General News

The 475 Book

The new book “The Crypt School – 475 Years” will soon be available.  Follow the link in Activities/General – 475th Anniversary to download the form and place an order.

475th Anniversary – OCC AGM and Reunion Dinner, 29th March 2014

The formal invitation and reservation form have been emailed or posted to all Old Cryptians. If the invitation hasn’t yet reached you please contact Steve Mace or

To download the full invitation and the reservation form go to  Activities General/Reunion Weekend on this website and follow the links.

Don’t miss the chance to meet with Old Cryptian friends in this anniversary year.

Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

Reminder – please keep the weekend of 28/29 March 2014 free.  An announcement will soon be made about the arrangements for the AGM, Annual Dinner and other events in this the 475th anniversary year of the Crypt Grammar School.

Remembrance Day Services

Old Cryptians are welcome to attend one or both of the Remembrance Day Services, these being the Cenotaph Service in London on Sunday, 10th November (please contact John Hughes) and the School Service on Monday, 11th November (please contact Sue Wales at the School).

Friars Orchard name restored

The plan for the housing and green space on the “Gloscat” site is progressing. It has just been announced that the site, off Brunswick Road, will revert to its historic name of Friars Orchard. The site is adjacent to the St Mary de Crypt church and the old schoolroom. It is hoped that the some of the housing developments will also carry names with Crypt School conections.

The “Citizen” features Eric Stephens

Eric Stephens (1950-56) was recently honoured by becoming President of Gloucester Rugby Football Club. This is a very worthy position for an exceptional player who has a lifetime association with this great club.  Eric is also a very active Old Cryptian and was President of the OCC in the year 2011-12.

In the “Weekend Citizen” of 3rd August Eric is featured signing a special board which is located in the newly opened Gloster Boys Bar at Kingsholm – a focal point for anyone who has had the privilege to wear the cherry and white colours.  Eric qualifies in magnificent style, having played in 221 Club matches in his long career for GRFC.  At the opening ceremony, Eric paid tribute to the many people, including those on the Former Players Association, who worked to create the new bar with its memorabilia of past glories.

Posting of “Cryptian” delayed

To those Old Cryptians who normally receive the magazine by post.  The publishing team apologise for the late distribution of the “Cryptian” this summer.  Copies will be despatched from the School as soon as possible in August.

Founders’ Day 2013

Information on Founders’ Day (Wednesday 3rd July 2013) has just been added to the site.  Look under Activities/General and open the attached documents.  Here is a quick link

The OCC Committee do hope that you have this date firmly in your diary and hope to see you at one or all of the activities.

Attend the AGM!

A REMINDER that the Annual General Meeting of the Old Cryptians’ Club will be held on Saturday, 23rd March 2013 starting at 5 p.m.  The venue for the meeting, the John and Joan Cooke Resource Centre at the heart of the Podsmead site is easy to find and is a very pleasant and welcoming location.  Do please consider attending this important meeting;  we need a quorum of 12 minimum.  As well as listening to the standard reports, this is your chance to influence the future direction of the Club.   

The agenda for the meeting can be found here

Annual Reunion Weekend 23rd – 24th March

For Old Cryptians this is the highlight of the social calendar and our President invites you to take part in any of the events which have been organised – watching the Rugby Match on Saturday afternoon, attending the AGM at the School and enjoying the Dinner in the School Hall.  OC’s are also invited to the Morning Service at St. Mary de Crypt Church on the following day.  Read more…