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24th February 2020

The appointment of a new administrator of the Cranmer Awards is announced.

The PBS has appointed Joanne Clark to the post. She succeeds Merriel Halsall Williams,
the head of spoken English at the Shropshire independent girls’ school Moreton Hall, who is
stepping down from her role as Cranmer Awards administrator after 16 years in the post.

Joanne, who lives in Bristol and takes up her new role on March 1, can draw on experience
gained in administrative posts at St Andrew’s Church in Churchdown, Gloucestershire and
Ashton Park School in Bristol.

Familiar with the BCP from an early age, Joanne said: ‘I was introduced to it at school and
subsequently came to appreciate it in ever greater depth at Christ Church with St Ewen in
central Bristol.

‘I remain attracted by the candour of its prayers and confessions, alongside prayers which
help us through life’s seasons, from birth to death.’

She added that, for her, the special appeal of the Prayer Book is the depth and richness of
its theology and the way it enables her to share in the prayers of preceding generations.

In her new role Joanne will be keen to broaden interest in the Cranmer Awards contest
which already attracts hundreds of entrants annually.

Traditionally they have been pupils of private sector schools, reports the PBS chairman
Prudence Dailey who hopes that the new administrator will encourage more competitors to
enter from state schools and parish churches in dioceses across the country.

Said Joanne: ‘By reading the BCP they will learn how young people have been taught to
worship in England since 1549. The Prayer Book gives them an opportunity to search for
hidden gems of language, poetry and prose among its pages.’

On a personal note she added: ‘It remains my hope that the liturgy of the BCP may once
again prove to be the traveller’s map and pilot’s compass that unites the Church of England
and that we might read it through, live it out, and pass it on.’

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