THE weekend is upon us once again.

Thanks to the lockdown laws being eased, we can do more things that we enjoy.

But it's important to take your mind away from all the negative news once in a while.

Here are five non-coronavirus stories that you may have missed:

1. The Brooks reopening on Monday: here's what you need to know

In case you haven't heard by now, Winchester's shopping centre is reopening on Monday.

Read all about it here.

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2. People can visit zoos from Monday - raising hopes Marwell will soon reopen

We can't wait to visit our local zoo again, either.

Here's the latest update.

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3. Work to start to make Winchester city centre more cycle and pedestrian friendly

The pavements are thin and the roads are busy.

Is this achievable? Read the full story here.

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4. Reader's letter: Time to be bold and cut business rates to help stores

We have started putting all of our reader letters on the website.

Here's one that is particularly interesting.

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5. Winchester University lecturer Nadia Cohen on Beatrix Potter

And finally, are you looking for a good book?

Check out our story on Nadia Cohen's new one here.

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