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Winchester's first stonemasonry festival gets underway

Stonemasons from around the UK have been hard at work outside Winchester Cathedral today, in the first of what is hoped will become a regular festival in the town.

The masons have been taking part in a carving competition, working publicly with blocks of Bath stone.

Visitors to the free event have been watching them them work and many have been having a go at carving themselves.

On Sunday the finished works will be on display and judging will take place. The winner will be given vouchers for stonemasonry tools before there is a public auction of all the works.

Winchester Cathedral has its own team of five masons, who are currently working on a major project to restore all the carving around the cathedral's windows.

The Acting Dean of Winchester Cathedral, Roland Riem, hopes this festival will give people a better idea of the work that's being carried out:

'Scary moment' for jeweller held at gunpoint in robbery

The road was cordoned off after the robbery took place

Three men have pleaded guilty in court to carrying out an armed robbery In Winchester back in April.

The thieves held a gun to the owner of a jewellery shop in Parchment Street and took Diamond rings and watches worth more than £200,000. But, as they tried to make their escape their car was blocked in. Chris Maughan reports.

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Cinema comes to Winchester Cathedral

The cathedral will host an open-air cinema Credit: ITV

Open-air cinema is coming to Winchester. Screenings will be held in the cathedral's Inner Close during August and September.

Cult Screens organise events throughout the UK, turning unusual locations into temporary cinemas.

They will show everything from old favourites and retro classics through to the best new releases and cinema of recent years.

Stonemasons prepare for Winchester event

Stonemasons will be displaying their skills at the cathedral Credit: ITV

Stonemasons from around the UK will be taking part in an unusual event at Winchester Cathedral next month. On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 July the masons will be taking part in a carving competition, working publicly in the Cathedral Inner Close. Visitors to the event will be able to watch them at work, find out about stonemasonry, have a go at carving and enjoy a festival atmosphere.

University pickets greet prospective student in Winchester

Union pickets greet prospective students at University of Winchester Credit: Christine Alsford, ITV News

Staff at the University of Winchester are leading a wave of nationwide strikes over pay.

It coincides with an open day for potential students and their parents.

The dispute has arisen following a pay offer of 1.1% from the universities' employers, UCEA.

Members of the University and College Union said universities could afford to pay more and the latest offer did little to address the real terms pay cut of 14.5% that it says its members have seen since 2009.

They point to a vice-chancellor increase in pay of 6.1% .

Universities need to recognise that staff will no longer accept their pay being held down while a few at the top enjoy the rewards of increased money for universities. Nobody wants to take industrial action, but clearly enough is enough.

– Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary

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Ceremony to remember sinking of HMS Hampshire, with loss of 737 lives

The ceremony to mark 100 years since the tragedy Credit: Trudi Gough

A ceremony was held in Winchester to commemorate the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916 with the loss of 737 lives - including Lord Kitchener. HMS Hampshire struck a mine and sank off the Orkney Islands.

Lord Kitchener's 'Your Country Needs You' poster inspired recruitment campaigns.

A series of weekend events took place. In Orkney, a stone wall with the names of all those lost was unveiled.

The wreath laying ceremony in WInchester Credit: Trudi Gough
A poignant reminder of the sinking which claimed 737 lives Credit: Trudi Gough

Angry scenes in Winchester as Boris Johnson campaigns for an EU exit

A carnival atmosphere has surrounded a visit by Boris Johnson to Winchester on his Vote Leave campaign.

Supporters of each side in the referendum battle converged on the historic Buttercross in the city centre ahead of Mr Johnson's arrival. But as Mr Johnson attempted to give a speech, much of it was drowned out by vocal opponents shouting "Liar, liar".

Supporters of Mr Johnson applauded him and several asked him to pose for selfies.

Boris Johnson takes to the streets of Winchester to campaign for an EU exit Credit: ITV Meridian
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