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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.

Founders’ Day Service and OCC Dinner

Founders’ Day – Wednesday 19 June 2019
The President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club have great pleasure in inviting you to Founders’ Day on 19 June.

Dear Old Cryptians and friends,

I am very pleased to inform you of the programme for this special day in the School’s calendar.

7.15pm The Founders’ Day Service in Gloucester Cathedral

Old Cryptians, partners and friends will be most welcome to attend the Service (in place by 7.00pm please). For seats in the Cathedral, it would be helpful if you would contact Sue Wales (Headmaster’s PA) on 01452 530291 or swales@crypt.gloucs.sch.ukI shall look forward to meeting you during the day and later at the Parliament Suite.

8.30pm The Founders’ Day Supper – The Parliament Suite of Gloucester Cathedral

This occasion is open to all Old Cryptians, their guests and friends of the Crypt School. This is an evening not to be missed, with excellent food on offer.

The Parliament Suite is a short walk from the Cathedral and, on arrival, a drinks reception will be held.

The meal will consist of a cold buffet followed by a choice of desserts and coffee. Crypt students will be on hand to assist guests as required.

The evening will include addresses from myself and from the incoming President. The Headmaster will report on progress at the Crypt School. In line with tradition, we will hold a raffle to the benefit of the Benevolent Fund and will conclude with the School Song.

The cost of the meal will be £30. Wine will be available at a nominal price and can be ordered from your table. Please complete the Reservation Form below:

Reservation Form.doc                      Reservation Form.pdf 

I shall look forward to meeting you during the day and later at the Parliament Suite.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Smith (1980 – 1983)
President

 

 

Old Cryptian’s Annual Golf Day for the Tony Beard Cup

Old Cryptians’ Annual Golf Day for the Tony Beard Cup
Wednesday 19 June
at Rodway Hill Golf Club Highnam

First Tee 10.30am

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY FOR COFFEE AND BACON ROLLS
18 HOLE STABLEFORD FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AND PRIZEGIVING

Please make every effort to join us for a memorable day – meeting old school pals and enjoying a game of golf. Guests are welcome to attend the day, with a prize for the best score off handicap.

MAXIMUM HANDICAP ALLOWANCE  24.  NORMAL GOLF COURSE DRESS CODE PLEASE

Total cost for the day £25

Please contact Bob Timms by Wednesday 12 June if you are able to attend:
01452 722151 or robert-timms@hotmail.co.uk 

 

 

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:

Read more…

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.

John Danter

John Danter 1941-9 went to RMA Sandhurst rather than university. See Valete in the December 1949 Cryptian.

John, peacefully after a short illness at Perth Royal Infirmary on Friday 1st February 2019, aged 88 years. Former South Staffordshire Regiment, and Chartered Surveyor with Bidwells, beloved husband of the late Heather, father of Alistair, father in law of Helen and deeply loved grandfather of Fiona, Molly and Tara.

The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday 13th February at St Ninian’s Cathedral, North Methven St, Perth at 11 a.m. and after at Jeanfield Cemetery, cortege arrived at the Rannoch Road Gate at 12 noon attended by family and friends.

 

Roy Price Nicholas (1936-2019)

Roy Price Nicholas (1936-2019)

Roy Nicholas, a talented former Cryptian, has recently passed away after a lifelong service to the local community. Roy was at the Crypt during the immediate post war period and distinguished himself from an early age in the field of mathematics and science. He was also a prodigious musician excelling at the piano and later organ. Roy had the misfortune of losing his father during his teenage years which forced him to leave Crypt prematurely to help look after the family.

He took an apprenticeship at GAC in Brockworth and worked on the development of both the Meteor and the Javelin. He later joined Smiths Industries (Aviation division) at Cheltenham working on instrumentation for the Concord.

His strong personality stood him in good stead as he rose to Shop Steward. Later he worked as Personnel Manager at Bensons based in Brimscombe before the company moved to Malaysia.

Roy was on Minchinhampton Parish Council for no less than 50 years and for a long period from the 1970’s on Stroud (Urban) District Council. He supervised the eventual move to Ebley Mill and was instrumental in helping to found the Longfield Hospice in Minchinhampton. His many interests apart from Organ playing at the Crypt school and many Provincial Masonic functions included singing as 2nd Tenor with the Dursley male voice choir.

After a very busy and productive life we remember Roy with considerable pride and extend our condolences to his son Stedman and daughter Sarah.

OCC Dinner 2019 – 23rd March

 

On behalf of your President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club, I am pleased to invite you to the Old Cryptians’ Club AGM and Annual Reunion Dinner.  

This year, the event will be held at the Church of St Mary de Crypt and the Old Crypt Schoolrooms, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1PT.

The venue has been undergoing major renovation with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and our event will be the first function to be held there, following the completion of the project.