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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…

The Beany Ideas with Butter Beans

Butter Bean Pate


This butter bean pate with bread recipe is from BBC Food and Recipe.

Ingredients:

Can of butter beans, drained
Lemon, grated rind and juice
Garlic, crushed
Fresh mint finely chopped
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Sprigs of mint, to garnish
Bread of your choice

Method:

1. Place the butter beans and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, adjusting the amount of water to give a smooth pate.
3. Season and spread onto your chosen bread. Add the mint to garnish. Also delicious with salad.

Tuna & Bean Bagel

This beany, fishy, cheesy fresh idea is from Sainsbury's supermarket, Sainsbury's always have some easy-to-learn recipes.

Ingredients:

Tuna in spring water
Butter beans in water
Fresh parsley
Basic natural yogurt
Bagel
British mature Cheddar

Method:

1. Mix 1 tin of tuna in spring water, drained, with 1 tin of butter beans, drained, and chopped fresh parsley.
2. Mash together then stir in some bas…

Derby Live presents the Christmas Quangle Wangle

'... a marry, mad-cap Christmas presentation for younger children.' (Herald)

Stella and Stan are waiting for Christinas. They find a mysterious parcel, which leads them to discover the Quangle Wangle who lives alone on his Crumpetty Tree.

On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
The Quangle Wangle sat,
But his face you could not see.
On account of his Beaver Hat.
For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide.
With ribbons and ribbons on every side!

A mass of strange visitors arrive and change the Quarg Wangle's life forever....the toe-less Pobble, the Orient Calf, Mr & Mrs Canary and the Golden Grouse. Sail with them as they journey to the land where the Jumblies live, to dance by the light of the Mulberry Moon!

The Christmas Quangle Wangle was written & Directed by Virginia Radcliffe, and will be presented by Derby Live in Guildhall Theatre, Derby. This is an off-the-wall, hilarious celebration and musical voyage into the wild and wonderful world of Edward Lear's nonsense poet…

Derby Cathedral Clocks

Derby Cathedral tower has been a feature of the Derby skyline since the reign of Henry VIII and was last refurbished in 1964.
The clocks has been given a facelift recently, more than £2,500 was raised to buy new minute dots, Roman numerals, Arabic numbers and clock hands.
Each clock face has now been hand-painted blue, with the numbers and dots made out of 24 carat gold!
Who says that churches are struggling under the economic downturn and the declining in attendance?