Lindsay Pickering – 17 Feb 1959 – 26 Apr 2020
Lindsay’s long term partner Peter Routely writes –
“Lindsay was a beautiful strong man who survived many serious health issues over the last twenty odd years.
Did you know that the Old Cryptians RFC 1st XV are unbeaten in both the league (Wadworth 6X Gloucestershire 1) and the Cup so far this season, Not only that but they have a +440 point difference and are 21 points ahead of 2nd place in the league.
The 3rd XV are also in top spot of the Gloucester and District 3 and the club recently fielded a 4th XV. Coupled with a thriving youth structure, this really is a club on the up.
On 28th March (same day as our dinner/AGM) the 1st XV will play Fairford in a return match – Fairford are the only team not to have lost against the OCs this season, the away fixture resulted in a 10-10 draw.
What better way to set up your OC dinner than to watch the OCRFC 1st XV continue their impressive season.
It is with great disappointment that the committee have decided to cancel the annual dinner on March 28th 2020.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but with the general uncertainty around Covid-19 we feel it is better to cancel now with a little notice on our own terms than face the potential of being forced to cancel at the last minute.
We will be in touch with all members who have already paid for tickets.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM 2020) will take place at a future date which we are working on now. It is likely to be coincident with the next committee meeting on 12th May at 19:30 at the School, but the details will need to be confirmed with the school and an update and invitation will be sent to all members.
I sincerely apologise for taking this action, but it seems to be the sensible option.
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.
The now annual Gloucester Santa Fun Run will be held on Saturday 7th December.
Old Cryptian stalwart and committee member Matt Cass is behind the fun run which raises money for local charities.
See their website for all the details and to register for the event.
If anyone is interested in attending, please could they email email@example.com and arrive at the school for 10.15am
After last year’s Cheltenham Half I said never again. So here I am again, prepared to say never again again. I’ll be setting off on Sunday at 9am-ish to try and finish at 11am-ish. I am targetting a better time than last year’s 2 hours 6 minutes, but this year I won’t have Warren to drag me round – I’m going solo.
Please think about sponsoring – all money raised will go to the Bursary Fund.
Thanks – Adam
Richard Browning from the OCC Committee attended the annual Leavers Party on a superb evening which was held outside the new cricket pavilion.
Apart from live music and refreshments including a hog roast dinner, the proceedings were in the capable hands of headmaster Nick Dyer who was ably supported by Sue Wales.
Most people present appeared to represent the Crypt School PTA who are so supportive of the school and raise considerable funds which cover the valuable extras enabling the school to continue to provide excellent all round experience for the pupils.
It was good to hear more about the school rugby tour to SouthAfrica which is happening soon and the recent visit to the school of the Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Akkerman and Nick’s speech was very supportive of the role of Old Cryptians, including the annual awards to students provided by the Bursary. The committee plan to provide more representation at next years event.
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