Friday, 30 July 2021

Living Advent Day 6: Dancing the night away

THE audience put on their dancing shoes for the sixth night of the Henley Living Advent Calendar

THE audience put on their dancing shoes for the sixth night of the Henley Living Advent Calendar.

Average Wife Band performed a 30-minute set of well-known songs on a stage at Phyllis Court Club, off Marlow Road.

The 10-member group, who are all from Henley, comprises Lucie Henwood, Tina Jacobs, Gail Rosier, Jenny Stanier, Jenny Plummer, Raffy Spring, Caryn Moberly, Sue Fitzsimmons, Lynn Butler and Hen Coleman.

They played tracks including Gotta Get You into My Life by The Beatles and Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man.

The group, a play on funk band Average White Band, were directed by Joe Henwood in the absence of musical director Andy Crowdy and Sam Harrison played drums.

Mrs Henwood told the audience that the reason they chose their name because "on average" they were all wives.

The crowd cheered and applauded between each number and about 30 members danced on a dance floor in front of the stage.

About 200 people attended the event, which raised money for the Regatta for the Disabled. The charity's chairman Mike Pooley introduced the evening.

When he was introducing the act Richard Rodway, chairman of the advent calendar, opened the doors from the Finlay Suite to the Ballroom at Phyllis Court, just like an advent calendar.

Mrs Henwood, who plays rhythm guitar and sings in the band, said: "We volunteered to take part after going for a number of years because we felt we were ready to do the Living Advent Calendar.

"It was a wonderful way to start Christmas off and I think we did ok. We got the audience dancing and everybody looked happy. It was great."

Mr Rodway said: "I really enjoyed it. I've wanted to get the band for the last few years and it didn't happy for whatever reason.

"It was great they could get involved. It was a really great party atmosphere. It was a real celebration and seeing everybody dancing was fantastic.

"The fact everyone has enjoyed themselves and donated so generously is fantastic - I can't ask more than that."

The living advent calendar involves 24 half-hour performances by acts such as singers, dancers and theatre groups each evening from December 1 up until Christmas Eve.

Each act is a secret until their performance on the night, just like opening a door on an advent calendar. A charity is designated for each evening, which will hold a bucket collection and publicise their work.

Tonight?s (Monday's) performance will be hosted at the d:two centre in Upper Market Place.

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