AN IMPORTANT ritual for any child counting down to Christmas is to open the door each day on an Advent Calendar.
And for the past few years, Wokingham has had a very special calendar to open – and it’s alive!
Every day at around 6.15pm (4pm at weekends) from Tuesday through to Christmas Eve there will be a special live performance and, like all good Advent calendars, the doors are opened in a scattered pattern all through the town.
The organisers of this year’s event are promising some new acts and old favourites all for free. But what they won’t say is what you’ll find behind each window. You’ll have to turn up and find out.
All they will reveal is that the programme includes live bands, choirs, dance groups, musicians, a capella groups and much more, including The Rock Choir, Military Wives Choir and local musician Bruce Neil.
There’s also a heart to the calendar: it’s in support of three local charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Just Around the Corner and Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres.
Wokingham Town Council and ‘more arts’ said they would like to thank all the venues, businesses, organisations, charities, performers and volunteers who are joining us to put on this year’s event.
Councillor Gywnneth Hewetson, Deputy Town Mayor, said: “We are grateful to all the volunteers, the performers and the businesses who host the event. Wokingham Living Advent Calendar once again demonstrates the power of the community. No wonder we are consistently voted one of the best places to live.”
And also supporting the event is councillor Maurice Monk.
He said: “It’s a privilege to have this opportunity in and for Wokingham. We lose count of how many people give their free time to make Wokingham a better place.”
For more details, log on to www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/advent