Photos: Bideford holds annual Manor Court

Manor Court, copyright Graham Hobbs

Manor Court, copyright Graham Hobbs - Credit: Archant

The mayor donned his finery for the town’s annual Manor Court, where a jury of townspeople shortlisted presentments for the town’s future.

THE annual Manor Court took place in Bideford on Saturday where a jury of townspeople set tasks for the town council for the next year.

Lieutenant Peter Hooper, the foreman of the jury, told the court they had chosen seven tasks from those submitted by the public for Bideford Town Council this year.

These included initiating a young citizen’s award for people under 18, and to work with local faith groups and school to create a holocaust memorial day with a ceremony in Victoria Park.

The council has been tasked to try and acquire the illuminated roll of honour in St Peter’s Church in East-the-Water before its sale, and place it in St Mary’s Church or the Town Hall.


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Lt Hooper said the jury wished them to tidy the gardens of Victoria Park to a ‘higher degree than recently’ and to designate an allotment to the Bideford Sustainability Group.

The council was also asked to consult with Devon Highways and the police over the rise in concerns over on-street parking, to raise housing basic housing standards so no one would live in squalor, and to review the distribution of the town council’s newsletter.

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Bideford mayor Simon Inch said the council would give careful consideration to the presentments in due course.

Guests to Manor Court also enjoyed music from Bideford Town Band and a talk on the importance of Bideford’s pottery trade by Sadie Green.

Mrs Green won a fellowship in October 2010 which saw her visit America to continue her research into North Devon’s pottery trade.

As a token of thanks, she was presented with handmade plate by Bideford potter Harry Juniper.

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