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

Alan and Nobby, the Park's Gardeners, taking advantage of the good weather to catch up on cutting the grass. It must be like painting the Forth Bridge cutting the grass in Dartmouth Park
More photographs of the Park taken on a glorious spring day on the "Park" webpage

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.


A beautiful Spring Day in the Park

The volunteer gardeners tackle one of the beds on the slope below the Sensory Garden, and visitors to the Park enjoying a session on the musical instruments.

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