General News

Old Cryptians and Founders’ Day

SAVE THE DATE!  Monday 27th June will be a great day in the School and the Old Cryptians’ Calendar.  In the morning Bob Timms, our incoming President, will host the Annual Golf Competition at Rodway Hill, Highnam, with Crypt boys competing with Old Cryptians for the impressive Tony Beard Cup.  The traditional Cathedral Service will take place in the early evening and this will be followed by a Supper in the historic Parliament Rooms where Richard Briggs, after a year of service, makes way for Bob Timms, a long standing member of the Old Cryptians Club Committee.  Look out for the invitation and acceptance forms which will be emailed, posted and displayed on this site.

Discover DeCrypt – May is a busy month

Catch up with the latest programme of events by reading Discover DeCrypt eNews.  The committed Project Team are working hard to raise awareness about this exciting project centred on St. Mary de Crypt Church and the associated Tudor Schoolroom.  Find more on this site under Activities/General.

AGM 2016 – Reminder

The AGM of the Old Cryptians’ Club will be held at Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm tomorrow, 12th March beginning at 6.45 p.m.  The relevant papers have been posted on this site at Activities/General – 2016 Programme – AGM 2016.

AGM and Reunion Dinner 2016

Invitations to this year’s function on Saturday, 12th March have been sent out to all Old Cryptians on our membership list.  For more information, and to download the forms, please look in the Events Diary on this site.  We welcome everyone with past or present connections to the Crypt School, not just members of the Old Cryptians Club.

Cenotaph Parade

A group of Old Cryptians together with five Crypt pupils from Gloucester travelled to London on Sunday to take part in the Nation’s Act of Remembrance – the Parade at the Cenotaph followed by the March to Horseguards Parade.  To be included is a very great honour for the School and the Old Cryptians’ Club.  A full report will appear in the Cryptian.

The Crypt School – 475 Years (Special sale price)

Copies of this amazing book, a story and a rich photographic record of the Crypt School, are still available, now at the special price of £10.  Please contact Howard Allen at or on 01452 812638.  Updated order form here 475-Book-order-form, v2.  This was an expensive production in the 475th anniversary of the Crypt and your support will contribute to the financial health of the Old Cryptians’ Club.


475 Book - front cover


Featuring James Roose-Evans

Are Old Cryptians aware of the fantastic venture founded by a prominent OC – James Roose-Evans?  Recently James founded Frontier Theatre Productions which aims to highlight the contribution that older actors can make in a world obsessed by youth.  Big name actors are backing the project and, as well as a London base, a programme for the next 12 months has been established.  Frontier TP has received charitable status and there is thus the opportunity to back this fledgling company by becoming an angel at an appropriate (and tax efficient) level.

Updating personal details

Nino Pelopida (1955-63), a member of the Old Cryptians’ Committee, is emailing members to update details that are held securely on our membership database.  If you would like to contact Nino to discuss this exercise (or in fact to pre-empt an email), please contact him on 01722 324094.  It is important to have correct postal addresses in advance of the summer holiday posting of the Cryptian.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Discover DeCrypt – Appeal to all Old Cryptians

The project Discover DeCrypt is seen as the last real opportunity to save St Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Crypt Tudor Schoolroom in Southgate St, Gloucester from closure.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have grant funded the initial design stage of the project.  The delivery of the project is to cost in excess of £1.5 million, of which HLF will be requested to fund over £1 million, subject to match-funding from both the private and public sectors of £0.5 million being achieved.

A good proportion of these costs are confidently expected to be met by the generosity of various organisations and trusts.  However, the project will not succeed without the grass-roots support of local individuals and organisations.

In view of the importance of making these important historic buildings suitable for wider use within the community, as Old Cryptians, we need to be actively involved as both ‘Friends and Donors’ in supporting the renovation of these historic buildings.

Please call Richard Browning on 01452-310321 or email for more details as required and an explanatory leaflet

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Golf on Monday, 29th June 2015 – an update

Bob Timms, who is organising the golf competition on the morning of Founders’ Day, would love to see more players. To avoid the bother of posting a cheque, he says that we can pay on the day. The format is individual Stableford over 18 holes of the charming Rodway Hill GC course at Highnam, just outside Gloucester. We will meet from about 0930 for coffee and bacon rolls with the first tees at 1015. After a round in the company of Old Cryptians and friends we will gather in the clubhouse for lunch and the presentation of the splendid Tony Beard Cup for the best net score. There will also be a prize for the best guest score. All this for £27, so don’t delay. Please phone Bob on 01452 813402 or 07881401295, or contact him at