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St Mary’s Choir and Father Martyn Griffiths gave the final performance of the Living Advent Calendar on Christmas Eve again this year. This has now become the tradition that they close the doors on the event every year.
On a bitter cold night there was another big audience – the crowds this year, for most evenings, have doubled on last year. There’s also been a small stalwart group of people who seemed to be there every night to support this fantastic community initiative which brings together residents, performers, businesses and volunteers.
The choir sang some traditional Christmas hymns and closed with a beautiful rendition of ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’ and in between the hymns Father Martyn read some great Christmas poems.
The Mayor, Stefan Gawrysiak closed the proceedings with lots of thank yous to everyone who was involved and a particular big thank you to Julie Perigo the organiser again this year.
The Living Advent Calendar is a joint venture between the Henley Partnership and the Henley Town Council and this year’s major sponsor was Sotheby’s International Realty with other supporting sponsors of The Head Partnership, Best of Henley, Towergate Insurance and Bremont.
Money from the raffles which took place each evening were raising funds for four chosen local charities; The British Legion Poppy Appeal, Henley Youth Centre, Regatta for the Disabled and Oceans Project.
Look out for our forthcoming article which celebrates this year’s event and asks you to vote for your best performer, your best newly discovered Henley venue and the most delicious refreshments.