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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 m

coat-of-arms

Heraldry probably began with the knights in armour. When wearing a helmet in battle or in tournaments a knight could not be recognised; so he used symbols to decorate his shield and surcoat. The surcoat was the loose garment worn over the armour to protect it from rain or hot sun and actually was the "coat-of-arms"; it was decorated on the front and back with the same device as on the shield. The correct expression for entire design is an achievement . An achievement consists of the shield, helmet, rest, wreath, mantling and motto. These are the main parts. To them can be added supporters and a compartment. In the centre is the most important part, the shield . The surface of the shield is called the field  and on it the colourful charges are placed. The shield is called the arms or coat-of-arms  and can be drawn in any shape - in an upright position or slanting, which is the position it would fall into if hung on a peg. In Heraldry it slants to dexter. The helmet denot

Where to Shop in Derby

FOOD SHOPPING: Sainsburys, a much larger supermarket and more expensive (but more choice) in the Westfield Centre in the centre of town Farm Foods, on Albert Street near HSBC Bank, selling frozen foods, bread and cheap drinks Indoor Market, in the Guildhall opposite the Assembly Rooms, selling lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, clothes and other goods. CLOTHES AND GENERAL ITEMS: Wilkinsons, just outside the Westfield Centre on London Road, for cheap household items such as kitchen equipment and bedding plus much more Argos, (next to Wilkinsons) also for cheap household items and jewellery and much more – choose from the catalogue in the store, pay for your items at the pay desk and wait for your items at the customer collection desk Matalan, also close to Wilkinsons and Argos, for cheap clothes, jewellery and household items. You need to register as a customer (which is free) and you will be given a Matalan card to use on future visits. Primark, on the Cornmar