It has been a busy time over recent weeks across Hunslet as a range of community groups have hosted brilliant Easter activities for our community.
The school holidays kicked off with a Holiday Club at the Involve Centre. Involve has been delivering alternative education for high school aged students for over 10 years but over recent times is developing in to a centre for the community – firstly delivering food parcels and support during the original lockdown and now hosting a range of community activities and groups throughout the week.
The Holiday Camp including arts & crafts, sports, gardening and cooking with a mix of Involve students and local young people taking part together and having a great time.
On Sunday 10 April Hunslet Gathering led a donkey parade through the streets of Hunslet as part of their Palm Sunday celebrations. Hunslet Gathering are a new Anglican church with a vision to serve Hunslet and share the good news of Jesus. They currently run a range of meetings, services and activities throughout the community.
The Palm Sunday Parade began next to the Spire before journeying through the Hemingways towards Pepper Lane then stopping for a service at Assissi Place Care home. Over 70 people took part in the parade, some decorated with flags and palm crosses and accompanied by music. The parade finished with refreshments and donkey rides back at the Spire. It was a fun event supported well by the community and blessed with glorious weather. There was lots of talk over refreshments about making it an annual tradition – watch this space!
On Good Friday Hunslet Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) organised a family Easter Egg Hunt on “Hunslet Common” (the green space between Belinda Street and the Midlands). Again the weather was fantastic and the event was well attended by eager children ready for hunting! As well as the chocolate there were arts & crafts, sports activities and free bike fixing.
Hunslet TARA are an active community group with a weekly programme of litter picks, gardening and Odd Job Friday. They also arrange monthly meetings and are seeking to develop year round programme of seasonal events. Stewart Walton from Hunslet TARA commented:
“Hunslet TARA were very proud to co-host this event and we are delighted with the turnout. We will continue to create events for the community of Hunslet whilst being their voice. Please visit the Hunslet TARA Social media groups for information, @HunsletTARA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
All in all it has been a busy but positive time in Hunslet. It is fantastic the community groups have put on these events and where possible explored ways to work together to make them as best as possible for the good of the community. It has also been great to see the people of Hunslet coming together and building community spirit. It has been a tough few years where community life has been limited.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part and lets look forward to more of the same in the future.
This post was written by Ben Hutchinson
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