Tonight’s surprise performer:

Rock Choir

Rock Choir

Tonight saw the opening of the third annual Christchurch Living Advent Calendar (CLAC) in Saxon Square. The event was announced by Town Crier Adam Coshan, then Rotarian President, Peter Boardman, introduced the Mayor, Cllr Vivienne Charrett, who formally opened the 24 day event.

Although a bitterly cold evening, several hundred people turned out to listen to the 130 strong Rock Choir who performed an eclectic mix of popular music and carols from artists including Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder and Guns and Roses.

Rock Choir 1 Dec
Christchurch Town Crier at CLAC 2023 launch event 1 Dec

Raising money for:

Dorset Children’s Foundation


Money tonight was being raised for the Dorset Children’s Foundation. Raffle prizes included 6 tickets to the Hurn Rugby 7s, a hamper, tickets to The Regent and chocolates. 

The proceedings were closed by Rotarian Mike Wood and a cheque for £500, from a private sponsor, was presented toAdrienne Cole (DCF) by Jan Banks, Rotarian and Chair of the CLAC Organising Committee. 

Waitrose generously provided mince pies

Even though so cold, the crowd really enjoyed the performance and sung along with the Rock Choir. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable evening and a wonderful start to CLAC 2023.

Rock Choir
Dorset Children's Foundation receiving their CLAC cheque from Jan Banks, organiser of the Dec 2023 event
Great turnout to the first night's event
CLAC 1 Dec attendees

The Dorset Children’s Foundation is an independent local charity dedicated to improving the lives of disabled children living within our community. We provide mobility equipment, therapies and medical expenses not provided by The NHS. 100% of all donations go to a disabled child, with nothing taken out for admin or wages.

Dorset Children’s Foundation website

Tonight’s Venue:
Saxon Square

Saxon Square

Courtyard setting in the centre of Christchurch surrounded by a selection of local retailers and big brands. Stay local – shop Saxon Square.

Kindly sponsored by:

Thank you to our anonymous sponsor for this event

Refreshments provided by:


1st December’s surprise performers:

Bournemouth Carnival Band

We are Bournemouth Carnival Band! We are friendly, welcoming and inclusive. You can meet new friends, learn an instrument, help entertain the public and raise money for charity. 

Bournemouth Carnival Band on Facebook

Bournemouth Carnival Band
More about tonight’s performers

Rock Choir

Rock Choir on Facebook

Rock Choir Christmas logo