Face Masks at Outdoor Markets

The National Association of British Market Authorities has been updated by The Cabinet Office that the new regulations regarding face masks in retail settings do not extend to outdoor markets, and outdoor market traders/shoppers will not be required to wear face masks. 

You can read the full statement here: 


VJ Day 75

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) will be recognised on 15 August 2020 commemorating the end of the Second World War.

Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in fighting in the Far East. Fighting in the Asia-Pacific took place from Hawaii to North East India.

We will be paying tribute on our Facebook page @bishopsstortfordtc on 15 August

Splash Pool Closed (11 August and 12 August 2020)

The splash pool will remain closed on Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August. Bishop's Stortford Town Council will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates later this week.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2019/20


Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)


1. Date of announcement Wednesday 22nd July 2020

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

        Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer
        The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND
        01279 712140, mark.westwood@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk

       commencing on Monday 27th July 2020

       and ending on   Monday 7th September 2020

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
  • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:

PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD


5. This announcement is made by Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer


View the Notice of Public Rights, Summary of Your Rights, Internal Audit Report 2019/20Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2019/20 and the Annual Governance Statement No Answers 2019/20.


Do you have the drive, passion and commitment to deliver outstanding events for the local community? If so an exciting opportunity has become available in the Events and Tourism department at Bishop’s Stortford Town Council.  The successful candidate will be a committed team player with excellent organisational, communication and multitasking skills. Events experience desirable but the ability to learn new and varied skills in a faced paced environment is essential. Visit our vacancy page for more detials! 

Office to Rent - The Old Monastery

Available from July 2020

An individual office (150 sq ft - unfurnished) is available for rent at Room 1, Top Floor, The Courtyard, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford. CM23 2ND.

Key Features:
• Town Centre and Rail Station Location
• Easy In /Easy Out Arrangement
• Inclusive Rent
• Free Wi-Fi

Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day 2020 cancellation- but other exciting events planned for Summer 2020

It is with great sadness we can confirm that Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. We plan to organise a bigger and better Carnival and Fun Day for 2021.

Currently our intention is to hold our annual Christmas Fayre in December 2020 and we will be closely monitoring the implications of Coronavirus (Covid 19) and will be paying attention to the Government guidelines at the time of the event.

We are currently working on virtual events for the Summer so keep an eye on our socials for further information. Don’t forget our vitual VE day celebrations are tomorrow (follow @bishopsstortfordtc on Facebook) and a full schedule of the day can be found at https://www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/virtual-ve-day-75-celebration