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Have a go at the Church Times caption competition, and read the previous winner and top entries

17 May 2019


Have a go at our next caption competition (above) and win a prize of Fairtrade chocolate!

Email your entries to: captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk

or send by post (postcards only) to:

Caption Competition
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London EC1Y 0TG

Entries must be received by Friday 24 May.

Here is this week’s winner:


He liked his gloves so much he named them ‘Renewal’ and ‘Reform’ — Jeremy Fletcher


WE KNEW that this Archbishop was not one to shirk conflict — although we thought that he was more of a resolver of it than an instigator. He has got a lot to deal with, however:

  • The Archbishop was preparing himself for the General Synod (Derek Wellman)
  • Preparations for the next Primates’ Meeting are coming along nicely (Richard Crockett)
  • Warming up for his next meeting with the head of GAFCON (John Hutchinson)
  • In training for the 2020 Lambeth Conference (Richard Strudwick)
  • One is a human punchbag — the other works at the gym (John Saxbee)
  • His wife kept telling him there were more conventional ways of preparing for a PCC meeting (Ray Morris) (Or should that be “ACC meeting”? — Ed)
  • Archbishops always box clever (Richard Hough)
  • The training session on implementing the reforms to the Clergy Disciplinary Measure was going well (Michael Foster)
  • I wish my other targets were as easy to hit as this (Ben Woods).

Some memorable puns this week (the caption competition wouldn’t be the same without them):

  • They decided on a new way of presenting the story of Spar-tacus (Neil Inkley)
  • Tae kwon do all things through Christ who strengthens me (David Stolton)
  • I’ll knock you into (thy) Kingdom come! (Richard Martin)
  • The Archbishop was hoping to pack a punch with his next sermon (Daphne Foster)
  • I just can’t think of a punchline this week (Andy Berry)
  • That may Welby a good punch, Archbishop (John Hall-Matthews)
  • Archbishop Justin introduces his new processional entrance music: Eye of the Mitre (Dave Hover).

And some other entries that we enjoyed:

  • To save further embarrassment, the Archbishop decided to knock himself out (Eric Lishman)
  • OK, Archbishop, just imagine I’m the Devil and give me a left hook (Mervyn Cox)
  • Is this what they mean by ‘Fight the good fight’, pondered the little girl (Lesley Cope)
  • The Archbishop was in training to ‘Fight the good fight’ (Mark Parry)
  • Following a busy Christmas, the Archbishop always enjoyed Boxing Day (Alison Parry)
  • Archbishop administers the laying on of hands (Bryan Gadd)
  • At last I’ve learned about muscular Christianity (Janet Stockton)
  • Not many people know that the left hook was named after Richard Hooker, one of the most important English theologians of the 16th century (William Clocksin)
  • He was training hard for the revival of the Church Militant (Stephen Disley)
  • Representatives of the Archbishop were wondering when to tell him that the movie he’d agreed to appear in wasn’t The Three Creeds but was actually Creed 3 (Edward Martin).


As ever, the winner receives Fairtrade chocolate, courtesy of Divine Chocolate: www.divinechocolate.com.

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