Gloucester Santa Fun Run

The now annual Gloucester Santa Fun Run will be held on Saturday 7th December.

Old Cryptian stalwart and committee member Matt Cass is behind the fun run which raises money for local charities.

See their website for all the details and to register for the event.



Discover DeCrypt November E-news

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eNews November 2019


Then and Now…

2018 during capital works
Art in the City summer 2019

A Reflection from Canon Nikki Arthy

It is 10 years since I first walked into St Mary de Crypt Church. I had tried to visit before but found the church locked. Finally my perseverance paid off and I was not disappointed.  Light shone through the beautiful East window spilling into an otherwise dark church. The sense of history, spirituality and prayer was palpable. This was a historic place but more; this was a holy space where the stories of many of the people of the city meet with the story of God.   

Finding a new direction for a church in danger of redundancy is no small task. Factor in an adjoining Tudor schoolroom and the challenge is even greater. Looking back over these 10 years, I could not have imagined the journey that so many of us embarked upon. But seeing the buildings so beautifully restored and enjoyed makes the tenacious hard work worthwhile.    

Anyone who attended our opening service in March will know what a joyful event it was.  As we head towards the start of our ninth month of operation, we continue to be delighted by how excited people are to use the buildings and how positive both visitors and residents are about the refurbishment and interpretation. 

Packed into this first summer we have welcomed over 12,000 visitors, held concerts, drama, talks and exhibitions, hosted events for the Christian Arts Festival, Three Choirs Festival and our own Festival of Death and Life (see more below).  We are providing regular space for adult education, community choir and drama rehearsals, tai chi, toddler play, art classes and coffee, cake and conversation mornings. Our regular Friday lunchtime service ‘Prayers for the City’ is re-established and the Raikes Chapel is a  quiet reflective space for all. 

Discover DeCrypt is proud to be a part of the heritage led regeneration of Gloucester. The buildings are a gift to the city; may they continue to be appreciated and enjoyed for many years to come. 

Canon Nikki Arthy

Coming up this month…

The Darkest Midnight

Papagena performs at Discover DeCrypt this Saturday 4pm


Come out of the cold and rain this weekend for some heavenly music with mince pies and mulled apple juice to drive away the winter chill. 

A seasonal programme featuring Celtic carols, Christmas motets from medieval England and Spain, winter songs – including a stunning arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s The River – and contemporary carols for singers and handbells – something for everyone!   

“…you will be, as I was, instantly hooked by the bewitching sound of Papagena” (John Quinn, 2018)

extraordinary voices…went down a storm (Sarah Walker BBC Radio 3)

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday 20 November 11.00am-3.00pm

Members of the LGBTQ+ community will be holding vigil  to mark this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. Join us at any time during the day to light a candle and say a prayer for the lives lost to anti-transgender violence and prejudice over the past year and in previous years.  All are welcome.

Three Shires Craft Fair

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24th November 10.00am – 4.30pm

The Crafters return with their gorgeous hand-made goods. From practical household items to the quirky and delightfully superfluous – you will find unique gifts here for all tastes and at affordable prices. Free entry with refreshments available in the Schoolroom.

Christmas Craft Workshop

Saturday 30  November 10.30am – 4.00pm

If you like flexing your creative muscles, then this workshop will offer plenty to enjoy. Make your own Christmas wreaths, swags and scented pomanders from dried fruit and foliage.  Other crafts will include felting soap, decorating candles, creating winter lanterns and turning sticks and stones into unique toys, stylish gifts or personal keepsakes.  We will be running activities suitable for all ages, so bring the children or grandchildren.  There will be festive refreshments with cookie decorating (and cookie eating…) to keep the little ones happy.  

The workshop is free, but we will be inviting donations towards costs of materials. Please see the website for a timetable of activities.  Booking in advance is advised.

Looking back at…

                     …our Festival of Death and Life

“Death is normal – it happens to all of us – but when somebody dies everyone acts like something’s gone horribly wrong!” Erica Bust

Over the weekend of June 21-23 we staged the city’s first ever Festival of Death and Life. It was a programme of music, poetry and talks, together with a creative art display and crafts for the family. 

You might think that a weekend with talks about such things as grief and funerals would be miserable – in fact, while there were many thought-provoking moments, there was a lot of laughter.  There is something liberating in facing the inescapable realities of life. As local writer Erica Buist put it: “Death is normal – it happens to all of us – but when somebody dies everyone acts like something’s gone horribly wrong!” 

With inspiring speakers, thoughtful discussions, new ideas and a genuinely supportive atmosphere, it turned out to be a great weekend –  so much to enjoy, so much to think about.

