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All dressed up for
Christmas

Singing, storytelling and…more mince pies 

This Saturday 14 December there’ll be Carol Singing for Christian Aid from 10.30am outside in Southgate Street, with mince pies and hot drinks in the Schoolroom.  Then in the afternoon Chloe of the Midnight Storytellers brings us some Festive Fables at 2.15pm. Free family storytelling – take a break from Christmas shopping and settle down with a cup of tea or mulled apple juice.

Struggling with your Christmas shopping? Help is here!

If you are struggling with your Christmas shopping, don’t despair!  We will be holding a Christmas ‘Pop-up’ shop every Saturday in December up to Christmas. This will be a festival arrangement of our current stock, with some additional goods from local crafters. We will also be serving seasonal refreshments: mulled apple juice, hot chocolate and mince pies/Christmas biscuits. Beautiful, original gifts that also support Discover DeCrypt…how can you resist?

Tree of Remembrance

For many of us Christmas is a time when we particularly remember those we love who are no longer with us to share the festive season. In the chancel is a tree where you can hang a star with the name of a loved one and leave a prayer request if you wish.

Three Wise Mop Men

Come and visit our walk-in nativity in the Raikes Chapel

This year we have a beautiful collection of mop people representing the Holy Family, shepherds and wise men. Come and say hello!

2020 Art and Craft Workshops

Booking opens in January

We have an exciting programme of art and craft workshops coming in 2020. There will be mosaics, painting with pastels, watercolour, clay coil pots, basket weaving, wet felting, gift making workshops and family workshops.  We’ll be posting dates in January.  If you’d like to go on the list for Early Bird booking discounts please email mail@discoverdecrypt.org.uk 

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We will be closed for Christmas from Monday 23 December to Wednesday 1 January inclusive. Have a very merry Christmas and happy new year!

Dates for your diary…

Sunday 19 January         Christian Unity Service at 6pm  
Thursday 30 January      Brexit Coffee Morning at 11.00am
Tuesday 25 February      Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday 5.00pm

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  • Posted on December 13th, 2019 in Archive

Gloucester Santa Fun Run

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.

 

 

  • Posted on November 18th, 2019 in Archive

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Then and Now…

2018 during capital works
Art in the City summer 2019

A Reflection from Canon Nikki Arthy

It is 10 years since I first walked into St Mary de Crypt Church. I had tried to visit before but found the church locked. Finally my perseverance paid off and I was not disappointed.  Light shone through the beautiful East window spilling into an otherwise dark church. The sense of history, spirituality and prayer was palpable. This was a historic place but more; this was a holy space where the stories of many of the people of the city meet with the story of God.   

Finding a new direction for a church in danger of redundancy is no small task. Factor in an adjoining Tudor schoolroom and the challenge is even greater. Looking back over these 10 years, I could not have imagined the journey that so many of us embarked upon. But seeing the buildings so beautifully restored and enjoyed makes the tenacious hard work worthwhile.    

Anyone who attended our opening service in March will know what a joyful event it was.  As we head towards the start of our ninth month of operation, we continue to be delighted by how excited people are to use the buildings and how positive both visitors and residents are about the refurbishment and interpretation. 

Packed into this first summer we have welcomed over 12,000 visitors, held concerts, drama, talks and exhibitions, hosted events for the Christian Arts Festival, Three Choirs Festival and our own Festival of Death and Life (see more below).  We are providing regular space for adult education, community choir and drama rehearsals, tai chi, toddler play, art classes and coffee, cake and conversation mornings. Our regular Friday lunchtime service ‘Prayers for the City’ is re-established and the Raikes Chapel is a  quiet reflective space for all. 

Discover DeCrypt is proud to be a part of the heritage led regeneration of Gloucester. The buildings are a gift to the city; may they continue to be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come. 

Canon Nikki Arthy

Coming up this month…

The Darkest Midnight

Papagena performs at Discover DeCrypt this Saturday 4pm

TO BUY TICKETS NOW CLICK HERE  
 https://discoverdecrypt.org.uk/event/papagena-the-darkest-midnight/

Come out of the cold and rain this weekend for some heavenly music with mince pies and mulled apple juice to drive away the winter chill. 

