Donkeys join congregations on Palm Sunday at Beck Row and Great Barton

Rev Rosemary Rycraft at St Johns Church, Beck Row, feeds Daisy a thank you carrot  ANL-160321-083804009

Rev Rosemary Rycraft at St Johns Church, Beck Row, feeds Daisy a thank you carrot ANL-160321-083804009

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Palm Sunday was a busy day for donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary with church visits in Great Barton and Beck Row.

The Palm Sunday service re recalls how Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and the crowds laid cloaks and tree fronds in his path.

The donkeys grazing in Great Barton's vicarage garden after being rescued from their damaged trailer ANL-160322-114832001

The donkeys grazing in Great Barton's vicarage garden after being rescued from their damaged trailer ANL-160322-114832001

At Great Barton’s Holy Innocents Church, the visit by Tia and Ouzo was also a thank you for the help the congregation gave a Donkey Sanctuary volunteer during the summer when her trailer hit trouble while taking three animals to new homes in Norfolk.

Parishioner Pam Dennis recalled how her husband Tom had left church shortly before her but when she got to the main road she found him leading a bleeding donkey.”

There were two more donkeys in a damaged trailer down the road, so they took them to the vicarage garden.

Her daughter and son-in-law, Annie and Graeme Spittle, then got their horsebox to take the donkeys to Norfolk.

Liz Wright,  Donkey Sanctuary  Welfare Adviser, leads Daisy up the aisle at St John's in Beck Row ANL-160321-083858009

Liz Wright, Donkey Sanctuary Welfare Adviser, leads Daisy up the aisle at St John's in Beck Row ANL-160321-083858009

But Pam recalled: “What a job we had even with all hands consisting of church wardens, neighbours and congregation all trying to get the donkeys into the unfamiliar horse box.”

At Beck Row’s St John’s Church Donkey Sanctuary regional advisor Liz Wright took Daisy, who has been on Songs of Praise and visited Ely Cathedral earlier that day.

Jane Parry, who arranged the visit, said: “She was fantastic. She just walked straight into the church and up the red carpet almost to the altar.”

Each child in the congregation created a goody bag of donkey treats, with a message, for Daisy to take home and share with her friends.

A young parishioner meets Tia and Ouzo at Holy Innocents Great Barton ANL-160322-114843001

A young parishioner meets Tia and Ouzo at Holy Innocents Great Barton ANL-160322-114843001

The donkeys lead the parade from Great Barton vicarage to the church ANL-160320-184330009

The donkeys lead the parade from Great Barton vicarage to the church ANL-160320-184330009

Daisy the donkey with St John's Church's congregation ANL-160321-083920009

Daisy the donkey with St John's Church's congregation ANL-160321-083920009