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 https://pay.gocardless.com/AL00027584CFQ3

We’d be happy to receive any feedback – please email webmaster@oldcryptians.org 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.

 

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.

Memorial Stone Unveiling Ceremony and Memorial Day Games – 18/05/2019

On Saturday 18th May 2019, a granite stone will be unveiled on the Memorial Ground where it will be dedicated to the memory of all the local rugby players who left their families and clubs to serve their country and gave their lives in doing so. The ceremony of dedication and blessing will be carried out by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett and will take place at 12.00 noon to be followed by two games. The first will be started at 1.00 p.m. between The Cherrypickers  and a combination side. At 3.00 p.m. it will be followed by Widden Old Boys versus Old Cryptians.

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