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CALL FOR PAST WINNERS OF THE CRANMER AWARDS TO CELEBRATE AT LAMBETH PALACE image

CALL FOR PAST WINNERS OF THE CRANMER AWARDS TO CELEBRATE AT LAMBETH PALACE

24th October 2018

The PBS is calling for past first-place winners of its annual Cranmer Awards Competition to
join it as guests to celebrate the success of the scheme at the national final of next year’s
thirtieth contest at Lambeth Palace.


Those who wish to attend the event in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s official London
residence on the south bank of the Thames on February 21 are asked to email the society at
pbs.admin@pbs.org.uk or call 0118 984 2582.


Already schools across the country are taking part in regional heats for the contest run by
the PBS which encourages rediscovery and use of the majesty and spiritual depth of the
1662 Book of Common Prayer compiled by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury
during the Reformation and still used for services in many churches.


During the finals for the initial contest in 1989 – the four-hundredth anniversary of Cranmer’s
birth in 1489 – prizes were presented by HRH The Prince of Wales. In a speech to finalists,
their parents and teachers, he said: ‘I believe the Prayer Book is a glorious part of every
English speaker’s heritage.’


The Cranmer Awards concept is a simple one; pupils aged between 11 and 18 select, learn
and speak from memory prayers and readings from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Regional heats mean that they compete locally for a place in the national final where the
winners share £1,000 in prize money and receive a certificate with a copy of the Book of
Common Prayer.


The final has been held in Worcester as an alternative to London in recent years.
Since the first contest 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 more dioceses.


  • A new six-minute video about the Cranmer Awards produced to encourage schools to
    enter can be viewed on the PBS website at www.pbs.org.uk/cranmerawards

  • Schools and churches keen to take part for the first time 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
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