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Winter 2018




New brand EMU Austrailia



Winter 2018

Welcome This Winter I will be: • Wrapped up in cashmere • Watching Strictly • Cooking the Christmas Turkey

Winter is here, well not quite, but blink and it will be Christmas! I love the build up to Christmas. For me, it is as exciting as the day itself. Yes the evenings are dark and the weather is a bit rubbish but fairy lights, jolly music and the excuse to entertain, more than makes up for it. It is the time for luxury – champagne, sparkles, cashmere and coats. Coats and shoes are my biggest weakness. I have coats hanging behind every door in my house and I still manage to find room for one more! I thought I would be good this year but with new label Creenstone back in store I might be tempted.


Rebecca Furbank Managing Director


Front cover by Repeat



Anne Furbank Director

Richard Furbank Director

Debbie Daniels Sales Director

Jacky Maskell Assistant Manager


Editor’s letter


Winter Wonderland


Christmas gift ideas

41 High Street, Buckden,


My world

Telephone: Shop 01480 811333


All I want for Christmas


Australian made


Get ready for the outdoors

High Street, Buckden,


Diary dates

Telephone: 01480 812300


Emma’s sewing room




The George

Anne Furbank St Neots, Cambs PE19 5WZ Office: 01480 811321

The George Hotel and Brasserie St Neots, Cambs PE19 5XA

Editor: Rebecca Furbank Design & Print: Right Click Creative


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Welcome to our


Wonderland There is plenty of colour out there this winter with bright reds, greens and blues all making an appearance but there is something truly calming and elegant about winter white. Winter white lends itself to texture and works wonderfully with metallic silvers. It warms the winter tones of rust and sage and can look stunning just as one piece or when worn head to toe. Marc Cain brings us their collection Woolside of Life but when you see it, I think you will agree it should be more of a winter wonderland. Warm creams, icy blues, metallic silvers and the most adorable artic hare print. You will be wishing for snow!!


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s a m t s i Chr Gift Ideas

Gifts under £40 Connock Hand & Body Lotion £25 Helen Moore Faux Fur Huff £35 Nour starfish pendant £32 Connock Hand & Body Wash £18

Gifts under £100 Sense multi strand bracelet £58 Marc Cain Trilby style hat £95 Brax galaxy shirt £79 Emu sheepskin slippers £49


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Gifts under £200 Michael Kors phone/carryall purse £115 Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt £100 Joseph Ribkoff shirt £155 Brax jean in oxblood £109

Gifts under £400 Marc Cain tweed jacket £345 Gerry Weber leather jacket £395 Creenstone army print coat £329 Abro olive bag £249


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My World Welcome to my world and those everyday ‘go-to’ items, as well as my season favourites. My Yoyo desk

My office dog

It is exactly as described my up and down desk which makes sure I don’t sit on my backside all day – although I do feel like I’m at a mixing desk when standing!

We have three dogs in the family. All Springer Spaniels, all related and all named after chocolate. Twix and Decker (after Double Decker) go to work with my hubby and Wispa has become the office/shop dog. She can’t wait to get to work!

My kind of chocolate

My Champagne

I love a little square of dark chocolate in an evening. The darker the better 85% cocoa and Green & Blacks is pure luxury for me.

I have been lucky enough to taste all the Grande Marque Champagnes but having visited Taittinger in Reims I have a soft spot for their champagne. In every sip I can taste the family’s devotion in making it.

My Cross Pen Years ago my Dad bought me a Cross fountain pen. I love to write with it, the balance when you hold it is perfect and my handwriting is so much better.

My book I always have a book on the go as I read every evening. This one has stayed with me, This is where I am by Karen Campbell. It is about a Somali refugee and his Scottish mentor who helps him find his feet in a new country. 8

My shoe for the season I have a weakness for shoes and boots and this season I couldn’t resist the new sock boot from Kennel and Schmenger. Comfy glam!

My bag for life Abro bags are for life. They are beautifully made and this suede one is me all over. It will fit everything from my Filofax, purse, phone, keys and doggy do bags!

Becky Furbank.

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Christmas All I want for

We all have a wish list for Christmas and remember ladies subtle hints don’t work! Our girls picked their dream item(s). If you want to create your wish list, just come into the shop, we will help you make your list, and then all you need to do is drop the hints. Joesph Ribkoff is a favourite for many of you and Yvonne is no exception. She loves the whole outfit. She has the height to wear the longline top (£279) and the trousers (£179) fit her a treat. Comfortable and glamorous.

