SPRING NEWS 2017
WEDDING EDITION Stunning styles, tips and ideas from our experienced team - perfect for mother of the bride and groom.
SPRING FASHION WEEK Monday 6th â€“ Saturday 11th March. Two fashion shows on most days. Inspiration for your spring wardrobe.
Editor’s letter I always think the fashion industry is a little out of sync with the meteorological seasons but then the meteorological seasons always seem a little out of sync with what the weather actually produces. At Anne Furbank there are two signs of spring that come in December the first is a delivery of Marc Cain Pre-Collection and the second a delivery of daffodils which arrive on Annie’s desk each year, from a friend, as the first daffodils of the season (whichever season you choose to call it?). I like to think of spring as the dictionary definition - ‘a season in which vegetation begins to appear’. We have daffodils so spring has sprung! Daffodil yellow encompasses the feeling of fresh, new, light and bright. Light as the pastel collection of Marc Cain and the first drops of Repeat with the softest of pinks, lavender and mint. Bright, in the china blue of Michael Kors and the vibrant coral of Riani (new this season). Colour is what we want and colour is what we have.
This time of year is undoubtedly our busiest for weddings, with mothers of the bride and groom coming in with friends and family to help choose a perfect outfit. We have got some great tips for you on how to really enjoy the whole experience. Our team of girls are fantastic in helping you get the right outfit for your wedding and with two of them becoming mothers of the bride themselves this year, you can hear their stories first hand. We also have two new labels to give you even more choice for your occasion – Fely Campo from Salamanca, Spain and Weill from Paris, France. The George has some great new events this spring including our Pasta and Prosecco evening so don’t forget to sign up to the e-news and keep an eye on the website and social media to find out the latest. Here’s to enjoying a great 2017.
This spring I will be: • Wearing Kennel and Schmenger trainers • Enjoying Pasta and Prosecco night at The George • Going to a wedding • Being mum to a daughter going through A levels
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Letter from Annie
urbulent! That’s how I would describe 2016. However, although I am talking personally and politically, at the other end of the scale we had an amazing year in both the shop and hotel. This is in no small way down to the terrific team in both businesses and I thank each and every one of them for their loyalty, hard work and commitment to the Anne Furbank Group.
again – loved it. We had lovely long walks with our Springer Spaniel, Smartie, and blew some cobwebs away. Richard is doing amazingly well since his heart attack in September, (which was a shock to all that know him) and because he is doing so well, we are working on a sporting family challenge in May. If training goes well I will let you know what it is in our summer magazine.
I am writing this with a smile on my face as I see all the delicious spring stock arriving in the shop. The funny thing is that I have just finished the buying for autumn/winter 2017!
We have just got back from a great skiing holiday in Zermatt and we are really looking forward to time on our narrow boat in the summer. We also have Richard’s big birthday to celebrate in March, shhh….
Richard and I had a great Christmas with the family in Whitby – never been before, but will certainly go
2017 is due to be full of fun and laughter but most importantly good health all round.
“I am writing this with a smile on my face as I see all the delicious spring stock arriving in the shop.”
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Spring Fashion Week Monday 6th – Saturday 11th March We can’t promise you Cara Delevingne but we can show you how real women can look stunning in the new spring collections at Anne Furbank. Join one of our fashion shows during the week and see the breadth of womenswear we have to offer. Whether your lifestyle is casual or you have an occasion to go to, we have it covered.
Shows are at 10am and 2pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Please reserve your seats by calling 01480 811333 or emailing email@example.com *please note there are no shows on Thursday
YOUR COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WILL BE WAITING ON YOUR RESERVED SEAT
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Pasta and Prosecco Make it a girlsâ€™ night out at our Pasta and Prosecco evening at The George on Wednesday 8th March. Two courses and a glass of Prosecco for ÂŁ19 and with bookings starting from 6pm you can head straight from the shop to finish off a perfect shopping trip. There will be a choice of three different pasta dishes and three scrummy desserts, a great finish to the day.
