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27th February 2019

HRH The Prince of Wales praised school pupils from across the country ‘brave enough to
take part’ in this year’s national final of the Prayer Book Society’s thirtieth annual Cranmer
Awards Competition at Lambeth Palace in London.

Prince Charles – who is Patron of the PBS – presented prizes to six winners and certificates
to 22 other finalists aged between 10 and 18.

They had competed with hundreds of entrants taking part in regional heats across the
country in which they were required to select, learn and speak from memory prayers and
readings from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). At the finals they were supported by an
audience which included parents, teachers and members of the PBS.

Speaking about the BCP, Prince Charles told them: ‘It is a crucial part of our heritage and
this is, I think, the particular point; we mind about our churches, our cathedrals our buildings
but also our language is important.

‘When you think how much importance, fortunately, is paid to Shakespeare, the Prayer Book
Society still works so hard to spread the word about the Prayer Book and its value.’
He added: ‘And as I’m sure many of you understand, as I do, as you get older, the words in
the Prayer Book mean more and more and more.’

Read the full speech at

This year’s junior prize winners were first: Owen Guy Marshall (12), a pupil of The Judd
School, Tonbridge, whose home is in Cross-in-Hand, East Sussex; second: Edward
Thomson (12), a pupil of The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester, whose home is in Haywards
Heath; third: Jessica Macfarlane (14), a member of the church of St Martin of Tours in her
home town, Epsom in Surrey.

Senior prize winners were first: Joseph Oxtoby (15), a pupil of Gresham’s School, Holt,
whose home is in Paston, Norfolk; second: Jemima Shepherd (16), a pupil of King William’s
College in Castletown, Isle of Man, whose home on the island is in Foxdale; third: Rose
Beedle (15), a pupil of Sexey’s School in her home town, Bruton in Somerset.
Winners received cash prizes – £200, £150 and £100 – as well as a commemorative
certificate and a copy of the BCP.

 Schools and churches keen to take part next year can obtain more details of the
Cranmer Awards – including the dates and locations of regional heats – from the Prayer
Book Society at The Studio, Copyhold Farm, Lady Grove, Goring Heath, Reading RG8
7RT, call 0118 984 2582, email

As he receives his certificate, senior first prize winner Joseph Oxtoby (15) shares a joke with
the Prince of Wales

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