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

02 August 2019

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

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

or send by post (postcards only) to:

Caption Competition
Church Times
108-114 Golden Lane

London EC1Y 0TG

Entries must be received by Friday 9 August. 








Here’s this week’s winner: 

My chains fell off, my heart was free
Aled N. Seago

WE APOLOGISE for the delay since the last caption competition. We hope that, like trains after the summer heatwave, normal service will now resume.

This was one of those photos that could almost have been commissioned for this page. Our readers were quick off the mark:

  • Oh, what transport of delight! (John Saxbee)
  • I heard the call, ‘Come up higher’ (Janet Stockton)
  • High Church (Richard Strudwick)
  • We used to have flying bishops — now we have cycling curates (Sue Chick).

It’s reassuring that at least some of our readers are safety-conscious:

  • Why the crash helmet, but without brakes or bell? (Peter Sebbage)
  • As the diocese had so many potholes, this was the safest method of travel for the new incumbent (Vicky Lundberg)
  • The Vicar was sure that the bikes the wardens had arranged for the bicycle-polo competition were not without their problems (Eugene Organ).

Perhaps this was another national initiative to demonstrate that the C of E was not sliding into irrelevance?

  • ‘We’re riding high,’ the Church of England’s new spokesperson said (Michael Doe)
  • The Church of England was springing enthusiastically into the 20th century (Patrick Irwin)
  • Could a revival of the penny farthing become the Boris Bike of the 2020s? (Lesley Cope).

Not everyone was convinced, however:

  • Further evidence that the C of E is becoming a circus (Alison Parry)
  • Careful, Vicar. Pride comes before a fall (Eunice Parry)
  • Another vicar setting off with no thoughts as to how to stop? (Chris Coupe).

Cycling clergy can mean only one thing. . .

  • Diocesan cycle of prayer (Andrew Greenhough)
  • After #ThyKingdomCome, the High Church Cycle of Prayer (Richard Barnes)
  • Visual aids are needed to help explain the parish’s new prayer cycle (Richard Crockett).

Some other entries that we enjoyed:

  • Penny-fathering: The future of parish ministry (Che R. Seabourne)
  • On balance, I prefer life since decimalisation (Daphne Foster)
  • Two’s company, three’s a crowd (Richard Hough)
  • Four penny-farthings, eh? That’s a whole 5d. towards the new church roof — or it would have been in 1971 (Chris Stone)
  • He’s only showing off because he’s been signed up for another series of Grantchester (Ray Morris)
  • Well-balanced, nerves of steel — outstanding participants in the Future Archdeacons’ Training Course (Dave Bevington)
  • As he set off on his sponsored 800-mile penny-farthing ride, the Vicar suddenly realised that he had made a huge error of judgement (Mark Parry)
  • This feels to me to be more a shaking of the fundament than the foundations (Andrew Hunt)
  • Practice was under way to tackle the challenges posed by the parish’s new environmentally friendly transport policy (Michael Foster)
  • If he didn’t get an etching sorted quickly, it would never start trending in the penny dreadfuls (Jeremy Fletcher)
  • Penny for your thoughts. . . (Ann Nixon-Caney)..

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


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