Cenotaph Parade November 2018
As you will know the Old Cryptians have been marching in the Cenotaph Parade for many years.
This year is the centenary of the end of WW1 and demand for tickets is expected to be heavy. If you would like to parade with us would you let me know as soon as possible.
I thoroughly recommend parading, it is a moving and uplifting experience!
Please contact Sue Wales (SWALES@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk) at the School for information on remaining tickets
Royal British Legion
Johan and Thinus at The Crypt – rugby tour fundraiser
I am delighted to invite you to join us for our main fundraiser ahead of the tour; an evening with Johan Ackerman and Thinus Delport. The event is shaping up to be an excellent evening for any rugby fanatic as well as anyone with links to the school. The South African themed evening will be held in the main school hall on Friday 30th November, 7pm until midnight.
Remembrance Service at The Crypt School
Friday 9 November 2018
The annual Remembrance Service will take place at the School
on Friday 9 November at 10.30am
All Old Cryptians are invited – please arrive by 10.15am
Please let Sue Wales know if you intend to come – you can email Sue at:
The Lost Cryptians
Old Cryptians killed during the Great War and Second World War by Simon Birch, Sarah Birch and Ray Pocock.
No less than 58 Old Cryptians in the 1914-18 and 80 in the 1939-45 conflicts, made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country. This 300 page book seeks to record their all too brief lives and what they achieved. It is a poignant story but one that deserves our respect and admiration, and a recognition that their sacrifice was not in vain.
The ‘Book Launch’ took place place at The Crypt School on Friday 17 March 2006. The book is priced at £9.99 each plus £1.99 p & p each [UK only, overseas on application]. Books can be collected in person to avoid postage costs. Cheques payable to ‘The Old Cryptians Club’ to Howard Allen, Penlan, Cheltenham Road, Pitchcombe, Stroud, GL6 6LZ. Tel : 01452 812638.
A kindle edition is available from Amazon.
John Harris (1944 – 49)
John Harris died on Sunday, 28 October 2018 in Toulouse a few weeks short of his 86th birthday.
After leaving the Crypt School he was apprenticed as a draughtsman at the Gloucester Aircraft Company. He subsequently moved to Europe and entered the space industry. Whilst working in Holland he entertained touring Old Cryptian Rugby teams.He then moved to Toulouse and worked for the European Space Industry (ESA). He became part of the management team at ESA and worked for them both in France and in Kourrou, French Guiana.
He had played almost 200 times for the OCRFC.
He leaves his wife Ilse, son Roy & daughter Tonia.
Call for interest – Old Cryptians Club Blazer
We have had some interest in the OCC Blazer – as nattily modelled by young Briggs – but not yet enough to push the order button.
If you have been deliberating a purchase, now is the time to press the pre-order button to receive your blazer in time for wearing on Christmas day.
A versatile article of clothing that will be a super addition to any Old Cryptian’s wardrobe, this blazer shouldn’t be reserved for OCC events; it will be equally at home on the banks of the Thames at Henley, the Garden Stage at the End of The Road festival or deep in the Shed at Kingsholm.
Former Cryptian wins NGW Undisputed Championship
From Gloucestershire Live
Heavyweight hero Justin Sysum has made history by winning two major pro wrestling singles titles in one day – including one shown on UK television.
Justin was the star of the day when he defeated Rampage in a classic battle many fans are calling a ‘match of the year candidate’ in the final episode of WOS Wrestling on ITV at the weekend.
A few hours later the 33-year-old from Gloucester beat ‘The Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz to capture the NGW Undisputed Championship in front of a raucous crowd at Hull City Hall.
Crypt School in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress
The Crypt School’s summer GCSE results have placed the School in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress.
The School’s Progress 8 score, that is the progress pupils make between KS2 (Year 6) and KS4 (Year 11) for 2018 is 0.65. That means that the School has added more than half a grade to each pupil’s expected progress by the end of their GCSE studies in Year 11. This is a wonderful endorsement of all the tremendous work carried out at The Crypt by both our committed staff and talented pupils.
Eddie Calver 1942-49)
Eddie Calver, an Old Cryptian for many years, passed away on Thursday 27 September in the Brunswick Nursing Home after a long illness, aged 86. He leaves his wife Ruth, four children, nine grand-children and three great grand-children. He had a brother John and another brother Brian who now lives in Torquay. All were former pupils of the Crypt School. Eddie enjoyed Rugby (he captained the Old Cryptians RFC) and also played golf.
The funeral has been arranged for Monday, 15th October at the parish church of Upton-St.-Leonards at 11.30 a.m. Afterwards all who knew Eddie are invited to the Bowden Hall Hotel for drinks, sandwiches, refreshments, etc. Ruth and his son and daughters have said that sombre dress is not required. Club ties and, in particular, Old Cryptian colours will be very much appreciated. No flowers, but donations to the Edward Jenner Clinic would be appreciated (via Ernest Cocks and Sons, Funeral Directors).
A History of the Crypt School
Sponsored Cheltenham Half Marathon
Old Cryptians Adam Ashby and Warren Wint will run this year’s Cheltenham Half Marathon on September 30th for The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund 2001. (more…)