The Henley Living Calendar organiser, Richard Rodway has made the difficult decision not to proceed with the event this December.
Richard said, “As it stands, amidst current social distancing restrictions, we are unable to stage the event, and we do not anticipate that the situation will change sufficiently by December. Indeed the situation may well become more problematic, as winter kicks in and we face the real risk of a second wave etc… The health and safety of everyone involved, the performers, volunteers across all of the nights, attending public, and of course our Living Advent team, has to be our primary concern.”
This year’s event would have been the 10th year and over the years has raised thousands for local charities with last year breaking the record of £7,369! The event features 24 evenings of amazing festive entertainment at venues across the town from December 1 to Christmas Eve, raising money for a different charity each night from a raffle.
With many events going online Richard commented, “We have given some thought to an online event, but we hope you will agree that the essence of the Living Advent is all about the first hand and direct collaborative experience, coming together and interaction on the night. An online Living Advent is not without its own issues, and would not come close to the look and feel of what the event is all about.We therefore hope to return in 2021, 10 years after our inaugural event, in the manner to which we have become accustomed, and we hope that we can all come together again then for an extra special joyous festive celebration.”