General News

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



Help with Archive: Meet old friends

At our May Committee meeting  the Headmaster Nick Dyer requested help from Old Cryptians to clear old school archives to make way for much needed space.  To manage this effectively an initial survey is needed followed by an orderly removal of various inventories to other locations.  At present we have in mind  transfer in part to the City Archive in Alvin St. which needs checking out.  Please let Richard Browning know on 01452-310321 or email if and when you are able to help. We can then organise groups of 2 to perform the task before the end of summer term.


St. Mary de Crypt and the Tall Ships Weekend

Gloucester’s Flower Festival opens this weekend to coincide with the beginning of the TALL SHIPS WEEKEND.  There is a service St. Mary de Crypt Service Friday 22 May invite on Friday, 22nd May to celebrate the opening.  Further information under the Activities/General, Discover DeCrypt heading.

Founders’ Day Arrangements

The forms giving details of the activities on Founders’ Day – Monday, 29th June 2015 – have been published on the site.  Please look under Activities/General and sub-heading 2015 Programme.  Any changes to the arrangements will be published on this Old Cryptians’ website.

Golf on Founders’ Day, 29th June

Calling Old Cryptian golfers and friends!  Do consider joining us at Rodway Hill, a few miles outside Gloucester, for the annual golf competition played on the morning of Founders’ Day.  Please note the first tee time is 1015, not 0930 as stated in the reservation form recently emailed to members.  Bob Timms provides more details here Cryptians+Golf+Competition+Form but if a download proves difficult, please contact Bob direct on 01452 813402 or 07881401295.  We hope you can join us on the 29th June, even if your game is a bit rusty!

Appeals Clerk

The School is in desperate need of an Appeals Clerk to take notes at Appeal Hearings for places in Year 7 in September 2015.  Sue Wales, the School Secretary needs someone ‘signed up’ very soon – however the appeals won’t be until June.  Full training will be given.  Payment will also be made. If interested, please contact Sue Wales – or on .01452 530291 –  for a chat. 


AGM and Dinner – Reminder

The AGM and Dinner of the Old Cryptians Club will be held on Saturday, 21st March at Kingsholm.  Full details  and a reservation form can be found at OC Club Dinner Invitation 2015 and OC Club Dinner Reservation Form 2015 .  Arrangements for the Dinner are being co-ordinated by Steve Mace.  Do please contact Steve with any queries – 01452 830145 or   He will be glad to help.