General News

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 

 

Gloucestershire Exiles

 

Howard Allen, a Past President of the Old Cryptians Club, is a huge fan of Cricket wherever or by whom it is played.  He is particularly keen on Gloucestershire Exiles  (click) which is a part social and fund-raising organisation which exists to support Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.  Howard invites all Cricket lovers to take a look at the piece (MS Word) and consider joining.

 

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 mail@discoverdecrypt.org.uk, 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.

From www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk (with ads, autoplay video and pop ups – and an alarmingly large photo of a past president of the OCC)

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.

 

New coffee house, old Cryptian

The city’s newest coffee house and restaurant in The Oxebode, just off Northgate Street, is expected to open from 8.30am to 7pm daily.

“I am going to be running the business when it opens. It is the dream of one family who experiences something very similar when they were on holiday 10 years ago,” said Mr Izatt, a former Crypt School pupil and one-time aircraft engineer.

New coffee house – Gloucestershire Live

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.

Welcome to some new Old Cryptians

The Club welcomes seventeen Cryptians who left the School this summer.  Under the policy adopted several years ago, these OCs will enjoy free membership until they reach the age of 21, or cease fulltime education and training (whichever is the later).  The Old Cryptians Club thanks the School Office for organising this induction of new U21 members.