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Members Directory May 2014

The 20 May 2014 version of the OCC Members Directory has now been published.  Do register/login (if you haven’t already) with username and password to access the list of current Members.

THE CRYPT SCHOOL 475 YEARS – Binding problem

A technical problem with the binding of the book has been identified. A new edition with an alternative binding will be issued soon to you. Both the editor and printer much regret any inconvenience to you. IF YOU PURCHASED YOUR COPY AT THE ANNUAL DINNER PLEASE CONTACT HOWARD ALLEN ( WITH THE DETAILS OF YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS.

Old Cryptians on Radio Gloucestershire

On Saturday morning (0940 or 1040) Howard Allen will be interviewed live on the 475th anniversary of the School and the Old Cryptians’ Club dinner in the evening.  A great start to what will surely be a memorable day!

The Crypt School – 475 Years (new time for book Launch)

The launch of this new book, edited by Howard Allen, will take place at 6.15 p.m. (arrive 6.00 p.m. in the Abbey Lounge) not 6.30 as previously advertised.

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.