THE people of Bideford are again being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements. More opportunity is being made for members of the public to take an active involvement in the centuries-old Manor Court ceremony. To be hel

THE people of Bideford are again being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements.More opportunity is being made for members of the public to take an active involvement in the centuries-old Manor Court ceremony.To be held this year on March 22, the ceremony was originally held to allow townspeople to bring issues before the Lords of the Manor for consideration. Nowadays their ideas, known as "presentments," are put to the town council, which has an obligation to consider them.The council is opening the way for a bigger public attendance at this colourful event and is also calling for ideas and projects that would make Bideford a better place for the community and tourists.Any member of the public living in the parish of Bideford who wishes to submit a "presentment" should do so by March 11. It should be marked for the attention of the Manor Steward and sent to Bideford Town Council at the Town Hall.Presentments submitted to the council are considered by a chosen jury of 12 local people and the most feasible are presented to the Manor Court which also reports on actions on the previous year's presentments.Anyone wishing to take part in the occasion at the Town Hall is invited to complete the application form on this page and return it to the town clerk. If there are too many applicants, a draw will be made by the mayor. Those chosen will be able to take a guest and will also be invited to a civic reception.