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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 […]

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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

  • East Midlands Infrastructure Summit: Driving Growth - Investing in our Infrastructure
    Following a series of significant announcements on infrastructure investment in the East Midlands, East Midlands Councils and East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) would like to invite you to attend a special Summit to discuss the future of the region’s transport projects and how local business growth can be...
  • Vacancy for Programme Manager - Strategic Infrastructure
    Programme Manager - Strategic Infrastructure - East Midlands Councils and Transport for the East Midlands Grade J - £41,025 to £42,899 per annum (37 hours per week) - market supplement may apply Fixed Term Contract or Secondment Opportunity until September 2019 East Midlands Councils (EMC) is offering a fixed term or...
  • Thousands of jobs and almost £4billion for economy detailed in HS2 Strategy
     ‘People, place and connectivity’ are the focus of a new East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, revealing how the planned high speed rail network could add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the region’s economy. In July (2017) Government confirmed its preferred route for HS2’s ‘Phase 2b’ line...
  • EMC HR Bulletin, September Edition
    The latest edition of the EMC HR Bulletin is available from below. EMC HR Bulletin September 2017 In this edition there are updates on; Exit Pay Cap Consultation Health & Social Care Integration Charging Unions for “Check Off” Pay Negotiations Update Schoolteachers (STPCD) 2017 – applying pay flexibility...
  • Levels of Public Investment in the East Midlands
    The following report sets out public spending attributed to the East Midlands, comparing it to other regions in England, London and the UK as a whole. Levels of Public Investment in East Midlands      
  • East Midlands Local Authority Challenge Returns
    On 16 November at Donington Race Track the Local Authority Challenge event will return to the East Midlands. It is a team competition in which authorities across the region can pit their skills against each other for the chance to be crowned Best Team - experiencing the types of challenges currently facing the sector through […]
  • EMC HR Bulletin, August Edition
    EMC HR Bulletin August 2017 This month we have a short but sweet edition of our bulletin; our resident employment law expert, Darren Newman, has earned time off for good behaviour, but will be returning next month with his analysis of important case law and advice on the implications for our sector. In this edition […]
  • Consultation on East Midlands Rail Franchise
    Train services are important to the East Midlands connecting people to jobs and training, for leisure and retail trips too.  East Midland Councils is keen to see the region better served by rail than it is now, better connections to and between our main cities as well as to other regions like London, Birmingham, Manchester […]
  • Public Health England East Midlands Prospectus 2017-18
    Public Health England have produced a revised version of their Prospectus for PHE East Midlands. They have changed the formatting and presentation of the life expectancy maps to improve the way they speak to the data.  The Prospectus can be found here
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children - Cost Analysis
    All county and unitary authorities within the East Midlands have care responsibilities for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). Local authorities have long expressed their concern that the financial support received from Government does not meet the actual costs incurred. To support the case for a fairer UASC funding model, EMC has...