This week's competition
Have a go at our next caption-competition picture
(above). Entries must reach us by Friday 24 January.
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
Last week's competition
Stapling the children together took the risk assessment
for the nativity play a little too far, perhaps
The hand dryer in the Infants' toilets was on the blink
again Stephen Disley
THE editor exercised an unusually firm hand with the entries for
the latest caption competition. It appears that photos of children
dressed as angels bring out a degree of cuteness that he didn't
think his readers possessed.
Just slipping under the wire were: "Wooahhh! What do you
mean? If I'm an angel I have to be good all the time?!"
(Deborah Nicholas); "Listen, these frocks are just so year
of Jesus's birth" (Janet Saville); and "Do my
wings look fat in this?" (T. E. Soar).
More loosely under the "little darlings" heading were:
"The Little Angels Football Academy appears to positively
encourage foul play on the field" (Don Manley), and
"He had managed to conceal the pin under his surplice. Now
to see how many angels he could get to dance, or at least sit, on
it" (Donald Wetherick).
Fortunately, we were soon on more familiar territory:
"The cast of the nativity play had an anxious wait while
the PCC debated Resolution F - to refuse the ministry of female
angels" (Edward Mynors); "But one said: 'If you
think I'm putting my hand there, you've another think
coming!" (Phil Williams); and "The launch of Halo
5 took the gaming world by surprise" (Richard Barnes).
Footware was noticed. "Thus spake the seraph, and
forthwith Appeared a tiny throng Of angels bending near the earth
To put their trainers on" (John Saxbee); "Yes,
dear, I know you haven't got six pairs of wings, but for heaven's
sake use one to cover your feet" (Diana Jones); and
"The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology notes the
variant reading 'Beneath the Angels' trainers rolled two thousand
years of wrong" (Richard Barnes).
Other than that, we had: "Angels from the realms of
Crawley" (Diana Jones); "Angel voices ever
clinging" (James K. Betteridge); and a reference toour
sponsor: "The angel train stopped in its tracks, perhaps
waiting for a divine signal" (Chris Coupe).
Also: "Does anyone have any idea what we are supposed to
be doing?" (David Nash); "Olivia thought that
George was definitely surplice to requirements" (Richard
Hough); and "The absolute show-stopper was the Vanpoulles
launch of its 2014 collection of robes, wings, and halos for the
younger angel" (John Aves).
We chose two winners, both of whom receive Fairtrade chocolate,
kindly donated by Divine (divinechocolate.com).