Richard Evans (1948-1954)
Howard Allen writes to inform us of the sad news that Richard Evans (1948-1954) has died on 10th September 2021.
I regret to inform you of the death of a very dear friend – Richard Evans. We came together in 1947 when Richard arrived in The Oval from Anglo Egyptian Sudan where his father was a railway engineer.
Richard was a member of 1st XV and 1st XI (1954) also a superb swimmer for Whitefield House. He played for many years for OCRFC prior to his move to Chelmsford in mid 1970s.
He served for 4 years in RAF-technical branch. (1954-1958) before embarking on a career in electronic marketing.
I have conveyed to Sandra and family condolences of OCC. Richard was a stalwart member for many years, but had been resident in a care home in the latter part of his life.
John Hopkin (1943-49)
John Hopkin (1943-49) died in November 2020, aged 90 years.
He became a member of OCC on leaving school and made 346 appearances for the OCRFC.
After Oxford he joined the Inland Revenue.
Founders’ Day service
This year, the Founders’ Day service will be live streamed on the Crypt School YouTube channel on
Tuesday 22 June at 7.00pm
Headmaster, Nick Dyer would like to invite Old Cryptians and friends to watch the Founders’ Day service in the comfort of your own home this year.
The club is always looking for ways to better support the school – this usually means financial support. A great way to do this is for businesses or individuals to come forward to offer support for specific opportunities.
1) The club are looking for a business to sponsor the £500 cost for the 2022 Leavers’ Ties. Ties were given to the 2021 leavers and were very well received.
2) The club are seeking one of more sponsors to cover the annual cost of the Cryptian magazine. Rising print and postage costs mean that we are now only printing and delivering a small number of magazines and relying on pdf fr the majority of members. We would be very interested in investigating an advertising package to help cover the costs.
3) The school are looking for local companies to sponsor new site-screens for the main cricket pitch. Cost is around £2.5k but some money has already been raised.
If you feel you can help or would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor John Morehen (1953-56)
We are saddened to learn of the death in January of John Morehen. John spoke at the school Prizegiving in 2008.
Professor John Morehen was born in Gloucester, and attended the Crypt School from 1953-56 before completing his schooling in Bristol. After three years as Organ Scholar at New College, Oxford, he moved to King’s College, Cambridge, where he took a Doctorate of Philosophy. He then worked in Washington DC on the staff of Washington National Cathedral and of The American University. He returned to England in 1968 to become Sub-Organist at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he played the organ for many Royal and state occasions. In 1972 he joined the music staff of Nottingham University, where he is now Emeritus Professor of Music.
As a lecturer/recitalist/adjudicator John Morehen has toured the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, and he was a regular BBC Radio 3 recitalist for over thirty years. He has given more than 100 radio and television broadcasts in the UK and abroad, and, as a musical scholar, has written extensively about Renaissance music. In 2003 he received the Degree of Doctor of Letters from Nottingham University for his published work.
Much more information on John’s fascinating and successful life is available from his website. Our condolences go to his family and friends.
Peter Hendy (1954-62)
We are saddened to learn of the death last month of Peter Hendy.
Pete was a fine sportsman, captaining the Henley and school 1st XV and represented the county at U19 level.
He taught Chemistry at Marling School and is fondly remembered as a teacher and leader of expeditions as well as for his sports coaching.
Ian Bucknell has written an obituary in the Bisley News which gives a lot of information about this “big man with a big heart”. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Crypt School Virtual Concert … tonight (15/03)
Julian Whittaker, Director of Music writes:
Please join us at 7.00pm tonight on the school’s youtube channel for our virtual Senior Concert.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/cdrvLJga8k8
It features some amazing performances from students from Y10-13, mostly recorded under lockdown!
You will be impressed by their enthusiasm, musical skill and determination.
I gave the students the challenge to learn a new piece for this concert and some of them have certainly taken themselves out of their comfort zones!
If you are unable to join us, the concert will remain on our youtube channel for you to enjoy when you are able.
Dick Sheppard (1942-49)
We are saddened to learn that former Cryptian and stunt driver Dick Sheppard, who once held the record for having the most entries in the Guinness Book of Records, has died aged 90. The following is extracted from his obituary published in Punchline Gloucester.
After attending Calton Road Junior and Crypt Grammar School, he earned a place at Cambridge University but opted for a job in a motorcycle shop instead.
He said: “At school I was caned quite frequently and threatened with expulsion more than once for being a rebel. I accepted that because it was usually quite true.
“The few masters who owned cars used to hand me the keys during the morning so that I spent the lunch hour cleaning the plugs and points and generally tuning their cars at the out of bounds area in front of the school, while my pals played football in the playground.
“This I did more for the love of engines than any fondness I felt for the teachers. The happiness this gave me continued throughout my life whenever I got the maximum performance out of an engine, whether it was to win a stock car race or achieve a new world record.”
Derek Pearce (1934 – 1939)
We are saddened to learn of the death of Old Cryptian Derek Pearce who we heard from last year when he wrote to tell us of his meeting a fellow Cryptian in his care home in Norwich.
Despite leaving school aged 14, without any qualifications, he won a scholarship to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester – and won the best student of the year award. In 1961, he went to the United States and became the first farmer in Britain to graduate from the advanced management course at Harvard University’s Business School.
The Eastern Daily Press has a full obituary of Derek who lived an interesting life and was well respected in the farming community.
The Crypt School: A day in the life of two students in lockdown
From the ins and outs of remote teaching to some fun extracurricular activities, this SoGlos finds out more about in Gloucester.
About the experts – Theo and Marianne, Year 7 students at The Crypt School
As Year 7s, Theo and Marianne (pictured left) are in their first year at The Crypt School, a leading co-educational secondary school in Gloucester. Like many students across the county, they have been logging into online school and learning remotely during lockdown.