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Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 7 Jun 2008 6:01 am

Tombstoning is a term used in the UK for an outdoor pursuit involving diving off a high fixed point such as sea harbour walls, bridges, rocks and cliff faces into water. It is highly risky if the water depth or the existence of submerged rocks or objects is unknown and can result in serious injury or death.

Videos at Bishop's Bowls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RgJNTbKeBs&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69pdKL_VNb8

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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Nearly Senile » Tue 17 Jun 2008 9:48 am

This seems like excellent fun for a summers day and has the added benefit of keeping the youths of the village occupied instead of getting up to the inevitable mischief that seems so prevelant in those of this age. One hopes that the groups doing this take with them a mobile phone that actually works at the lakes so as to be able to summons the emergency services for the inevitable broken kneck, fractured skull, concussion and smashed limbs that will result from their activities.
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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Thu 19 Jun 2008 1:08 pm

This thread has been picked up by the local paper, The Leamington Courier who have written this article about it: http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news ... 4201972.jp

The Leamington Courier wrote:Harbury Parish Council clerk Nicola Thompson said: "This type of activity is extremely dangerous and shouldn't be encouraged. The jumpers are jumping into water where there are potentially submerged railway sleepers and other hazards and the land is private property."


With this publicity we can expect tombstoning at Bishop's Bowl to become a lot more popular. Especially as the story has now been picked up by the Birmingham Sunday Mercury so it will be getting regional press coverage. I bet the popularity of those videos is going to go through the roof!

This link alone takes you to seven Bishop's Bowl tombstoning videos: http://video.google.co.uk/videosearch?q ... tesearch=#
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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Fri 20 Jun 2008 5:51 am

Quarry owners organisation press release: http://mqr.info/showarticle.php?db_id=198

Quarry firms send 'tombstoning' warning
Issue date: May 21st, 2008

With an increasing number of teenagers recording YouTube videos showing friends “tombstoning” into flooded quarries, the Quarry Products Association (QPA) has sent a warning ahead of the bank holiday to encourage people to think twice before trespassing.

Tombstoning is the apt name for the fad of jumping from height from quarry faces or cliffs into water. The first fatality of tombstoning in the UK was 24-year-old Stephen Royston who died after jumping 30m into a flooded Cornish quarry in 2003.

Rescue services in Wales last week sent out a warning after videos of teenagers jumping into Welsh quarries – including a 9m leap into Llanberis Quarry in North Wales – were posted on YouTube.

Now, as part of its Play Safe…Stay Safe campaign, the QPA is reminding people of the dangers of trespassing on to quarries, calling the growing focus on online recordings of people quarry jumping a worrying trend.

“Quarries are dangerous places and any fad that leads people to trespass and put themselves as risk has to be discouraged. And this goes for tombstoning or other activities such as stealing birds’ eggs,” the QPA’s Tim Parry told MQR.

A new survey by the QPA shows that 60% of its members’ quarries have experienced trespassing problems over the past two years and over half expect some form of incident during the rest of 2008.

The survey also shows that it is the over-25s who are the worst offenders when it comes to trespassing. QPA chairman Lynda Thompson called on these people to change their behaviour: “Children following this example could be exposed to unseen dangers,” she said.

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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 21 Jun 2008 7:25 am

Here is the BBC news website on the story http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cove ... 465321.stm

Which includes a video of the TV news item.
Presumably after this there will be tour busses full of tombstoners coming from Birmingham and Coventry!!
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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sat 21 Jun 2008 7:32 am

Spoil sports!!
Most of the videos have been removed from the interweb.
There are still a couple up there at the moment.
And there is always the BBC video which contains extracts from the now deleted youtube videos.
The BBC say that these stories stay on their website "for ever".

And I am sure there will be new videos taken and put up over the coming months.
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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Mon 7 Jul 2008 1:21 pm

picture http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/87886
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The Mitre Pool. One of the Bishops Bowl lakes, at Bishop's Itchington. Venue for watersports eg, fishing, diving, canoeing, & jetskiing.

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Blue Pool. One of the Bishops Bowl lakes, Bishop's Itchington, Warwickshire. Watersports venue for fishing, diving, canoeing, jetskiing, etc.
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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Mon 7 Jul 2008 8:12 pm

Good article on Bishops Itchington Web.
Full article: http://www.bishopsitchingtonweb.co.uk/S ... aspx?ID=54

"............have been jumping off these cliffs at the Bowls for years, why?, it's called fun, this is the type of thing we done as kids, had fun, our parents didn't shower us with toys, take us out in the car on demand and we didn't cause trouble, we found our own entertainment........................"
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Re: Tombstoning at Bishop's Bowls

Postby Bruce Everiss » Sun 13 Jul 2008 4:41 pm

From Harbury Parish Council minutes 26th June:

P C Hill reported that, following recent media coverage of “tombstoning” at
Bishop Bowl lakes, he and colleagues have visited the site and taken the names
and addresses of 9 young people who were there, none of whom were local. The
landowner has also agreed to take receipt of details of people found trespassing
on the site.
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