AGM news. Meet the new committee for 2018/2019

Friends of Tividale Park held their AGM on 4th September at the Gurdwara, Dudley Road West Tividale, Oldbury B69 2PJ.


Our Working Group Committee 2018/2019

Position Name
Chair Max Robinson
Vice Chair Barbara Blewitt
Secretary Susan Downing
Treasurer Sharon Davies
Child Protection Megan Morris

Their first official duty were for the Chair and Vice chair to attend a Friends Forum meeting on Thursday 6th September at Lightwoods House with Sandwell’s cabinet Member for Leisure Cllr Bill Gavan and our Parks Manager Darren Jones.

This was attended by around 30 people including around 15 Park Friends groups – a rare opportunity to meet other groups and exchange ideas.

It is planned to make this a quarterly event.

£2000 Community Grant award – WW1 Commemorative bench, Bespoke Bin for play area, Woodland Magic animals for park – on order/delivered.


The £2000 Community Grant awarded by Midcounties Co-op  has been spent and items for Tividale park are now on order for delivery Late October. We hope to get the WW1 commemorative bench installed for Armistice day.

For the full story see our website Goals page.:

Goals for the Park 2018 – WW1 bench and Bespoke bin

Bees and Ladybirds from Woodland Magic

National Express Foundation Funding applications!

National Express Foundation

We are open for funding applications!

National Express doubled the amount of funding it provided to the charity in 2018 and we have therefore launched an additional funding round this year, for the first time.

A total of £100,000 in additional grants is now available to support even more young people in the West Midlands and Kent.

The National Express Foundation is central to National Express Group’s support for the wider community in which we operate in the UK.

The public order disturbances in July 2011 highlighted the issues facing young people living in inner-city areas in the UK. The disturbances involved a disproportionate number of people in the 15-24 year age group. Unemployment, boredom and lack of motivation among this group were all cited as factors.

The Foundation aims to tackle these issues in two ways:

  • Support for students with challenging personal and financial circumstances to enable them to continue with their further and higher education
  • The provision of grants to charitable and community groups for projects which support young people to enjoy positive and developmental activities and promote cross-community cohesion and understanding

Our support is currently directed at organisations in the former West Midlands county boundary (served by our bus business) and the Medway, Gravesend and Longfield areas of Kent served by our Kings Ferry and Clarke’s commuter coach services (postcodes ME1-12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 and DA13).

Community groups please click here for further details on how to apply for funding. Colleges and universities please click here.

All applications must be received by no later than Friday 24 August 2018.

Vote for new “WW1 commemorative bench” for Tividale Park

In 2018 we secured two grants from the Co-op, the first for chairs which were put to use at our Gala event on 07th July, and £2000 initially earmarked to buy three or four bespoke benches, as per our 2017 goals see

In March we were consulted by Sandwell Council on the positioning of six new benches which were installed shortly afterwards. Having applied and received the grant money, we have since reconsidered how best to use the money from the Co-op, keeping to the original intent.

Subject Sandwell Council agreement and Co-op agreement Friends of Tividale Park are planning to spend £1786.80 (inc VAT and delivery) on one bench and one pencil bin (to replace the one near the playground) and the balance on wooden art work.

Bench #1 WW1 Commemorative

Bench #2 Lest we forget

The new bin will fit in well with the playground and encourage people to use it rather than the floor. We plan to also apply for Tesco’s Bags for Life for our next grant.

Pencil Bin – to be donated for use by the Playground.

Vote for the bench you want in the park – The votes cast will be added to those of the groups members. The winning bench announced at our next meeting (August 14th).

How to vote: via this post or by email to

Simply state Bench#1 or Bench#2

Tividale Park event volunteers brief Sunday 1st July (6 days before event)

Could volunteers meet in the park on 01/7/18 near the yellow barriers to run through a briefing on the event; this is so everyone know there roles and what we need to do in various scenarios.

Meeting time is 11am and will aim to keep it to no more than 30 minutes.

Volunteers need to be on duty for 8.30 at the Tividale Park Black Country Festival on Saturday 7th July.

If you can’t make the briefing, don’t worry let the organiser know and we can run through it on the day.  (max@

June meetings at The Wonder

At our May meeting we discussed the pros and cons of different venues and after receiving an invitation from the Bert, the Landlord of The Wonder, will be holding June meetings at The Wonder from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Come along and meet the gang! With the event so close it is a great time to get involved with a group dedicated to improving our local park.

We are current looking for helpers and stewards on the day.

Six new benches installed in Tividale Park May 2018


Following a visit to Friends of Tividale Parks meeting in April, Sandwell Council have installed six new benches in the park after consultation with the friends group about location. We hope these will benefit the community and encourage more use of the park.

These benches were fitted and in use on 05/07/2018.

New benches installed in Tividale Park May 2018

New benches installed in Tividale Park May 2018

Park update – Tree Cutting in Tividale Park 06/04/18 and 07/04/18

Residents have raised alarm/concerns about the continued cutting / topping of trees near the allotments by council contractors. In March 2018, all the trees were cut down along the driveway from the wonder entrance.

Committee members have contacted the responsible member of the council who was unaware of further tree felling and has since paid a visit to the park. There were plans to top 5 of the trees near the allotments but this is on hold following requests from the Friends group. Memebrs also took issue with the fact that the hedge saplings near the allotments planted last year by Friends of Tividale Park had now been buried due to the work being undertaken.

Presently we are waiting to hear the plans for the driveway area where the trees and the wooden barrier have been taken out. This could be landscaped and wild flowers planted for example.

There are plans to see what other parks have done and transpose benchmarked ideas into the Tividale Park.

There are plans to replace felled trees with Cherry Trees which will benefit wildlife.