Dates for 2019: Dance 16/17 Nov; Music, Speech, Drama 21-23 Nov

Cranmer Awards

The Cranmer Awards are a national public speaking competition organised by the Prayer Book Society. There are two streams, one open to youngsters aged 11-14 (on Feb 1st 2020) and the other for older teenagers aged 14-18 (on Feb 1st 2020). The competition seeks to introduce young people to the language and culture of the Book of Common Prayer (1662), a text which is foundational for the English speaking world. 

Entrants read or recite a passage of their choice, 3-5 minutes in duration. Local heats are held around the country, and the winners of the heats go through to the National Final where competitors must recite their chosen passage by heart. Entrants are encouraged to ask a teacher or a priest for guidance on how to prepare for the Cranmer Awards. Ideally suited to students of English, drama or RE, the Cranmer Awards allow young people to experience the sheer magic of Cranmer’s language. Teachers find the Awards a useful adjunct to studies, and students can relate to the Awards in their coursework and examinations. Each school/ college/ church may enter several young people in each category (Senior and Junior).

Cranmer Awards
Ramsbury Area Heats

The Salisbury Diocesan Ramsbury Area Heats will be held on Friday 22nd November (2 – 4pm) in St John’s Church, Devizes during the Devizes Eisteddfod by kind permission of the Eisteddfod committee.

To learn more please visit and follow the links to the Cranmer Awards where information about the Salisbury Heats and copies of the Competition Rules are available to download. To enter candidates please use the contact form on the PBS Salisbury website to contact the diocesan organiser, Mr Jon Riding.