To book, call the hotel on 01480 812300. Remember - Wednesday 8th March with table bookings from 6pm.
Marc Cain Show Saturday 18th March, shows at 10am and 2pm You’ve had one bite at the cherry with the pre-season collection in December – it’s time for the summer to begin.Two shows and a tropical feast of wwcolour is what we have in store for you. A complimentary gift with every Marc Cain purchase and a tropical mocktail to get you in the mood.
Remember to book your seats: 01480 811333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry Weber Show Saturday 1st April, shows at 10am and 2pm We have been stockists of Gerry Weber for 30 years and the collections continue to impress.To see how good it is for yourself, make sure you book your seat for our Gerry Weber fashion show.
Call 01480 811333 or email email@example.com Gift with every Gerry Weber purchase.
Tops and Bottoms Show Good Friday 14th April, show at 11am Wardrobe staples from Repeat and Michele in our Tops and Bottoms show. Get the basics right and you will be set for the rest of the season.
Book your seat: 01480 811333 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please note shop opens 10am – 4pm
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Walking the dog We all have downtime and sometimes it is those clothes that we get the most wear out of, so it is definitely worth the investment.
hether you are walking the dog, catching up with friends, or simply going about your everyday tasks it is still important to feel good and comfortable in what you wear. Jeans are great for everyday and come in so many different guises that you are now never too old to wear jeans. Michele and Armani are our ‘go to’ brands for jeans, as they will work hard for you and become an essential in your wardrobe. Both brands provide different fits, fabrics and colours - you just need to find the ones that suit you. Active wear, as it is now branded, has become more and more popular whether you are a gym bunny or couch potato. If you get chance there is a very funny clip on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=CYRENWT8lz8 or simply google Youtube active wear spoof. The clip sums up how lots of people don’t get active in their active wear.! Having said that active wear is a big fashion statement and designers have latched onto this.You don’t have to be in skinny fitness leggings and a crop top but the principle of being comfortable applies to everyday wear.
Relaxed trousers with cuffed ankles, cotton zip through jackets and lightweight gilets give you a sporty look without looking like you have been to the gym.
Anne Furbank Fashion A throw on jacket to go with everything (well nearly) has to be lightweight and practical. A Mac is perfect for spring days. It covers the smart casual look and is invaluable when you get caught out in those spring showers.
Furby fully trained Cast your mind back a couple of years when Annie ran six marathons in six days. She certainly didn’t do this for her own health but to raise money for Medical Detection Dogs.
With all the wonderful donations, Annie raised over £13,500, which has paid for the upbringing and training of one of the dogs which Annie named Furby. ‘Furby is now a fully fledged Medical Detection Dog,’ said Annie. ‘He is currently working with the Bio Detection team as part of the Medical Detection Dogs urological project.’ ‘The trial he is working on is a: prostate, kidney and bladder cancer canine detection trial using urine samples from 3,000 participants.’ ‘Thank you again to everyone who supported me and helped raise this money. It really does make a difference to lives.’ To read more about the trial go to: www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/medicaldetection-dogs-receives-green-light-for-first-canineprostate-cancer-trial-in-uk/
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Unsung hero Richard Furbank turns 70 on the 30th March and as our little surprise to him we would like to publicly announce him as our unsung hero.
uietly getting on in the background, Richard has been like the Dennis to his Margaret, the Prince Philip to his Queen. Richardâ€™s unwavering support for Annie has not only spanned 48 years of marriage but 36 years in business. He was the one who persuaded Annie that starting a dress shop was a good idea. He was the one who spotted the opportunity in Buckden High Street and he was the one to knock down walls, put up the rails and compere a fashion show to launch the business.
