It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It is little more than 2 weeks to the start of the 8th Henley Living Advent Calendar when the first door will be opened at the Town Hall to reveal the first act.

On Wednesday night the Living Advent Calendar (LAC) held its launch party at the Kenton Theatre with some great musical entertainment on the stage from the band Lucky to be Alive who have performed at the LAC twice before.

Mr Christmas, Chair of the LAC, Richard Rodway said, “I am  delighted to see so many of you here this evening, all of you making the Henley Living Advent Calendar what it is. The first event of it’s kind in the UK, that raises more and more monies for good causes each year, and which is the inspirations for towns up and down the land, who have put on their own events, including this year for the first time a town called Reading!

“Henley will always be the first, and will always be the most special, because it is the sum of its component parts, and we have such amazing component parts in Henley.  Some wonderful festive venues including the Kenton. Christmas in Henley wouldn’t be Christmas without visiting here, and we will be back for night 11.   But in addition to our picture postcard town with our picture post card venues, the people contributing have such amazing spirit and make such great efforts, is what makes the event and indeed the town the special place that it is.”

For the first time the Living Advent Calendar will at the Over 60s Club (6 December) and it will be returning to Empstead Works/Enterprise Park (19 December) with Lawlor’s Baker and Astral Photographic/Red Fox Studios.

So what’s in store this year?  Richard said, “Tried and trusted favourites from previous years and some great new acts to the event. We’ve got choirs of all sizes and genres, we’ve got theatrical and dramatic performances, we’ve got acoustic bands, we’ve got ukulele bands, we’ve got orchestras and musical ensembles, we’ve got solos, we’ve got duos, we’ve got trios, we’ve got casts of thousands, and ladies and gentlemen, we have our wonderful fire service.”

Each evening the performance will start at 6.15pm. For the full list of venues go to

Lucky to be Alive will be performing at the Henley Herald Community Champion Awards party in aid of the Chiltern Centre on Friday 25 January 2019.  If you would like to attend click here Richard Rodway has been nominated for the Champion Charity Award – go to henley-herald-community-champion-voting to vote.  Voting closes on 30 November 2018.