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PRINCE CHARLES PRAISES PUPILS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN OUR NEW VIDEO image

PRINCE CHARLES PRAISES PUPILS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN OUR NEW VIDEO

5th April 2019

HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Prayer Book Society, has praised school pupils
from across the country in a new video which has just gone live on our website at
www.pbs.org.uk/event-videos

The eight-minute video was shot during the national final of the society’s thirtieth annual
Cranmer Awards Competition at Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official
London residence on the South Bank of the Thames.

At Lambeth Prince Charles 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, many of whom feature
in the video.

Speaking about the BCP, Prince Charles told them: ‘When you think how much importance,
fortunately, is paid and how much attention is paid to Shakespeare and the language, which
is exactly the same period as the Cranmer Prayer Book, it is a vital part of our inheritance.’

He added: ‘As you get older, the words in the Prayer Book mean more and more and more.
This is, I think, the point of it, as repetition and familiarity makes such a difference to one’s
life – particularly towards the end of it, which you don’t realise at the time when you are
younger.’

Read more at https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/speech/remarks-hrh-prince-wales-prayer-
book-societys-30th-cranmer-awards-lambeth-palace

Since the first contest in 1989 the event has grown so much that hundreds of pupils now
enter the regional heats each year.

Although many of them traditionally have been pupils of private sector schools, the PBS
chairman Prudence Dailey is keen to include more competitors from state schools and
parish churches in a larger number of dioceses.

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 pbs.admin@pbs.org.uk

PHOTO-CAPTION:
Pictured is senior first prize winner Joseph Oxtoby (15) sharing a joke with the Prince of
Wales

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