Although retired, Richard is still called upon for all manner of jobs. You can see him cleaning the brass on a Saturday, sweeping the pavements and changing the odd lightbulb. He plays chauffeur to customers arriving by train, is a wonderful cobbler when heels come loose, a dab hand with his leather punch and a precision picture hanger. He has even been spotted in the kitchens at the hotel - and not just to get his breakfast! His knife sharpening technique is skilful and his Mulled Wine is delicious. From all the team at the shop and hotel a big Happy Birthday to you â€“ Richard, our unsung hero.
How to get it right Being mother of the bride/groom brings with it a whole set of different emotions. Joy, excitement, anticipation and nerves. It is important to experience those emotions but not to let them take hold.
s a parent you want your children to be happy and focusing on that will help in the preparation and planning for the wedding and allow everyone to enjoy the day. Here are a few tips from the team at Anne Furbank to help you along the way to be a gorgeous mother of the bride/groom. The bride and groom tend to be a lot more involved in the wedding plans than they ever used to be so take your cue from them. If there is a colour theme or style for the wedding then try and be part of it. You don’t want to turn up in a formal suit if the theme is Country, with Stetsons and cowboy boots. Try and complement the wedding colours. You don’t have to match but to help it is best to wait until the bridesmaids colours have been chosen. Give yourself time, the wedding may be in September but there will be plenty to choose from now. Autumnal shades will start coming into the shop in July so you don’t want to miss out. If you like the outfit and it is right for you and the wedding, then buy it. There is nothing worse than going back for something a week or two later and it being sold. Supportive underwear can make all the difference to an outfit so come prepared.
Be yourself – yes you will be dressed up but the style has to suit you as a person as that will make you feel confident and comfortable on the day.
Being mother of the bride Debbie and Carolyn have 20 years’ experience between them, looking after mothers of the bride/groom at Anne Furbank. Have they been able to take their own advice as both of them prepare for being mother of the bride?
Carolyn and Gemma
Carolyn will be mother of the bride in July when her daughter Gemma ties the knot. ‘Even though I have helped many mothers of the bride and groom I still feel nervous about getting it (my outfit) right.’
Debbie and Yasmin
Debbie’s daughter Yasmin gets married in a traditional Manor House setting with marquee and gardens. ‘Things have changed quite a lot since I got married. Then it was the parents that did most of the organising and decision making, whereas now the children have a lot more say as they have their own ideas. Everything is more co-ordinated as well there will be a definite look to the whole day.’ ‘I’m very excited about the day and I’ve been quite relaxed about choosing my outfit. I enjoy getting dressed up so that doesn’t phase me. I want to be me and I want to look nice for my husband Paul, and for my daughter.’
‘Although I have an idea of the style I would like, I also want to blend with the rest of the wedding party and for it all to work together.’
‘I don’t feel the need to try lots of different outfits as I don’t want to end up confusing myself. If I like it, I will buy it. The wedding is very traditional, my husband will be in his military ceremonial dress. It will be a very pretty, romantic occasion and now the bridesmaids are sorted I want to get my outfit sorted.’ ‘I like to dress up so I’m quite happy with that aspect but this is an outfit that is second only to my own wedding, I want to feel good and please my husband and daughter.’
Gill and Kate
Gill’s daughter Kate took no time at all when organising her wedding. From engagement to wedding day was 6 weeks.The wedding took place last September in The George Hotel and Brasserie. ‘Kate is very organised and decisive so decisions were made very quickly. I didn’t have a lot of time to think about things and even choosing my outfit - was all very quick. I picked out a few things myself, tried them on and didn’t like them so then left it to one of the girls who picked something out and said give it a go. I did and loved it – it still makes me smile now.’ ‘I was always going to wear a hat and when I showed Kate my outfit, complete with large hat, she simply said ‘Mum it’s gorgeous’ and I knew that was it.’ ‘I felt very comfortable and that was important. I even wore high heels, which I don’t normally do, and kept them on all day.’
