The Friends of the Dell are a group of local residents started by
Pearl Braddock (left). As a baby-sitter she
realised that there were not enough play facilities in the immediate
neighbourhood for very young children, so she began a campaign to raise funds
to provide toddlers' play equipment. The new play area with its colourful
roundabout, rockers and a little slide has brightened up the Dell since March
1997, when it was officially opened by the Mayor of Leamington.
died in 2013. Read a tribute to her here. For newly discovered photographs from the early years, 1996-98, click here. Pearl
The Friends encourage local interest and pride in the Dell. They liaise with Warwick District Council Parks Department, maintain publicity for the Dell in local news media and schools, and act as a forum for residents to air their views, suggestions or complaints. They have organised a series of social events in the Dell, starting with a highly successful party in May 1998 to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, a party that has become an annual event. They have also held several barbecues and a Halloween party. These events have been paid for by voluntary contributions, fund raising sales and local sponsorship.
The annual subscription is £5.00 (£1.00 concessions) payable by cash, cheque or standing order. Members will receive the agenda and the minutes of each meeting. Meetings take place once a month, following the AGM in February, until September or October. If you would like to join, email the Secretary of Friends of the Dell, Penny Hughes, with an address to which an application form can be sent.
We are also affiliated to Love Parks, a national non profit-making organisation committed to improving open spaces and public parks across the
. Their vision is to see a network of easily accessible, safe, attractive and welcoming parks, gardens and green spaces which meet the needs of everyone and which contribute to the economic, social and environmental well-being of people and places, now and for future generations. They have developed an extensive links resource to community and friends of parks groups around the country. Visit their website at www.loveparks.org UK
The Mad Dun Cow sets out to terrorise the Dell Barbecue.
Bold Sir Guy prepares to slay the Mad Dun Cow and win universal acclaim.
Friends of the Dell badges can be purchased at the annual Party for 50p.