Donkeys come to Hunslet for the Palm Sunday Parade


On Sunday (April 10, 2022) two donkeys will roam the streets of Hunslet as part of the Easter with a Difference celebration, and you’re lucky to be part of it! The event was organized by Hunslet Gathering – a new Anglican church in Hunslet. Along the journey, we’ll tell the story of Palm Sunday when crowds – inspired by Jesus’ ministry of miracles, healings and hope – gathered to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey .

The parade will start on Church Street at 2pm, travel between the Hemingway apartments, through the common/green area and then stop at the Pepper Lane shop. The return journey winds through Rocheford Close, Balmoral Chase and Belinda Street with a stop at Assisi Place. The celebration ends with refreshments next to St Mary’s Spire between 3:15 and 4:00 p.m.

Each stop will include a Bible reading relating to the Easter story told by a star-studded cast of local children and adults. Music will also be played throughout the rides between stops. The surround will be decorated with a variety of eye-catching flags and palm leaves.

In December we held a similar Nativity themed event which was great fun! It was wonderful to share the true meaning of Christmas on the streets of this amazing community. A particular highlight was the stop at Asissi Place residence where the donkeys were a big hit! Thank you to everyone who joined us and made this event possible.

We would love for you and your loved ones to be part of the Easter fun by joining all or part of the trip or meeting us at one (or more) of the stops.

There will also be opportunities to pet and feed the donkeys

Parts of the event will be streamed on the Hunslet Gathering Facebook page – Further details on the event, including the route, can be found here. You can also contact Ben Hutchinson at 07419 366058.

Everyone is invited to the parade finale on the lawn next to St Mary’s Spire (in front of the primary school) between 3.15pm and 4pm for hot drinks, refreshments, crafts and to meet the donkeys.

The Hunslet Gathering is an emerging Anglican church seeking new ways to serve Hunslet and share the good news of Jesus. New members are welcome at any time, regardless of age, background or religious/religious experience. Our current activities include:

  • A monthly service on the third Sunday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Involve Center (Whitfield Avenue) including a FREE meal.
  • Outreach in the community every Thursday morning.
  • Various online services, prayer meetings and Bible study groups.
  • A quarterly Messy Church event for children and families to enjoy arts and crafts, Bible stories and a meal.

For more information with our Facebook page – or contact Ben Hutchinson at 07419 366058


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