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Wednesday 6th
Christmas Carols with
a Heart for Henley,
Henley Town Hall
Hosted by the Henley Filling
Station, a group that meets
on the first Wednesday of
each month, this year’s Carols with a Heart for Henley
follows on from the Living Advent Calendar and will
begin on the town hall steps at 6.45pm with free hot
mulled wine and mince pies. The service proper starts
inside at 7pm and will be led by the Right Reverend
Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester (pictured), who will
deliver a Christmas message. Sam Brewster will tell a
fun, interactive children’s story and music will come
from the choir of Trinity Primary School. For more
information, visit
Thursday 7th
Henley Spirit of
Christmas, Christ
Church Centre
In what has become a
popular annual fixture,
the Thames Valley branch of Muscular Dystrophy UK is
hosting a fun evening event to welcome in the festive
season. A spokesman for the organisers said: “We are
very excited to be joined this year by the Tamesis
Chamber Choir. The renowned Berkshire ensemble will
be performing a selection of festive choral music to
entertain us. The doors for this very special event open
at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. By purchasing a VIP ticket
you can join us after the performances for a wine
reception and delicious Christmas-inspired canapés.
Tickets are limited, so buy yours today to avoid
disappointment.” For more information call the charity on
0300 012 0172 or visit
Friday 8th December to
Tuesday 12th December
Henley Art and Crafts Guild
Christmas Craft Exhibition,
Old Fire Station Gallery
Open daily from 10am to 4pm, this
exhibition by members of the
Henley Art and Crafts Guild will feature examples of
their weaving, patchwork, pottery, jewellery, woodwork
and glasswork, plus a host of other creations — all of
which will be available to buy. Entry is free. For more
information, visit
Saturday 9th December
Henley Choral Society
Christmas concerts,
St Mary’s Church
As was the case last year, this
is a two-part celebration — with
a family concert at 2pm and a
traditional concert at 7pm. Peter Asprey (pictured), the
musical director of Henley Choral Society and Henley
Youth Choirs, will conduct. For more information and to
book tickets, visit
Sunday 10th December
Henley Symphony
Orchestra Christmas
concerts, Christ Church
Conducted by Ian Brown, the
orchestra is staging not one but
two Christmas concerts. The first of which, a concert for
young children, takes place at 4.30pm and is followed
at 6.30pm by a traditional Christmas concert featuring
works by Bach, Marquez, Ginastera, Tchaikovsky, Grieg
and Leroy Anderson. A spokesman for the orchestra
said: “The short afternoon concert is a perfect way of
introducing young children to a live orchestra and is
particularly suitable for children aged two to six. The
evening concert provides an opportunity to raise the
roof by singing favourite carols accompanied by the full
orchestra. The evening is rounded off by joining HSO
for mulled wine and mince pies.” Tickets for the 4.30pm
concert are £5 for adults and £3 for children, with
under-twos admitted free. Tickets for the 6.30pm
concert are £12 (unreserved seating), £6 for students
and £2 for under-10s. To book, call 01235 859210 or
Friday 15th to Thursday
28th December
Robin Hood,
Kenton Theatre
Returning to the New Street
theatre for the first time since
their 2014 production of Peter
Pan, James Tobias and Rochelle
Parr of the Immersion Theatre
Company are inviting audiences to enjoy “A Mad and
Merry Pantomime!” James who plays Robin Hood and
Rochelle who plays Maid Marion said: “Follow the
exciting escapades of our dashing outlaw hero and his
loyal band of merry men in this madcap medieval romp.
Watch as Robin fights to restore justice for the people
of Sherwood, win the heart of the beautiful Maid Marion
and rid the land of the avaricious Sheriff of Nottingham
once and for all. With heaps of audience participation,
thrilling sword fights, archery contests, spirited heroes
and dastardly villains, experience a Christmas treat like
no other as this much-loved tale is given an exhilarating
twist in the Kenton’s most spectacular pantomime to
date. It’s perfect for the entire family!” Tickets are priced
£22 for adults with children £16 and concessions £20.
Family tickets are £65 and there is a group booking
offer of 11 tickets for the price of 10 for some of the
performances. For more information, including a full list
of performance times, call (01491) 575698 or visit
. Box office hours are 11am to
3pm on weekdays and 11am to 1pm on Saturdays.
Monday 18th
Feast, Nettlebed
Village Club
Hailed as of folk
music’s great odd
couples, Paul Sartin
and Paul Hutchinson
have again taken to the road with their much-loved
annual Christmas tour of seasonal songs and tunes.
Nettlebed Folk Club organiser Mike Sanderson said:
“Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add
a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and
music hall and top it off wry humour for a unique live
experience.” Doors open at 7.45pm. Tickets are £14 in
advance or £15 on the door. To book, call 01628
636620 or visit
Saturday 30th
December to
Saturday 6th
Henley Children’s
Theatre presents
Kenton Theatre
Youngsters at Henley
Children’s Theatre want
everyone to have a ball
this Christmas and New Year — starting with their
production of Cinderella! The show’s director Muffin
Hurst said: “Following the traditional rags to riches story
of the beautiful Cinderella, we hope she will triumph
over her unkind Kardashian-resembling stepmother
Caitlyn and her two hideous daughters Kylie and Kim.
As with all HCT productions, expect a witty, entertaining
script with some topical characters. This year the poor
Baron Boris must obey all panto rules while the
officious, interfering pantomime assessor John
Jobsworth appears set on spoiling all the fun. Thankfully
the lovely Fairy Berry and her contingent of little
Cupcakes are on hand to ensure that the cream rises to
the top.” With a running time of 125 minutes, including
an interval, show times are as follows: 1pm and 6pm on
Saturday, December 30; 11am and 3pm on Sunday,
December 31; 1pm and 6pm on Tuesday, January 2;
and 1pm and 6pm on Saturday, January 6. To book, call
the Kenton box office on (01491) 575698 or visit
Until Sunday 24th December
Living Advent Calendar, various locations
Taking place at 6.15pm each night, Henley’s Living
Advent Calendar offers a free surprise 30-minute public
performance at a different venue each time. Those
lined up to perform this year include actors, orchestral
ensembles, dance troupes, bands, choirs and more,
with nightly raffles helping to raise funds for charities
and good causes. For more information, including a list
of locations, visit
Until Saturday
27th January
My Fair Lady,
Mill at Sonning
Following the
success of High
Society last Christmas, the Mill is delighted to welcome
back director and choreographer Joseph Pitcher with
his take on the story of Eliza Doolittle — the cockney
flower girl who speaks in “yowls” not “vowels”.
Featuring such classics as Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, On
the Street Where You Live, I Could Have Danced All
Night and Get Me to the Church on Time, My Fair
Lady’s phenomenal worldwide success can be readily
understood. For tickets and times, call the box office on
0118 969 8000 or visit
Christmas 2017
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