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eNews December 2019

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eNews December 2019


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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Christmas Wishes from Discover de Crypt

Discover DeCrypt wishes you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018!!

2017 has been a busy and exciting year for Discover DeCrypt as we have gone through the preparation necessary before the start of capital works.  As ever, we are very grateful for your continued interest and support!  We will be starting the New Year with the announcement of our contractor and cannot wait to see what major changes 2018 will bring. But first, we will be taking a break for Christmas.

The Project Office will be closed between 21 December and 2 January inclusive.

The project team and trustees wish all of you a peaceful and festive Christmas and good wishes for the New Year!

Discover de Crypt – Take a Pew

Would you like to take a pew?

Not all our pews will be re-instated after renovation and we want to find good homes for them.

So this coming weekend (8th-11th December) we will hold a Discover DeCrypt Fundraiser Pew Auction.  Bidding will take place between noon on Fri 8 Dec and noon on Mon 11 Dec. More details on the linked flyer!

Read more…

Discover de Crypt – filming extras wanted

Ever been in a film? Have an hour to spare on Saturday 2 December? We are shooting a professional promotional film on Sat 2 Dec to show the project while the buildings are closed and to have a record of the ‘before’ when it re-opens. We need people to fill up the church between 9.45-11am and we need children of all ages for a shot at the storytelling bench in the churchyard from 11am – noon.
Don’t miss out on your moment of fame! More info here.
Please contact, so we can keep track of numbers!

Multi-million pound restoration project

One of Gloucester’s “unsung historical treasures” will be restored to former glory as a major regeneration project gets underway.

The churchyard at St Mary de Crypt in Southgate Street will be closed for more than a year as work at the centuries-old church gets underway.

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Discover de Crypt – November newsletter

November project update: Newsletter

We had a great week at the end of November with the exciting and educational dig in the Old Crypt Schoolroom. Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help and to Kevin and Nick from Avon Archaeology Ltd who took so much time to share their archaeological wisdom!

The volunteers found some fantastic small finds including a toy canon and writing slates and styli that help us imagine the schoolboys who once worked and played here!

There are more photos  from the dig by clicking on the photo below which will take you to the Discover de Crypt Facebook page.


Discover DeCrypt – October Update

October Project Update: Good things come to those who wait…!

Well – it’s all starting to happen! After months of behind-the-scenes work, we are one step closer to appointing a contractor: we’ve shortlisted five who will be asked to submit their detailed proposal and costs. Once the Heritage Lottery Fund have approved our preferred contractor, we’ll be able to sign on the dotted line! We hope to be able to announce the successful bidder in early December, with work programmed to start on site in the New Year.

The full October newsletter is available here and more information on the Discover DeCrypt project is available here.

Appeal by the Head and the OC’s President

Nick Dyer, Headmaster of the Crypt School and Bob Tims, President of the Old Cryptians Club are making a joint Appeal to Cryptians for the funds necessary to allow the Discover DeCrypt Project to get underway, following the successful award by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Time is short.  Please act NOW.

President celebrates Discover DeCrypt funding success

Bob Timms recognises the funding milestone and thanks contributors to the project in a message published today

Lottery Funds for the Discover DeCrypt Project

The Project Team are delighted to announce that a substantial grant of nearly £1.4M has been awarded to the Discover DeCrypt project.  The renovation and regeneration of the ancient Crypt Schoolroom and St. Mary de Crypt church has thus taken a big step forward.