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Crawley entrepreneur crafts her way to a Greek Island cruise

Crawley based entrepreneur Natalie O’Shea has just returned from an all-expenses paid cruise around the Greek Islands.



She earned the trip as a reward for her exceptional work as a self-employed Demonstrator for global craft company Stampin’ Up!

During the seven-night cruise, Natalie got the chance to visit Santorini, Athens, Mykonos and Katakolon, as well as starting and ending the tour in the beautiful Italian city of Rome.

To earn this trip, Natalie had to show exceptional achievement in sales and team development.

The arts and crafts entrepreneur became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in 2008 and runs crafting events in her local area together with running an online business. Natalie has built a sizable team stretching across the country.

Natalie comments:

“Earning my place on Stampin’ Up!’s annual Incentive Trip was such a proud moment for me and being able to enjoy a beautifully scenic cruise around the Greek islands was a fantastic reward for my efforts this year.

“Experiencing the trip with the other Demonstrators was hugely motivational and reinforced the superb sense of community that Stampin’ Up! encourages. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my customers, team and, of course, Stampin’ Up! for making the trip possible!


Crawley’s Thomas Bennett Students Celebrate Christmas with a Winter Concert



Students at Thomas Bennett Community College celebrated Christmas with an amazing Winter Concert held last night.

More than 25 students performed and showcased an amazing array of talent.  Performances included some Christmas classics as well a vast array of music and songs from all genres.

The school hall was packed to the rafters with family, friends and staff all of whom came to watch.  Decorated beautifully for Christmas the atmosphere in the school was fantastic.  The highlight of course was the students, whose talent was just incredible.  Students played a range of instruments including keyboard, guitar and drums.  There was also plenty of vocal performances from students whose outstanding talent was just phenomenal.

Lots of hard work and commitment went into making the evening such a success.  Students have been practising tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure that they were able to perform with confidence.  The schools Sixth form students also played in a big part and helped organise the event and made sure it run smoothly. 

However, the concert wouldn’t have been such a huge success without the hard work of the schools entire music department.  Mr. Dobson, Ms. Wookey and Ms. Harvey all worked phenomenally hard to ensure that the evening was brilliant.  Their passion for music and teaching really shone through.

The event was the perfect way to finish the winter term. 

Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“The Winter Concert was just incredible.  I really couldn’t be prouder of the outstanding talent shown by the students last night.  The event was a real highlight of the year and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mr. Dobson and the music department.  We have some incredibly gifted students and watching them perform last night with such confidence was amazing to see.”

The whole school community enjoyed the experience so much that they are now busy thinking ahead and are getting ready to prepare for their Easter music concert.

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