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



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.

Wow! What a wonderful Christmas Concert on Saturday 9 December,
despite having to change the venue because of the weather

The Friends' Committee were very worried about having to change the venue for our Christmas Concert at such a late stage, but, after putting up signs on the Bandstand and at Park entrances, we hoped that our members would find us in Dartmouth Central Bowling Club next door to the Park.

We needn't have worried, the Club soon filled and the Voices of Hope Cancer Choir arrived in force with their conductor/compere, and we had a great afternoon of music and laughter. The audience enjoyed the afternoon so much that we have asked the choir to perform for us on the Bandstand in the summer.

A very big thank you to the Voices of Hope Cancer Choir for giving us such an uplifting afternoon of entertainment and to Dartmouth Central Bowling Club for accommodating us at short notice. See photographs below:

Remembrance Sunday in Dartmouth Park
Photographs by Seumas Kelly
Marching to the Park
Arriving in the Park
Start of the Service
The Salutation
Standing at Ease
End of the Two Minutes Silence
The laying of wreaths
Bonfire Night in Dartmouth Park
Seumas captures an image of a Beaver Moon over Dartmouth Park at the Bonfire Event
Friends' Members given a warm welcome at West Bromwich Naval Club

Royal Naval Association Club members who were there to welcome us.

Standing - from the left: Phil Newman, Tony Danks, John Sedgley, Bob Manson, Graham Smith
Seated - from the left: Jim Randle, Vic Taylor, Maurice Roberts

Following a lovely buffet lunch we settled down to listen to some of the experiences of two sailors and a sub-mariner. Graham Smith spoke about his time on a nuclear submarine and the duties he had to perform. Bob Manson gave an emotional record of his part in the Falklands War and 96 year old Vic Taylor told us about his part in WW2.

The Club is full of interesting memorabilia relating to the Navy which you can see on the photographs.

A big thank you to the Royal Naval Club for their hospitality and for giving us such a warm welcome.

This photograph shows a wonderful mural that was rescued from the Crown & Cushion many year's ago when it was being refurbished

We have a great day out at Chatsworth on Tuesday 26 September
The photographs below speak for themselves. We started our visit with tea, coffee and biscuits in the Cavendish Restaurant especially arranged for us, which everyone enjoyed. Then we were free to explore the House and grounds. Some of the group took the opportunity to take a ride through the extensive landscaped gardens, and said it was well worth it. Great exhibition in the house, beautiful gardens, good food, and a stunning autumn day.
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.

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