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Old Cryptians’ Club eNews October 2019

 

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President
Adam Ashby
(1973 – 1978)

The School would like to warmly invite Old Cryptians to the
Annual Remembrance Service on Monday, 11 November at 10.30am  

If anyone is interested in attending, please could they email  swales@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk and arrive at the school for 10.15am

London Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

The 2019 London Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, LONDON, EC4A 2BU

Saturday 16 November from 6.00pm

Please click here for further details and booking form

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.

Many thanks,

Richard Briggs (1955-63)
Membership Secretary
membership@oldcryptians.org
01694 723845
07870 401399

The Cryptian has returned!

 

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.

 

Membership information: https://oldcryptians.org/membership/

Membership Direct Debit: https://oldcryptians.org/membership/direct-debit/

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London Old Cryptians AGM and Dinner

On behalf of the Committee of the London Old Cryptians’ Club, I would like to invite you to:

The 2019 London Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese,
145 Fleet Street
LONDON, EC4A 2BU

Saturday, 16th November, from 6pm
RSVP: Friday 27th October.

The cost of the meal will be £32 inc £1 annual membership of the London Old Cryptians’ Club.

If you would like to attend then please:

Option 1: Bank Transfer (preferred)

  1. 1. Please email John Rose
  2. Include Your name, years at the school, vegetarian preference and how you have paid.
  3. Make payment by bank transfer – details below
Bank: Lloyds
Sort code: 30-95-74
Account number: 01002236
Reference: YOUR SURNAME

Option 2. Cheque

As above, but send cheque to:
Andrew Prosser
The Penthouse
William House
45 Bury Fields
GUILDFORD
GU2 4AZ

Option 3. Eventbrite

Online registration

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.
Please do forward to any OCs you think would be interesting in attending.

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Thank you
John
John Rose (1982-89)
Chairman, London Old Cryptians
07818 442 772

 

 

Set up Direct Debit membership payments

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!

The link to sign up is https://pay.gocardless.com/AL00027584CFQ3

We’d be happy to receive any feedback – please email webmaster@oldcryptians.org with any questions.

 

 

Leavers’ Party

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.

 

The Crypt School is the best state-funded secondary school in Gloucestershire

So says Reach plc who publish the esteemed Gloucestershire Live portal.  Something we have all known for many years.

Read the full article here. There will be adverts, pop ups and general annoyance.

 

Founders’ Day Dinner 2019

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.

Read more…

Crypt School Sports Pavilion

The new Crypt School Sports Pavilion

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.

 

Norwich Nonagenarians

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,
Your sincerely
Derek Pearce.

Read more…

Your chance to take on the Symphony of a Thousand

Fancy taking on one of the largest-scale choral works in classical music history?

The South Cotswold Big Sing Group (SCBSG) are running a workshop this month on Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.8.

Due to the huge instrumental and vocal forces needed to perform it, the piece is nicknamed Symphony of a Thousand.

The group is holding the workshop from 10am-4pm at the Crypt School, Gloucester, on April 27.

Adrian Partington, director of music at Gloucester Cathedral, is running the workshop.

Tea and coffee will be provided and scores are available either to hire or purchase.

Booking is required if you would like to take part, with places £25 per singer.

Forms are available from Jos Gregson ( 01454 411652 or jos@josgregson.plus.com or they can be downloaded from sccg.info.

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.

 

 

Discover deCrypt – OPEN

The refurbished St Mary DeCrypt Church and Old School Classroom in Southgate Street, Gloucester is now open to the public on Tuesdays to Sundays and well worth a visit.

Please see the Discover deCrypt website for all the details.

The Guardian reported on the opening last week – read the article here.