The team at Eaton Manor were bubbling with excitement recently as we had a welcome visit from the BBC’s Countryfile team with presenter, Matt Baker, to do some filming.
The Countryfile team have been filming at lots of different locations throughout Shropshire recently as the programme to be aired this Sunday (22nd July at 7.15pm) will be based in the county.
One of the stories that will feature in the programme is the link between Much Wenlock (just 11 miles from Eaton) and the Olympic Games. It was in Much Wenlock in 1850 that Dr William Penny Brookes set up something called the Wenlock Olympian Games for the people who lived there. Some years later Baron Pierre de Coubertin came to Much Wenlock and witnessed the Games and he was inspired to set up a worldwide event which resulted in the Olympics we know today.
For more information about William Penny Brookes and Much Wenlock please visit: www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk
The Wenlock Olympian Games still takes place today, and in fact are taking place currently (8th – 22nd July). One of the events featured is archery and Matt Baker met up with Chris Cannon from the Wenlock Olympian Society to find out about the history of the town, he then met Olympic hopeful, Alice Cotton, from Bowbrook Archers and Audco Archers. Alice is a member of the Archery GB development team and has set her sights on getting to the 2020 Olympics. She’s also competing in this year’s Wenlock Olympian Games. Alice is a big fan of Olympic archer, Alison Williamson, also local to Shropshire and who will be taking part in her 6th Olympic Games this year.
Eaton Manor’s Olympic length indoor archery range played host to Matt trying his hand at archery and Alice and Amanda Slack, the UK’s number 2 Longbow archer, gave him some tips. He spent quite a long time trying to hit the 70m target. Unfortunately he failed and there were a lot of arrows clattering around on the floor! He said he’d had a great time though, and really enjoyed his time at Eaton Manor. The filming had been outside the previous day but the pouring rain made it difficult to continue shooting, so it was lucky Eaton Manor’s indoor range was on hand for the film crew to get indoors and keep dry!