John Mitchell (1949-’56)

We are saddened to learn of the passing of long term OCC member and past president (Bert) John Mitchell on December 23rd.

Our condolences go out to all his family and friends.



The Crypt School Carol Service

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.

Share your memories of Christmas at The Crypt!

Share your memories of Christmas at The Crypt! 

The school is taking part in #SocialAdvent this year with different challenges each day.

One of the challenges is:  ‘Involve your alumni to share their Christmas memories on Facebook & Twitter’.

Old Cryptians are invited to send in videos/picture/quotes of their memories of Christmas at The Crypt.

The post will go live on Monday 14 December. Please send your videos / pictures / memories to:

Share your memories of Christmas at The Crypt School #SocialAdvent Click To Tweet


Take part in Gloucester’s very first VIRTUAL Santa Fun Run and help a very worthwhile charity.

Take part in Gloucester's very first VIRTUAL Santa Fun Run in aid of the James Hopkins Trust Click To TweetRun, Walk, Stroll or Jog a 5 kilometre course:

The plan was to do the fun run on Saturday 5th December 2020 in the city but obviously due to COVID19 we cannot in all honesty have the fun run and promise to keep everyone safe and lets face it we wouldn’t be doing our job if we weren’t keeping everyone safe.
So this year in line with other runs we have decided to have a virtual fun run; so welcome to the first ever Virtual Glos Santa Fun Run!

The aim is for people to sign up and donate their money to the charity and then choose when and where they do their fun run; all we ask is that you obey the current regulations regarding COVID 19 and respect other people whilst doing the run.


Did you know? OCRFC unbeaten

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.


** CANCELLED ** OCC AGM and Annual Dinner

Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

** C A N C E L L E D **

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.


OCC President

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.


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All dressed up for

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 


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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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.



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