Leave your hat on
Topping off an occasion outfit with a hat can add that extra element of glamour and personality. While some of the brands have their own matching hats we have been working with the Darcie Mae collection for a number of years now, each piece individually handmade with some wonderful headpieces to give an outfit that extra wow factor.
ikki Wharton’s (Darcie Mae) foray into millinery came about when her head was turned while travelling on a bus back from work one day. ‘I was dazzled by the window display in Watt’s Bros hat company,’ said Vikki. I had always made my own headgear and have always been a lover of glamorous, classic looks, particularly the 1940s era when every event became an occasion and every outfit was complimented by hats and gloves. That evening after passing the window display I was flicking through the local paper and saw a job advert to work in the business.’
As they say, the rest is history. For the next 10 years Vikki worked in all aspects of the business until it was sold in 2002. In 2004, Vikki set up Darcie Mae and over the last 13 years her pieces have been seen on the likes of Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham. ‘I love creating new styles and working with my customers, matching colours and meeting all the lovely people. It makes it extra special when I see photographs of ladies wearing my headpieces and knowing it has made them very happy.’ Vikki will be visiting the shop on Saturday 11th March so do come and see her. She may even be able to create your very own headpiece to go with your special outfit.
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Don’t walk! Strut! If your feet are happy then your body is happy and remember, fashion and comfort are not mutually exclusive! Kennel & Schmenger and Peter Kaiser continue to impress and we are delighted this season to introduce the Michael Kors footwear collection.
Shoes are a great way to add a splash of colour to an outfit. If you aren’t quite brave enough to wear a shocking pink dress, keep the colour for your feet. Kennel & Schmenger’s kitten heels have all the colour and will make your feet smile.
Trainers Trainers don’t just have to be for athletes, they are great for running around in our everyday lives. Glammed up with metallic, toned down with neutral, wear with anything, colours. Don’t keep them to wear with your gym kit - you can team them up with jeans, crops and even dresses they are that gorgeous.
Loafers Loafers aren’t just for lounging around they are a great comfort shoe for marching around. Michael Kors leather loafers have the MK signature and the slipper comfort you will love.
Fashion Trainer The influence of the fashion trainer, which has taken over the shoe rails globally, has led to a less sporty version of comfortable footwear – the flatform. Flatforms are a souped up ballet pump and great if you need a little lift or an added bit of spring.
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Calendar girls Have no fear the clothes will be kept firmly on â€“ these are our hot picks for the coming months.
February Gerry Weber Hampton Happiness collection is an absolute transitional winner. Inspired by the colours of the sea it will instantly put you in the spring mood. It is classic navy and white but, instead of red, there is a fantastic light denim blue and sand colour in the mix. It is a collection that is a cross between nautical and grownup preppy. Lightweight coats and gilets to keep that early spring chill out. Cotton sweaters and layered tops to go with some great ankle grazing trousers and jeans. It is all very clean and fresh and perfect daywear.
March Green is a colour that is a personal favourite of Becky Furbankâ€™s but it is not an immediate go to colour for fashion designers. This is what makes it all the more refreshing when green does appear and in March, head for the Everglades collection from Basler. It will make you feel like exploring the great outdoors with its leaf print tops and khaki safari dresses. A perfect pick for March.
April The month that is notorious for its showers but it can also be glorious. One day you will be in a t-shirt the next you will be all wrapped up. Be prepared. Thatâ€™s what we can say about April and Repeat is a perfect collection pick to do this.You can layer and keep warm but still feel gorgeous in all the lovely spring colours.
It was the first ever Living Advent Calendar in the Town which offered a different piece of entertainment, at various locations, every night at 6.30pm.
