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CHRISTCHURCH will kick off 24 days of festive performances on Wednesday with a Living Advent Calendar

Organised by the town's Rotary, each evening will see a different 'door’ or ‘window’ at a town centre venue open for a 30-minute surprise performance by a choir, singer, band, dance troupe, musician or theatre group.

Each show will be hosted by a town business and supports a local charity.

Spend Christmas in Christchurch with the Living Advent Calendar (picture: Becky Takes Photos)
Spend Christmas in Christchurch with the Living Advent Calendar (picture: Becky Takes Photos)

Performances start at 6.15pm from the 1st to 23rd, with a "special, surprise Christmas Eve closing event" on the 24th in Saxon Square at the earlier time of 2pm.

Christchurch Rotary president Marianne Abley said: “Not only is this a magical celebration, but we can also use it as an opportunity and really unique way to encourage footfall into the town to help reinvigorate the High Street this Christmas – a chance for eateries, venues, hotels and shops to welcome back customers and clientele.”

Tim Lloyd from the Captain’s Club Hotel, who will be hosting an evening, added: “It’s a fantastic local celebration, we’ve got great talent here, beautiful locations, and a reason to get together – and all while supporting charities.

"It was a simple and easy decision to make, and we hope everyone enjoys the hard work which has gone into bringing the concept to life.”

More than £8,000 has already been committed by sponsors to support local charities.

Tracy Blick, from Christchurch Food Bank plus, said: “Opportunities like this are a gift for small charities like ours – we are so grateful to Rotary not just for fundraising and supporting us but for the association with such a wonderful community event.”

Christchurch Living Advent Calendar

1st Priory North Porch (Autism Wessex) private sponsor

2nd James and White (Lewis-Manning) sponsored by KAMM Civil Engineering

3rd Druitt Hall (Somerford ARC) sponsored by Christchurch Charitable Trust

4th Priory (Macmillan Caring Locally) sponsored by Proscapes Construction/Landscaping

5th Boat House (Water Lily Project) sponsored by Christchurch Charitable Trust

6th Captain's Club (British Heart Foundation) sponsored by The Primrose Charitable Trust

7th Kings Arms Pavilion (Christchurch Food Bank) sponsored by T C Filer Knapper

8th Thomas Tripp (Christchurch and Bournemouth RNLI) sponsored by The Primrose Charitable Trust

9th Fleur de Lis (Dorset Children’s Foundation) sponsored by Lifestory Group

10th The Ship (Christchurch Soup Kitchen) sponsored by Richard Thomas Conservatories

11th Red House Museum (Rotary charities ShelterBox/Mudeford Infant School) sponsored by William Thompson Solicitors LLP

12th Mad4Dance Studio (Helping Young Minds) sponsored by Mr Green Estate Agents

13th Ye Olde George Inn (Listening Ear) private sponsor

14th Dirty Gerties (Julia’s House Christchurch) sponsored by Jordan Marks Estate Agents

15th Saxon Square (SYCC – Somerford Youth & Community Centre) sponsored by KAMM Civil Engineering

16th Old Town Hall Arches (University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity) sponsored by Erko Coaching

17th Regent Centre (Regent Centre) sponsored by The Primrose Charitable Trust

18th Saxon Square (Christchurch Community Partnership/Christchurch Angels) sponsored by Christchurch Care

19th Bandstand (Marie Curie Local Fundraising) sponsored by Christchurch Charitable Trust

20th Boat House (Hengistbury Head National Coastguard Institution) sponsored by KAMM Civil Engineering

21st Conservative Club (Friends of the Red House Museum) sponsored by The Primrose Charitable Trust

22nd Saxon Square (Dorset Community Foundation) sponsored by The Primrose Charitable Trust

23rd Baptist Church (Bournemouth Blind Society) sponsored by Tony Hairdressing

24th Saxon Square at 2pm (Ashley’s Birthday Bank) sponsored by The Primrose Charitable Trust

For more information visit christchurchlivingadventcalendar.org.uk



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