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Palm Sunday at Newbury Park church: Donkey double act leads the way

PUBLISHED: 12:50 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 31 March 2015

Well, it rained! I feared that I would not be able to send a story of the Palm Sunday Procession that had two donkeys and not the usual one! 
	 
	In spite of the rain, Clive and Ann Wilderspin brought the two donkeys from their home on Willow Farm at Little Heath to St. Peters Aldborough Hatch for the annual Palm Sunday procession. 
	 
	In past years we have had one donkey  but this year Elizabeth (aged 8 years) brought her son, Valentine (aged 2 years and born on  youve guessed  Valentines Day 2013!). 
	 
	Again, in past years the donkey has always walked the mile or so from Little Heath  but this year both donkeys travelled in a horse box. 
	 
	The Revd Kate Lovesey, who blessed the two donkeys at the end of the procession (see photograph 13), said: The Palm Sunday procession brings to the fore the events of that day two thousand years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey with the crowds cheering Him. A week later that same crowd had turned on Jesus and cried out for Him to be crucifi

Well, it rained! I feared that I would not be able to send a story of the Palm Sunday Procession that had two donkeys and not the usual one! In spite of the rain, Clive and Ann Wilderspin brought the two donkeys from their home on Willow Farm at Little Heath to St. Peters Aldborough Hatch for the annual Palm Sunday procession. In past years we have had one donkey  but this year Elizabeth (aged 8 years) brought her son, Valentine (aged 2 years and born on  youve guessed  Valentines Day 2013!). Again, in past years the donkey has always walked the mile or so from Little Heath  but this year both donkeys travelled in a horse box. The Revd Kate Lovesey, who blessed the two donkeys at the end of the procession (see photograph 13), said: The Palm Sunday procession brings to the fore the events of that day two thousand years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey with the crowds cheering Him. A week later that same crowd had turned on Jesus and cried out for Him to be crucifi

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Two donkeys showed the way at a church’s Palm Sunday procession before being blessed by the priest-in-charge.

Mother donkey Elizabeth, 8, arrived with son Valentine, 2, in a horse box driven from Willow Farm in Little Heath – both with Palm Sunday crosses on their bridles.

In the past, the animals have walked the mile between St Peter’s Church, in Aldborough Hatch, Newbury Park, and the farm as part of the church’s celebrations of the religious day.

Rev Kate Lovesey, the priest-in-charge, said: “The Palm Sunday procession bring to the fore the events of the day 2,000 years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey with the crowds cheering.

“A week later that same crowd had turned on him and cried out for him to be crucified.

“On Easter Sunday Christians throughout the world will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.”

Past Palm Sunday processions at the church have usually been attended by just one donkey.

The animals are provided by Clive and Ann Wilderspin at Willow Farm.


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