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Go to the 'Wildlife Photographs' Webpage to view Seumas Kelly's breathtaking photographs taken this autumn and winter.


Panto in the Community Room in the Park goes down well with children and adults

The cold and damp didn't keep parents, grandparents and children away from the Park during February half term. The Friends of Dartmouth Park put on a Panto, Aladdin, in the Community Room in the 'Fort' which was a great success. Yvonne very kindly opened up the cafe. Visitors to the Park were delighted and she was kept busy making hot drinks

In the Easter holidays, we are inviting Small Animals from Dudley Zoo, on Wednesday 11 April.

Winter in Dartmouth Park

It was cold for our Health Walk on Monday afternoon, 5 February, but the sun was shining and the Park looked beautiful. Twelve of the Health Walker's Group decided to enjoy the Park, the sunshine and get some exercise at the same time. Here are some of the group in the Sensory Garden. It looks like Selwyn, in the centre of the photograph, is surrounded by his hareem.

The volunteer gardeners have worked hard over the last few weeks to put new soil on the beds, cut back the shrubs, and give the Garden a tidy up before the Spring.

Also in the Sensory Garden, playing the musical instruments, were students from Health Futures UTC in the High Street. Raj, Aamina. Auina and Huda had decided to walk through the Park to enjoy the sunshine on their way home from college.

West Midlands Fire Service, Smethwick

The Friends Group would like to thank Tony Calder and his crew from Smethwick fire station for their delivery of free CPR training on Friday 26th January The crew of 5 provided a free 2 hour course for the volunteer gardeners in the Park's community room.

This included :- The recovery position, CPR, how to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and advice about how to deal with a severe bleed. 

The training is free to any group (Max 15 people) either at Smethwick Fire Station or at their own venue

Contact Tony Calder 0121 380 7533


The snow didn't stop Friends' Members enjoying their Annual Christmas Event
at The Hawthorns

The telephone kept ringing on the afternoon of the 12 December, with members asking if our event at The Hawthorns was still on or informing me that they wouldn't be able to attend because of the worst snow we've experienced in years. However, after a stressful afternoon, the event was well attended and WBA had pulled out all the stops to give us a warm welcome. The room looked beautiful, the food was excellent and the service second to none. After the meal we were entertained by Mike Surman with music that makes you want to get up and dance. It turned out to be one of the best Christmas Events we've had to date. Below is a photograph of our members enjoying themselves.

Contact Address: Carol Hartill
Secretary of the Friends of Dartmouth Park
c/o 2 Sandwell Road North, West Bromwich, B71 4JB
Tel: 0121 588 4747 / e-mail:
Tel 0121 525 5524 / e-mail:


Sue Slater
Jenny Francis
Vice Chairman
Annette Welch
Carol Hartill
Mandy Timms
Membership Secretary
Mark Barrett
Social Historian
Chris Blakesley
Minute Secretary
Chris Burgess
Maggie Turner
Roger Stopford
Yvonne Hayward
Margaret Geddes