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Caption competition

10 October 2014

Our next competition

Have a go at our next caption-competition picture (above). Entries must reach us by Friday 17 October.

by email to: captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk

by post (postcards only) to: Caption Competition, Church Times,   3rd floor, Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0TG

by fax to: 020 7490 7093


Our last competition


A THICKET of entries for our last caption competition.

In no particular order: "Antonia and Dec present I'm a Mother Superior . . . Get Me Out Of Here!" (Richard Barnes); "Hedgehopping had not been part of the novitiate training programme" (Mary Wood); and "The nuns were shown where they could hire surfboards and waterskis" (Brian Stevenson).

Evidence of painful personal experience crept into some of the entries: "I'm afraid the convent you're looking for is on the next island, and there's no ferry now till Tuesday week" (Richard Hough); "Having enjoyed their pilgrimage to the old chapel, the sisters were dismayed to hear that the nearest toilet facilities involved a seven-mile detour" (Michael Foster); and "The key to the toilets is over on the mainland" (Chris Coupe).

A couple of entries to please the post-modernists: "It was felt that the Church Times's new competition 'Spot the Archbishop' was rather lacking" (Jon Glossop); and "You left your car in the previous caption competition photo" (Chris Coupe).

More randomly, we had: "You're not really enclosed. Keep left" (Janet Stockton); "The new labyrinth required a particularly demanding leap of faith" (Steve Tilley); and "Perhaps agreeing to adjudicate in the 'Guess the number of leaves in the hedge' competition wasn't such a good idea" (Ray Morris).

Also: "Sister Lazarus had to explain that she was unable to bring a drink to the two lost souls" (Christopher Tookey); "Unfortunately, the annual ecumenical game of "Seek and you shall find" attracted much less attention than the cricket" (Jon Glossop); and "Rome, to your right. Canterbury? A few obstacles, but straight ahead" (Mike Hill).

We particularly liked: "A slow start for the new nuns' enclosure at Whipsnade" (Tom Corfield); "Gladys realised that the nuns from whom she was asking directions belonged to a silent order" (Rosemary Corfield); "The maze exit is over there. Just look up for divine assistance" (Brian Simmons); and "A week later, the news of the Referendum result reached the Western Isles" (Richard Hough).

One winner this week, though there were several variations on the same theme. Thanks, once again, to Divine for supplying the prize of Fairtrade chocolate: divinechocolate.com.

The sisters managed a successful offsure hedge fund
Richard Barnes 

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