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Charity applies to install CCTV at Old Bluecoat School

Thatcham's oldest building subjected to vandalism

Charity applies to install CCTV at Old Bluecoat School

PLANS to protect one of Thatcham’s oldest buildings from vandalism have been submitted. 

Windows on the Grade I-listed Old Bluecoat School have been smashed on several occasions, costing the Thatcham [Old Bluecoat School] charity around £200 each time.

Now the charity has applied to install a pair of CCTV cameras under the north-facing eaves and steel mesh grilles on the windows. 

It said that the measures would “help to ensure that the building remains in the best possible condition and that the charity’s limited funds are not expended on repairing damage caused by vandalism, as is the case at present.

“This will help to ensure that one of the oldest buildings in Thatcham is preserved for future generations.”

Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News after the first wave of vandalism, the charity’s chairman Clive Williams said it was unfortunate that the trust was considering the deterrent.  

Mr Williams said that the windows were strong so “it takes some doing” to break them, adding: “It’s very annoying.

“We think it’s one or two malcontented youths who, for whatever reason, see this as a way of getting back at society; but I don’t know, I’m not a psychologist.

“One time we had a Pilates group in there when it happened and it was rather frightening for them.”

The building dates back to the 14th-century when it was a chapel dedicated to St Thomas.  

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  • grumpy

    12/09/2018 - 16:04

    What is it actually used for now then ?


  • NewburyDenizen

    10/09/2018 - 12:12

    I always thought of it as a bit of an eyesore.. 14th century is old sure, but if the land can be better used, photograph it, laser scan it and put it into a VR space so it can still be seen, then repurpose.


    • Tommy82

      12/09/2018 - 13:01

      what a nut case, is this the world our kids have got to look forward to, lets knock it all down and we will just sit in our bedrooms looking at the internet


    • Custos planeta

      11/09/2018 - 17:05

      You're bonkers.


    • Nickyh

      10/09/2018 - 14:02

      And what other eyesore would you put there??? What an absolutely ridiculous thing to say, this building signifies Thatchams heritage, and should be protected, Thatcham dates back way further than Newbury, I would suggest you do a little research and educate yourself