Christmas Fayre 2018- Road closures

Road closures will be in force on 1 December 2018 from 06.00 to 18.00 on North Street, Potter Street, South Street up to the junction with Station Road, High Street up to Basbow Lane and Market Square with access only available to pedestrians. Ingress and egress will therefore be limited to pedestrians and emergency vehicles only. Apton Road will be available to vehicles for access only.


During the same period the ‘One Way’ system will be suspended on certain roads, allowing for vehicles to drive in both directions. This will apply to Church Street, Water Lane and Barrett Lane. Also during the same period Church Street, Apton Road, Newtown Road, Water Lane and Barrett Lane will have a weight restriction of 7.5 tons. Diversions will be in effect to divert traffic around the closed area.

Notice of Poll for the Election of a Town Councillor for Bishops Stortford - Meads

A poll for the election of one Town Councillor for Bishops Stortford - Meads will be held on Thursday 6 December 2018, between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.  

The Notice of Poll and Notice of Elections attached provide information about the candidates nominated for election, postal votes, votes by proxy and the situation of the polling stations.

For more information, viist the East Herts District Council webpage:

Bishop’s Stortford’s Installations and Art Work to Commemorate the Centenary of Armistice Day

Local groups and organisations have collaborated with Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and The Royal British Legion, Bishop’s Stortford Branch to create amazing art work and poetry in honour of those who lived, fought and died during the First World War.

A leaflet, which includes details of the location of the art work around the town as well as information on who has designed the items, can be obtained from The Tourist Information Centre at 2 Market Square, Bishop's Stortford CM23 3UU. Tel: 01279 715001 or you can contact and we will be happy to email you a copy.

The art work is being installed now and in the lead up to Remembrance Day on 11 November 2018. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed.


Notice of Election - Meads Ward

A by-election will be held in the Meads Ward of Bishops Stortford Town Council on Thursday 6th December 2018.  

Key dates in the election timetable are as follows:

Notice of Election - publication deadline - Thursday 1st November 2018
Candidate Nominations Open - Friday 2nd November 2018
Candidate Nominations Close - 4.00pm on Friday 9th  November 2018
Electoral Registration Deadline - Tuesday 20th November 2018
Postal Vote Application Deadline - 5.00pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018
Proxy Vote Application Deadline - 5.00pm on Wednesday 28th November 2018

A nomination pack and advice for prospective candidates is available here

If you wish to discuss the work involved in being a Town Councillor please feel free to call the Chief Executive Officer on 01279 715000.

Town Centre office available to let, easy in easy out terms

An individual office (unfurnished) is available immediately for rent on the second floor of the Old Monastery, Bishop’s Stortford.

Location:               Room 5, The Courtyard, Windhill, CM23 2ND

Size (sq ft):            83            

Monthly rental:       £200

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:;

Enthusiastic, visionary and committed individual sought to join the Trustee board of the Rhodes Arts Complex

Rhodes is a thriving venue in the heart of Bishop’s Stortford which houses the Bishops Stortford museum, the Stage and the Screen and provides a year round varied programme of theatrical and music events, educational workshops and lectures as well as meeting space for a variety of purposes including community groups, dance classes and other activities.  The Rhodes is managed by an independent trust comprising nine trustees supported by the staff of the Rhodes and officers from the Town Council. 

East Herts District Council, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and Rhodes Birthplace Trust the have declared an intention to transfer the  performance activities which currently take place at the Rhodes to a new larger venue to be sited at Old River Lane in Bishop’s Stortford.  The timescale for this transfer is yet to be finalised however it is currently expected that it will open in 2022/23.  To complement this the trustees of the Rhodes Birthplace Trust have created a vision to transform the existing complex at the Rhodes into a hub for heritage, education in the performing arts, and community.  This would build on existing strengths and enrich the artistic and cultural facilities available to the town, whilst not conflicting with Old River Lane. 

