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You Write The Reviews: Chipping Camden Annual Music Festival, St James' Church, Chipping Camden

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'Fat cats' benefit from EU farming subsidies

The Queen and one of the richest men in London, the Duke of Westminster, are among the biggest winners from this year's payment of farm subsidies.

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