Following the very enjoyable and impressive service in the cathedral, the dinner took place in the Parliament Suite, along the lines of earlier years, with 53 attending a buffet meal. The lack of numbers was slightly disappointing compared with other years but people seemed to enjoy the evening.
As well as celebrating the founding of the school, the dinner is used to handover the presidency of the club. We were able to reflect on a successful year in office from Jason, who has set in place the revival of the much missed Cryptian magazine, delivered a succession plan for future presidents and planted the seeds for defining a purpose for the club in the future.
The headmaster once again gave an overview of the considerable achievements that the school can lay claim to over the current school year and outlined exciting plans for the future.
To mark the opening of the new Sports Pavilion, we are offering OC’s the opportunity to purchase a bench which will be placed outside the new pavilion, and which will bear the name of the donor on a special commemorative plaque.The benches will cost approx. £250 and if you would like to donate one to the School and have your name on the bench please email Sue Wales with the amount you wish to donate, your name (or the name you would like on the bench) and your (or their) years at the School. All donations will be gratefully received.
We received this charming letter from Derek Pearce (1934 – 1939)
Dear Mr. Richard Briggs,
Corton House is a care home. Coming down in the lift to breakfast I was joined
by a new resident.I enquired of his name and where he came from.The answer
was Gloucester. I asked him if he was an old Cryptian. Yes he answered.
His name is Aubrey Norton Hill.
I do not know what the odds are of two ninety year old Cryptians meeting up in
the same care home in Norwich miles from Gloucester - it’s beyond my maths.
I feel we both have had interesting lives and we do spend a little time
reminiscing about the Crypt.
Enclosed please find copy of a photograph taken of us this week.Aubrey is in the dark shirt, I am in the blue sweater.
My kind regards,
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John (CJ) Crowe. John died on 10th May 2019, aged 95. He was a loving husband to Connie, father to Geoffrey and Brian, father-in-law to Jane and Hilary, and grandfather to Jared and Joel. The funeral service at will be held at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium at 2.30 p.m. on Monday 3rd June. Refreshments at Wildernesse Golf Club, Sevenoaks. All enquiries to Francis Chappell & Sons. Tel: 01732 450203.
John was a high achiever in his career with ICI which built on his graduation from the London School of Economics.
John was very generous to the Crypt School in his lifetime. He was a very loyal, long term and popular member of the Old Cryptians Club and this was recognised by Life Membership. He attended events in Gloucester, Oxford and London until quite recently. Old Cryptians will be welcomed on the 10th May but please contact the family via the ‘phone number above.
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.
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 email@example.comI 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:
The School are delighted to announce that Wave 14 for Free School Applications has now opened and are in the process of writing an application for a Primary School which will be submitted in September 2019.
If you would like more information The School will be holding an information morning in the very near future and a date will be published shortly.
The School will be engaging with our local community in the coming months, but in the meantime if you have any enquiries then please contact Mrs Paulina Kirkpatrick firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Sharon Bailey email@example.com
John Griffiths of Pound Hill, Great Brickhill, Buckinghamshire was a pupil at The Crypt Grammar School from 1943-48 and studied for his qualifications in Chemistry before taking up National Service in 1957.
His entire working career was spent at Unilever where he spent time in Nairobi before ending his carrer as a director of a large Unilever subsidiary.
The OCC Committee met on 12th May without contravening any lockdown guidance – embracing the 21st century we met by Skype. This marks a new beginning for the committee and will make it easier in the future to welcome committee members wherever they live.