Television star Reverend Kate Bottley is celebrity guest speaker at NCBC Christmas event

Reverend Kate is a well-known journalist and presenter who appeared on Channel 4 reality show Gogglebox, which features a range of families and friends from across the country reacting to various television programmes from their own homes.

Most recently, she was a contestant on the latest series of BBC One’s Celebrity Masterchef.

Kate, who is originally from Sheffield, is a priest based in North Nottinghamshire. Ordained in 2008, she was not raised in a church-going family but started going to church after fancying the local vicar’s son, Graham – they have been married since 1998 and have two children, Ruby and Arthur.

In 2012, she was approached to appear on the show Gogglebox after a YouTube video of a wedding which she was officiating with a flashmob dance routine went viral and gained over seven million hits.

She joined the BAFTA and National Television Award-winning series in 2014 and stayed for five seasons.

She spoke to guests at the Nottingham City Business Club Christmas event about her time in the limelight and her rise to public prominence, as well as her commitment to her faith and belief.

Speaking after the event, Kate said: “The NCBC lunch was a great occasion – I had a wonderful meal and lots of fun delivering my speech and meeting members and guests. It was also good to raise money for the club’s chosen charity Double Impact and support such a worthwhile cause. This is what Christmas and the start of the festive season is all about – food, friendship and generosity.”

Nottingham City Business Club was established in 1924 and its membership comprises of senior representatives of the local business community.

The club holds monthly lunch meetings for members to meet fellow senior business people in the city, with different prominent guest speakers featuring at each event.

This year’s Christmas event was sponsored by Bildurn as part of its support for Beat the Streets, Air IT, John Pye Property, J Tomlinson and Turner & Townsend.

President of the club, Mark Deakin, added: “This year’s Christmas lunch event was a great success and got everyone really into the festive spirit. Kate was the perfect celebrity guest speaker and it was nice to also have someone speaking who is from the surrounding area. Everyone enjoyed listening to her stories of her time on television and in the limelight.”

The next Nottingham City Business Club lunch will take place on Friday 19 January 2018, with Professor Edward Peck, the vice-chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, as guest speaker.