On yer bike Briggs

OCC stalwart and budding Eddie Merckx has completed a 400+ miles cycling trip to explore the countryside of Northern Ireland and to sample sea cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way.  He is raising money for an education charity that has been running for 21 years.

The Crypt School in Gloucester sets high standards but many aspirational pupils come from homes where money is scarce. Here the OCC Centenary Bursary Fund can help.

“I start and finish in Belfast and hope to learn more about this city at election time when many questions are being asked about Northern Ireland and its future. My story will form the basis of a Cryptian article.”

Richard Briggs (1955-63)

Please consider donating at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/cycle-touring-for-the-crypt-bursary-fund

The Cryptian 2022

Once again we’re calling on members to put pen to paper to provide an article for The Cryptian. The publication only survives on people taking part to provide content so if you feel you would like to contribute then please do contact me. It would be great to get some fresh and original articles for the next publication. 

OCC Shop

shopping cart

After some technical challenges following the upgrade to the website we have got the shop up and running again.

The next thing we want to look at is what we should be selling. The ties sell quite well especially before the annual dinner, as does the beanie. Maybe a decent pen with the Club logo?

What do you think would sell, or what would you buy? Send your suggestions to us here.

Raising money for The Bursary Fund

The easy way

By changing the URL you use to access Amazon you could be donating 0.5% of the purchase price to the Bursary Fund every time you shop.  So far, OCs have raised £75 with no effort required!  Next time you are tempted to cycle Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the bursary, think again and set up the the Amazon way – no blisters, no planning, no effort.

The simplest way to do this is to use the smile.amazon.co.uk from any PC, laptop or mobile device.  If this is your first time there, you will be asked to accept cookies – I recommend not accepting all cookies and use the confirm my choice option.  Annoyingly this takes you away from the page you want to be on,  So, go back to https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1094627-0 and select Start Shopping.

You may need to log in at this point, but from now on you should be raising money each time you shop at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1094627-0

If you use the Amazon app on an Android phone/tablet you can set up smile.amazon in the Settings.

  1. Check that you have the latest version of the Amazon app. Update instructions are here.
  2. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device.
  3. Login.
  4. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’.
  5. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn Amazon Smile on.

The instructions seem to suggest that it is the same for the iPhone/iPad app, but I don’t see it on my phone.  Instead I have saved the page using “Add to home screen” from the share options.  This saves the page you are looking at as a new “app” on your home screen (with the Amazon Smile logo).


Welcome to the last eNews of 2021

Its been an interesting year, to say the least, in terms of the future of the Old Cryptians’ Club. We are still working through the implications of the 1539 Foundation for us and how that shapes the future of the club. Myself and Simon Smith, the Vice-President, had a good meeting with the head and the administrator of the foundation recently. It will help us look at how we can take the OCC forward and I hope to share those plans once we have an agreed position with the committee.

OCC eNews December 2021




100 Facts, Myths and Legends

Our very own Matthew Cass (future president) and Paul James (past president) have published the ideal stocking filler just in time for Christmas.
Buy through Amazon Smile and a teeny percentage goes to the OC Centenary Bursary Fund.

The Cryptian 2020-21

David Goodwin Lane QC (1957-65)

The Club is grateful to Graham Russell for bringing to our attention the sad passing of David Lane on October 6th.

David was a Queens Counsel and Recorder of Crown Court (Rtd.) who after Crypt had studied law at Kings College London & was awarded its Gold Medal.

Dearest husband of Jacky, Father to Antonia and Julian, Beloved Grandpa of Joel.

His service was held at Cheltenham Crematorium (Oak Chapel), on Monday, 25th October 2021 at 2.00 p.m.

We send our condolences to his family and friends.


Richard Evans (1948-1954)

Howard Allen writes to inform us of the sad news that Richard Evans (1948-1954) has died on 10th September 2021.

I regret to inform you of the death of a very dear friend – Richard Evans. We came together in 1947 when Richard arrived in The Oval from Anglo Egyptian Sudan where his father was a railway engineer.

Richard was a member of 1st XV and 1st XI (1954) also a superb swimmer for Whitefield House. He played for many years for OCRFC prior to his move to Chelmsford in mid 1970s.

He served for 4 years in RAF-technical branch. (1954-1958) before embarking on a career in electronic marketing.

I have conveyed to Sandra and family condolences of OCC. Richard was a stalwart member for many years, but had been resident in a care home in the latter part of his life.



Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities.

1) The club are looking for a business (or businesses) to sponsor the £500 cost for the 2022 Leavers’ Ties.
If you feel you can help or would like more information please email president@oldcryptians.org

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