Last week's Benevolent banquet at London's Dorchester Hotel raised around £60,000 for the trade charity.

21 March, 2008

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alone raised £21,000, according to chief executive Cheng Loo. The golf putting competition raised a further £450. She added: "It was a fantastic evening - the feedback was brilliant. Everyone I spoke to thinks it was the best ever, which is great."

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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