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What's on today (Sunday)

John Herring



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Protest, dig and village show going on this weekend

Boxford's second Big Dig open day is being held today (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.

Also going on today is the Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet Fete.

Ferret racing, a dog show, produce show, classic cars and a big band will all feature.   

The fete will be held in Hannington's Field, Island Farm Road, Ufton Nervet (RG7 4EZ) between 11am and 3pm. 

You can hear pieces from a newly-formed musical group at the Old Bluecoat School next weekend.

The Azzurro Chamber Ensemble have a passion for playing chamber music

All founder members of the wind quintet studied at the London Conservatoires and are variously involved in teaching and performing around Oxford, London and the Cotswolds.

They are delighted to be giving their inaugural concert at the Old Bluecoat School, which will include a varied repertoire rooted in European folk tunes.

The concert will be held at 4pm on Sunday, September 4.

Arrive early to enjoy refreshments before the concert from 3.30pm.

Tickets are available from Newbury Building Society, High Street, or on the door. They cost £10 for adults and £5 for school-aged child.

For more information call 07914 321681, email or visit

Grease is the word at the Shaw House open air cinema. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 8.30pm.

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Elsewhere, the annual blessing of the ladywell in Speen.

The annual service will be held at 11.45am, following Holy Communion in St Mary's Church at 10.30am. 

Newbury District Ornithological Club will be looking for autumn migrants in Langford Lakes at Steeple Langford, Wiltshire. 

They'll be setting off on the full day trip from Newbury at 8.30am and meeting in the reserve car park at 9.30am. 

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