Coffee and Cake at Bill's

Who says you can't have cream sponge for breakfast?!  Join the Mayor for Coffee and Cake at Bill's Restaurant in North Street, on Friday 22 September 2017, between 9am and 12 noon, in aid of Hummingbirds Cancer Support Therapists. 

We are recruiting

We have two vacancies for a Tourist Information and Events Assistant.  Full time (37 hours per week) and part time (25 hours per week) roles are available.  Applications must be received no later than 20th September 2017.  Please see our vacancies page for details

Town Centre Office to Let

An individual office (unfurnished) is available for rent in the Old Monastery, Bishop’s Stortford.  Available for immediate occupation

Location:               Room 6, Second Floor, The Courtyard, Windhill, CM23 2ND

Size (sq ft):            101            

Monthly rental:       £295 

Key Features:

Town Centre Location
Easy In /Easy Out Arrangement
Inclusive Rent
Free Wi-Fi
Private parking space available by separate negotiation

For more information contact the Town Council offices tel: 01279 715000 email:;

The Mayor's Garden Party

The Mayor sends his sincere thanks to everyone who supported his Garden Party last Sunday to raise money for his chosen charities.  The event was a great sucess due to the help of so many special people, including all those who bought tickets and spent their money at the event!   The Mayor sends his best wishes to all.

Town Council makes offer for 2 Market Square

The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) on Market Square is run by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and offers advice, leaflets, souvenirs, holiday brochures for many parts of the country and many other services to both residents and visitors. 

To secure this service for the future, the Town Council has made an offer to purchase the building (2 Market Square) in which the TIC is located.  If the offer is accepted the purchase will be funded in part from a loan (of up to £240,000, the precise value will depend on the final purchase price) and in part from existing funds held by the Council.

If the Council is able to buy the property it will be protected from possible eviction or rent increases in 2019.  We won’t need to raise the Council tax to acquire this asset.  This is because the cost of the loan repayments (both interest and capital) are covered  (to within a very small margin) by savings in rent plus the rent we would receive from Nockolds who occupy the upper floors.  Over the 15 year period of the loan we will save approximately £150,000 in rent payments and pay less than £30,000 in interest.

If you wish to comment on this please email the Council at

Forever Active Come and Try event

If you’re over 50 and thinking about getting more active, you are invited to a FREE Come and Try event.

Have a go at traditional activities such as yoga and bowls, or try something new like Tai Chi or Walking Football

Saturday August 12 from 1pm-5pm, registration from 12.30pm

Birchwood School, Parsonage Lane, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 5BD

If you have any questions, contact Nigel in the Forever Active East Herts team at East Herts Council on 01992 531695 or email

Defibrillator Appeal

The Town Council is appealing to local businesses to support a Community Defibrillator in Potter Street.

The Community Defibrillator, which will provide a potentially life-saving community facility, will be housed in the red telephone box in Potter Street at the top of Devoils Lane.  This will be refurbished and re-purposed by the Town Council and BT have confirmed that it is available.  The refurbished box will also provide a bright and colourful focal point in the centre of Town.  

The Council is seeking one or more sponsors for the defibrillator itself which costs £2,500 including fitting.  The Council is also seeking one or more sponsors to cover the annual maintenance costs of £500 per year approximately.  The Council will acknowledge any sponsorship received on its website and any business or individual donating £200 or more will be listed on a plaque to be fitted in the box, for the lifetime of the machine purchased.


If you or your business wish to contribute please contact the Council on 01279 715000.

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2016/2017

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2016/2017


Local Audit And Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s annual return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to those records or documents.

These documents for Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are to be made available on reasonable notice by application between the hours of 10am and 3pm on working days (excluding public holidays) commencing on 22 June 2017 and ending on 02 August 2017.

If you wish to view them then please contact the named authority representative:

Mark Westwood
Finance Officer
The Old Monastery
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 2ND

Telephone: 01279 712140

Local electors and their representatives have rights to question the auditor about the accounts and object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose during the inspection period which commences on 22 June 2017 and ends on 02 August 2017.

The smaller authority's annual return 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.

The appointed auditor of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is:

Arcadia House
Maritime Walk
Ocean Village
SO14 3TL

Telephone: 023 8088 1941

View the Summary of Electors' Rights and the Annual Governance Statement 2016/17 and Accounting Statements for 2016/17.

Bishop's Stortford Carnival

Bishop's Stortford Carnival Saturday 17th June 2017: Theme: Movies

This year's Movie's themed Carnival will take place on Saturday 17th June.  Please see the Carnival page for relevant documents for registration.

Bishop's Stortford Carnival brings the community together to celebrate everything that is good about Bishop's Stortford and promises to be a great day out for all ages. The procession starts from Rhodes arts centre at 12.30 and consists of individuals, floats, walking groups, Marching Bands and Dance troops.

The floats will process through South Street, Potter Street, and Market Square, finishing in North Street.  By then the fun on the field, which commences at 12 Noon and carries on until 5pm, will be in full swing. In total over 100 community groups, and other organisations are taking part.

These include charities, local businesses and touring attractions as well as a variety of entertainment for children and adults alike.

This year our Fun Day promises a packed program of displays and participation activities including the following:-

Live bands
Childrens Entertainers
Marching Bands
Dance displays
A full day of Arena displays
Fun Fair
Traditional Beer Tent
Producers & Craft Stalls
Traditional Side Stalls
Trade Stands

Organising the carnival is a massive operation which takes over a year.  Carnival allows many local charities and non-profit making organisations to raise much needed funds, whilst raising their profile and enjoying a fun day!

To book a Carnival pitch or parade entry please download the documents from the  Carnival page  or contact or telephone 01279 715000