Archer Alison Williamson appointed MBE

Alison Williamson
Image caption Alison Williamson is due to become only the third British athlete to compete in six Olympic Games

Shropshire archer Alison Williamson has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Recently confirmed in the British team for the 2012 Olympics, Ms Williamson has been appointed MBE for services to archery.

The 40-year-old, who won bronze at Athens in 2004, is due to become only the third British athlete to compete at six Olympic Games.

The archer, who trains at Lilleshall, is currently competing in Utah, USA.

Brought up in Church Stretton, she won a silver medal in the archery event at the 1981 Wenlock Olympian Games, aged just 10.

'Strength to strength'

Former Shropshire GP Ian Bradley becomes an OBE along with Jeffrey Smith, from Telford, who works for HM Revenues and Customs.

Dr Bradley, 75, was appointed OBE for services to people with special needs in the local area, and to healthcare in Tanzania.

He founded The Project in Pontesbury in 1987 to help look after adults with special needs.

About 20 people now live in houses around Pontesbury and Minsterley operated by the charity.

He said: "I do very little with it these days, its success is down to the hard work of others. It's gone from strength to strength over the years."

Dr Bradley added that one of the main reasons he had accepted the OBE was to recognise the work of other volunteers and the role of local churches that support projects in both Pontesbury and Africa.

Image caption Dr Ian Bradley helped to train villagers in Muheza District of Tanzania to treat minor injuries

Dr Bradley has been involved with healthcare work in Tanzania since 1996, when he helped to set up a network of medical workers.

Working in the Muheza District he helped train villagers to treat minor injuries and in many cases prevent a five-hour walk to the nearest hospital.

Still closely involved with the Pontesbury-Muheza Link charity, Dr Bradley is due to fly out to Tanzania next month.

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