildlife and history of this special nature reserve.

There will be signposted walks with
information displayed on the reserve and with more information obtainable from a new web site using phones and tablets. Users of the reserve will even be able to see where the cattle are grazing. Many of the footpaths and bridges will be improved or replaced making it easier to walk, especially during winter months. Information about the site’s history will be also be added to geo-caches and there will be a short and colourful History of Mill Meadows published.

Commenting on the award, Neil Sumner, Chairman of the Mill Meadows Society said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this generous financial support, which is thanks to National Lottery players. It will help people of all generations to enjoy walking on Mill Meadows and to learn about its importance to wildlife, its interesting history and why and how it is managed.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “I’m really pleased that we can support this project to improve access and interpretation at Mill Meadows Nature Reserve. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this project will help people to better appreciate and learn about the site’s rich biodiversity and history through new trail routes and a great programme of events.”

Dear Editor,
Halogen Downlights
Am I the only person who didn’t know that the 50 Watt Halogen Bulb is not being produced anymore because of an EU directive which comes into force next September.
 I managed to buy the last 10 from an electrical retailer who said that they had found out about the end of production and bought 500.
I am told that I will need to replace them with GU10s and will also have to have transformers updated. Sounds expensive !!  However I am reliably informed it will save me money in the long run. I thought this might be useful information for other residents.
Jane Davis.