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Top tips to organise a 'Big Lunch' ahead of launch

Communities came together in June last year for a 'Big Lunch' event in Nottinghamshire.

It highlighted just how much food is thrown away. But this year the national event has got a lot bigger!

People cooking at last year's Big Lunch Credit: ITV News Central

In recent years thousands of people have gathered for lunch on the first Sunday of June. The meet is part of the Big Lunch programme which aims to encourage as many local communities as possible to organise lunches.

This year's official launch date in Sunday June 1.

Last year's event in Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV News Central

Top tips to organise a Big Lunch:

1.) Choose a venue

2.) Invite people

3.) Bring food

4.) Decoration

For more details head to the Big Lunch website.

Skype and IM your GP in new plans

GPs in the Midlands will trial new ways to improve access of care including Skype and Instant Messaging
GPs in the Midlands will trial new ways to improve access of care including Skype and Instant Messaging Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Midlands will benefit from over £6 million to improve access to care in new plans outlined by David Cameron.

A £50 million pound access fund across the UK means people will be able to see their GP outside working hours and have the option to Skype, e-mail and instant message for consultations.

Two primary care centres will be developed in Birmingham which will trial the extended opening hours from 8am - 8pm seven days a week offering an extra 540 appointments each week.

While GPs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire will trial similar initiatives including telecare to help people manage their conditions at home.

Karen Helliwell, Director of Commissioning, NHS England Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, said:

Improving access to GPs is imperative to prevent health problems storing up and to avoid pressure on our hospitals. I look forward to seeing the results of this exciting scheme and how it transforms healthcare in Birmingham.

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Hundreds of bikers expected at Hells Angel's funeral

More than 1,000 bikers from all over the world are expected to turn out today to pay their respects to a Midland Hells Angel.

Neil Mott, aged 53, died of a stroke earlier this month. He was president of the Hells Angel group based in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

Hundreds of bikers are expected to turn out for the funeral
Hundreds of bikers are expected to turn out for the funeral Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The bikers will set off from the clubhouse at the Shoulder of Mutton in Sutton-in-Ashfield at around 10am for a ride around Ashfield before making their way to the cemetery.

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Veteran Labour MP blasts Government pit policy

Government proposals for Britain's deep-pit coal mining industry are "a load of crap", a veteran Labour MP said today.

Labour MP Dennis Skinner
Labour MP Dennis Skinner Credit: Press Association

Dennis Skinner urged the coalition to help protect miners at risk of losing their jobs, as he warned that the closure of two of the final three pits will reduce the industry to a "minuscule, small business".

Ministers have agreed a £10 million loan, alongside £10 million from the private sector, to support the "managed closure" of the mines at Kellingley and Thoresby.

The Government decided there is no case for investment to keep the sites open in the long term.

The UK Coal-operated sites employ 1,300 people and are to be wound down by autumn 2015.

Speaking during business questions, former miner Mr Skinner (Bolsover) told Business Minister Matthew Hancock: "Are you aware that one of the smallest businesses in Britain now is the mining industry?

"There are three pits left - 1,300 miners are due to be sacked at two of those pits. That will make it a minuscule, small business.

"And instead of helping those pits to stay open and give them tax breaks like they do the oil companies, what has this Government done to the small business?

"Just stolen £700 million out of the mineworkers' pension fund this February. What a story to tell those miners. Come on, help them out."

Mr Hancock replied: "Well, this morning we announced a package of support for the mining industry and I'm sure you will want to go look at that before raising any further questions."

Mr Skinner, who was sitting down, replied: "I've read it. It's a load of crap."

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Government confirm UK Coal funding

As expected, the government have confirmed this morning that they will help keep Kellingley and Thoresby mines open for another eighteen months.

Business Minister Michael Fallon
Business Minister Michael Fallon Credit: Press Association

In a statement to parliament, the business minister Michael Fallon said: "The taxpayer would face significant losses and liabilities in the event of an immediate insolvency of UK Coal, principally relating to redundancy and unpaid tax liabilities.

"Considering this, the taxpayer is better served by supporting a managed closure of the mines.

"It is the Government’s intention, in principle, to participate in the private sector led consortium created to avoid the immediate insolvency of UK Coal."

But so far the government aren't pledging the extra funding wanted by the unions to keep the mines going until 2018.

Mr Fallon continued: "There is no value for money case for a level of investment that would keep the deep mines open beyond this managed wind-down period to Autumn 2015.

"Private sector investors who wish to put in the substantial investment that would be needed to maintain the mines beyond Autumn 2015 without government support remain free to do so."

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Computer model to help stop freak flash flooding

Cars and homes in Southwell were left covered in mud after flash flooding in July 2013 Credit: ITV News Central

People in Southwell in Nottinghamshire will get their first view of a flood model designed to help protect the town after freak flash floods last summer.

A month's rain fell during the flash flooding when 56mm was recorded across Nottingham in 3 hours.

The computer-generated model will be shown at a public meeting tonight. It's hoped it will help protect homes and businesses in the future.

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***Watch: Freak flash floods leave trail of destruction - full report*

Read: Southwell residents still clearing up properties after floods

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Kellingley and Thoresby to stay open to 2015

The NUM has told Calendar pits at Kellingley and Thoresby will stay open until 2015 with £10million of Government support.

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BREAKING: NUM tell me Kellingley and Thoresby pits are to stay open til 2015 with govt expected to pledge £10m support to UK Coal

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Michael Fallon expected to announce the commercial loan in parliament tomorrow. BUT not expected to pledge more money to keep open til 2018

Police investigation underway after 'incident' in Nottingham

Police are conducting a search after an incident yesterday afternoon
Police are conducting a search after an incident yesterday afternoon Credit: ITV News Central

A forensic investigation is underway after an altercation was reported in the St Ann's area of Nottingham.

Police have cordoned off a crossroads at the junction of St Bartholomew's Road and Gordon Rise after an incident at 3.50pm yesterday afternoon.

Officers are carrying out a thorough search of the road and gardens.

Police confirm a forensic investigation is underway
Police confirm a forensic investigation is underway Credit: ITV News Central
Police close off a crossroads in St Ann's, Nottinghamshire
Police close off a crossroads in St Anns, Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV News Central
Police conduct investigation after an incident at 3.50pm yesterday
Police conduct investigation after an incident at 3.50pm yesterday Credit: ITV News Central
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