Brilliant Britain - Episode 9 - Bristol

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16 February 2014, 10:00

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Bristol is the focus of this week¹s Brilliant Britain! Clare Gill and Max de Jong will be looking at how the local people benefit from Big Lottery Funded projects and exploring everything from local currencies to community farms.
Founded in 1977 as Cyclebags, Sustrans have strived to make the world a greener place and encourage the world to look at different ways to travel. With the help of lottery funding, Sustrans developed the National Cycle Network. This has allowed cyclists to travel safely between major towns and cities.

Through working with schools and local authorities, it promotes safer cycling and greener living.

You can find out more about them here:

Bristol Pound
A partnership between the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union, the Bristol Pound is the UK¹s first city-wide local currency.

This not-for-profit social enterprise can be used across Bristol, and is accepted in hundreds of independent outlets across the city.

You can read more about the Bristol Pound here:

The Island
In 2008, Artspace Lifespace converted a disused policestation into a vast, multi-use arts complex in the heart of Bristol. Home to over 40 artists' studios as well as a performance venue and photo lab, The Island has become an invaluable resource as a working space for artists.

Find out more about the project here:

Lawrence Weston Farm
Despite being the most populous city in the South West of England, Bristol is home to four inner city farms. By working with members of the local community, Lawrence Weston Farm aims to improve the quality of life for local people and its service users.

From delivering education and skilldevelopment for all ages and abilities, to producing fresh and affordable local food, the farm has brought people and communities all over Bristol together. If you want to find out more about the farm, you can visit their website here:

Dorene Hargreaves
Dorene started teaching keep fit classes nearly 50 years ago — now in her 80s, Dorene is the oldest fitness instructor in the UK! The grandmother runs three classes a week, and says she plans to continue the classes for her active over-50s for as long as possible.

Elles Bailey
Singer songwriter Elles Bailey has been playing keyboard, songwriting and performing for the last nine years. You can check out her and her lovely voice out a bit more here on her website: and on YouTube at