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Early contender for the Booker prize

Committee member and wannabe president of the Old Cryptians' Club, Matt Cass, has published a paperback version of his heavily subscribed and highly amusing* Lockdown #1 Facebook updates. Click To Tweet

The book gives a fascinating insight into the daily life of our ambitious and intrepid Old Cryptian as he negotiates the daily grind of lockdown living and disappearing children.

Unfortunately he has already started posting Lockdown #2 updates which may portend a second volume.

Proceeds from the sale of the book (should there be any) will be donated to NHS charities.

 

 

*No money changed hands in return for this description.

 


 

Brian Jones – (1946-53)


Howard Allen writes with sad news.

“I much regret to inform you that my very dear friend B.A. ‘Brian’ Jones passed away on Thursday in hospital of CV 19. He was aged 86.

Brian was President of OCC, a member of OCRFC and played for GRFC in early 1960s. A tremendous back row forward and popular for his dash with the Shed.

He was commissioned in Royal Artillery in mid 1950s-short service commission with his National Service.

He was for many years an outstanding presenter and commentator in motor racing at Brands hatch and other circuits. He possessed a wonderful command of the spoken word and a memorable voice.

He is the only brother of Gordon Jones – former president OCC- now approaching his 90th birthday.

We grew up  in The Oval in the war and post war years – Brian at 33 – me at 23-such happy times-from cowboys to sport!”

The Club extends its condolences to Gordon and Brian’s family.

A number of online obituaries have been published:

For an overview of his many broadcasts, please see his website.


 

 

Christmas greetings from the Head

Dear Old Cryptians,
It has been a quite extraordinary year for us all, but I do hope that this note from your old school finds you all safe and well. The Crypt has endured through the ups and downs of the last 9 months, as it always has, and I think risen tremendously well to the challenges we have all faced. The students take great heart from knowing that the School has endured many, and indeed more demanding challenges in its long and distinguished history, which gives them the resolve needed to cope with the challenges of the present.
I have been immensely proud to be the Headmaster of the School over this period, as it has been a real privilege to lead and work with such a wonderfully committed group of staff and a fine set of young people.
I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and we hope for better days ahead.
My very best wishes,
Nick 


 

Christmas Greetings from OC President

Well, what a year we have experienced. Back in February when we were contemplating how we could manage the AGM and dinner in March I am sure none of us were expecting to be still in the grip of this pandemic at Christmas.

Each and every one of us have been impacted and on behalf of the Club I would like to offer my sincere condolences to those that have suffered losses over the year. I sincerely hope that the vast majority remain in good health and good spirits and are looking forward to a break over Christmas, although probably not the Christmas we all are used to.

As a committee, we have made changes to how we operate and along with many others we have embraced the digital world and hold our meetings on line. We will be sending details in the new year about the arrangements for our 2021 AGM. Unfortunately there will be no March AGM and dinner, although I like to think that we will be able to hold an event later in the year once the vaccinations have done their thing.

I have been very impressed with the measures that the school has implemented to ensure that learning continues for all pupils, especially those preparing for exams and those who have required additional support. The regular videos posted to YouTube show that life in school continues with the usual events and plenty of music – well done. I recommend taking some time to see how the school has marked events such as Founders’ Day and the Remembrance Service.

On Thursday 17 December the annual Christmas Carol Service was broadcast on YouTube and made available for later viewing.

Finally, on behalf of all Old Cryptians everywhere, I wish you a safe and healthy Christmas and much better New Year.

Adam


 

Robert Ireland (1949-57)


We are saddened to learn of the passing in October 2020 of Bob Ireland who was at the Crypt School 1949-57 and who had spoken at the 475th anniversary dinner.
Bob was a pioneer of air travel magazine publishing and we will have an obituary in the next Cryptian.


 

 

 

John Allison MRPharmS (1946 – 53)


We are saddened to learn of the passing in October 2020 of John Allison MRPharmS who was at the Crypt School 1946-53.
John was a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and practised for many
years in the Linden district of Gloucester.


Thanks to Dr. Graham Russell for passing the news on to us.

John Allison former Cryptian (1946-53) and pharmacist in Linden, Gloucester. Click To Tweet

 

Peter Power MbChB (1942-49)


We are saddened to learn of the passing of Old Cryptian Peter Power who was at the Crypt School from 1942-1949 before studying medicine at Bristol University Medical School with fellow Cryptians Alec Horton, Graham Russell & Bryan Green.  He was for a time in General Medical Practice in Gloucester.

He made 135 appearances for the Old Cryptian Rugby Club from 1951-1971.


Thanks to Dr. Graham Russell for passing the news on to us.

Peter Power MbChb former Cryptian (1942-49) and OCRFC (1951-71) Click To Tweet

Dr. Steve Ward – BLACK PERFORMERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY CIRCUS

Dr. Steve Ward (’63-’70) has published a short article “Black Performers of the 19th Century Circus” for Black History Month and as a precursor to his next book Artistes of Colour; Ethnic Diversity and Representation in the Victorian Circus will be published by the Modern Vaudeville Press in February 2021. Check out  www.modernvaudevillepress.com for further details nearer release date.

Doctor Steve Ward is a social historian and has written several books on aspects of the social and cultural history of the circus.

The Cryptian 2019/20

The latest edition of The Cryptian magazine has been published as an online only magazine and is available to all members and non-members.

This edition is available for download as well as the online presentation but we felt that the logistical and administration burden of sending physical copies to members was too much given the huge additional workload that school office is under during this pandemic period.

We hope you enjoy reading as much as we have enjoyed collating and creating.

The Cryptian 2019/20

We welcome your thoughts about the magazine content and are already collecting articles for next years, hopefully Covid-free edition – please comment here or by email to the President.

 

The School Autumn Concert

The school will be showcasing the musical talents of many of the current pupils in the annual Autumn concert.

This will be available from 19:30 on Wednesday October 21st on YouTube.