FOUR iconic Yorkshire women are putting the “middle years” in the spotlight this autumn in a special event aimed at sharing their own experiences with hundreds of other women.

Find Your Midlife Magic will take place on Tuesday October 3rd in the stunning surroundings of Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough.

The event is headed by four inspirational women, three of whom are Yorkshire Businesswoman members, who are all in the public eye and have all faced the challenge of the “middle years.”

Model and event co-ordinator Bernadette Gledhill, body image guru and podcaster, Rachel Peru, TV personality Annie Stirk and journalist and TV presenter Christine Talbot are fronting the event which puts navigating the middle years at the top of the agenda.

The Yorkshire based friends, who have often worked together over the years, were all experiencing the unique challenges facing women in midlife.

From physical and mental health issues to body image, changing skin and hair, the demands of caring responsibilities or new life patterns - they all found they were looking for new ways to get the most out of life.

Now they plan to share their experiences with hundreds of other women in a fun and informative event called “Find Your Midlife Magic.”

Themes will range from health, hormones and nutrition to skincare, fashion and dealing with all the stresses and challenges that can affect women of a so-called “certain age.”

Midlife women are often referred to as the “sandwich generation” regularly facing the dual pressures of caring for ageing parents while still parenting or grandparenting younger family members – literally in the middle of their own competing life stresses.

The ladies are on a mission to help change all this and will be joined on the day by a stellar line up of guest speakers.

Yorkshire Businesswoman ambassador Gaynor Faye, the award-winning actor and writer is the keynote speaker at the event. Gaynor has been on our screens for over 30 years and known for her role as Judy Mallet in Coronation Street. She has also starred more recently in Emmerdale as the long running drama’s villain Megan Marcy. She has starred in Fat Friends, Playing the Field and The Syndicate and was the first champion of Dancing on Ice in 2006!

Gaynor appeared in the original west-end stage production of Calendar Girls and Band of Gold and is also a screenwriter with Rollem, the company founded by her mum the writer Kay Mellor who sadly died last year. Interviewed by Christine, she will share her story of how she is navigating her own journey through midlife as a working mum and daughter.

Dr Jane Gilbert is a qualified doctor who now works as a health writer and presenter. She has a keen interest in supporting women through the challenges of the menopause and other midlife health issues.

Flamboyant and fun celebrity hair stylist Andrew Barton has over three decades of hairdressing experience and is renowned as hairdressing royalty. He will bring his expert tips and advice as well as carrying out some transformative makeovers with team member and style guru Bernadette providing style and fashion advice with her trademark flair.

The inspirational celebrity life coach and motivational speaker Lisa Clifford will share her amazing story of how she learned to be her own “unstoppable self.” Lisa is a qualified master firewalking instructor, Master NLP Practitioner and has trained in Hypnosis under Paul McKenna.

“You can be the person you want to be” says Lisa “and I’m here to take you on that journey.”

Former ITV Presenter and broadcaster, Christine Talbot, will host the event bringing her own characteristic warmth and wit.

She said: “Between us we span all the decades of midlife and realised we were all going through or had gone through similar experiences. We know that so many women have the same feelings and experiences and want to make changes in their lives, and this is about putting those experiences in the spotlight.

“We want to make this a really enjoyable and fun, but informative day – our aim is for every single one of our guests to go away feeling energised, inspired and empowered as they navigate this chapter of their lives.”

Classic model and fashion expert Bernadette said:” I am incredibly excited about sharing this day with Christine, Annie and Rachel and to welcoming our amazing guest speakers who have become an inspirational part of our team

Annie, who found a whole second career in modelling after her retirement from TV, said:

“There is a whole world of exciting opportunities and challenges waiting to be discovered by women who have reached midlife. Nothing is impossible, we are often just limited by our own self-doubt
“This will be a special day for women who want to find the confidence to take a leap and unlock their lust for life and discover their Midlife Magic.”

Rachel, who also hosts the popular podcast “Out of the Bubble” said: “I am so excited to see this empowering day come together because when women share their stories and inspire one another, magic happens.”

“Find Your Midlife Magic” will take place from 9.30 am to 5pm on Tuesday October 3rd at Goldsborough Hall, Church Street, Goldsborough, near Knaresborough HG5 8NR.

Tickets are £125 per person, including lunch and refreshments for the day. To book and for more details visit