The Yorkshire Heat of the Cranmer Awards, an annual competition for children between 11-18 years old, will take place at St Margaret's Church, Ilkley, on Saturday 14 October.

The Cranmer Awards is a national competition run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, described as the "bedrock of the Anglican Church".  The awards celebrate and acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in public speaking and provide an incredible platform for young people to showcase their talents, foster confidence, and develop essential communication skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Named after the great English Reformer Thomas Cranmer, the awards encourage young people to develop their public speaking skills by reading a passage of their choice from The Book of Common Prayer. It is an exciting opportunity for young people to explore the beauty and power of Cranmer’s language.

Judges, Fr Alexander Crawford, St Margaret's Ilkley, Fr Liam Beadle, St Chad's Bradford and Nigel Pearson,  Prayer Book Society will be looking for excellent communication skills, clarity of thought, and the ability to engage and inspire the audience.

Winners of the regional heat will go forward to compete in the national Finals on Saturday 24 February at Hampton Court Palace.

Candidates can enter as individuals or be entered by their school or church.

If you are interested in taking part in the Yorkshire Heat of the Cranmer Awards, please contact Catherine Cheater at for an entry form and more details. The deadline for entries is 30 September.