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Ancient Schools of Gloucester

The Ancient Schools of Gloucester by David Evans
  A message from the author:
‘I have recently produced a book entitled ‘The Ancient Schools of Gloucester’. It tells the story of the development of education in Gloucester from its monastic origins around the time of the Norman Conquest through to the Industrial Revolution. As you would imagine, a substantial part of the book refers to the history of the Crypt School and the medieval city grammar school run by Llanthony Priory which preceded the Crypt. Of the 17 chapters, there are in fact 6 that either wholly or substantially relate to the Crypt’.
With the support of Crypt School, David will be presenting a copy to the school at some point in November.
Hardback, with 267 pages and 100 photographs, the book is on sale on Amazon, at Discover DeCrypt, at the Cathedral and at the Heritage Hub for £25.
David is able to offer a discounted price of £22 for direct sales, please email David at: which includes free delivery to any address within Gloucester City.

Glos Santa Fun run

Glos Santa Fun run is on Saturday 10th December 2022 at 9.30 Registration for 10am start – this year in Kings Square.

This event is gaining popularity year on year and is run by our very own vice-president Matt Cass.

Register at or on the day in Kings Square.

The Lost Cryptians

Old Cryptians killed during the Great War and Second World War by Simon Birch, Sarah Birch and Ray Pocock.

No less than 58 Old Cryptians in the 1914-18 and 80 in the 1939-45 conflicts, made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country. This 300 page book seeks to record their all too brief lives and what they achieved. It is a poignant story but one that deserves our respect and admiration, and a recognition that their sacrifice was not in vain.

A kindle edition is available from Amazon.


Career Journeys

Crypt careers lead Chris Germaine is looking for some OCC input. He writes…

As the new academic year is about to start, I am looking for Old Cryptians who are interested in sharing their career journey since leaving The Crypt? A great opportunity to reminisce about your time at school and staying part of the 1539 Foundation.

I would love to hear from you to create a series of podcasts and video chats to share and inspire with current students, as well as share amongst the OCC network.  I would love it for you to get involved.

Send your details to webmaster@oldcryptians and I’ll forward to Chris.

The Cryptian 2021/22

This year’s Cryptian is available on line at – lots of school information and plenty of articles from former Cryptians.

Bursary awards

The school welcomed #OldCryptians Richard Briggs and Richard Browning into school on the 29th June for the annual award of the OC bursaries to ten students. Well done to them all and our thanks to the generosity of the OC Club.

Extra Amazon Smile contribution

If you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on 12 & 13 July, Amazon will double donations: Simply shop with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app or at, and AmazonSmile donates to The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund 2001.

OCRFC Head Coach Vacancy

OCRFC are looking for a new Head Coach for the upcoming 2022/23 season.

Our 1st XV are currently in Gloucestershire Premier where we finished 5th narrowly missing out on top 4 in our first season in this league.

With over 100 players used this season across 3 teams and over 40 players used in the 1st XV we have a large playing and training squad with great strength in depth.

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and committed individual to lead us forward as a club.If this vacancy interests you and you think you have the ability and skill set to deliver then please get in touch with the club.


On yer bike Briggs – update

Richard has closed the crowdfunding page and has raised well over £600 (plus a further £100 in Giftaid) for the Bursary Fund,

OCC stalwart and budding Eddie Merckx has completed a 400+ miles cycling trip to explore the countryside of Northern Ireland and to sample sea cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way.  He is raising money for an education charity that has been running for 21 years.

The Crypt School in Gloucester sets high standards but many aspirational pupils come from homes where money is scarce. Here the OCC Centenary Bursary Fund can help.

“I start and finish in Belfast and hope to learn more about this city at election time when many questions are being asked about Northern Ireland and its future. My story will form the basis of a Cryptian article.”

Richard Briggs (1955-63)

Digital Archive

In the last eNews I was pleased to tell you about the fantastic work done by Richard Briggs with digitising some of the OCC Archive which is held in the Heritage Hub in Gloucester. The first phase of this work was carried out with the kind sponsorship of one of our members and we’re now looking for further sponsorship to continue this vital work. If you are interested then please do contact me via You can view the work being done here:

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