We are now planning the next Festival of Death and Life –  if you’d like to hear more about it as our plans progress, just email us at  

It’s good to talk – let’s all be part of the conversation. Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events


God’s Beautiful Acre
Calling all local gardeners…your churchyard needs you!

Working with our neighbours and local residents, there are exciting plans to improve the churchyard with new planting and paths.  If you are a keen gardener, or even if you just enjoy doing something active in the fresh air, then this project is for you.  We need plenty of willing hands to help tackle the weeds and take care of newly seeded grass.  This is a great opportunity to turn the churchyard into a beautiful green oasis in the city centre.

For more information or to get involved please email us: 

Dates for your diary…

Saturday 7 December        Christmas Concert at 11.00am
Friday 13 December           Fundraising Concert for Footstep at 7.30pm  
Saturday 14 December       Festive Fables: Family Storytelling at 2.15pm


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School Remembrance Day Service

The School would like to warmly invite Old Cryptians to the
Annual Remembrance Service on Monday, 11 November at 10.30am

If anyone is interested in attending, please could they email and arrive at the school for 10.15am



Old Cryptians’ Club eNews October 2019


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Adam Ashby
(1973 – 1978)

The School would like to warmly invite Old Cryptians to the
Annual Remembrance Service on Monday, 11 November at 10.30am  

If anyone is interested in attending, please could they email and arrive at the school for 10.15am

London Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

The 2019 London Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, LONDON, EC4A 2BU

Saturday 16 November from 6.00pm

Please click here for further details and booking form

A message from your Membership Secretary…….

final few email addresses

This is a plea, supported by our President, from the Membership Secretary, to those remaining 12% of Old Cryptians who do not have an email address.

We really must stop posting to members (even 2nd class letter costs 61p) in favour of 100% email.  However the Cryptian will continue to be posted to those members who still like to receive a printed copy as one of their subscription benefits.

If you know of any fellow Old Cryptians who do not use email please would you kindly have a word with them to encourage them to provide an email address, it need not be their own. Perhaps they have a tech savvy relative who is prepared to pass on messages, invitations and our eNews newsletter in printed form.

In doing this you would be helping to significantly lower our administration costs.

Many thanks,

Richard Briggs (1955-63)
Membership Secretary
01694 723845
07870 401399

The Cryptian has returned!


The Cryptian was distributed to members at the annual school prizegiving in September. The Head, Nick Dyer commented “I am delighted that the Cryptian magazine, after a short absence, is now back and, I have to say, looking very good indeed”.
If you haven’t received your copy via post or personal delivery
it should be with you very soon.


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London Old Cryptians AGM and Dinner

On behalf of the Committee of the London Old Cryptians’ Club, I would like to invite you to:

The 2019 London Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese,
145 Fleet Street

Saturday, 16th November, from 6pm
RSVP: Friday 27th October.

The cost of the meal will be £32 inc £1 annual membership of the London Old Cryptians’ Club.

If you would like to attend then please:

Option 1: Bank Transfer (preferred)

  1. 1. Please email John Rose
  2. Include Your name, years at the school, vegetarian preference and how you have paid.
  3. Make payment by bank transfer – details below
Bank: Lloyds
Sort code: 30-95-74
Account number: 01002236

Option 2. Cheque

As above, but send cheque to:
Andrew Prosser
The Penthouse
William House
45 Bury Fields

Option 3. Eventbrite

Online registration

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.
Please do forward to any OCs you think would be interesting in attending.

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Thank you
John Rose (1982-89)
Chairman, London Old Cryptians
07818 442 772



The President’s Run

After last year’s Cheltenham Half  I said never again. So here I am again, prepared to say never again again. I’ll be setting off on Sunday at 9am-ish to try and finish at 11am-ish. I am targetting a better time than last year’s 2 hours 6 minutes, but this year I won’t have Warren​ to drag me round – I’m going solo.

Please think about sponsoring – all money raised will go to the Bursary Fund.

Thanks – Adam



Set up Direct Debit membership payments

For many years, the Old Cryptians’ Club has collected membership fees paid by cheque or Standing Order.  Whilst this has mostly worked well in the past, the administrative burden is proving difficult to justify.

To that end, we would like all members to set up a Direct Debit on line.  We have chosen an online direct debit system from GoCardless to provide best value for the club.  The system is fully compliant with the banking direct debit system and offers full protection under the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Signing up now (and remembering to cancel your standing order) will help us, although there is no requirement to just yet.  No money will be taken from your account until 7th January.

Over the next few months, information will be sent out to all members, so please look out for the emails – we’ll not flood your inbox!

The link to sign up is

We’d be happy to receive any feedback – please email with any questions.



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.


Test Event Ticketing

This is an event not to be missed – entry by ticket only.