Norma is rather taken with the Gerry Weber leather jacket at £395. It is butter soft. The Oui scarf (£55) adds the finishing touch.

Debbie covets Abro bags and with the new oxblood colour this season she has her eye on this one. Abro bag £285 10

Carolyn was like a moth to the light with this reversible, fur coat from Basler (£1,499). It is as light as a feather and cosy warm. Wish, wish, wish…..

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When it comes to clothes Sonia doesn’t veer away very much from black so this two-tone, tweed dress from Paule Ka was her perfect choice. No need for the boots she already had them but she would love to open this on Christmas morning. Paule Ka dress £670.

Ever since her hubby boiled her animal print Marc Cain jacket in the wash, Jacky has been looking for a replacement. This Marc Cain long line jacket (£539) would be just perfect!

Clare was a little spoilt for choice but this Paule Ka dress walked onto her back and took her through to the George for a glass of Taittinger. Paule Ka cream dress with gold lurex thread £535. Karen might be asking for just a little too much but will settle for the Marc Aurel red jumper at £155.

Tamsin would love to be sporting this longline, fur trimmed jacket from D’Exterior (£999). Let’s hope she’s been good this year!

Trousers might seem like an odd wish for Christmas but Jacqui fell in love with these trousers from Luisa Cerano (£229) with their high waist and belt detail. She just might not be able to wait until Christmas for them! 11

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Introducing What could be more perfectly luxurious and cosy in winter than a sheepskin slipper? Welcome Australian brand Emu.

The name is not only taken from the fact that Emu’s are the Australian national bird but the name reflects the brand’s values. Emus stand tall and proud, they move forward at vast speed and don’t take a backward step. They’re resourceful, exceptionally fast and can survive on little food and water in the desert. The brand started from a love affair of the beauty of the Australian landscape and a desire for natural style.


The Mayberry slipper is our slipper of choice and at £49 is a luxury worth having.

New brand

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our materials, our origin, our culture


pushing our materials and craftsmanship to new heights


our functional benefit and mindset


quality and style that lasts. We live beyond fast fashion.


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Get ready for

the outdoors We had a long winter last year and it seems this is a sign of things to come. The trade-off of enjoying beautiful summers is enduring the harsher winters. No matter what the weather, there is a great outdoors, and as long as you’re prepared, it can be as beautiful in winter as it is in summer.

We welcome back Creenstone coats which are designed with style and practicality. Snug cuffs, hood options and shaping all add to the appeal of their coats. With coats from Marc Cain, Luisa Cerano, Basler and Gerry Weber you will stay warm this winter.

On location around Buckden, Annie is sporting some of her favourites.


Basler likes a fur trim and this wrap around wool coat, £999, with its broad fur collar is truly glamorous.

Black wool coat by Marc Cain £449. Great length, classic with big patch pocket details.

Puffa coats are like wrapping yourself in a duvet. Luisa Cerano sage green puffa, £495, has that extra length as well to keep your bottom warm!

So much detail in this Creenstone coat £439, plenty of pockets, cuffed sleeve and belted waist.

This Creenstone coat, £385, will keep you toasty warm on the very coldest of days.

It’s great to have colour in a coat as it will go over everything and will lift your spirits on a dull winter day. This long line coat by Marc Cain is in a great magenta pink, £675.


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Food & Drink



Winter Warmer Fashion Shows

Indian Theme Night

Saturday 27 shows at 10am and 2pm. th,

We will keep you warm this winter and show you winter doesn’t have to be dark.


Thursday 25th, 2 courses and a glass of wine £21 November

Game and Red Wine Dinner

Christmas Dressing

Friday 30th November, 4-courses each paired

From drinks parties to cooking the turkey you can still look fabulous.

American Theme Night

Saturday 17th, shows at 11am and 2pm. December

Party dressing

Saturday 1st, shows at 11am and 2pm. These shows are all about sparkle and glamour for the party season.

Cruise and holiday shows

with red wine. £45 pp. Booking essential.

Thursday 29th, 2 courses and a glass of wine £21 December

Christmas menu on throughout December,

group menus available for parties of 8 or more both lunch and dinner. £38 pp for three courses including coffee and mince pies.

Saturday 15th, shows at 11am and 2pm.

Rooms available throughout December from £80 for two people incl breakfast.

