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Prayer book society expands to include schools
 A recruitment drive to boost support for the Prayer Book Society (PBS) through corporate membership by churches which use The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) now has been expanded to embrace schools.
In addition to more than 90 churches which have signed up for membership, the society has just added the  rst school to its corporate membership list and expects to announce soon that others have joined.
The new member is Winchester College, Hampshire.
Since the ’seventies – when it was feared that liturgical reform and use of contemporary forms of worship in the Church of England would result in the 1662 Book
of Common Prayer falling into disuse – the PBS has been working to encourage rediscovery and use of it at the heart of the Church of England’s worship.
The Prayer Book, which continues to be the Church of England’s of cial standard of teaching, is used regularly by Winchester College.
• The Rev Dr Simon Thorn, the school’s dean of chapel, joined the PBS as an individual member in 2009 while a theological student at Ripon College, Cuddesdon near Oxford. A BCP
enthusiast, Dr Thorn and his wife Rachel opted for the marriage service in the 1662 BCP for their wedding.
• Dr Thorn and fellow chaplain members of the PBS led a number of workshops on use of the BCP at this year’s National Conference of School Chaplains in Liverpool.
• Now, with the encouragement of pupils who favour the Prayer Book’s traditional language,
he hopes to reinstate it for
some of the school’s said Holy Communion services following its abolition in favour of Common Worship  ve years ago. Already the BCP is in regular use by pupils who attend Matins in one of the two college chapels on alternate Sundays as well as the midweek Choral Evensong. This service, held every Tuesday in term-time, is open to the public and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
• The dean of chapel also uses an Advent collect from the BCP for the annual Winchester Christmas radio broadcast on Classic FM.
For more than a decade Winchester College pupils have competed
with hundreds of schoolchildren across the country to win prizes
in the PBS Cranmer Awards, the
prestigious annual contest for young people who memorise and speak passages from the BCP. In 2014, the senior college prefect won the competition which raised its pro le within the school.
‘Our boys have no problem with the language and poetry of the Prayer Book,’ says Dr Thorn. ‘Indeed, they relish its beauty and dignity.’
He added: ‘We regularly welcome visitors to the college and now make a point of telling them why we have joined the PBS and the bene ts both to our pupils and the society itself.’
Currently bene ts include special discounts on bulk orders of Prayer
Books and other publications available from the PBS, as well as free copies of a new glossary produced to assist pupils’ understanding of The Book of Common Prayer.
The society also offers schools advice on speakers – including academics, clergy and ordinands – and provides copies of its regular publications.
To contact the Prayer Book Society’s of ce at The Studio, Copyhold Farm, Lady Grove, Goring Heath, Reading RG8 7RT, call 0118 984 2582, email or visit
Pictured: At the London and Southwark Diocesan Heat of the 2018 Cranmer Awards are the senior winner and  nalist David Gordon Dixon (left) of the Royal Russell School and the junior  nalist Aiden Callahan of Highgate School
First to host England National Futsal trials
Ballard School, Hampshire, has become the  rst location in the country to host England’s U16 and U18 Futsal Trials aside from the National English Futsal Headquarters in St George’s Park.
Futsal is an increasingly popular indoor sport, similar to Football, performed on a hard court and with a smaller ball. Run in the multi- purpose Sportshall at Ballard School, the national trials were open to students and young people.
Futsal is played between teams of  ve players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Due to its difference in the surface, ball and rules, Futsal creates an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique; qualities which Ballard School seeks to develop amongst its students.
Following the success of the trials, Ballard School is discussing plans for the development of the sport to encourage more children and young adults to take up the unusual and challenging game.
Alastair Reid, Headmaster, said:“We’re thrilled to be the  rst ever school to host U16 and U18 National Futsal trials. It was a great honour to welcome talented young people and see some of our own students participate.
Justin Whitbread, Director of Sport adds:“Futsal is a growing sport in England and we want to encourage more youngsters to take up this activity. We are hoping that in a few years we’ll create a real Futsal hub in the South of England and promote this sport amongst our students.”
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