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Leavers’ Party

Richard Browning from the OCC Committee attended the annual Leavers Party on a superb evening  which was held outside the new cricket pavilion.

Apart from live music and refreshments including  a hog roast dinner, the proceedings were in the capable hands of headmaster Nick Dyer who was ably supported by Sue Wales.

Most people present appeared to represent the Crypt School PTA who are so supportive of the school and raise considerable funds which cover the valuable extras enabling the school to continue to provide excellent all round experience for the pupils.

It was good to hear more about the school rugby tour to SouthAfrica which is happening soon and the recent visit to the school of the Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Akkerman and Nick’s speech was very supportive of the role of Old Cryptians, including the annual awards to students provided by the Bursary. The committee plan to provide more representation at next years event.

 

The Crypt School is the best state-funded secondary school in Gloucestershire

So says Reach plc who publish the esteemed Gloucestershire Live portal.  Something we have all known for many years.

Read the full article here. There will be adverts, pop ups and general annoyance.

 

Founders’ Day Dinner 2019

Following the very enjoyable and impressive service in the cathedral, the dinner took place in the Parliament Suite, along the lines of earlier years, with 53 attending a buffet meal.  The lack of numbers was slightly disappointing compared with other years but people seemed to enjoy the evening. 

As well as celebrating the founding of the school, the dinner is used to handover the presidency of the club. We were able to reflect on a successful year in office from Jason, who has set in place the revival of the much missed Cryptian magazine, delivered a succession plan for future presidents and planted the seeds for defining a purpose for the club in the future.

The headmaster once again gave an overview of the considerable achievements that the school can lay claim to over the current school year and outlined exciting plans for the future.

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Crypt School Sports Pavilion

The new Crypt School Sports Pavilion

To mark the opening of the new Sports Pavilion, we are offering OC’s the opportunity to purchase a bench which will be placed outside the new pavilion, and which will bear the name of the donor on a special commemorative plaque.The benches will cost approx. £250 and if you would like to donate one to the School and have your name on the bench please email Sue Wales with the amount you wish to donate, your name (or the name you would like on the bench) and your (or their) years at the School. All donations will be gratefully received.

 

Norwich Nonagenarians

We received this charming letter from Derek Pearce (1934 – 1939)

Dear Mr. Richard Briggs,
Corton House is a care home. Coming down in the lift to breakfast I was joined 
by a new resident.  I enquired of his name and where he came from.  The answer 
was Gloucester. I asked him if he was an old Cryptian. Yes he answered.
His name is Aubrey Norton Hill.
I do not know what the odds are of two ninety year old Cryptians meeting up in 
the same care home in Norwich miles from Gloucester - it’s beyond my maths.
I feel we both have had interesting lives and we do spend a little time 
reminiscing about the Crypt.
Enclosed please find copy of a photograph taken of us this week.  
Aubrey is in the dark shirt, I am in the blue sweater.
My kind regards,
Your sincerely
Derek Pearce.

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John Crowe (1934 – 40)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John (CJ) Crowe.  John died on 10th May 2019, aged 95.  He was a loving husband to Connie, father to Geoffrey and Brian, father-in-law to Jane and Hilary, and grandfather to Jared and Joel. The funeral service at will be held at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium at 2.30 p.m. on Monday 3rd June. Refreshments at Wildernesse Golf Club, Sevenoaks. All enquiries to Francis Chappell & Sons. Tel: 01732 450203.

John was a high achiever in his career with ICI which built on his graduation from the London School of Economics.

John was very generous to the Crypt School in his lifetime.  He was a very loyal, long term and popular member of the Old Cryptians Club and this was recognised by Life Membership.  He attended events in Gloucester, Oxford and London until quite recently.  Old Cryptians will be welcomed on the 10th May but please contact the family via the ‘phone number above.

Discover deCrypt – OPEN

The refurbished St Mary DeCrypt Church and Old School Classroom in Southgate Street, Gloucester is now open to the public on Tuesdays to Sundays and well worth a visit.

Please see the Discover deCrypt website for all the details.

The Guardian reported on the opening last week – read the article here.

 

 

Application for a Primary School

The School are delighted to announce that Wave 14 for Free School Applications has now opened and are in the process of writing an application for a Primary School which will be submitted in September 2019.

Please register your interest using this survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/primaryfreeschool/

If you would like more information The School will be holding an information morning in the very near future and a date will be published shortly.

The School will be engaging with our local community in the coming months, but in the meantime if you have any enquiries then please contact Mrs Paulina Kirkpatrick pkirkpatrick@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk or Mrs Sharon Bailey sbailey@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk

 

J B Griffiths 1932 – 2018

John Griffiths of Pound Hill, Great Brickhill, Buckinghamshire was a pupil at The Crypt Grammar School from 1943-48 and studied for his qualifications in Chemistry before taking up National Service in 1957.

His entire working career was spent at Unilever where he spent time in Nairobi before ending his carrer as a director of a large Unilever subsidiary.

Peter Hobbs remembers him thus:

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Derek Rowles

Derek Rowles ’47-50 , whose father was managing director of Barons Engineering in Gloucester.

ROWLES Derek Died suddenly and peacefully at home on Saturday 2nd February 2019, aged 83 years. Rosemary his wife and Susannah his daughter will miss him keenly. His funeral will be held at Gloucester Crematorium on Monday 25th February 2019, at 1:30pm. No need for flowers, donations if desired to www.mndassociation.org

An article by Derek about Brixton Windmill – the last working windmill in London – which was painted by his mother and featured in an exhibition at Gloucester City Museum in 2004.

A GloucestershireLive article about a Blue Plaque unveiled to commemorate Dame Sidney Browne, founder and first President of the Royal College of Nursing installed on Derek’s house in Cheltenham.