Social media award winner Grace

Annabel and Grace (centre) receiving their award from radio DJ and television presenter Jo Whiley
Annabel and Grace (centre) receiving their award from radio DJ and television presenter Jo Whiley

A woman from Pulborough has won a national social influencers award.

Grace Carnegie-Brown (66) and Annabel Simons (60) have been named the winners of a social media award for their online magazine CountryWives.

Grace lives near Pulborough, while Annabel lives in Henley-on-Thames, between Reading and Oxford.

The two ladies won the Social Influencers award in the ‘Amazing Women 50 Over 50 Awards’ run by Woman and Home magazine which celebrates women making a difference.

Other category winners honoured at the awards ceremony held at Claridges in London on Wednesday, October 17 included Mary Berry. Annabel and Grace set up CountryWives as a weekly inspiration for women over 50, eight years ago. Annabel and Grace started their online magazine upon retirement in February 2010, when they moved out of London as a way of staying in touch and sharing experiences of their new rural lives.

Annabel and Grace said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award for CountryWives and it was so wonderful to be part of this event which celebrates amazing women over 50. We were inspired by numerous older women when we set up our online magazine which share’s all that’s positive about being older women.”