Notes from the coffee bar When I am not at the coffee bar entertaining you or helping with sales and stock on the shop floor, you may think I am sitting on my laurels watching the world go by. How wrong you would be……
hey say from small acorns... How fitting that a small idea, I had, that took me 11 months to plan, lead to a masterpiece of entertainment watched by over 2,000 people in Godmanchester during the month of December. What could this be, you ask? It was the first ever Living Advent Calendar in the Town, which offered a different piece of entertainment, at various locations, every night at 6.30pm. Based on an idea from Stockholm, you arrive at the pre-advertised location, wait for the door to open and then you watch or listen or participate in the entertainment for up to 20 mins. Knowing that December is a very busy month for most families with work, school, Christmas shopping and parties, it was a gamble and I knew not everyone would attend every night. So I always saw it as a “dropin event” to watch a moving variety show. Never did I imagine the response from the Community and the support it was given. Concluding with Christmas Eve Church Carol service, where I was asked to read a lesson, I received a round of applause from the congregation for organising such a Community Event. I’ve never heard such load clapping in a Church before. From the photographs you will see a selection of the entertainment that I organised. Over the 23 nights we watched Brownies preforming a nativity story & singing camp fire songs; line dancers in fancy dress; a ladies choir; a children’s school choir; a saxophone group; hand bell ringers; a selection of singers, covering musicals, opera and carols; interactive entertainment from a martial arts and self defence team; the making of animal presents for your pets and table decorations and alternative swags and wreaths.
Local residents and friends offered their premises, gardens and their amateur entertainment skills including one family in fancy dress telling the story of the Gruffalo in their back garden. Even Richard Furbank got involved reciting monologues from Stanley Holloway, from Albert and the Lion. The two most spectacular evenings were an introduction to St Nicholas and his Angel visiting children on December 5th and a visit from Prancer and Dancer, live reindeers, who stopped off in Godmanchester on the 19th, on their way to the North Pole! Organising all this, as a long-time member of the Community Association, I found it easy to ask people for help. People found me by word of mouth and it was easy to fill up the dates, whilst introducing people to clubs and groups and venues they previously did not know about.This raised profiles and brought new interest to the community groups and local businesses. Will I do this again? Well, I only had one night off in December to go to the AF Christmas Party. It was hard work and I did lose my voice but the people who helped me make this happen were very supportive. I already have gardens and a barn that have been offered and entertainers who are asking if they can book a date. Groups who participated want to do it again and will change their act. So YES, I will be entertaining the residents of Godmanchester again in 2017. I will be planning the next Advent Calendar of entertainment over the coming months and booking a holiday with comfy slippers for Boxing day this year. I’m sure I can fit it all in. When I am not at the coffee bar entertaining you or helping with sales and stock on the shop floor and enjoying life. 27
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Champagne all the way After several years of trips to Champagne for the George staff, Becky Furbank decided to join them on a trip at the end of last year.
here are some perks of the job and the trip to Champagne was certainly one of them. I met Ryan and Felipe to catch the early train to Kings Cross. There were the three of us, Philip Amps and a team from The George at Stamford. The signs of how the trip was going to go came early on as we boarded the Eurostar to Paris. James from Hatch Mansfield, who was our host for the trip, produced a bottle of Taittinger. This was breakfast and the cork was popped.
A few glasses of Champagne later we arrived in Paris and with a little time before our connecting train to Reims we had lunch in a Parisian brasserie and then
caught the train to the Champagne region. We were picked up at the station courtesy of Taittinger and taken to our hotel. With an hour and half to kill before dinner I decided to explore. What a beautiful little city, steeped in history which, on a brisk walk, I managed to sense but didnâ€™t get chance to delve into. It was then quickly back to the hotel, change for dinner and then we headed over to Le Chateau de la Marquetterie, the home of Taittinger, for dinner. What a privilege is all I can say, to be guests in the house of the family Taittinger, and then to be presented with a delicious five course dinner with a different Champagne from the Taittinger family to go with each course.
