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  • La Tomatina Festa Buñol
    Having really enjoyed the last few fiestas, we decided we would go to Buñol for the tomato fiesta La Tomatina. No-one knows for sure how this fiesta started and there are many stories, from two men starting a food fight in a restaurant that spilled out onto the streets, to a local housewife attacking the […]
  • The Jumilla Wine Fiesta -La Vendimia de Vino
    The small inland town of Jumilla is an important focal point for the major wine producing industry in the area and this annual event where hundreds of litres of free wine is given away is a thank you from all the bodegas and commercial vineyards. Last nights fiesta has to be one of the craziest […]
  • How to make Chicken and Rabbit Paella
    The original paella valenciana probably dates to the early 1800s and the earliest kinds of paella were products of purely available local ingredients. Today paella is made in every region of Spain, using just about any kind of ingredient that goes well with rice. In our area of inland Costa Blanca, the most widely accepted […]
  • The Farmer and The Donkey- A Moral Story
    One day a farmer’s donkey fell down a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to work out how to get it out. Finally, he decided the animal was old and as the well needed to be covered up, it just wasn’t worth trying to retrieve the donkey. He asked all […]
  • Spontaneous Spanish Smileys
    You may or may not have heard of Spontaneous Smiley, a project created by photographer Ruth Kaiser in which anyone can share photos of smiley faces they see in everyday objects. On a day out around Alicante we found a few of these smileys hidden in various buildings along the way. Maybe now you’ll spot some too!
  • The Use of Olive Oil in your Beauty Treatments
    The olive tree has been cultivated for more than 3000 years and much of the crop is used to  make oil for cooking Now you can learn the secrets of olive oil that have made it such a favorite with Mediterranean beauties who have relied on it to help maintain good heath, a fresh dewy […]

East Midlands Councils


The East Midlands Regional Assembly has met for the last time before being abolished.

The assembly, which had its final meeting on Friday, includes MEPs, business representatives, and local politicians nominated from councils.

It was launched in Leicester in 1998, but is now being scrapped along with seven other assemblies in England. BBC

  • Summit on Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery
    EMC is holding a summit event on Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery on 20 March 2018. Refugees displaced from Syria Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Dispersal and Support Arrangements for Asylum Seekers The Eradication of Modern Slavery These are just some of the responsibilities that local...
  • Making the most of the new East Midlands Rail Franchise
    East Midlands Councils through Transport for the East Midlands (TfEM) has set out plans to work with the four bidders for the next East Midlands rail franchise confirmed earlier this week.  TfEM has been working closely with the Department for Transport on the franchise competition over the last 2 years...
  • East Midlands All Party Parliamentary Group
    Stuart Young, Executive Director of EMC, met with MPs from across the East Midlands on Wednesday 31st January in order to support the re-establishment of the region’s All-Party Parliamentary Group of MPs. Responding to recent reports that have confirmed the extent to which the region is losing out in terms of public expenditure...
  • EMC HR Bulletin, January 2018 Edition
    The latest edition of the EMC HR Bulletin is available via the link below EMC HR Bulletin January 2018   This month’s bulletin covers:- The regional deal we have negotiated for Xperthr, the on-line HR information system. A summary of the events taking place that will be of interest to the HR community, including an […]
  • LGS Pay 2018 Update
    A circular has today (25.1.18) been produced by the LGA which gives an update on the LGS pay situation.  The update can be found here
  • Charnwood Borough Council Awarded the Councillor Development Charter
    This week Charnwood Borough Council were successfully re-accredited against the East Midlands Regional Councillor Development Charter; this is the third time they have been awarded this achievement demonstrating their ongoing commitment and engagement with investing in councillor learning and development. The assessment team led by Lisa...
  • Government, Midlands Connect & East Midlands Councils agree priorities to maximise the benefits of HS2 and improve Services on the Midland Main Line
    The partial opening of the East Midlands Hub Station in Toton, several years before HS2 arrives in 2033, is part of a package of priorities the Department for Transport has agreed to work on with Midlands Connect and East Midlands Councils to maximise the economic benefits of HS2. A commitment to work together to achieve […]
  • Councillor Ernie White
    Everyone at EMC would like to express their sincere condolences on hearing the very sad news of the death of Councillor Ernie White.  Ernie was a hardworking, dedicated and respected councillor, and a thoroughly decent man, and will be hugely missed.
  • EMC HR Bulletin - December Edition
    EMC HR Bulletin December 2017 This month’s bulletin shares information from a study of mediation and early conciliation that EMC was involved in.  The learning and development section provides information on events taking place in the New Year, including a workshop on the implications of HR for GDPR – which will be practical...
  • Local Government Pay 2018
    The National Employers have today (5.12.17) made the attached pay offer to the NJC local government unions which includes changes to the national pay spine from 2019.   A meeting will be taking place with trade unions nationally on 13th December 2017 as part of national negotiations.