A seasonal programme featuring Celtic carols, Christmas motets from medieval England and Spain, winter songs – including a stunning arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s The River – and contemporary carols for singers and handbells – something for everyone!   

“…you will be, as I was, instantly hooked by the bewitching sound of Papagena” (John Quinn, music-webinternational.com 2018)

extraordinary voices…went down a storm (Sarah Walker BBC Radio 3)

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday 20 November 11.00am-3.00pm

Members of the LGBTQ+ community will be holding vigil  to mark this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. Join us at any time during the day to light a candle and say a prayer for the lives lost to anti-transgender violence and prejudice over the past year and in previous years.  All are welcome.

Three Shires Craft Fair

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24th November 10.00am – 4.30pm

The Crafters return with their gorgeous hand-made goods. From practical household items to the quirky and delightfully superfluous – you will find unique gifts here for all tastes and at affordable prices. Free entry with refreshments available in the Schoolroom.

Christmas Craft Workshop

Saturday 30  November 10.30am – 4.00pm

If you like flexing your creative muscles, then this workshop will offer plenty to enjoy. Make your own Christmas wreaths, swags and scented pomanders from dried fruit and foliage.  Other crafts will include felting soap, decorating candles, creating winter lanterns and turning sticks and stones into unique toys, stylish gifts or personal keepsakes.  We will be running activities suitable for all ages, so bring the children or grandchildren.  There will be festive refreshments with cookie decorating (and cookie eating…) to keep the little ones happy.  

The workshop is free, but we will be inviting donations towards costs of materials. Please see the website for a timetable of activities.  Booking in advance is advised. http://www.discoverdecrypt.org.uk/event/family-christmas-craft-workshop/

Looking back at…

                     …our Festival of Death and Life

“Death is normal – it happens to all of us – but when somebody dies everyone acts like something’s gone horribly wrong!” Erica Bust

Over the weekend of June 21-23 we staged the city’s first ever Festival of Death and Life. It was a programme of music, poetry and talks, together with a creative art display and crafts for the family. 

You might think that a weekend with talks about such things as grief and funerals would be miserable – in fact, while there were many thought-provoking moments, there was a lot of laughter.  There is something liberating in facing the inescapable realities of life. As local writer Erica Buist put it: “Death is normal – it happens to all of us – but when somebody dies everyone acts like something’s gone horribly wrong!” 

With inspiring speakers, thoughtful discussions, new ideas and a genuinely supportive atmosphere, it turned out to be a great weekend –  so much to enjoy, so much to think about.

We are now planning the next Festival of Death and Life –  if you’d like to hear more about it as our plans progress, just email us at mail@discoverdecrypt.org.uk  

It’s good to talk – let’s all be part of the conversation. Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events

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God’s Beautiful Acre
Calling all local gardeners…your churchyard needs you!

Working with our neighbours and local residents, there are exciting plans to improve the churchyard with new planting and paths.  If you are a keen gardener, or even if you just enjoy doing something active in the fresh air, then this project is for you.  We need plenty of willing hands to help tackle the weeds and take care of newly seeded grass.  This is a great opportunity to turn the churchyard into a beautiful green oasis in the city centre.

For more information or to get involved please email us: mail@discoverdecrypt.org.uk 

Dates for your diary…

Saturday 7 December        Christmas Concert at 11.00am
Friday 13 December           Fundraising Concert for Footstep at 7.30pm  
Saturday 14 December       Festive Fables: Family Storytelling at 2.15pm

 

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  • Posted on November 14th, 2019 in Archive

School Remembrance Day Service

The School would like to warmly invite Old Cryptians to the
Annual Remembrance Service on Monday, 11 November at 10.30am

If anyone is interested in attending, please could they email swales@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk and arrive at the school for 10.15am
#lestweforget

 

 

  • Posted on October 29th, 2019 in Archive

The President’s Run

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

 

 

  • Posted on September 22nd, 2019 in Archive

The Crypt School is the best state-funded secondary school in Gloucestershire

So says Reach plc who publish the esteemed Gloucestershire Live portal.  Something we have all known for many years.

Read the full article here. There will be adverts, pop ups and general annoyance.