Our host told the story of Taittinger and their passion and skill in producing some exquisite Champagnes. It was a long day but one I didnâ€™t want to end. The following morning we made our way to the main HQ of Taittinger, to the cellars which run underneath the city of Reims. Vast caves carved out of rock beneath the streets. We saw how each bottle is hand turned to ensure all the yeast falls to the neck of the bottle. It was fascinating to see the different stages of fermentation. All this education was then rewarded with a delicious lunch at one of the vineyards accompanied by, of course, a few glasses of Champagne. Unfortunately it was then
time to depart and catch the train back to London. It really was an experience I will not forget and I will savour every sip of champagne knowing what skill, love and patience has gone into it. Taittinger is one of the last great champagne houses that has maintained its independence and kept the name of the managers and owners. It is not run by large corporations and therefore has the ability and history to make sure that each champagne it produces stays true to its heritage and the region itself. Taittinger NV and Taittinger Rose NV both available at the George, ÂŁ42.95 and ÂŁ49.95 respectively.
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Food trends for 2017 As with womenâ€™s clothing, fashion also applies to food. Here we predict our top three foodie fashions for 2017.
Vegetables You may say that vegetables in general canâ€™t be a fad but it is the amount of vegetables and new variety of vegetables that are available which makes them fashionable. Forget your five a day - it is now 7! Classic vegetables such as the cauliflower continue to enjoy a resurgence which is no longer left to boil to a soggy mess. It is fantastic roasted and grated. Cauliflower is the new healthy rice substitute. Sea vegetables are the ones to look out for, full of goodness and a simple way to add salty flavour to a dish.
Pickling National Pickle Day has been observed in the US for over 70 years but 2017 will see a resurgence in pickling. This is no doubt due to the increased popularity of travel to Scandinavian countries and Icelandic cuisine reaching our shores.
Portuguese cuisine People are now travelling to Portugal not just for the beaches and golf. Their restaurants are now an incentive to go too for their food, but their wines are pretty good as well. From seafood to exquisite custard tarts this canâ€™t fail to be a winner in 2017.
Crisis money raised Amanda Wright and her husband made 350 mince pies with the ingredients donated by 10 generous staff from the hotel in order to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis. Amanda sold the mince pies at the Buckden light switch on and raised a total of ÂŁ223. Thank you to all who donated ingredients, all who bought mince pies and all who enjoyed every mouthful.
Pass with Distinction Congratulations to Ryan and Felipe who both passed their Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits with distinction. That is a 90% mark and above. They are now WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) certified. The course explores the major grape varieties and the important wine regions in which they grow as well as the styles of wines produced from these grapes. Homework and revision obviously involved putting the theory into practice!
This editions winner has to go to Dolly the 11 week old puppy who looks very at home in an Anne Furbank bag for life. Lucky owner Anita will receive a £50 Anne Furbank voucher. Keep your photos, letters and emails coming in – it’s good to stay connected and you could win a £50 Anne Furbank voucher.
Theme nights You may be too late to book for our Mexican theme night in February but make sure you book ahead for April. In April we take you to Portugal and in May you can enjoy fish and chips with a twist. What you get is two courses plus a glass of wine for £19. What a great way to broaden your foodie horizons.
To book call the hotel on 01480 812300 and remember these nights are popular so make sure you book early!
T WO COURSES PLUS A GLASS OF WINE FOR
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Anne Furbank Exclusive We have an exclusive offer for Anne Furbank customers to round off a perfect shopping trip. Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast for £150 (based on 2 people sharing) and including a Prosecco cream tea. You can choose to start at The George with a Prosecco cream tea, enjoy a relaxing evening and dinner in our Brasserie. After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast you will be ready to indulge in the collections the shop has in store. Alternatively you can celebrate your shopping day and stay at the George afterwards. Whichever way round you choose to do it you will have the most wonderful shopping experience. And if you just fancy a night away, the offer is still available! All you have to do is reference Anne Furbank when you book. Call the hotel 01480 812300. *The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability. For Anne Furbank Customers only.
DINNER, BED AND BREAKFAST
(based on 2 people sharing. Incl Prosecco cream tea.)*