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A message from your Membership Secretary…….
final few email addresses
This is a plea, supported by our President, from the Membership Secretary, to those remaining 12% of Old Cryptians who do not have an email address.
We really must stop posting to members (even 2nd class letter costs 61p) in favour of 100% email. However the Cryptian will continue to be posted to those members who still like to receive a printed copy as one of their subscription benefits.
If you know of any fellow Old Cryptians who do not use email please would you kindly have a word with them to encourage them to provide an email address, it need not be their own. Perhaps they have a tech savvy relative who is prepared to pass on messages, invitations and our eNews newsletter in printed form.
In doing this you would be helping to significantly lower our administration costs.
The Cryptian was distributed to members at the annual school prizegiving in September. The Head, Nick Dyer commented “I am delighted that the Cryptian magazine, after a short absence, is now back and, I have to say, looking very good indeed”.
If you haven’t received your copy via post or personal delivery
it should be with you very soon.
For many years, the Old Cryptians’ Club has collected membership fees paid by cheque or Standing Order. Whilst this has mostly worked well in the past, the administrative burden is proving difficult to justify.
To that end, we would like all members to set up a Direct Debit on line. We have chosen an online direct debit system from GoCardless to provide best value for the club. The system is fully compliant with the banking direct debit system and offers full protection under the Direct Debit Guarantee.
Signing up now (and remembering to cancel your standing order) will help us, although there is no requirement to just yet. No money will be taken from your account until 7th January.
Over the next few months, information will be sent out to all members, so please look out for the emails – we’ll not flood your inbox!
Richard Browning from the OCC Committee attended the annual Leavers Party on a superb evening which was held outside the new cricket pavilion.
Apart from live music and refreshments including a hog roast dinner, the proceedings were in the capable hands of headmaster Nick Dyer who was ably supported by Sue Wales.
Most people present appeared to represent the Crypt School PTA who are so supportive of the school and raise considerable funds which cover the valuable extras enabling the school to continue to provide excellent all round experience for the pupils.
It was good to hear more about the school rugby tour to SouthAfrica which is happening soon and the recent visit to the school of the Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Akkerman and Nick’s speech was very supportive of the role of Old Cryptians, including the annual awards to students provided by the Bursary. The committee plan to provide more representation at next years event.
Following the very enjoyable and impressive service in the cathedral, the dinner took place in the Parliament Suite, along the lines of earlier years, with 53 attending a buffet meal. The lack of numbers was slightly disappointing compared with other years but people seemed to enjoy the evening.
As well as celebrating the founding of the school, the dinner is used to handover the presidency of the club. We were able to reflect on a successful year in office from Jason, who has set in place the revival of the much missed Cryptian magazine, delivered a succession plan for future presidents and planted the seeds for defining a purpose for the club in the future.
The headmaster once again gave an overview of the considerable achievements that the school can lay claim to over the current school year and outlined exciting plans for the future.
To mark the opening of the new Sports Pavilion, we are offering OC’s the opportunity to purchase a bench which will be placed outside the new pavilion, and which will bear the name of the donor on a special commemorative plaque.The benches will cost approx. £250 and if you would like to donate one to the School and have your name on the bench please email Sue Wales with the amount you wish to donate, your name (or the name you would like on the bench) and your (or their) years at the School. All donations will be gratefully received.
We received this charming letter from Derek Pearce (1934 – 1939)
Dear Mr. Richard Briggs,
Corton House is a care home. Coming down in the lift to breakfast I was joined
by a new resident.I enquired of his name and where he came from.The answer
was Gloucester. I asked him if he was an old Cryptian. Yes he answered.
His name is Aubrey Norton Hill.
I do not know what the odds are of two ninety year old Cryptians meeting up in
the same care home in Norwich miles from Gloucester - it’s beyond my maths.
I feel we both have had interesting lives and we do spend a little time
reminiscing about the Crypt.
Enclosed please find copy of a photograph taken of us this week.Aubrey is in the dark shirt, I am in the blue sweater.
My kind regards,
The SCBSG will be performing the work as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2020. Taking part in the workshop means you will be first on the list for an invitation to participate in the performance.
The OCC Committee met on 12th May without contravening any lockdown guidance – embracing the 21st century we met by Skype. This marks a new beginning for the committee and will make it easier in the future to welcome committee members wherever they live.