Protest, dig and village show going on this weekend
CAMPAIGNERS will be holding a day of action at Newbury Retail Park tomorrow (Saturday).
War on Want is calling for an end to “precarious zero hours contracts and disgraceful working conditions” at Sports Direct.
The company has been criticised for its working conditions and saw its owner, Mike Ashley, face a select committee of MPs.
East Ilsley activist Carolyne Culver, who used to work for War on Want, said: “Sports Direct’s working practices are disgraceful.
“Workers face constant harassment, are subject to daily body searches and penalised for spending too long in the toilet.
“Employed on precarious contracts, they face a daily fight to survive with dignity and are unable to challenge exploitation and abuse for fear of losing their jobs. In Sports Direct’s quest to maximise its profits, workplace rights are shamefully thrown out the window.”
The action will begin outside Newbury’s Sports Direct at 11am on September 3.
Elsewhere, the Aldermaston and Wasing Show returns tomorrow.
The show returns for its 74th outing, having first been held in the village during 1943 as part of the Dig for Victory campaign.
The traditional village show features hundreds of competitions for fruit, flowers, vegetables, crafts, cooking and photography.
There’s also arena events include Morris Dancing, a dog show and children's races. And the duck derby will see 1,000 plastic ducks race down the Mill Stream.
The show returns to the Old Mill on Saturday, September 3, starting at 2pm.
Full details are available at http://www.awshow.org.uk/
Also taking place is Boxford's second Big Dig open day, which will be held on Sunday.
The Big Dig is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and has been investigating a site thought to be Roman.
However, a few days digging has turned up not only Roman remains, but Iron Age ones too.
Matt Nicholl from Cotswold Archaeology has been instructing volunteers in one of two main trenches at the Wyfield site.
Volunteers come from Boxford, the Newbury area, East Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and even from as far afield as Massachusetts.
An open day is planned on Sunday between 2pm and 4pm.
Parking is available in a field on the Leckhampstead Road a mile out of Boxford, just before the M4 bridge. The nearest postcode is RG20 8DY.