Romsey Abbey is gearing up for a bumper Easter celebration which begins this Sunday, Palm Sunday, with a procession of palm leaves led by Charlie Brown the donkey, reconstructing Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in the last week of his life.

Maundy Thursday (April 17) sees the Abbey’s vicar, Rev Tim Sledge, joined in the market place by the Town Mayor, Ian Richards and MP Mrs Caroline Nokes for a session of shoe shining, which re-enacts the washing of the disciples’ feet.

On both Wednesday morning and Good Friday, there is an activity morning in the church rooms for children from 9.30am where they can make lots of Easter treats.

On Good Friday there is a more reflective service in the Abbey at 10am and an Act of Witness in the Cornmarket, involving all the churches in Romsey at 11.45am.

On Easter Day the Abbey will be transformed with hundreds of flowers and a great Easter Day celebration service, followed by an Easter egg hunt.

Vicar, the Rev Tim Sledge said “Easter for Christians is the most important time of the year; it takes us to the great heights of emotions and the depths of human sadness. Above all it is about life and hope. Whether it’s been a week or much longer, we would love to see you – and there is plenty on offer! We hope that over the week there is something for everyone, for all ages and families."