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

05 January 2024

Have a go at our next caption competition (above)Send entries by email only to captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk by 9 a.m., Tuesday 15 January

Here is the winning entry for the previous competition:

Where’s the furniture stall? I need a new cabinet (Valerie Ganne)

AS THE clock ticks ever faster towards a General Election, might the Prime Minister be seeking out appearances on popular TV programmes as a way to garner favour with the public? Doctor Who meets The Week in Westminster (Patrick Irwin); “The PM prepares to swallow his pride after being beaten by the Red Team on Bargain Hunt (Pearl Davison); “Who will play Del Boy when the new series of Only Fools and Horses is announced?” (Rob Falconer).

Should the election result not go his way, this could be as good a time as any to dispose of unwanted items from 10 Downing Street: “Rishi keeps an eye on the latest results of the clear-out from Number 10” (Richard Hough); “Oh, that’s where the faulty PPE went” (Vicky Deasley); “Half-baked cookies for Christmas? Rishi has enough of them in his cabinet” (Janet Stockton); “Look what I’ve found. . . A copy of our 2019 manifesto” (Ian Raynor).

Festive cheer at Downing Street brings back some uncomfortable memories: “The last time I attended a party in Downing Street, I got into a lot of trouble!” (Mervyn Cox); “Rishi had found the ideal Secret Santa present for the Chancellor for the Downing Street Christmas party” (Sue Chick); “Roll up, roll up; last one — get it before Christmas” (Rena Plumridge); “PM’s reaction to winning a DVD of Partygate on the tombola” (Chris Coupe).

Some other entries that we enjoyed: “Laugh all you like, Sir, but you must pay up: we don’t believe in a free market round here” (John Saxbee); “Look, dear: actual Muggle presents!” (Mike Wooles); “Mathew 25.29” (Richard Strudwick); “He laughed all the way to the bank” (Jon Nay); “Aagghhh! I said don’t wear those stiletto-heeled shoes” (Ken Wilkinson); “They preferred a selection to an election” (Brian Stevenson); “The tissues arrived just in time to catch the sneeze” (Valerie Budd); “Oh no! Someone tell Akshata I hate dates!” (Lynda Sebbage); “Go on, then: chuck it, and I’ll catch” (Bridget Swan).

“Happy Christmas, Pie Mince-ter!” (Che Seabourne); “It must be the way you tell ’em!” (Colin Fielding); “Any buyers? Only £5 a chocolate” (Brian Lickley); “Prime Minister, you know that you are not supposed to swallow gobstoppers whole” (Michael Watts); “As it was a Christmas Fayre, the PM deemed it appropriate to give his famous donkey impression” (Michael Foster);

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


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