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

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25 June 2021

Alamy

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 5 July. 

Here is the winning entry for last week:

Kensington PalaceKensington Palace

I came, I saw, but recollections may vary (Irene Murdoch)


IS THIS taking the idea of the working royal a bit far?

  • Given the length of time of his father’s wait to be king, Prince William decided to pursue an alternative apprenticeship (Chris Coupe)
  • The future monarch decides to explore a potential alternative career pathway (Michael Foster)
  • Prince William considered it advisable to learn a trade, just in case he should be cancelled at some point (Mervyn Cox)
  • William felt it sensible to have a second career, just in case (Vicky Deasley)
  • This is more difficult than being an apprentice king (Janet Stockton)
  • William the Carpenter makes his mark, with the promise of a new era in our history (Don Manley).


Either way, learning a new skill is advisable, even for a future king: 

  • My wife says I need to be more like Jesus: taking up carpentry should do the trick (Justine Barnes) 
  • Prince William getting in early practice to play Joseph in the Christmas nativity play (Richard Spray) 
  • William was practising for his appearance on The Repair Shop (Brian Stevenson) 
  • For a future Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a turn in the carpenter’s workshop can only be a good thing (Eunice Parry) 
  • In these days of austerity, it’s a matter of make do and mend, even if you are a prince (Lynda Sebbage).


We’ve held off publishing the more graphic captions about his brother, but the strained relationship may have been on his mind:

  • Following his brother’s departure to America, Prince William was still feeling a little saw (Steve Hitchman) 
  • Harry and Meghan want this for their new house; so I’d better show willing (Richard Hough);
  • I remember Harry showing me how to make chairs wobbly  (John Appleby).

Some other entries that we enjoyed:

  • Prince William determined to prove he’s a better cabinet-maker than Boris (Ian Barge) 
  • He was saw that restrictions hadn’t been lifted, but woodn’t want to put anyone at risk (Victoria Prince) 
  • The use of the invisible holy spirit-level was particularly helpful here (Graham Webster)
  • He came, he sawed, he cornered (Michael Doe)
  • I was born to this life. . . I’ve got it nailed (Mary Cooper)
  • I said the choir needed a tenor, not a tenon (Paul Lodge)
  • I know what Jesus said, Sir, but sometimes your left hand does need to know what your right hand is doing! (John Saxbee) 
  • Careful, Sir, mind your coronation-ring finger! (Charles Taylor) 
  • I remember now, it’s off with his head and not his thumb (Angela Linge)
  • The carpenter stepped in to avert an accidental meeting with royal blood (Mark Parry) 
  • No, Sir, I said you need to practise with a sword, not a saw (Paul Brett)
  • Royal fingers in jeopardy (Jonathan Haigh) 
  • The Ikea flat-pack communion table needed some modifications to meet with the faculty conditions (Brian Lillistone) 
  • After doing virtual woodwork all year, suddenly it’s the royal thing (Julian Ashton) 
  • How to spill royal blood in one easy lesson (Richard Strudwick)
  • Prince William worried about the split in the family tree (Felicity Bush) 
  • This is more effective than using a ceremonial sword (Patrick Irwin) 
  • Prince William tries a bit of DIO: Do It Oneself (Philip Lickley) 
  • How long before one’s made the throne? (Roger Stanley) 
  • This type of hack(saw) I can cope with (Eric Jones) 
  • William’s visit to the carpenter’s shop was a sight for saw eyes (Paulette Yallop)
  •  I came, I sawed, I made a rocking horse for the children (Nick Baker)
  •  I came, I saw, and cut my finger (Brian Davies)
  • William was making a right princely job of creating his first tenant joint (John Williamson) 
  • Icon of the Trinity: the great draughtswoman, the carpenter, and the healing hand. There’s perichoresis for you (Martin Kettle) 
  • Prince William thought he had come to hear the story of Esau, not Tenon Saw (Ian Raynor).


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

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