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Homes and businesses left without power

Shoppers leave shops affected by the power cut Credit: Steven Quy

Thousands of homes and businesses in the centre of Winchester are without power this afternoon.

A major power cut in the city centre meant many shops and restaurants having to close.

Many shops were forced to close because of the power cut Credit: Steven Quy
Shoppers are left outside following a major power cut Credit: Amanda Compton

Winchester choristers get their skates on for festive market

Winchester's Christmas market is celebrating it's tenth year, and expecting 350,000 people in the run up to Christmas.

Today the cathedral choristers took to the ice for the traditional launch of their festive season.

This year, as Rachel Hepworth reports, they were protected from the elements:

Rachel spoke to choristers, Director of Music Andy Lumsden, Acting Dean, Canon Roland Riem and Operations Director Phillip Holroyd Smith.

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New roof for Winchester ice rink

A new roof for the ice rink Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink has a brand new roof, in time for Christmas. It will be open from 18 November until 2 Jan. The ice rink will be surrounded by the Christmas market until Tuesday, 20 December. Sessions last for one hour, and free skate hire is included.

Pictures show 'vehicle graveyard' after Boomtown blaze

Rows upon rows of charred vehicle remains Credit: Alresford Fire Station

Dramatic pictures show the "vehicle graveyard" after the huge blaze swept through the carpark at Boomtown festival.

At least 80 vehicles were caught up in the inferno and a nearby campsite was evacuated.

The music event, which can host up to 50,000 people, is taking place in Winchester this weekend.

No festival performances have been affected by the incident and the weekend events are continuing as planned.

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The burned out vehicles Credit: Hazardous Area Response Team

Major events at Winchester Cathedral

Visitors will be able to join the Royal Heritage Tour Credit: ITV

Winchester Cathedral has three major events taking place over the summer. On Saturdays 20 August and 17 September at 10am, visitors will be able to join the Royal Heritage Tour and learn about the cathedral’s many links with royalty.

The tour will describe events from the Norman Conquest right up to, and including, the 21st century.

Important events have taken place such as royal baptisms and royal marriages. Those on the tour will see visual evidence in memorials and stained glass.

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New Winchester tour guides prepare for duty

The new tour guides prepare for duty Credit: Winchester City Council

Training and examinations complete, the new city tour guides are officially up to the task of showing off Winchester.

In association with Winchester Area Tourist Guides Association (WATGA), Winchester City Council developed the nationally accredited course after an increase in tourism saw demand for tour guides soar.

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.

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.

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