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  1. 3 lovely ladies Shirley-Anne Field, Anita Harris and Anne Charleston, all actresses and all enjoying life and their careers after 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Shirley-Anne Field, Anita Harris and Anne Charleston have been familiar faces on our TV screens and are now touring together as they appear on stage in The Cemetery Club. I caught up with all three ladies to ask them about how they have embraced the second half of their lives. All three have incredibly positive, but very different outlooks regarding life after 50. They talk about how their lives have been transformed since turning 50,  from relocating half-way round the world , embracing the freedom of emptynesting and taking to the stage as an actress, three lovely, inspirational ladies share their thoughts and philosophy on life after 50. Shirley-Anne Field talks about her life...
  2. Lynn, making hand made dolls and creating a new business in her 50s

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    Interview with Lynn Ede Our latest ‘Fabpreneur’ Lynn makes and sells beautiful dolls- I have been totally captivated by the images of them so  I asked Lynn to share her story about her dolls and the business she has created. I am Lynn Ede of  http://www.FloraLilly.com and live in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, UK.  I have three wonderful grown-up sons, the youngest of whom, 20, lives with me. What prompted you to set up a business in your 50s? Being 50 should not stand in the way of a good business idea; age isn’t important. In many ways, being older gives one more general knowledge and experience which is useful for such a venture.  I set up FloraLilly – so named after my grandmothers Florence and Lillian – after making things for...
  3. Fabpreneur Lesley turned impending redundancy in her 50s into an opportunity by buying part of the company!

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    Article by Lesley Bailey Together Gill and I are ‘The Little Pub Company’. Gill is fifty, married with 2 grown up daughters and one daughter in her teens. She also has one granddaughter. I (Lesley) am fifty nine, twice divorced and have two grown up daughters. Gill and I worked together for a small pub owning company based in the Midlands. Gill was my boss and the Operations Director for the company, whilst I prepared the company accounts. Last year the bank called in all the loans for the company we worked for and in effect we realized that as soon as they were all sold we would no longer have employment. We  both realized that we may be facing a very tough...
  4. ‘Fabpreneur’ Helen turned her passion for walking into a business

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    Article by Helen Wenley, Helen shares her story…… I live in Auckland, New Zealand.  I am married to a dentist and have two young adult children living at home (I am an ‘older’ Mum) What prompted you to set up a business in your 50s? I like to stay engaged with the community, and doing something that gives me enjoyment means that I can provide others with the same opportunity. What did you do prior to setting up business? I have been an at-home Mum since my son was born in 1989.  I also have done the book-keeping for my husband’s dental business from home. What is your new business? I have explored, and discovered short walks that I have documented.  These self-guides can be downloaded from the...
  5. Fabpreneur Rachel acquires the digital skills she needs to showcase her script writing to a wider audience

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    Article by Rachel Cochrane Most writers are used to being a recluse and accepting the stack of rejection letters as part of the territory.  With the advent of digital media, I decided it was time to change this state of affairs, take charge of my own work and get it out to an audience somewhere out in the ether of the worldwide web. Up to this point I had concentrated on scriptwriting for film & TV, so how could I get my work out there without needing to remortgage the house?  With a little help from my amateur actor friends I started to write & record my dramas as radio plays and very quickly I had to make the transition from being solely a writer to actor, director...
  6. Retired nurse Sallie Buck, now helping to fight malaria and malnutrition in Kenya

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Sallie Buck, our latest ‘Fabwoman’ showcasing how effective woman over 50 can be, is an incredibly inspiring over 50  an incredible and inspiring woman. She is 61 and lives in Exeter. A mother of three (and grandmother) Sallie was a practice nurse for 43 years. Sadly, 8 years ago Sallie’s husband died. Determined to carry on living her life to the full, Sallie completed a diploma in tropical medicine where she met fellow nurses Noreen and Joanna. Joanna had for 2 years been personally supporting a small clininc in rural Kenya. Inspired by her work, Sallie got involved and soon became heavily involved with the charity’s work and when Friends of Buburi gained charitable status in...
  7. ‘Fabpreneur’ Norma transferred her teaching skills in art to making mosaics for A-listers

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    Article by PRIME Norma Vondee was a talented and dedicated teacher for many years at tough secondary schools in inner London. Becoming a divorced new mum at 40, she found going back to teach did not suit her, that the hard edge you so often need when teaching, had been lost.  Norma, saw an opportunity to try a different career path and developed her part time hobby into a full time passion, small commissions made with skill and enthusiasm soon became bigger ones. She needed to do an MA in Art and Architecture to be able to compete.  Norma began to make business connections by joining a group called Forward at Fifty.  This group allowed...
  8. Divorcing at 59 and reinventing her life. Sue shares her journey to happiness

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon At the age of 59, having been married for 37 years, Sue woke up one morning and decided ‘It’s Time to be Happy’, and made the painful decision to end her marriage. That was in 2004. There was no single event to trigger her decision, just the realisation that she had been unhappy for many years, a moment when she just saw emptiness. As Sue says “The truth sets you free, but it hurts”. Even though she knew they still both loved each other, for Sue divorce was now inevitable. Sue looked back at a journal she had started in 1982, and on page one she had listed all the things that made her unhappy in her marriage at that time. On Page two Sue had...
  9. Donna Africa “The Queen of Dreams” feeling fit and fine after 50 years young!

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    Article by Donna Africa Donna has transformed her life completely over the last few years, creating a new ‘persona’ and opening up new horizons, including participating in Britain’s Got Talent and scheduled to perform at the London Olympics. Donna shares her story: I call myself Donna Africa (My Stage & Company name) and affectionately nick-named by my friends and fans, “The Queen of dreams” as I relocated from my homelands, Zimbabwe and South Africa to the UK in 2004 to take care of my late Mum, start a new beginning and to finally realise my dreams, believing and advocating, that it is never too late!!! In the year 2004, whilst my son Chris and I were living in Green Point, Cape Town and employed on contract...
  10. How did you celebrate your 50th birthday? Sharon cycled across India and Kenya’s next!

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Just to prove the point that women get bolder, not older over 50, Sharon decided to celebrate her 50th birthday by doing something entirely out of her comfort zone. With her children growing up and having more time on her hands, Sharon decided she would do something different to celebrate her milestone birthday, while helping others at the same time. Having already won the physical challenge of running a marathon, her plan was to run four marathons- one for each of her children but she has already surpassed that (in fact Sharon will run her 10th London marathon this April), the opportunity to cycle across India and raise money for her chosen charity was appealing. As Sharon says, she saw a side of India she would never have seen as a traditional...
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