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

14 February 2020

Geoff Crawford

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

Send your entries by email to captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk or by post (postcards only) to:

Caption Competition
Church Times
Invicta House
108-114 Golden Lane
London EC1Y 0TG

Entries must be received by Friday 21 February.  


Here is the winning entry from last week:




So, Aladdin, you rubbed the lamp and a stranger with incredible power appeared. . . (Chris Hammett)





AS LENT approaches, Epiphany seems a long time ago now — but don’t let that stop us:

  • There were also wise women from the East (John Appleby)
  • Gold, frankincense, and myrrhkel (Ian Barge)
  • Have you heard the one about the three wise women? (Valerie Budd)
  • We said step forward Melchior, not Merkel (Brian Stevenson)
  • Angela’s Epiphany: ‘Excuse me, gentlemen, I seem to have mislaid my crown’ (Denise Sharratt)
  • Angela indicated how much gold she would bring if chosen as the third wise man (Vicky Lundberg)
  • An Angel(a) was trying to sneak from Luke’s into Matthew’s version of the story (Ian Walter)
  • Psst! Wollen Sie ein Kamel kaufen? (Richard Crockett)
  • Epiphany season; so Gold, ja; Frankincense, ja; but Merkel? (Clive Wood)
  • Gold, frankincense . . . and make way for the Myrrh-kel (Chris Stone)
  • Bitte. One wise woman coming through (Bridget Swan)
  • Boys, move up: it never was a case of three wise men! (Johnny Douglas).

The country’s slow-motion divorce from the European Union is an ever-present reality, however:

  • This is the amount of wriggle-room the UK will have in the Brexit trade negotiations (Patrick Irwin)
  • Hopefully, they won’t find me here, and I can escape Brexit discussions (Sue Chick)
  • For the British and Brexit I’ve brought a pot of myrrh, about this size (Nicholas Varnon)
  • I’m looking for the EU (John Twidell)
  • An interloper at the State Opening of Parliament (Andrew Greenhough)
  • I fear we’re not out of the woods yet (Robert Shooter)
  • Chancellor Merkel reminded the guests bearing gifts from Berlin-Brandenberg’s partner diocese, London, that next year they’ll need import permits (Shaun Clarkson).


Some other entries that we enjoyed:

  • Angela of the North butts in’ (Peter Walker)
  • Another German Chancellor trying to break through the Eastern bloc? (Chris Coupe)
  • The Chancellor settles a boundary dispute between Prussia and Saxony (Richard Hough)
  • I say, be a good royal and step back, would you (Francis Berryman)
  • Sorry, lads, the advert should have asked for gap-year volunteers for urban ministry (Ray Morris)
  • Peek-a-boo! (Jonathan Haigh)
  • Is there room for a little one? (Richard Strudwick)
  • Migrants are most welcome (Janet Stockton)
  • OK, give us the password and we’ll let you through — and it isn’t Gandalf (Lesley Cope)
  • With Markle no longer wishing to be a senior royal, Merkel noticed a small but feasible opportunity (Edward Martin)
  • No, I said it would take a miracle to knock this production into shape! (Ben Cohen).


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

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