On Saturday, 04 November at 2pm St Mary’s Nantwich will host the Chester Diocesan Archbishop Cranmer Awards for young people. This is a reading competition open to young people from all backgrounds and faiths aged 11 – 18, split into Juniors and Seniors (11 – 14 and 15 – 18).
Competitors are invited to recite passages from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
There will be three local judges from within the community to decide upon the winners.
In this local heat there will be prizes for section winners and runners-up, and all competitors are given positive and constructive feedback, a certificate and a small medallion.
The aims of the competition is to encourage the skills of reading aloud with empathy, expression, and impact and to acquaint young people with the majestic language of devotion and prayer within the Book of Common Prayer.
Local heats are followed by a prestigious National Final, which will be held in February 2024 at Hampton Court Palace.
A previous winner of the national finals was from a parish in our own Diocese. Brendan Ritchie, from St Michael and All Angels, Middlewich. He won the senior category.