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Olympic gold medallists Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent joined consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to host the firm's golf day, named in honour of the rowing stars.

The annual LSH Redgrave Pinsent Golf Classic Trophy was contested at Harleyford Golf Club in Buckinghamshire last month and raised £6,500 for children's charity Sparks. This brought the total amount raised to more than £64,500 since the event began in 2006.

The winning team from LSH's Bristol office was made up of branch head Matthew Moody, Simon Westwell from Churchill Property Group, Jonathan Wrigley from Nikal Developments and comedian Adger Brown. They beat 14 other foursomes to clinch the trophy - an Olympic oar signed by the rowing duo.

LSH staff and clients were joined by celebrities including three-time Olympic medalist Kriss Akabusi, ex-boxer John Conteh and actor Craig Fairbrass. The prize-giving dinner and charity auction included a painting signed by Tiger Woods, a Chateau des Vigiers weekend break with unlimited golf and a canvas signed by Redgrave and Pinsent.

LSH operations director Guy Gregory said: "The money raised is invaluable to Sparks to conduct further research into conditions such as childhood cancers."

Angry villagers have won a battle against a royal estate's proposals to turn their homes into a second "model" village.

The Duchy of Lancaster drew up detailed plans to redevelop Cloughton in North Yorkshire along the lines of Poundbury, the Prince of Wales's controversial building project in Dorset. However, residents objected to a planning leaflet's claim that their village is "under threat" and in urgent need of a makeover.

Their 17-point complaint has received partial backing from the Advertising Standards Agency, which has described some of the Duchy's claims as exaggerated. The agency upheld seven of the villagers' points, dismissing suggestions that the fabric of Cloughton is threatened as "misleading".

"We have not seen evidence that Cloughton's existence is endangered," the authority said. The document must not appear again in its current form, it ruled.

Neighbours in Manchester have revamped their road to create a safer environment and banish speeding traffic.

Penn Street in Harpurhey is the first of 11 DIY Streets pilot schemes across England and Wales. Residents put up totem poles at the entrance to narrow the T junction and installed plants along the road to calm traffic.

"The residents' enthusiasm has made this scheme possible. We are keen to hear from communities across the UK who want to sort out their street's problems, whether it's rat-running, nuisance parking, litter or dodgy pavements," says Sustrans senior project officer Katherine Rooney.

Manchester City Council executive member for environment Richard Cowell adds: "This scheme has brought residents together to make their streets safer and more attractive. This is slightly different to the usual traffic-calming schemes across the city and we look forward to seeing how successful it turns out to be."


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