Brilliant Britain - Episode 3 - Shropshire

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15 November 2013, 11:57

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Octavia Hopwood (Tavy) introduces co-host Dan Parkes to some inspiring projects taking place in her home county of Shropshire; including carnivorous plants, football matches hosted by prison inmates, music from up and coming band Fight the Bear and a fascinating feature by one of Community Channel's familiar faces – the Bald Explorer.


Battle Back Centre
The Battle Back Centre provides sports and adventurous activities for wounded, injured and sick Service men and women from all three Services. The activities, which include anything from archery to climbing, promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery and help with both physical and psychological challenges. The Centre exists to help people achieve their best possible recovery and either return to Service duty or make a smooth transition to civilian life. More Information:

Somewhereto_ play football
Somewhereto_ is a nationwide Cultural Olympiad project to help 16-25 year olds find the space they need to do the things they love. The somewhereto_ unusual space this week is at HMP Featherstone where young talented footballers show off their skills in the unique and unconventional space. More Information:

Bald Explorer — The Perils of Travel through History
Richard Vobes, also known as the Bald Explorer, takes us on a journey back in time to discover the realities of travelling around Britain and the difficulties encountered by early travellers. Getting around Britain was a challenging matter until after the Turnpike Trusts arrived in the mid 17th Century to improve the state of the roads. The coaching era was supposed to be an effortless and elegant way to convey oneself across the land, but in actual fact, it was terribly uncomfortable, dangerous and cumbersome. More Information:

Perry RDA Group
Situated in mid-Shropshire and founded by Jane Barker over 18 years ago, the Perry RDA provides people with disabilities the opportunity to get outdoors and take part in equestrian sport. With its team of fabulous horses and ponies and dedicated volunteers, the centre accommodates for riding, driving and even equestrian vaulting. The centre also runs Hippotherapy sessions, a type of physiotherapy on horseback, which helps develop balance, coordination and confidence. More Information: or their new centre at

Fight the Bear
When four Shropshire friends decided to get together to make music, they formed local band 'Fight the Bear'. Ten years later their quirky music style, a mix of ska and rock, has picked up quite a following and with three albums out already, there's no telling where they will end up next. More Information: