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FROCKS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON Annie models a beautiful selection of party dresses to inspire you

GIFT IDEAS ALL WRAPPED UP Check out our wonderful body product range from Connock London

Winter 2017

Editor’s letter Two months until Christmas, I love this time of year. We have a lot of family birthdays in the Autumn which flow nicely in to the festive season. I’ve picked my blackberry harvest and have bagged them up in the freezer for the year and the log pile is looking beautifully symmetrical, waiting for the first fires to be laid. My biggest delight though has to be the excuse to make maximum use of my coat collection! I had a friend to stay a few weeks ago who laughed at the fact that every hook behind every door in my house had a coat of mine hanging from it, although the space is gradually being taken over by my daughter’s love of puffa coats! I still haven’t shown her the hiding place for my new Tommy Hilfiger puffa as I know that will be the last I see of it!

It is also my favourite foodie time. Being a northern girl I adore hearty food and lamb shanks, root vegetables and the smell of spices really appeal. The aromas that waft through from the hotel really do get the taste buds going. As I said at the beginning, I love this time of year, and now you know why.

This Winter I will be: • At the last themed evening of 2017 - ‘Italian’ • Enjoying an awards evening at BAFTA • Looking after 7 new puppies • Not cooking Christmas Dinner

Becky Rebecca Furbank Managing Director

Anne Furbank 41 High Street, Buckden, St Neots, Cambs PE19 5WZ Telephone: Shop 01480 811333 Office: 01480 811321 The George Hotel and Brasserie High Street, Buckden, St Neots, Cambs PE19 5XA Telephone: 01480 812300

Front cover by Beatrice.b Editor: Rebecca Furbank

Anne Furbank Director

Richard Furbank Director

Debbie Daniels Sales Director

Jacky Maskell Assistant Manager

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Anne Furbank Fashion

Letter from Annie


’ve had great fun this Autumn, being involved in all the fashion shows. Modelling is where my fashion career started so I feel quite lucky to still be modelling now. Mind you my mum carried on modelling well into her 70s so I have a lot to live up to!

The shows are a great way to see the collections, see how different outfits can be put together and how you can make your clothes work hard for you. Even though I am very much involved with the buying I still get surprises when I am trying on all the outfits.

The thing I like about it most is seeing everyone. It really is my opportunity to catch up with those of you who have been coming to the shop for many years as well as new faces who have recently discovered us.

With the Christmas Dressing show coming up I will no doubt be tempted to buy my own festive season frock!

“Even though I am very much involved with the buying I still get surprises when I am trying on all the outfits.”

Dates for your Diary Christmas Dressing Fashion Show Saturday 18th November – shows at 10am and 2pm

Not sure what to wear this season? This show will give you all the inspiration you need. Booking essential: 01480 811333 or email

Italian Night at The George Thursday 30th November

Our last themed night of 2017 – 2 courses and a glass of wine for £19. Booking essential: 01480 812300 or email

Cruise Fashion Show

Saturday 2nd December – show at 11am Off to sunnier climes or exploring the Norwegian Fjords? We will show you the perfect packing combination. 4

Booking essential: 01480 811333 or email





ur wonderful body product range, Connock, has introduced two new fragrances to their collection along with some fantastic Gift Pack offers across their range. They make the perfect Christmas presents and with our gift wrapping service it will be ready to put under the tree.


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Workwear revolution It has been a long while since suiting has dominated workwear. There was a casual revolution, dress down Friday expanded to the rest of the week and soon it became acceptable, in many professions, to wear jeans and trainers to work.


