Tonight’s surprise performer:

The Lockdown Band


Tonight was the 22nd performance in the Christchurch Living Advent Calendar for 2023 In The Red House Museum. Our charity was Friends of the Red House Museum. The performers were The Lockdown Band performing their ‘Caroloke’ encouraging audience participation.

Despite a cold windy night they gave a large crowd a great number of traditional carols and song sheets so we could join in the fun. The Red House Museum provided hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies.

Rufus from the Lockdown Band performed ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’, Lorna led the crowd singing their own ‘solstice’ song to celebrate this the shortest day of the year, and the lively audience joined in as the band played upbeat renditions of O Come All Ye Faithful, The Twelve Days of Christmas, plus other carols.

Red House Museum Friend explaining their work
Carolyn Guest of the Friends of the Red House Museum explaining their work
Lockdown Band performing in antlers for CLAC 2023
‘I Saw Three Ships’
Audience enjoying Jingle Bells
The Lockdown Band singing for CLAC 2023
Laura Bullivant organising for the Red House Museum
Rufus solo

Following the very enjoyable singing the charity was handed a cheque for £1,000 from Peter Watson -Lee of the Christchurch Charitable Trust,the sponsors for the evening. The raffle was drawn and the prizes distributed. The MC thanked everyone for her to make the evening a great success. Join us tomorrow at The Olde George Inn.

Friends of The Red House Museum accepting the cheque from the sponsor The Christchurch Charitable Trust

Raising money for:

Friends of the Red House Museum

Friends of the Red House Museum logo

The Friends of the Red House Museum was established in 1951 by a group of people who wanted to play an active part in the life of their museum. We play a vital role in raising funds for The Red House Museum, to support the ongoing care of the museum’s historic gardens and the enrichment to people’s lives through access to the local heritage. Over the years interest in the Friends has grown and it has become a vibrant organisation. The Friends also play an essential part in the Red House Museum by volunteering to work in the garden and in other areas of the museum, such as documentation, transcribing and oral history recording.

Thank you to tonight’s Venue:

The Red House Museum

Red House Museum
Kindly sponsored by:

The Christchurch Charitable Trust

Christchurch Charitable Trust logo

The Red House Museum is a welcoming community museum in the heart of Christchurch. Operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust, this charming Georgian building was built as a workhouse in 1764, and is now filled with a rich variety of displays. The museum also has a varied programme of workshops, events and exhibitions, with something for all ages. We also work hard to create opportunities designed to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, including wellness activities and a programme of activities for people with dementia and carers.n our communities.

More about tonight’s performers:

The Lockdown Band

The Lockdown Band are a family of four who live on a suburban street in Christchurch, Dorset, in a smallish three bed semi with a ramshackle number of sheds, and a house FULL of instruments.

In 2020 over various lockdowns we had over 100,000 social media views of our Silly Songs for Serious Times cover songs, and in December performed doorstep CAROLOKE sessions – singalong Christmas carols for our neighbourhood.

Instagram: @gobbledegooktheatre / @rufusrusic

The Lockdown Band on Blogspot