Johan and Thinus at The Crypt – rugby tour fundraiser
I am delighted to invite you to join us for our main fundraiser ahead of the tour; an evening with Johan Ackerman and Thinus Delport. The event is shaping up to be an excellent evening for any rugby fanatic as well as anyone with links to the school. The South African themed evening will be held in the main school hall on Friday 30th November, 7pm until midnight.
Remembrance Service at The Crypt School
Friday 9 November 2018
The annual Remembrance Service will take place at the School
on Friday 9 November at 10.30am
All Old Cryptians are invited – please arrive by 10.15am
Please let Sue Wales know if you intend to come – you can email Sue at:
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.
The ‘Book Launch’ took place place at The Crypt School on Friday 17 March 2006. The book is priced at £9.99 each plus £1.99 p & p each [UK only, overseas on application]. Books can be collected in person to avoid postage costs. Cheques payable to ‘The Old Cryptians Club’ to Howard Allen, Penlan, Cheltenham Road, Pitchcombe, Stroud, GL6 6LZ. Tel : 01452 812638.
A kindle edition is available from Amazon.
Former Cryptian wins NGW Undisputed Championship
From Gloucestershire Live
Heavyweight hero Justin Sysum has made history by winning two major pro wrestling singles titles in one day – including one shown on UK television.
Justin was the star of the day when he defeated Rampage in a classic battle many fans are calling a ‘match of the year candidate’ in the final episode of WOS Wrestling on ITV at the weekend.
A few hours later the 33-year-old from Gloucester beat ‘The Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz to capture the NGW Undisputed Championship in front of a raucous crowd at Hull City Hall.
Sponsored Cheltenham Half Marathon
Old Cryptians Adam Ashby and Warren Wint will run this year’s Cheltenham Half Marathon on September 30th for The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund 2001. Read more…
Cenotaph Parade November 2018
As you will know the Old Cryptians have been marching in the Cenotaph Parade for many years.
This year is the centenary of the end of WW1 and demand for tickets is expected to be heavy. If you would like to parade with us would you let me know as soon as possible.
I thoroughly recommend parading, it is a moving and uplifting experience!
Please contact Sue Wales (SWALES@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk) at the School for information on remaining tickets
Royal British Legion
‘Medical miracle’ 14-year-old boy walking four days after breaking neck on trampoline
Aiden Horsley has been dubbed a ‘medical miracle’ after breaking his neck and leaving doctors fearing he would be be paralysed for life.
The 14-year-old gymnast, who had qualified for the British Championships just days before his accident, broke his neck while training on a trampoline in his back garden in February 2017.
But the ‘inspirational’ boy made a remarkable recovery, with him walking just four days after the accident.
The gymnast, who attends the Crypt School and trains at Checkers Gym in Morelands Trading Estate, specialised in tumbling which combines gymnastics with the skill of trampolining.
Original article from Gloucestershire Live
Cryptonite – winners of The Digital Schoolhouse 2018 finals
The video game industry is booming, as our culture become more digitalised gaming has simply become more accepted. We live in a day and age where elderly people on buses are playing games on their phones while they ride the bus.
That’s where Digital Schoolhouse from UKIE come in. They regularly hold workshops and tournaments to educate schoolchildren on the potential jobs that exist within the gaming sphere. Every year, they host a gaming tournament for schools across the nation – the finals culminated at the Gfinity Arena earlier this week.
Out of all the teams that competed, it was the group ‘Cryptonite’ from the Crypt School in Gloucester that came out on top in the Overwatch tournament.
The team of 14 and 15 year-olds couldn’t believe their luck, taking home a trophy, medals, a PlayStation 4, a signed Overwatch poster in a frame and a limited edition Soldier 76 statue between them.
The win came as a big shock to them according to one of the winners, Beau Maguire: ‘It was very nerve-wracking and surprising because we didn’t expect to win at all. We didn’t expect to win regionals and we definitely didn’t expect to win the whole thing. We somehow didn’t even drop a map.’
The Digital Schoolhouse report
The Daily Mail Online report (including typos!)
Dave Reeves to be honoured at Old Cryptians Club Dinner
“In 1925 a group of Old Boys and their friends formed a club called The Greyfriars RFC. However, in 1928 they decided to form the Old Cryptians Rugby Club (OCRFC). Only boys and Staff from the Crypt would now be eligible. The changing- rooms were at “The Ram” public house. This was later knocked down and the “New County” hotel was built. They then moved to the “Swan and Falcon” which was also demolished to make way for a multi-story car-park off Southgate Street.” Read more…
The 117th Annual Reunion Dinner
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 is the 75th anniversary of the School’s move to Podsmead and accordingly, the event is to be held at The Crypt School, Podsmead Road, Gloucester. GL2 5AE.
Saturday 24th March 2018
6.15pm – The Club’s Annual General Meeting
6.45pm for 7.30pm – The 117th Annual Reunion Dinner
The cost of Dinner (exclusive of wines) will be £29.50 for OC Club members, £32.50 for non-members and £15.00 for school sixth formers and students.
Please see the accompanying booking form – Dinner Reservation Form
There will be a cash bar for pre-dinner drinks and wine to accompany the meal.
The guest speaker will be Richard James, the Chair of Governors for the School. He will propose the toast to, “The Old Cryptians’ Club” after which your President, Charlie Hannaford, will respond on behalf of the Old Cryptians’ 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 £29.50 and can be reserved via Steve Mace in the same way as the OC 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.
Your President looks forward to greeting you on 24th March.
With best wishes,
Steve Mace (1970–1977)
Committee Member, Old Cryptians’ Club