Friday, 16 September 2011

Turning things around

Social and Wine Circle
The speaker at the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle meeting in September was Natalie Hutchinson. After an extraordinarily challenged life, she took back control of her life and used her vast experience to help start a successful business called ’Simply Hair’ which she sold in 2007.
Five years earlier, at the age of 34, Natalie had faced it all and lost everything. Then she realised that she had always allowed other people to control her and this changed her life dramatically. She picked herself up and by changing her perception of herself, took control over her own life by starting her own business.
She was the winner of the Barclays Bank ‘Trading Places’ award in 2006 for achievement in the face of adversity. She met the Queen at an ‘Achiever’s Reception’ held at Buckingham Palace during December 2006 and also met with Gordon Brown when he was Prime Minister.
In 2007 she set up an internet page called ‘Help to move on’ for victims of rape and sexual abuse which aimed to give advice both to victims and their families. She also produced a book entitled “Trading places” in the hope that hearing of her experiences could help others who might find themselves with similar problems.
The next meeting, on Thursday 13 October, will start at 7.45pm in the Church Rooms when Roger Cantwell will tell of his experiences in taking part in the BBC Mastermind programme.

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