 

Memorial Stone Unveiling Ceremony and Memorial Day Games – 18/05/2019

On Saturday 18th May 2019, a granite stone will be unveiled on the Memorial Ground where it will be dedicated to the memory of all the local rugby players who left their families and clubs to serve their country and gave their lives in doing so. The ceremony of dedication and blessing will be carried out by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett and will take place at 12.00 noon to be followed by two games. The first will be started at 1.00 p.m. between The Cherrypickers  and a combination side. At 3.00 p.m. it will be followed by Widden Old Boys versus Old Cryptians.

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  • Posted on May 3rd, 2019 in Archive

Founders’ Day Service and OCC Dinner

Founders’ Day – Wednesday 19 June 2019
The President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club have great pleasure in inviting you to Founders’ Day on 19 June.

Dear Old Cryptians and friends,

I am very pleased to inform you of the programme for this special day in the School’s calendar.

7.15pm The Founders’ Day Service in Gloucester Cathedral

Old Cryptians, partners and friends will be most welcome to attend the Service (in place by 7.00pm please). For seats in the Cathedral, it would be helpful if you would contact Sue Wales (Headmaster’s PA) on 01452 530291 or swales@crypt.gloucs.sch.ukI shall look forward to meeting you during the day and later at the Parliament Suite.

8.30pm The Founders’ Day Supper – The Parliament Suite of Gloucester Cathedral

This occasion is open to all Old Cryptians, their guests and friends of the Crypt School. This is an evening not to be missed, with excellent food on offer.

The Parliament Suite is a short walk from the Cathedral and, on arrival, a drinks reception will be held.

The meal will consist of a cold buffet followed by a choice of desserts and coffee. Crypt students will be on hand to assist guests as required.

The evening will include addresses from myself and from the incoming President. The Headmaster will report on progress at the Crypt School. In line with tradition, we will hold a raffle to the benefit of the Benevolent Fund and will conclude with the School Song.

The cost of the meal will be £30. Wine will be available at a nominal price and can be ordered from your table. Please complete the Reservation Form below:

Reservation Form.doc                      Reservation Form.pdf 

I shall look forward to meeting you during the day and later at the Parliament Suite.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Smith (1980 – 1983)
President

 

 

  • Posted on May 1st, 2019 in Archive

Old Cryptian’s Annual Golf Day for the Tony Beard Cup

Old Cryptians’ Annual Golf Day for the Tony Beard Cup
Wednesday 19 June
at Rodway Hill Golf Club Highnam

POSTPONED

Please contact Bob Timms for further information and interest for later in the year:
01452 722151 or robert-timms@hotmail.co.uk 

 

 

  • Posted on May 1st, 2019 in Archive

Old Cryptians’ Club AGM and Annual Reunion Dinner 2019

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  (Founded in 1901)
 
President: Jason Smith (1980 – 1983)

 

January 2019                                                                                                                            

Dear Old Cryptian,

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.  

This year, 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 has been undergoing major renovation with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and our event will be the first function to be held there, following the completion of the project.
 

Saturday 23rd March 2019

6.15pm

The Club’s Annual General Meeting 

The Old Crypt Schoolrooms

6.45pm for 7.30pm 

The 118th Annual Reunion Dinner

The Church of St Mary de Crypt
 

The cost of dinner (exclusive of wines) will be £35.00 for OC Club members, £38.50 for non-members and £20.00 for school sixth formers and students. 

Please see the accompanying booking form for table reservations:
 

There will be a cash bar for pre-dinner drinks and wine to accompany the meal.

The guest speaker will be Nicola Dyer, Senior Project Manager at The Prince’s Foundation. She will offer an insight into the project to renovate The Church of St Mary de Crypt and propose the toast to, “The Old Cryptians’ Club” after which your President, Jason Smith, 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.

The Ladies’ Annual Dinner will again be incorporated into the OC Club Dinner. Places on the ladies’ table(s) will cost £35.00 and can be reserved via Steve Mace in the same way as the OCC diners, using the same form.    

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 13 tables of 8 diners, i.e. 104 maximum. Demand is likely to be high, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Your President looks forward to greeting you on 23rd March.

With best wishes,         
                                                  
                                          
Steve Mace (1970 – 1977) 
Committee Member, Old Cryptians’ Club. 

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  • Posted on February 22nd, 2019 in Archive