This week's competition
Entries for our next caption-competition picture
(above) must reach us by Friday 4 July.
by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by post (postcards only)to: Caption Competition,
Church Times, 3rd floor Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London
Last week's competition
HOWEVER often we complain, readers can't resist
submitting painful puns to the caption competition. We suppose the
spirit of the Revd William Spooner lives on.
Thus we had: "Amazing grass! How sweet the
smell" (Richard Barnes), and a variation: "Did
Harley's Mum really want 'a maze in grass' for her
(Ann Rance); "Virtuous circles? No. Hell's
angles" (Ray Morris); and "The General Synod's
'going round in circles' testpad proves a Triumph" (John
At the risk of being completely self-referential, we had some
entries from the Revd Jonnie Parkin, who submitted the photo, among
which was: "The deliberately staged photo turned out to be
a cynical publicity stunt for Lincoln Labyrinth Festival, 6-27
August, Lincoln Cathedral", which we reproduce in tribute
to his audacity. There was also an entry from the biker in the
photo: "I knew it was a mistake to let Jonnie Parkin point
a camera at me" (Robb Sutherland).
Back to normal people: "No one had the heart to tell
William that he had outgrown the church playgroup" (Vicky
Lundberg); "The cycle of prayer took on a whole new
meaning" (Peter Walker); "It was only now that he
realised that his sat-nav had misread 'centre of Lambeth. .
.'" (Michael Foster); and "As so often, the vicar
found he had run out of options" (Richard Hough).
Others: "Well Lord, this is another tight corner you
want me to get round" (John Rhodes); "Trevor
confirmed Stevenson's maxim that 'To travel hopefully is a better
thing than to arrive'" (Christopher Tookey); "The
ancient volume had promised that the magic shape would transform
him into an Angel, but someone had added 'Hell's' in biro"
(Edward Mynors); and "As he peered over the handlebars, the
incumbent wondered where the pet rabbit was" (Chris
We especially liked: "Dean didn't get his passport in
time for the Bikers' Pilgrimage to Chartres . . . so he
improvised" (Ann Rance). Also, despite a clearly unfair
association: "The vicar titled his conceptual art-work 'PCC
meeting'" (M. J. Leppard); and "The vicar had
thoughtfully provided a labyrinth to train prospective PCC member
biker Bob in Anglican decision-making processes" (Russ
Against our better judgement, we find ourselves rewarding one of
the puns. We hope our sponsors, Divine, don't mind (divinechocolate.com).
He was delighted when the vicar announced a