DOSTHILL FROM 1066 TO 2022
Creative Art Invitation to Dosthill School Children
Presentation on Tuesday 22/03/2022 to the Dosthill School Assemblies
- Good afternoon to you all. My name is Ian Forster, and I’ve got a maximum of 10 mins to tell you about an exciting opportunity for you to show how good you are at art.
- I need to keep this presentation short, so get your pen and paper ready to write down the web page link below, or get it from your teacher when you are next in the classroom.
- This presentation is on the web page so that you, your teachers and your parents can see online this exciting opportunity for you to show off your talent at drawing sketching, crayoning or painting. How many of you like art?
- I’ve owned Dosthill Quarry in Church Road since 1988 and because I’m qualified to train divers and instructors, I started an underwater diving school at the Quarry called Dive In Dosthill which has been very successful.
- The world’s leading diver training agency is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
- They’ve monitored the growth of Dosthill’s dive centre for 34 years, and were so impressed by the centre’s achievements and support of the PADI teaching system, that last month, PADI awarded Dive In Dosthill the distinguished rating of PADI Five Star Instructor Development Dive Center.
- In a recent email PADI stated “We are proud to be your business partner!“ This is exciting, but I’ve got some exciting news for you too.
Creative Art Invitation
- To celebrate this award, a mural depicting the history of Dosthill and Dive In Dosthill is to be painted on the side of one or more shipping containers at Dosthill Quarry, wall areas will be decorated, and the history from 1066 to 2022 will be recorded on our website.
- Because you are at Dosthill School, you have been invited by PADI & Dive In Dosthill to submit your artwork for the container, wall areas and website.
Art Tips from PADI & Me
- Certain dates and words in bold font on the web page and in this presentation indicate 20 historic events which could be included in your mural or wall art!
- Choose one or two events that interest you and do a drawing, sketch, crayoning or painting of them. We will be posting lots of photos on the web page this week to give you some ideas.
- But we also suggest you search the internet for relevant photos that could stimulate ideas for your drawing, sketch, crayoning or painting. For example, if you choose to do a painting of freshwater fish, find photos of the fish that are in Dosthill Quarry. They are listed on the web page!
Your Artwork will be Published
- This is not a competition with only 1 winner.
- You will all be a winner!
- We will publish every piece of artwork submitted by you, as part of the container mural, on wall areas, or on our website. And if you print your name at the bottom of the artwork, everyone who sees it will know you did it.
- Instructions on how to submit your finished artwork will be on the web page after I’ve discussed the best options with your teachers.
- PADI believe the media in Tamworth and the West Midlands will be very interested in covering this invitation, so you may get to see your artwork on TV or in the local paper, and Dosthill School will receive some very positive media coverage.
- Here is a brief overview of the most important historic events at Dosthill and Dosthill Quarry from 1066 to 2022
How Dosthill got its name 936 yrs ago
- In 1086 the Normans arrived at a domed hill on land that is now Dosthill Quarry.
There were several cottages on the hill with lots of Anglo Saxons living there.The Normans built a chapel nearby which still exists 936 years later on Church Road in the graveyard of St Paul’s Church.
- The Normans named the domed hill Dercelai. This was later translated from French by the Anglo Saxons as Dorsethull, then Dorsethill and subsequently Dosthill.
- That’s how Dosthill got its name!
1800’s to 1917
- In the 1800’s the hill was removed and excavations started for granite which is the second hardest substance on earth. Diamond is the hardest.
- By 1917 a system of railway lines, and rolling stock covered the bottom of the quarry to transport the granite up to the surrounding ground level so it could be shipped by road, the river Tame or canals to wherever it was needed.
How Dosthill Quarry Was Flooded
- In 1934 Quarry workers were using dynamite to break granite off the walls of the quarry, but one day they used too much and the dynamite blasted a crack in the earth’s crust hundreds of feet underground!
- The crack reached an underground layer of rock that was saturated with fresh water. This flooded the quarry through a natural spring which has been flowing, non-stop for 88 years.
Dosthill’s Pure Water
- Spring water is one of the most important sources of water on Earth.
- When the water at Dosthill Quarry was laboratory-tested, the lake was found to be ultra pure fresh water with no harmful nitrates.
- It contains 500 times less nitrates than the Government’s standards for tap water, and 100 times less nitrates than a bottle of Volvic!
Dosthill’s Healthy Water
- The tests also confirmed the water is rich in magnesium, the most important health mineral on the planet for your skin, bones, joints, tissues, muscles and tendons.
- The skin of open water swimmers and divers is incredibly smooth after their swim or dive in the lake, because magnesium stimulates the natural oils in your body.
- Tap water showers & baths leave your skin dry & rough until you apply a moisturizer.
1954 – 1978
- In 1954, recreational scuba diving was launched in the UK by BSAC.
- By 1958, divers in the West Midlands were already diving at Dosthill Quarry which lead to its recognition as the original UK National Dive Site.
- In 1978, the BSAC bought Dosthill Quarry as their National Dive Site.
Dosthill Quarry Bought in Just 4 days!
- The BSAC, called me on a Monday morning in 1988 to see if I would be willing to buy Dosthill Quarry from them.
- I agreed to purchase it, but they needed the sale to be completed quickly.
- Just 4 days later, on Thursday afternoon, I received the deeds of the Quarry by motor bike courier.
- By Saturday I had the site ready for divers, and I had set up the diving school Dive In Dosthill for training and certifying new divers and instructors.
The Fish in Dosthill Quarry
- The lake is well populated with fresh water fish including Carp, Eels, Fresh Water Mussels, Koi Carp, Perch, Pike, Roach, Rudd, Sturgeons, Sturlett and Tench, many of which can be seen while snorkeling near the reed beds which are rich with underwater life.
- It’s also one of the last remaining sanctuaries for several hundred UK Native White-clawed Crayfish, that are protected by the Environment Agency.
Underwater Features in the Lake
- A variety of interesting features and underwater training platforms have been sunk in the lake for divers to visit, photograph, explore, and practice their skills including:-
- a 19 Seater Jetstream Aircraft and lots more below
- a Type 42 Frigate Gun Turret
- a Gnome Garden
- a Decommissioned Missile on its stand
- 2 of the Original Railway Lines
- a Parcelforce Van
- a Cabin Cruiser Boat called Renascence
- and a Shipping Container with various entry & exit points, for divers to experience wreck penetration.
So Start Sketching When You Get Home,
and on art days at Dosthill School
- This is not a competition with only 1 winner.
- You will all be a winner!
- We will publish every piece of artwork submitted by you if you print your name at the bottom of the artwork.
- Instructions on how to submit your finished artwork will be on the web page after I’ve discussed the best options with your teachers, and lots of photos will be posted soon.
- You may get to see your artwork on TV or in the local paper, and Dosthill School will receive some very positive media coverage.
- I have posted a full version of this presentation at this web page link https://dosthillquarry.com/1066-2022/ so you, your teachers and your parents can see on online this exciting opportunity for you to show off your talent at drawing sketching, crayoning or painting.
- Thank you for listening so patiently, and good luck with your celebration artwork.