Air Vice-Marshal John Lawrence CB, CBE, AFC
We are sad to learn that Air Vice-Marshal John Thornett Lawrence CB, CBE, AFC, who was educated at the school, died on 18 December.
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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.
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.
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).
This Constitution was agreed at the 2009 EGM but it was also agreed that the Committee should revisit the text in the light of the numerous suggestions aimed at clarifying, improving and correcting what was there. Your Committee therefore has considered the points which were raised, including further suggestions sent to the Secretary, and produced a set of proposals which we think are not contentious but will require to be submitted to an AGM for approval. That approval will require a two- thirds majority of 40% of the membership voting at the meeting or by proxy. However, we know from direct experience the impracticability of debating constitutional detail at an AGM but you also made it clear that you would want wider consultation on content beforehand.
Simon Birch (1979-83) has written a book called The Last Generations which tells the story of those Old Cryptians killed in the two World Wars of the 20th Century. He has been helped by his wife Sarah and by Ray Pocock who has two grandsons currently at the Crypt School. It is hoped that this book will be published early in the New Year and further details will be available on this website at that time.
John Paddock(1962-80) who is the Vicar of St. George’s Tuffley and who preached at the Founders’ Day service in the Cathedral in 2004, has been awarded a Ph.D by the University of Glasgow for his thesis on 16th Century Spanish Literature.
After leaving school, David has pursued a career in private instrumental and vocal teaching and in 2004 gained the Certificate in Vocal and Instrumental Teaching from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently teaches flute, piano and singing; with perhaps the biggest achievement being that his 68 year old pupil recently gained distinction at grade 1 piano.
He is actively involved in Musical Theatre in the area, where recent productions have included the rock musical “The Little Shop of Horrors”, and Gershwin’s toe-tapping “Crazy for You”. He has continued to compose music too, and has recently had several pieces published including ‘Two Pieces for Flute Duet and Piano’ ‘On the Box for Flute and Piano’ and ‘Five Fanfare for Organ’. He has been commissioned on a number of occasions to compose organ music for special services in churches around Gloucester.
Iain McKillop (1965-72) has recently completed a commission for the Lady Chapel in Gloucester Cathedral. The Altarpiece was dedicated at a service in the Cathedral on 22 February and can now be seen by visitors. In addition, Iain’s 2003 series of Stations of the Cross: Stations in a Suffering World is also to be seen in the Cathedral. This is a very busy year for Iain for he has already had works exhibited In Guildford and St. Paul’s Cathedrals and he will also be exhibiting some of his work at Worcester Cathedral in April and in Lichfield Cathedral in July-August 2004.