OCC AGM and Annual Dinner

On behalf of your President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club, I am pleased to invite you to the Old Cryptians’ Club AGM and Annual Reunion Dinner.

For the second year running, the event will be held at the Church of St Mary de Crypt and the Old Crypt Schoolrooms, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1PT. The venue, which completed a major renovation last year, proved very popular at the 2019 dinner, which was very well attended.

Saturday, 28th March 2020

6.15 p.m. The Club’s Annual General Meeting, The Old Crypt Schoolrooms

6.45 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. The 119th Annual Reunion Dinner, The Church of St Mary de Crypt

The cost of dinner (exclusive of wines) will be £32.00 for OC Club members and partners, £36.00 for non-members and £20.00 for school sixth formers and students.

Please see the accompanying OC Club Dinner Reservation Form 2020 for table reservations.

There will be a cash bar open from 6p.m. for pre-dinner drinks and wine to accompany the meal.  Tea and coffee will be available throughout the evening.

The guest speaker will be Rob Holliday (1970-77).  Rob has had a varied career in aviation as an Airline Captain and Flight Safety Manager. He also found time to represent GB at rowing, winning medals in the World Championships. He will propose the toast to “The Old Cryptians’ Club” after which your President, Adam Ashby, will respond on behalf of the Club with, “Floreat Schola Cryptiensis”.

The Dress code for men is lounge suits/jacket and tie and for ladies the appropriate equivalent.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation widely and use the event to meet with as many of your OC friends and contemporaries as possible.

Spaces are limited to 10 tables of 10 diners, i.e. 100 maximum. Demand is likely to be high, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Your President looks forward to greeting you on 28th March.

With best wishes,

Steve Mace (1970–77)

Committee Member, Old Cryptians’ Club.



Air Vice-Marshal John Lawrence CB, CBE, AFC

We are sad to learn that Air Vice-Marshal John Thornett Lawrence CB, CBE, AFC, who was educated at the school, died on 18 December.

There are obituaries available on line from

Also a brief biography on the RAF Web.

*We have requested permission to reproduce the obituary in full which we will do assuming permission is granted.


End of year reflections

A few thoughts and recollections as I near the end of the first half of my term as president of the OCC – it seems like the time has flown by.

This is available (with pictures!) as a pdf download from here – Christmas Update


Gerald Harris 1947 – 1953

Gerald Harris, born in 1936, died on 28th October 2019 aged 83 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  He was a husband to Irene, dear father of Jane, Claire and Fiona and much loved grandfather and great-grandfather.  The funeral service was held at Gloucester Crematorium on 27th November.

After the Crypt School, he attended St Luke’s College, Exeter, qualifying as a School Teacher.  He was to become a well-respected Headmaster of Warden Hill School in Cheltenham.

Gerald captained the Old Cryptians’ Rugby Football Club, playing in 217 matches.
He was an ardent and loyal member of the OCC committee for many years.

[A full obituary will be published in the next Cryptian magazine.]


Set up Direct Debit membership payments

For many years, the Old Cryptians’ Club has collected membership fees paid by cheque or Standing Order.  Whilst this has mostly worked well in the past, the administrative burden is proving difficult to justify.

To that end, we would like all members to set up a Direct Debit on line.  We have chosen an online direct debit system from GoCardless to provide best value for the club.  The system is fully compliant with the banking direct debit system and offers full protection under the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Signing up now (and remembering to cancel your standing order) will help us, although there is no requirement to just yet.  No money will be taken from your account until 7th January.

Over the next few months, information will be sent out to all members, so please look out for the emails – we’ll not flood your inbox!

The link to sign up is https://pay.gocardless.com/AL00027584CFQ3

We’d be happy to receive any feedback – please email webmaster@oldcryptians.org with any questions.



A History of the Crypt School

Order A History of the Crypt School A History of the Crypt School @ £18.00