Friends of Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich
Patron: 10th Earl of Dartmouth

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Annual General Meeting - 2pm Tuesday 6 October
West Bromwich Central Bowling Club
situated next to the Park off Devonshire Drive

 

 

At last we are able to hold our AGM and after the business of the meeting is concluded, our speaker is Ian Mcdermott, Arborist.  He has lectured in Arboriculture at various Colleges and has been Principal Arboriculturalist for Walsall Council for the past ten years.

Ian is helping Dartmouth Park to obtain Arboretum status which would be a great asset to the Park.

Refreshments available.

Members Only

 


Great Day out to Hereford and
The Laskett Garden
on 14 September

 

 

Our Summer Fair on the 14 August is a great success
Dartmouth Park was very busy with people enjoying themselves at our Summer Fair. We had entertainment for all age groups and the photographs below give a flavour of the event. A big thank you to everyone who helped on the day to make it such a success.
The ever popular plant stall is well stocked before the Fair opens and Chris, Janet, Raman, and Val are on hand to answer any queries.
Black Rabbit get one couple rock and rolling
Richard, on the left, is representing the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and brought along games to involve the children.
The Dartmouth Park Stall sold out very quickly
Members Christine and Angela purchase birthday cards made by Annette, our Treasurer, who has worked tirelessly organizing this event.
   
Sue, our former Chair, takes a break with her mother at the book stall.
Some of the photographs above were taken by Seumas Kelly. It was good to see him in the Park again after a long absence.

Our first outing this year was to Powis Castle
Sunn

Stunning weather, fabulous Castle and Grounds, plus of course good food from the cafe - perfect for our first Friends of Dartmouth Park outing this year.
A few photographs below tell the story of the day.

 

 

Sandwell Visually Impaired Group check out the new Interpretation Board in the
Sensory Garden

Sandra Troth, Development Worker, and other visually impaired members and helpers, came into the Park on Thursday 27 May to visit the new Interpretation Board in the Sensory Garden which has a braille panel to help them enjoy the garden.

Sandra said the group are looking for local people who might want to walk around the Park with someone blind or visually impaired, or even do other things with them like shopping or visiting places of interest.

Committee members and Volunteer Gardeners joined the group for the unveiling.

The Interpretation Board was financed by Sandwell Council.

 

Sandra checks out the braille panel with Chris, Jenny, Yvonne, Mike and Selwyn looking on to see whether she finds it useful. Mike and Selwyn have both worked on the stand for the Interpretation Panel to ensure it was in pristine condition.

 

The sun shone on the Voluteer Gardeners in the Park on Friday 7 May. I had great difficulty getting them to pose as they were more interested in their gardening tasks. Unfortunately two of the gardeners were too far away for me to get them to join in the photoshoot. There were 14 gardeners in total working to make the Park a beautiful place to visit and enjoy.

 

Honouring the life of the
Duke of Edinburgh
on the day of his funeral
The Federation of Birmingham Ex-Service Association came to the Park on the 17 April to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh.
The photographer was Peter Lloyd

 

Heart of England Community Foundation’s
The Harry Payne Fund

We are delighted to report that the Heart of England Community Foundation’s The Harry Payne Fund has given us £1,000 towards replacing benches in Dartmouth Park. The Park is very important to our community, particular since the lockdown, and they will love the new benches. It is so important that we get support. It has been impossible to raise funds over the past 12 months and a lot of grants focus on large organisations and not small community organisations like ourselves which are just as important locally.
Volunteer Gardener, Chris Blakesley, gets stuck in tending the Sensory Garden
The Sensory Garden looking splendid on a lovely May morning


Autumn in the Sensory Garden
 

The volunteer gardeners have been doing a wonderful job tidying the Sensory Garden. It is looking beautiful in its autumn colours.

 

 
Our first trip of 2020
We had our first trip last year to Kew on the 15 September in a Covid safe coach and with Covid safe procedures. It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed the chance to visit somewhere different. A few photographs mainly showing us relaxing in the shade.

 

Lovely photographs of the Sensory Garden

 

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: carolh.fodp@btinternet.com
Tel 0121 525 5524 / e-mail: annette_welch@sky.com

Committee

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