WE'VE rounded up some of this week's most read stories, just in case you may have missed them.

1. Winchester Heritage Open Days scales back

Having become one of the biggest heritage festivals in the UK, the city’s events has this year been forced to downsize.

Lead volunteers Nicky Gottlieb and Becky Brown have said that they were spending 100 hours a week unpaid organising things and had been trying to find a solution, but after eighteen months of work a resolution has not been found.

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2. Pedestrian, 81, dies following collision involving two cars

Emergency services were called to Andover Road North just before 8am on Friday after the incident involving a pedestrian, a Peugeot 807 and Land Rover Discovery

Despite best efforts, the pedestrian, an 81-year-old man from Winchester, was pronounced dead. 

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3. Independent retailers set to close

ParkLifeKids and Three Little Birds have announced that they will both shut their doors for the final time this month.

Owner of ParkLifeKids Maria Harvey has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from customers.

She said: “Every other person says how sorry that we are going. We are really sorry for our customers that we are going.”

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4. Doctor’s surgery celebrates ‘good’ CQC rating

The Friarsgate Practice in Weeke, which serves nearly 25,000 patients, was praised by the health watchdog.

It was awarded ‘good’ overall, with its treatment families, children and young people, and older people deemed to be ‘outstanding’.

The report said: “Patients could access the right care at the right time.”

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5. Lunatic driver who flipped car banned from driving

Jack Blyth, 21, appeared at Winchester Crown Court after he sped away from officers in his Vauxhall Corsa when the police car switched on its blue lights.

He denied driving dangerously in a police interview, saying he swerved to avoid a cat, and said he did not flee the scene as he had waited at the car for a while.

Read more of all the action in the case here

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