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SCHOOL PUPILS FROM OXFORD AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS WIN THIS YEAR’S CRANMER AWARDS image

SCHOOL PUPILS FROM OXFORD AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS WIN THIS YEAR’S CRANMER AWARDS

8th March 2021

Coronavirus forces national final of the Prayer Book Society’s annual contest to take place online

School pupils from Oxford and Tunbridge Wells are the winners of this year’s national
final of the Prayer Book Society’s annual Cranmer Awards Competition.

Senior winner Adam Sparke (17), a pupil at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School in
Tunbridge Wells, and junior winner Christopher Lu (12) who attends Magdalen
College School in Oxford had competed with hundreds of entrants taking part in
regional heats across the country.

This year 21 finalists spoke from memory passages from the 1662 Book of Common
Prayer which is closely based on the original version compiled by Thomas Cranmer,
Archbishop of Canterbury during the Reformation, and still at the heart of the Church
of England’s worship.

Adam selected the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for The Innocents' Day. Christopher
opted for the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for the Third Sunday in Advent.

Commenting on the calibre of the winners’ presentations, the national administrator
of the Cranmer Awards, Jo Clark, said: ‘I was encouraged that so many wished to
participate during this challenging time for them. As my first event, I was moved by
the sincerity and composure of the candidates as they recited their passages. It was
a blessing and privilege to be part of the 32nd Cranmer Awards.’

For the first time this year Covid restrictions meant that the final took place on Zoom.
It was watched by an audience which included parents, teachers and members of the
Prayer Book Society.

Winners and runners-up at the Cranmer Awards receive cash prizes – £200, £150
and £100 – as well as a commemorative certificate and a copy of the Prayer Book.
This year the prizes will be awarded during a post-Covid event on a date yet to be
confirmed.

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 cranmer.awards@pbs.org.uk.

 

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