High Sports ‘Shropshire Hills’ competition brings out the talent

A song, poem, cake, pictures and sculptures – these were some of the ‘Shropshire Hills’ inspired entries in a competition run by Shrewsbury-based outdoor shop High Sports as part of its winter series of lectures.  At the packed out ‘Local Spot’ final lecture, the audience enjoyed all the entries and then voted the winners:

  • 1st place was ‘Healing Hills’, a moving audio-visual by Patricia Novelli about her walks in the Shropshire Hills following cancer treatment.  She said “Not only are the hills a great athletic playground but in my instance they have become a place where I go to reflect and feed my mind and soul.”
  • 2nd place was an entertaining song called “My Dad helped put the pole up on the Lawley” by Chris Roberts and Ian Langstaff, complete with historical photos.
  • 3rd place was a beautiful wire-sculpted fox by Declan Roberts, a student at TCAT.

Stuart Cathcart, High Sports proprietor, said “It was a real community success thanks to a massive contribution from everyone.  I’ve always said we’re certainly blessed with some hidden talent in Shropshire and an awesome county to match.  Last night was packed full of talent, inspiration, laughs and much more but what I loved most was sharing it.”


Left to right: Ian Langstaff & Chris Roberts ‘My dad helped put the pole up on the Lawley’ singers, Anna Bartlett with the Wire Fox by Declan Roberts, Pat Novelli – winner with Healing Hills, Stuart Cathcart (High Sports).

Well done to all the winners, and keep enjoying the Shropshire Hills!

Patricia’s ‘Healing Hills’ video was shown at the AONB Partnership meeting on 21st March and prompted a spontaneous collection of £90 around the room for her nominated charity ‘Climbers Against Cancer’. Many thanks to all. Further donations can be made at https://www.climbersagainstcancer.org/.

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