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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK.Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially.Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council meetin…

Mackworth Library Opening Soon

The super new Big Lottery funded library in Mackworth is due to open in March next year. It's free to join, free to borrow books and magazines and it's free to use a computer. Beatthe credit crunch, join the library!

Books will always be at the heart of a library and Mackworth's fabulous new library will have around 10,000, everything from Jamie Oliver to Oliver Twist. There will be large print books and books on tape or CD, ideal for when you've got your hands full! You can avoid charges by renewing your library books by phone or online.

Modern libraries are much more than just books, Mackworth Library will have computers where you will be able to surf the net, use any of the Microsoft packages and email your friends and if you aren't confident with using computers we'll even train you.

DVDs will be available to hire for a small charge and you can keep them for three nights and not just current films but also box sets and foreign films.

You're never too young to join the library; Mackworth Library will have books that are suitable for very young children, also look out for storytimes where under fives can enjoy a story and learn to love books.

Older children will find a good selection of books especially for them. They will have their own computer to access websites for fun and that will help with homework.

Mackworth Library will have museum exhibits which will sometimes mirror local school projects, there will also be an opportunity to take part in museum handling workshops.

A panel of local people will help to set up Mackworth Library, from the selection of furniture to the recruitment of staff so it really is your local library, enjoy it!

There will be so much more at Mackworth Library, for example book clubs and the library garden.

(Mackworth estate community association limited)

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