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Spring Fair and West Bromwich History Event
a great success despite the inclement weather
West Bromwich have their own Nadiya from the
'Great British Bake Off'. Her cakes were delicious.

A lovely sunny week preceded our Spring Fair and West Bromwich History Event on Saturday 6 May, so it was a nasty surprise to see a damp morning, but we lived in hope that it would brighten up for us. It didn't!!

However, lots of families still came and enjoyed what was our most ambitious event to date. There were a wide variety of stalls, lots of children's entertainment, the glorious Haleowen Brass Band, who were a great success, and as part of the History Event, the iconic No. 28 Circular Bus, the wonderful Jensen cars, and many interesting stands in the pavilion.

A big thank you to everyone involved for making this event such a success.

The photographs above, some taken by Seumas Kelly, give an idea of the event.

Come and join our volunteer gardeners and help to maintain the Park

The group meet on Tuesday and Friday at 10am and work on the Sensory Garden, our rose beds in the Park and on Lloyd Street, as well as helping with other areas of the Park by supplying and planting bulbs and shrubs. Following a good morning's work the group enjoy a refreshing tea or coffee, together with cake, and a chat.

Please ring Annette on: 07963 101750 for more details.

This lovely photograph was taken by Christoper Meadows.

Our 10th Annual General Meeting is a great success

On a bright sunny afternoon in April we held our 10th AGM in the Events Room in the Pavilion in Dartmouth Park. It was very well attended.

Our Chair, Sue Slater, kicked off the meeting with a briefing on the achievements we had made in the past year and what we were proposing for the coming year. This was followed by electing the group's officers and the committee members.

Our Treasurer, Annette Welch, reported a healthy balance, partly due to the grants she had been able to secure throughout the year, to continue the work we are doing in the Park.

John Satchwell, the Park's Manager, gave a speech about the Park before and after the restoration. He said it was good that it was school holidays and the group were seeing the Park full of life. He also praised the work of the Friends' Group, who had helped to make this transformation possible.

We were entertained by Robin Pearson with a very interesting West Bromwich Quiz he'd cleverly devised. The first part was a photo quiz and this was followed by cryptic clues to places in West Bromwich.

We then broke for refreshments, and an opportunity to pay subscriptions and sign up to the various trips and events planned for 2017.

A big thank you to the committee for the work put into organizing this very successful event.

A bench returns to the Avenue thanks to a kind donation

Eighteen months ago a truck hit one of the benches in the Avenue and destroyed it. We have tried to get the bench replaced ever since this happened, and we have at last succeeded. This has been possible with the help of a large donation from the family of the late Ivan Walker, a great fan of Dartmouth Park and a very supportive member of the Friends' Group.

A big thank you to Ivan's family for their generosity, and also to the Park's gardeners who repaired the bench with the new oak slats. All that had been saved from the damaged bench were the two wrought-iron sides.


The Park looking stunning with the spring flowers in bloom

Photographs of the Sensory Garden take on Friday 7 April by Chris Meadows

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u2l4wG-YuI&feature=youtu.be 

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


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