This page was updated on Thursday, 04-Aug-2022 09:26:37 BST


After suffering two years of devastation to our normal annual events programmes in both 2020 and 2021, the Committee met in January 2022 to consider a refreshed programme for the year. In addition to the difficulties caused by Covid-19, we have a chronic shortage of active supporters to plan and run our events. Unless we attract significant additional support to manage the Calendar, we are likely to continue to adopt a 'low profile' well into 2022. If you have enjoyed our past events, or have ideas for future different events, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do volunteer to help to make them happen! Please visit the Volunteering page to read about ways in which you can become involved with the Friends' group, or contact us for more insight into what would be involved.

If you are curious about our events and want to know more about what it is like to be there, please see our Past Events page (updated Wednesday, 09-Mar-2022 18:22:14 GMT), or for a more comprehensive set of reports, please see our on-line archive (updated Tuesday, 09-Aug-2022 20:40:45 BST).

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Wick-ed Gardeners
Tuesday, 26-Apr-2022 18:24:29 BST
Next date: please see the News Headlines page. Great news! The new Wick Gardening Group - the Wick-ed Gardeners - is now meeting regularly in its new guise. For the next date, please see the News Headlines page. Meet outside the Pavilion. Please bring your own gardening gloves. Tools will be provided, but if you have your own favourite gardening tool/s please feel free to bring your own. Refreshments will be provided.
Annual Photographic Competition Throughout 2022 Please check out the News Headlines page for confirmation of the details. But meanwhile, start taking, and saving, your photos in and around the Park!
Monthly Wildlife Walks Dates for 2022: January 26th, February 16th, March16th, April 20th, May 25th [note change of date], June15th, July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 14th Starting at 10.30a.m.. Enjoy a sociable and leisurely walk of approx 1 - 1.5 hours around the Park, led by Martin Singleton, and assisted by other experts from the Wickford Wildlife Society. to watch and listen to the varied wildlife in the Park. If you come throughout the year you may be amazed at the changing patterns of sightings throughout the seasons. For further details and to confirm the next date, please contact Martin Singleton
Birdsong Walk 10/04/2022 Start time: 09.00 - note the earlier start compared with previous years. Martin Singleton will be the lead. Refreshments will be provided. Unfortunately, due to the leader of the walk testing positive for COVID earlier this week, and now his replacement also testing positive, we will have to cancel the Bird Song Walk scheduled for April 10th.

Apologies for the short notice.
Bring Your Own Picnic by The Lake 11/06/2022 Time 2pm to approx 5pm. Sit by the lake and see what birds and wildlife there is about whilst enjoying a picnic.
Moth Night and Stargazing 01/07/2022 Time 9pm till late - Moth Night and Stargazing. This is a joint event with the Wickford Wildlife Society. There will be a booking system to be opened nearer the time as numbers will be limited.
Bat Watch and Night Walk 06/08/2022 The start time likely to be around 8.30pm, but Martin Singleton will confirm full details nearer the date with everyone who has previously registered interest in attending with him. Ella Barnett from the Essex Bat Group will be leading the walk. Ella will be bringing some live bats for us to have a look and will also have some bat detectors too. The plan is that we will meet at the park gates, have a look at the bats and then set off for a walk around the park using the detectors. Let's hope the bats are out and active.

If you are planning to attend please let Martin Singleton know asap, through the link above.
Autumn Walk with apple theme refreshments 30/10/2022 Time 10am - Autumn Walk with apple theme refreshments

Evolving Plans

At the committee meeting held in January 2022, plans for events for the year were discussed, and, in addition to those listed above, others are under consideration, as below.
  1. 3K Runs - In the past we have facilitated two such runs per year run by the Pitsea Running Club. Unfortunately, that arrangement has, pardon the pun, run its course, but the committee is exploring an alternative arrangement.
  2. The AGM would revert to a January 2023 date, and would follow a guided January Jaunt, as in pre-pandemic years.