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he lines between workwear and everyday wear became blurred and in a young generation of 20 year old professionals that was fine but it became more of a challenge for the over 40s. Other than a career break for children, Debbie Daniels has worked all her life and has seen the changes in dress code over the years. ‘Workwear rules have changed and there is definitely a more casual element to dressing but personally I know I wouldn’t feel right if I came to work in jeans and trainers.’ ‘Workwear doesn’t have to be boring though and there is a middle ground between jeans and suiting. This season the likes of Marc Cain have demonstrated that really well. Beautifully cut jackets that can be teamed with printed trousers and vibrant tops and some great dresses, both fitted and more relaxed in styling. The knits from the Claudia Strater collection have structure to them so they look smart but have the comfort of a sweater.’ A capsule work wardrobe doesn’t have to be boring and enables you to enjoy wearing the rest of your clothes at play!


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Our picks for

Christmas Day Whether you are stuffing the turkey or being treated to Christmas dinner we all like to make an effort and put on our best for Christmas Day. Here are some of the girls’ picks: Jacky Maskell


red wool dress

I will be cooking Christmas dinner at home with my parents, sister and family coming round. We have turkey and rib of beef with all the trimmings. All followed by homemade mince pies, Christmas pudding and my mum’s potent brandy butter. (I wouldn’t be able to ride my bike after a teaspoon of it!) After all of that I need a dress that will give me room. This dress is perfect – not only is it a Christmas colour, it doesn’t have a waistband!

Emma Ankers

sequin top & pleated culottes

£169 (top) and £199 (culottes)


Christmas will be at home and hopefully very exciting with a new grandchild around. I will be cooking traditional turkey and homemade bread sauce which I love making but is always the one thing we have left over. I couldn’t resist the sparkle in the top as it is glamorous but not too ‘evening’. I have been coveting the culottes since they came in and they feel wonderful, a real swing to them. I don’t mind having my hands in the sink and will be wearing an apron but it is still nice to feel good underneath.

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Debbie Daniels

pearl detail sweatshirt & navy trousers

£225 (top) and £245 (trousers)

I will be cooking for my four children, all with very healthy appetites, so I need to be comfortable on Christmas Day. We also pop to friends for pre-lunch drinks so the pearl sweatshirt will see me through all of it. Breakfast is a big event on Christmas morning and we then sit down to eat between 3-4pm. With Freddie bringing his dog, who loves to play with my cat, the trousers enable me to wear boots so I have a firm footing with the animals running around!

Sonia Beal



A bit of a change for me this year as I will be going to my son’s for Christmas lunch and, as I’m not cooking, I may be able to grab a drink with friends beforehand. This dress is perfect as it is really pretty at the top so will look sparkly when I’m sat at the table. Being A-line it is also incredibly comfortable, which I know I will need, not just because of the food but because I will definitely be dancing to The Trolls with my granddaughter later on!

Karen Hutchcraft

red dress £239

It had to be Ribkoff as I love it! It is grown up but with a little bit of swagger. Although I will be doing the cooking for the family I like to look glam on Christmas Day. The red is very festive and because it is Ribkoff there is plenty of stretch to allow for second helpings of pudding. It will stay on all day although the slippers may come on later when we start playing games!


Anne Furbank Fashion

MODERN MICHELIN MAN When puffa coats arrived on the scene they hadn’t quite grasped the concept of fashion and although they were super soft and snuggly they did make you look like Michelin Man.


ashion brands then took hold and managed to keep the practicality but add in a lot more style. Armani’s collection has a fabulous A-line version with clever stitching detail to narrow the waistline and then shaping to create a skirted effect. Tommy Hilfiger has the sporty styles but has also added a touch of glamour with this fabulous olive, velvet puffa jacket, really showing how practical can be fashionable.





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Anne Furbank Fashion

Party dresses You can’t beat a frock for the party season. Its glam and feminine and above all uncomplicated. Put on a dress, dress it up with accessories and you are ready to go.



e took away Annie’s trainers and gave her a whole range of dresses to wear that will take her through the party season and beyond.

