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Great new photographs from Seumas Kelly on the 'Wildlife Photographs' Page

Our Autumn Fair in the Park on Saturday 9 September still a success
despite the usual poor weather we seem to attract

The sun was shining as we prepared for our annual Autumn Fair, although the forecast had been for showers. The forecast turned out to be correct, but it didn't deter people from coming to the Park to enjoy the entertainment and the variety of stalls.

The Bandstand was rocking with The Persuaders, who played lots of great rock and roll numbers, which got everyone dancing. In the Community Room in the 'Fort' there was a pantomime for the children, and 'fun time theatre' got the children and adults into the panto mood with their production of Dick Whittington. Following the panto we were entertained by Walsall Harmonic Male Voice Choir, with some wonderful songs from the musicals.

The Friends opened up the 'Snack Bar' especially for the Fair and Friends' members, Sandra and Jean, were kept busy serving the delighted customers who were very pleased to see the facility in use again.

Our popular stalls all did well and we would like to thank our members, who always support us, and the many families who braved the weather, for making our event a great success.

The photographs below give a snapshot of the event:

You may have seen Sue in the Park walking her beautiful border collies, but I bet you've never seen our Chair like this before! She really got into the spirit of the Panto and came as a Fairy in pink. It was a shame about her tights. Sue had a great time at the Panto and then danced away to The Persuaders.

The photograph of The Persuaders, the dancing and Sue, taken by Chris Meadows.

Enjoying a cupper in the Snack Bar in the 'Fort'. Opened up especially for the Autumn Fair by the Friends' Group and manned by members, Sandra and Jean.

Bank Holiday Monday in the Park

Alvaro Sotomayor's photographs of flowers in Dartmouth Park

Alvaro was born in Chile, but now lives in the West Midlands. He has been visiting the many Parks in Birmingham to take photographs, and last Friday, 18 August, decided to visit Dartmouth Park. He met up with the volunteer gardeners and told them this was the best Park he had visited for the variety of flowers on display. He enjoyed his visit so much, he decided to visit again on Monday 21, and has kindly sent some of his photographs to us, with the comment: "Thanks for keeping this park so welcoming." A selection of his photographs below:

Dartmouth Park a great place to be in the School Holidays

The Friends of Dartmouth Park arranged for small zoo animals from Dudley Zoo to visit Dartmouth Park on Wednesday 9 August. It was a very enjoyable event for both children and parents, as you can see from the photographs.

We were able to stroke or tickle a number of animals, including a chinchilla (who would normally be asleep in the day, but was happy to be tickled by the children), a snake, a lizard, a white rat, giant slugs, and cockroaches. Craft Tables also proved very popular; there was a children's tombola,and a long queue for Face Painting.

The event was such a successful, we will be looking to repeat it. It was great to see the Community Room in the 'Fort' being used for children to enjoy themselves and parents to relax.

Chase Jazzmen entertain on the Bandstand in the Park
On Saturday 22 July visitors to the Park were entertained by the Chase Jazzmen as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival. The Festival provided 215 performances in 99 venues, which included many in Sandwell. Those who attended the performance in the Park very much enjoyed the entertainment.

Saturday 22 July and Sandwell Valley is filled with colour for the
Blind Dave Colour Run

To raise funds for The Albion Foundation, a unique colour run that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community took place in Sandwell Valley.

The race was over a distance of 5 kilometres.

The Blind Dave Colour Run was organized in
partnership with Shape Youth Festival, and sponsored by London Midland.

Armed Forces Day held in Dartmouth Park for the first time

Saturday 24 June was a great day for Dartmouth Park when it hosted Armed Forces Day for the first time. It was a very colourful and entertaining event to celebrate and thank our Armed Forces for their service to the country.

The event started at 11am with the March under Commander Major Matthew Lindow RLC, followed by the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag and a Parade inspection. The inspection was carried out by Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Stewart Towe CBE DL, who also visited all the exhibitors and stall holders to thank them for their support.

Sergeant David Oakes and Sergeant Andrew Gilbert were presented with awards by the Mayor of Sandwell, and the Mayor's address was given by Captain Alan O'Brien, PSAO 237 (West Bromwich) Sup Sqn.

An Act of Worship was conducted by Reverend Dwayne McQuaid, Padre to Oldbury Royal British Legion.

It was then time for everyone to relax and enjoy the entertainment provided by Northfield Caledonia Pipes, dhol drummers, several singers, dance performers, and much more. There was also a very interesting display of army vehicles.

The Friends of Dartmouth Park were very pleased that their stall was well supported by visitors.

The photographs below give just a brief overview of the event.

Park's Water Play Area opens in time for this glorious June weather
Travelling the circular Route on the iconic No. 28 Bus
On Saturday 10 June we had a lovely time touring West Bromwich on a bus introduced into service in 1952. The tour evoked lots of memories for those who had used the bus during the years it was in service. We were a great attraction in the town, with people waving and taking photographs.

The 156 Group who restored and maintain the bus are from left to right in the photograph above: Mark Sherwood, who drove, Dave Wootton, Graham Harper, who purchased the bus 50 years ago, Howard Carter and Ian Rhydderch.

We had to have a morning and afternoon tour to accommodate everyone who wanted to take the opportunity to ride on the bus, and we had a buffet lunch between trips at the West Bromwich Bowling Club in Devonshire Drive.

Green Flag Judges visit Dartmouth Park and the Park has maintained its Green Flag status

Wildlife of Dartmouth Park Video produced by
Mike Mountford and Mike Poulton

Mike Mountford and Mike Poulton set up their website earlier this year which can be accessed on our 'The Park' page. They have now produced a video of the Park and its wildlife which you can access via the following link: 

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:


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