A vacancy has arisen on the Board of Trustees of the Rhodes and an enthusiastic, motivated and committed individual is sought to join the team.  They will play a pivotal role in realising the vision for the future of the centre as well as ensuring that the successful existing programme continues and transitions smoothly to the new venue. 


The ideal candidate would be

  • Visionary, as well as, practically minded
  • Passionate about the potential for the future developments at the Museum and Art Complex at the Rhodes that will complement the new theatre at Old River Lane and enhance the future facilities for a growing town and surrounding area
  • Have relevant skills in finance, business, transition management, arts, heritage or education
  • Be able to attend daytime meetings and have sufficient time to devote to the Trust Board and the project of developing  the future vision


In order that they can devote their attentions primarily to the Rhodes site, they should not be directly involved in Old River Lane.  The role is not remunerated. 

If you’re interested, please submit a CV and a covering letter setting out why you wish to be involved and what you feel you will contribute to:

Sim Richardson
Rhodes Birthplace Trust
c/o Bishop’s Stortford Town Council
The Old Monastery,
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 2ND

or e-mail:

The deadline for applications is 30th October 2018, 5pm.  

Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018

A service will be held at the War Memorial in Castle Gardens, Bishop's Stortford all welcome. Refreshments available after service.


Ex-servicemen and local organisations are invited to assemble at the Link Road Car Park, by 10:15am and march in procession to the War Memorial.


Relatives and friends of those killed in action are invited to place their own tributes.


In addition to our Remembrance Sunday Service all are welcome to gather at the War Memorial on the 11th November at 18.15 for a candle lit vigil.


There will be a road clousure from Link Road Car Park to the War memorial from 10.30-11.30. This will affect all the car parks around the War memorial including Jackson Square, North Gate end, Link road etc. Road closure information is below.


Service dogs allowed only.


Bishop’s Stortford Remembrance Parade and Service are organised by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council in partnership with Bishop’s Stortford Royal British Legion and 1096 (Bishop’s Stortford) Sqn ATC.


Forward all enquiries to:

Italian Market comes to Bishop's Stortford this weekend!

A taste of Italy will delight residents of Bishop’s Stortford on 13 October. Italia in Piazza Food, a travelling Italian market, will be in North Street, Bishop’s Stortford from 9am until 3pm.  Fresh parmesan, olives stuffed with garlic, and extra virgin olive oils are just a few of the delights that will be on sale.


The team at Italia in Piazza frequently travel around Italy to source and hand select the best fresh produce, from the roots of Calabria famous for its chillies to the port city of Genova famous for its pesto, bringing the best Italian food to Bishop’s Stortford.


Maybe you have visited Italy and have a favourite food you'd like to rediscover or you just want to indulge in some Italian atmosphere, whichever a taste of Italy will be on your doorstep.


A few of the items on sale are:

Cured meats
Biscuits and sweets
Extra virgin olive oils & balsamic vinegars
Torrone (nougat)
Speciality Breads
Hot foods:

Italian sausage in a ciabatta panino
Risotto balls of rice stuffed with various fillings
Pizza and Calzone
Mini pizzas



The Italian market will be alongside the weekly Market which is held every Thursday and Saturday in Potter Street, Market Square and South Street and hosts a variety of exciting regular events. Our Farmers and Craft Market continues on first Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 1.30pm in North Street.  


Notice of Conclusion of Audit for 2017/18


Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

1. The audit of accounts for Bishop's Stortford Town Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been completed and the accounts have been published.


2. The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Bishop's Stortford Town Council on application to:

        Mark Westwood, Bishop's Stortford Town Council
        The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND
        01279 712140,

       Between the hours of 10:00 and 15:00 Monday to Friday


3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £0.15 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return


Announcement made by Mark Westwood, Responsible Financial Officer

Date of announcement 26th September 2018


View the Notice of Conclusion of Audit and the Audited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2017/18.