Please book your seats by

For table and room reservations call the hotel on 01480 812300 or visit

Escaping the Christmas rush? Or jetting off in January for recovery? We can help pack your perfect cruise wardrobe.

calling the shop on 01480 811333 or emailing


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Behind the Scenes

Stories from the


Over 40 years of Sewing 15 years at Anne Furbank

Sewing room A face many of you will recognise A BIT OF BACKGROUND My love of sewing is thanks to my Grandfather, a tailor of many years. He originally worked in London and later owned his own Gentlemen’s wear shop. By 17 I was taking ‘Dress & Textiles’ as a subject for my A-Levels and by 22 I worked for Liberty of London. I worked in the fabric department, specifically cotton. Ladies would bring their patterns in to the shop, I would sit down with them, advise them on which fabric would work best and how much they needed. I am very creative and have always loved fashion. When I was younger if I saw something I liked but I couldn’t afford it, I would make it instead! Nowadays the only sewing I do regularly is alterations at the shop, but I do make sure I still sew my own curtains!


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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE SHOP The aim of any alteration is to get a good fit. We can’t resize an outfit, however, depending on the garment shape and fabric, we will do what we can to make it the best fit possible. I always listen to what the customer wants. At the same time I am always happy to give my own advice. On average 40/50 items of clothing are altered by myself and Linda (our out of house alterationist) every week. I shorten at least 15 pairs of trousers in a day and Linda is expert at occasion wear. We are a great team and I couldn’t do without her.

TOP TIP Make sure you have the correct underwear before you have any alterations. Without foundation there is no fashion!

Our most requested alterations • My trusty favourite: Bra Loops! • Shortening length • Taking in on the hips, waist or underarms


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For those of you who don’t know: • CF is a life-limiting genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people across the UK Over the years Annie has raised money for various charities. One of her biggest fundraising events was running the Leeds – Liverpool Canal in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Lucinda Dunmore modelled in a fashion show at Kimbolton School many years ago and sadly lost her life, along with her sister, Jodie, to CF.

• It affects the lungs and digestive system and can cause chronic infections and reduced lung function • Currently, half of those with CF will not live past the age of 41.

Now Harry Daniels, one of Debbie’s son’s, is taking on the challenge and climbing Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for the charity. ‘Lucinda was a great friend of mine,’ said Harry. ‘She passed away 11 years ago with her sister taken by the illness a year later. So to commemorate a decade since their passing, I will be joining their brother James, in an attempt to scale the mountain and raise money to help fight this terrible illness’ It will consist of a seven day trek across a distance of nearly 100km up to an altitude of 5895m above sea level. ‘It will no doubt be a challenge taking on daily 6-8 hour hikes and dealing with the altitude. However, I am completely up for the task and determined to raise as much money as I can in the process,’ said Harry. Each and every donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated and means a lot.


Pictured from the left: James May, Paul Mason, Lisa Botsford, Harry Daniels, James Dunmore and Sam Thompson

You can donate via the Just Giving page

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My Favourite


Champagne is deemed as the celebration drink and with Christmas approaching there will be plenty of popping corks in the next few weeks. But champagne isn’t to everyone’s taste and with the rise in popularity of Gin and Rum they could be your go to drink.

We polled some of the staff in the George to find out their favourite tipple General Manager, Richard is a Grey Goose and soda man Assistant Manager Katie is more of a wine girl and would opt for a White Rioja Operations Manager Amanda loves a light hoppy real ale Head Chefs drink of choice is Bombay Sapphire and Tonic Here are the favourites of some of the team:

Margaret - Champagne Harriet - a nice cup of tea Nathan - bottle of Peroni William - Erdinger beer Lotty - Gin Mare and Mediterranean tonic Jen - Archers and lemonade Reddy - Beer Alex - Tarquin’s gin and Mediterranean tonic

Charlotte - Cherryade

Harry - Stella

Alexandra - Aperol Spritz

Amina - a proper Italian cappuccino

Game and Red Wine Dinner Friday 30th November To follow on from the Great British Game Week we are holding a Game and Red Wine Dinner. Game has been on our feasting table for centuries and if you love game or are new to game this is a great way to eat and enjoy this fabulously, tasty, sustainable food. Philip Amps of Amps Wine Merchants, will be here to talk you through the wine that is paired with each course and Tim Furbank, Oakbank Game and Conservation, will be here to talk to you about the conservation side and why we should eat more game. With four delicious courses, you will get the chance to eat partridge, rabbit and pheasant, finished off with a cheese course.

To book a place at the table call the hotel on 01480 812300. Dinner is £45pp including a paired glass of wine with each course.


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