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Fabulous weather for our Spring Fair on Saturday 19 May and
the wedding didn't deter people from coming along to enjoy our Event

People started to come into the Park, before we had finished setting up, looking for bargains and for the entertainment on the Bandstand provided by Voices of Hope Cancer Choir and Halesowen Brass Band.

There were lots of stalls selling all kinds of goods, great children's entertainment with Funtime Theatre, a Craft Tent, Archery, and a Bouncy Castle. We had the iconic Jensen cars, courtesy of the Jensen Owners Club, and our annual West Bromwich History Event in the Dave Healey Community Room in the 'Fort'. There was something for everyone to enjoy.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in helping us with the event, including the National Lottery 'Awards for All' grant which allowed us to provide the entertainment, the Scouts, the Volunteer Gardeners, and the Park's Gardeners who did a wonderful job of helping to set everything up on the day.

See photos below:


Veolia Environmental Trust funding making a great difference
to the Area around the Bandstand and the Sensory Garden

A big thank you to Veolia Environmental Trust for funding the apron in front of the Bandstand, the planting of two attractive beds to enhance the area, together with benches and litter bins. The Veolia funding has also provided lots of new plants for the herbaceous border at the main entrance to the Park.

National Lottery 'Awards for All' give us funding to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, which we are using to benefit the whole community

In those 10 years we have worked alongside the Park Manager to bring the Park back to its former glory and we are delighted that our beautiful park has once again become part of the social life of West Bromwich. We now have a Bandstand, for which we campaigned, and intend to use it regularly for entertainment. The award will allow us to provide free events in Dartmouth Park for the community throughout this celebratory year.


We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Heart of England Community Foundation towards our 10th Anniversary Celebrations in August.


Friday 4 May and the tulips are at their best in the triangle bed and the Sensory Garden is looking very colourful

Andrew Brent, CEO of The Gap Centre, attends the Friends' Committee Meeting to tell us about his project to bring local communities together

Andrew, fourth from the left, gave a very interesting presentation on his project to bring community groups working together for the benefit of all. He pointed out that the old community spirit that existed in his youth, when neighbours looked out for each other, has been lost. There is a need for groups to share their resources, with other organizations and to reach out to the community. One of the issues Andrew raised was that we shouldn't ignore our elderly residents, but should bring them into the community. The Gap Centre is already engaging with Lydon Lodge to the enjoyment of the residents. They also engage with local schools and he believes we should bring old and young together for the benefit of both groups.

The Friends agreed to support this initiative and said that they already worked with some organizations in the local area. One of the Park's initiatives in particular will be when the newly formed Angling Club is up and running, it will be a great community resource.

Small Zoo Animals and crafts in the Community Room attract quite a crowd

The Friends have been busy with two events in two days, which both proved very popular. First we had our AGM reported on below and then on the 11 April we invited children, in their school holidays, to a morning of crafts and a visit from Dudley Zoo's Small Animals team.

We had quite a crowd and a very successful morning as you can see from the photographs below:

Our tenth Annual General Meeting was held on
Tuesday 10 April in the Community Room in the Pavilion

Our members turned out in force for our 10th AGM and everyone was delighted to see Sue in the Chair, looking so well, after a very difficult year of ill health. Sue reported on a successful year of activities and what we are proposing for 2018, followed by Annette's Treasurer's Report. After the officers and the other members of the committee were voted in for another year, Nigel updated the meeting on the progress made in setting up the Angling Club and Park Manager, John, praised the work we were doing in the Park. This was followed by a presentation on the Friends' latest Heritage Lottery Project 'Saving an Historic Ghost Sign', which relates to the 'Darby's Ales' sign that was on a wall in Lombard Street before Lombard Street was demolished.

The photographs below show what a supportive membership we have and we would like to thank everyone who attended.

Above Members enjoying themselves and below Sue listening intently to Nigel reporting on the Angling Club
Above John, our Park Manager, the 5th Earl of Dartmouth and Cllr. Steve Melia. Steve is a member of the Friends. Below Sylvia and Olive two supportive members.
Friends' Member and Volunteer Gardener, Ron,
celebrates his 80th Birthday

The volunteer gardeners had a great night at Dartmouth Central Bowling Club on Friday 6 April to celebrate the 80th birthday of gardening stalwart, Ron Baggott.

Ron is a valued member of the volunteer gardening team who help to keep Dartmouth Park looking beautiful.

The gardeners would be pleased to welcome new volunteers to what is a great group of people dedicated to making a difference to the Park for the benefit of all Park users.

Just come along and have a chat with them. They meet every Friday morning and after the work is done, enjoy a cuppa in the Snack Bar.

Some photographs of their achievements below. The volunteer gardeners have purchased and planted the beautiful display of daffodils along the perimeter of the Park from the Dagger Lane gate to the Children's Play Area. They have also provided many of the plants in the triangle bed, which is looking particular beautiful at the moment.


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

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