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

11 June 2021

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

Send your entries by email only to captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk by 9 a.m. on Monday 21 June. 

Here is the winning entry for last week:  


 Like much of the Labour Party, she was to the left of Sir Keir (Richard Hough)


THE Archbishop of Canterbury often says that the Church is political, but not party-political. But not all seem to agree:

  • The Church of England was now in elbow-reach of the Labour Party (Patrick Irwin)
  • At least she’s made him move a bit to the left (John Saxbee)
  • Sir Keir places the C of E on the left wing of the Labour Party (Robert Gould)
  • The background was red for Pentecost, not red for socialism (Brian Stevenson)
  • The vicar made sure her background didn’t reveal her political stance (Valerie Budd)
  • Thou shalt not Labour on the sabbath. Luckily for this clergy, it was Saturday (Philip Lickley)
  • I thought, if we could get the Church behind Labour, that might be a couple more votes (Robert Shooter)
  • Attempts to revive Christian Socialism in the ‘Red Wall’ got the thumbs down from both Christians and Socialists (Stephen Disley).


It seems that Boris Johnson is up to his usual political tricks again:

  • Party leader’s appearance at PMQs delayed by superglue attack (Jonathan Haigh)
  • Boris has swapped my Velcro for superglue; what a wag he is. . . (R. G. Cooper).


Sharp elbows are needed in both politics and the Church:

  • The vicar was worried that someone wanted to elbow her out of the way (John Radford)
  • Are we being elbowed in or elbowed out? (Robert Shooter)
  • In both organisations you need sharp elbows to succeed (Paul Clifford)
  • We won’t labour the point of elbows (Janet Stockton)
  • Watch it, Keir, I know it’s supposed to be the Peace, but your elbow’s a bit sharp (Richard Spray).


Some other entries that amused us:

Unseeded mixed-doubles pairing given Wimbledon wild card (Ian Barge)

Scissors, rock, or hard place? (Martin Kettle)

  • I thought I had a prize Kia; instead I had to surprise Keir! (Julian Ashton)
  • Church/State Rock Paper Scissors final goes to extra time (Rachel Phillips)
  • A friendly encounter for Keir, but then the result of the Hartlepool by-election came through — a definite ‘thumbs-down’ moment from there on (Lesley Cope)
  • Well, I was a shoe-in for the diocesan synod elections. . . (Che Seabourne)
  • The new pairings were announced for Strictly Come Dancing (Olivia Stevenson)
  • Religious and political elbows come together in ‘joint’ and ‘humorous’ venture (Mark Parry)
  • Superglue! It’s a tried and tested way to bring people to church (Peter Sebbage)
  • The alliance between Church and State was being given the thumbs-down (Michael Foster)
  • Receive the Keir of souls, which is both yours and mine (John Appleby)
  • Is there a hope that the Church and State might one day get closer and stand shoulder to shoulder? (Don Manley)
  • When she said, ‘Let us put our hands together and pray,’ she wasn’t expecting a Covid response (Bill de Quick)
  • You put your left arm in, your left arm out, you do the hokey pokey and you turn around, that’s what it’s all about (Lynda Sebbage).


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