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Primary pupils learn about local democracy

Schoolchildren visit Newbury Town Council

Primary pupils learn about local democracy

PRIMARY schools in Newbury learned about the role of Newbury Town Council and its councillors during a series of visits to the town hall throughout October.

The events were organised by the council to coincide with Local Democracy Week – a European-wide event to encourage people to find out how their local councils work.

The primary school pupils spent two hours at the town hall meeting councillors and learning how councillors are elected and the various responsibilities the council has around the town.

The youngsters were able to try on councillors’ robes and dress as the mace bearer, before taking part in a question-and-answer session with councillors.

They then enjoyed a tour of the town hall and learned about the 400-year-old history of Newbury’s charter and notable citizens such as John Winchcombe and John Rankin.

For the first time since the Local Democracy visits started in Newbury, children who are home-educated were also able to attend the sessions.

Councillors also took the opportunity to visit Newbury schools, including Park House and Trinity.

Children from Years 7 to 9 engaged in question-and-answer sessions, raising subjects such as road safety and local libraries.

The leader of Newbury Town Council, Dave Goff, said: “We very much enjoy the visits from local children who want to know more about how the council operates and the role that the councillors have.

“The children of today are the voters of tomorrow and I hope that these events will encourage our young people to take an active interest in local democracy.

“Who knows, some of them may well go on to be councillors and mayors themselves one day.” 

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