Joseph Ribkoff multi colour dress £215

Joseph Ribkoff gold painted dress £249

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Gina Bacconi velvet dress £199

Gina Bacconi lace top dress £319

Beatrice.b sequin dress £319, sequin jacket £319

Adrianna Papell sequin dress £289 Marc Cain faux fur stole £109


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New menus O Our new winter menu is out and it’s more flexible for your lunchtime choices. Our lunch and dinner menus are both A La Carte making it easier for you to choose the perfect meal combination for your taste and appetite. 16

ur starters make a perfect light lunch and if you have a sweet tooth you can miss out the main course all together. However, you may want to make your lunch a more leisurely affair and enjoy the delights of the full three courses. Our lunchtime bar menu is also available, with a little nod to some retro dishes that are seeing a resurgence in popularity – the fish finger sandwich is proving very popular.

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Hot cocktails Liqueur coffee is a great way to elongate the pleasure of an evening meal. Gaelic coffee is possibly the most commonly known liqueur coffee with a warming shot of whiskey added and cream gently poured to float on the top. If whiskey isn’t your taste, coffee is a surprisingly versatile mixer – try rum, brandy or kahlua to give your coffee some extra warmth. If you are not a coffee fan then what about a hot toddy – a wonderful winter warmer of a drink. Victoria Moore, the Telegraph Wine Correspondent describes the drink as “the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb”. Hot rum chocolate is the pudding of all the hot cocktails and, with a little bit of caramel and a sprinkling of salt, it is definitely a liquid pudding. Hot cocktails are now available at The George.

Festive Food Our Christmas Menu kicks in on the 1st December, so if you haven’t booked your Christmas get-together with family/colleagues/friends then now is the time is to get booking. Our party nights are full but there is still space at lunchtime and dinner for you to enjoy some festive food. Booking throughout December is highly recommended. Our Christmas brochure is available on our website or contact the hotel direct 01480 812300 to request one. For those who don’t want to drive home there are special offers on overnight stays.


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n the last magazine I mentioned that I would be cycling the Coast to Coast, I am delighted to tell you that at the end of September six girls completed the ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth in Northumberland. It was a fantastic trip, cycling through the Lake District, over the North Pennines and through the city of Newcastle to finish by dipping our wheels in the North Sea.


140 miles of thigh burning, some cursing, a few punctures and a couple of tumbles but we made it and feel very pleased with ourselves that we did. We couldn’t have done it without the support of my hubby, Tim and friend, Andrew who encouraged us up those hills, provided drinks and food and had a bottle of bubbly waiting for us at the end.

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Wedding Planning ‘For later spring and summer weddings mid January onwards is a great time to come. There are plenty of new deliveries so lots to choose from.’ ‘One bit of advice is - if you love an outfit, then buy it. Don’t think that it’s such a long time until the wedding that something better might come in because the chances are, if you do come back and there isn’t anything you like better, the one that you originally loved will have gone.’ Debbie Tomlin as Mother of the Bride.


roposals have been made and the date is in the diary for next year’s wedding. You’ve got your timetable for booking the venue, flowers, cake and when the invitations should go out. The bride has found her dream dress and now it is time for you to plan a trip to find your outfit for the wedding. ‘Believe it or not our wedding outfits for Spring start to arrive in the shop at the end of November and beginning of December,’ said Rebecca Furbank. ‘If you have a wedding in early Spring and you have time to take a look before Christmas it is definitely worth coming in.’

All the occasion outfits are forward order which means that the collection was bought 6-8 months before it arrives and is made to our order. Most brands don’t hold extra stock so if it is sold out then it is not possible to get any more. We have dressed 530 ladies with wedding outfits this year, including two of our own girls at all sorts of venues, places and types of wedding. We want you to feel amazing and relaxed on the day.

Three new faces


elcome to Yvonne, Jane and Tamsin who joined the team in September. Some of you will recognise Tamsin and Jane from the fashion shows when they have been helping out in the shop and Yvonne worked for us many years ago and now, with grown-up children, has decided to return. With the shop getting busier, Julie Bevan retiring and our desire to keep offering great service, we are delighted they have joined the team and already feel part of the family. 19

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