Howard Allen, a past President and Secretary, and who has a long association with the Club is compiling a book in anticipation of the 475th anniversary of the Crypt School in 2014. He would very much like to hear from anyone who has photographs (particularly the modern era) to contribute to this publication.
OLD CRYPTIANS CENTENARY BURSARY FUND 2001
How Are We Doing Ten Years On ?
It is now 10 years since work first started on setting up the Bursary Fund (which is why we called it the Centenary Bursary Fund 2001), and I therefore thought it would be useful to review where we are, and what has happened in that period.
It was at the AGM in March 2002 that following a proposal by (the late) Hugh Roe, the 29 members present unanimously approved the set up of a Bursary Fund that would be for the benefit of talented or gifted pupils and students of the Crypt School
David Lamper Resigns
David Lamper, the Head since 2000 has resigned and will leave at the end of the 2006/07 school year. The letter to parents from the Chair of the Governors is reproduced below.
8th March, 2007
I am both delighted and sad to inform you that David Lamper, Headmaster, has been offered and accepted the post as Headmaster of Kent College in Canterbury, a large independent school, from September 2007.
Mr. Lamper has been with the school for almost 8 years and during that time the school has gone from strength to strength. The academic performance of students has improved year on year, school finances are strong, and the school continues to invest heavily in the curriculum. It is very much in evidence around the school and we have also been able to invest significantly in the fabric of the buildings, but recognising that we still have more to do. This has been an exciting time for The Crypt School, if not worrying from time to time, particularly when the school was threatened with closure by the County Council. The Head’s hand on the helm has been steady during these troubled times and we have now steered into clear blue water, with many exciting opportunities ahead.
Notes from the AGM, 15th March, 2008
Election of Officers – 2008/2009
President : Paul James (1984-1991)
Vice-President : John Goodridge (1940-1950)
Secretary : Howard Allen
Treasurer : Clive Thomas
Membership Secretary : Derek Howell
Committee : Damian Atkinson, Richard Browning, Robert Timms, Colin Belcher
An Extraordinary Meeting of The Old Cryptians’ Club 7pm, 11th May, 2009 at The Crypt School
The purpose of the meeting will be
“To receive the proposals of the Committee of The Old Cryptians’ Club for amendments to the Constitution.”
Howard Allen. Hon Sec 2008/2009.
If you are unable to attend the EGM, please dwonload the Proxy Form, complete and return to The Secretary by 8th May, 2009.
Gordon suffered a stroke in mid-December 2008 and spent many weeks in the Stroke Unit of the Gloucester Hospital.
Gordon is now at home in Stroud Road, Gloucester and he has made some good progress in his recovery. Gordon, however, is experiencing some difficulties with recall and also a degree of confusion in association of time and place.
Gordon and his wife, Rita, will welcome Old Cryptian friends to call and share some time with him. Gordon’s address is 244 Stroud Road, Gloucester. Tel: 01452 521651
Office Of President 2009
For Clarification :
At the AGM of the OCC on 21ST March 2009 John Goodridge was elected President for 2009/2010. John will succeed Paul James-President-2008/2009.
It has been the practice of the Club for the elected President to take up office after his installation at the handing over ceremony at the Founders’ Day Supper in July. This year, this will take place on the evening of Monday 13 July 2009.
It is the expectation and understanding of Paul James and John Goodridge that Paul will take the chair at the EGM called by the committee of the OCC on 11 May 2009. The business of the meeting will be to receive the committee’s proposals on revisions to the current constitution of the Club.
The EGM was held on 11 May 2009 in the splendid new John and Joan Cooke Centre at the Crypt School.
The recommendations of the committee of the OCC for the adoption of the new constitution were approved.
The Minutes of this meeting will appear in the short term on the website and all members will be notified by the secretary.
Howard Allen. Hon Sec 2008/2009.
Bill Spear Retirement
Bill Spear is saying ‘goodbye’ to The Crypt after 28 years.
A farewell party will be held for Bill at the school on Wednesday, 15th July, at 7pm. There will be food, live music and a bar.
The school would like to extend an invite to friends, former colleagues and old boys to come along and say a fond farewell. The evening is free, but will be by ticket only. Please contact Sue Wales for details.
If you are not able to attend the evening, but would like to send a farewell message to be included in Bill’s card, please email Sue Wales.
James Roose-Evans (1937 – 44)
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Hampstead Theatre and the 35th anniversary of the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit, founder James Roose-Evans shares his lessons from a creative life.
In these dangerous times, it is more important than ever that we try to understand the synthesis of chaos and order, freedom and discipline, intuition and ritual. And nobody has greater insight into these things than James Roose-Evans, who, alone amongst my teachers, opened the door to the nature of creativity for me at the beginning of my working life (Mike Leigh).