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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…

Christmas Playground


As part of Derby’s seasonal celebrations, the city’s Market Place will play host to a Christmas Playground from 7th December until 6th January.

Unique to Derby the ‘Christmas Playground’ will feature giant wooden toy sculptures which will provide a play area for visitors to the city centre seeking a rest from Christmas shopping. Children will be encouraged to climb aboard the giant toys – carved by local wood sculptor Andrew Frost – and let their imagination run wild.

Children are invited to play an active role through workshops at QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, they will be able to get involved in competitions and activities such as ‘Colour the soldier’, ‘Name the bear’ and making wooden decorations for the Christmas tree in The Market Place.

Andrew Frost is the artist or 'chief elf' who has been comissioned to make the wooden toys for the Christmas Playground. He is a Derbyshire based wood sculptor. Previously a fine artist, Countryside Ranger and Forester, Andrew combined his environmental experience with his artistic skills and began creating wood sculptures in 1998 Using sustainable wood, his imagination and carving tools, Andrew has completed a variety of local, national and private commissions. In his website, he writes:

I create organic sculptures using chainsaws.
You will find abandoned trunks transformed into totems and benches,
and wind-blown trees given new life as nature's creatures...

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