The Bluecoat School: Other users of the building

20 August 2020

The Old Bluecoat School. Photograph by Nick Young.

A guest post from Mark Thomas. The Bluecoat School building is often thought of as only a school but newspaper articles show other users of the building, particularly during the latter half of the 19th Century.  Thanks to the power of online search I have discovered the following:- Thatcham Agricultural Society The Thatcham Agricultural Society …

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“Dads Army” and Others Came to West Berkshire

25 June 2020

A guest post from Ray Hopgood. On the evening May 14th 1940, a little over 80 years ago immediately after the nine-o clock radio news, Anthony Eden, the Secretary of State for War, made a broadcast directed at the countless ordinary citizens, especially those not eligible to enrol in armed forces, who wished an opportunity …

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The English Civil War Soldier

27 May 2020

English Civil War equipment

On 29th June Alan Turton was due to give his Social History of the English Civil War Soldier to the Thatcham Historical Society.  Sadly this talk is now cancelled, but we hope Alan will be able to visit the Society at a more favourable time. Until then, here is a brief piece which we hope will whet your appetites for …

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New site & living history

26 April 2020

Thatcham Broadway

We hope everyone is well and getting plenty of history research done during the current crisis. Our chairman outlined at our AGM in January the aims we hoped to achieve during 2020. One of the aims was to refresh our website which as you can see we have now achieved. Some of the content has …

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Meetings suspended

12 March 2020

Meeting suspended

The committee have decided, as a precaution to the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), to keep members and the public safe that we suspend our series of speaker meetings. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We will post any news here, or feel free to give us an email.  Once it is safe to do so …

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