Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2020/21


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


1. Date of announcement Tuesday 29th June 2021

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 2021, 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,

       commencing on Wednesday 30th June 2021

       and ending on   Tuesday 10th August 2021

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)
15 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 2020/21 and the Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2020/21.

Outdoor Cinema 2021- Buy your tickets now!

The Greatest Showman
outdoor cinema

Join us for a unique Outdoor Cinema experience with mouth-watering food and drinks and some of the greatest films ever made and recent releases. Three family friendly films will be shown on 1 August on Sworders Field. The price of a ticket includes a headset and a deckchair.   

Tickets cost £13.50 per person and must be purchased in advance, to purchase your tickets please visit or call 01279 715001.

For more Information and to view the seating plan click here. FAQs regarding this event can be found here

Bishop's Stortford Street Naming

Street Naming

Help Name the Streets of Bishop’s Stortford!

The Town Council is seeking ideas for street names for new developments in Bishop’s Stortford.
All suggestions should have a Bishop’s Stortford historical link, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Women of Bishop’s Stortford
  • Key Historical Figures of Bishop’s Stortford
  • Maltsters and Mills
  • Monks and Nuns
  • Headmasters and Headmistresses of Schools
  • Shop Names, Trades and Shopkeepers
  • Pubs, Taverns, Breweries and Landlords
  • Camped Regiments
  • Transport

If you would like to suggest one or more street names please send your name suggestions with a brief historical description to:

Please Note:
If the suggested name is of a person, that particular person must have passed away no less than fifty years ago. If they have passed away within fifty years, a letter from the person’s estate providing permission for their name to be used, must be provided.
In addition, we cannot guarantee your suggestion will be used, as the Post Office have veto on names.

Roll up! Roll up! Come along to our Circus Skills Workshops

Circus Workshop

Come and learn how to balance, spin and juggle with professional circus artists at Circus Pazaz at Sworders Field on 22 August! Perhaps you've always wanted to learn to juggle, or wondered how you can spin a plate on a stick. Or perhaps you would like to try your skills with balancing on a tight wire or unicycle? Join professional circus artists in their big top tent to learn all these skills and more!

There will be multiple 45 minutes sessions throughout the day starting from 10:30am. Tickets cost £1 per person and must be purchased in advance, to purchase your circus workshop ticket please visit or call 01279 715001.

For more information click here

See more of Circus Pazaz here

Summer Events 2021 - Expression of Interests

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council is looking for bars, ice cream, and both sweet and savory food offering to attend our events this August.

Please email to be sent an expression of interest form. 

Please see our expression of interest form with details for both of our events:

Outdoor Cinema – Sunday 1 August 2021 – Sworder’s Field (Bishop’s Stortford)
Outdoor Theatre - Saturday 28 August 2021 – Monastery Gardens (Bishop’s Stortford)

Please read through the event information before returning your expression of interest.

If you are interested in trading, please send through all requested documentation with your completed form to Forms that have not been completed in their entirety or forms with missing documents will not be considered.

Please note this expression of interest only.

Bishop's Stortford Farmers and Crafts Market 5 June


The Farmers and Crafts Market will be back this Saturday (5 June) on North Street between 9:30 and 13:30. Check out the traders great selection of handmade products and delicious food, we can't wait to see you there! #bishopsstortford #mymarket

British Red Cross Open Gardens

The Tourist Information Centre currently has copies of the British Red Cross Open Garden leaflets. Pop into the Tourist Information Centre to pick up a copy.

There are a range of open gardens in Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Essex open from May through to August.

We are hiring!

The Town Council has vacancies for a Cemetery and Maintenance Manager and an Events Administrator.  Both are full time, interesting and varied posts.  For full details and to apply, visit our vacancies page

Annual Town Meeting 2021

The Bishop's Stortford Town Council Annual Meeting for 2021 is now open for public questions.
Make your voice heard and learn about town issues, some of which may even be new to you!     

During the 2020/2021 financial year the Town Council has progressed many projects including the refurbishment of Cemetery Lodge so that it can be let as residential accommodation, the refurbishment of the public toilets at the Cemetery, additional cycle stands in the town centre, environmental improvements to its properties as part of the effort to combat climate change and revisions to the Neighbourhood Plans which cover the town. 

In addition preparatory work on the £2.6M ‘Castle Park’ project continues; this will see major improvements in the facilities at Castle Gardens and Sworders field including an extension to the Skate Park and a wholly new facility for wheeled sports including BMX.  The signage/interpretation programme for the riverside walk (‘Waterside Stortford’) has been completed and investigations have studies have continued on the options for creating cycle routes within the town.

These projects are in addition to the Town Council’s regular activities, such as the maintenance of the cemeteries and allotments, the running of the community mini buses, including the Stortford Shuttle, on behalf of the Mini Bus Trust, and the management of four community centres, on behalf of the Community Centre Trusts. The TIC continues to provide residents and visitors alike, with information on the Town and its activities and what’s on in the surrounding area.

Covid has, of course, had an impact on these and the Council has been involved in the responses to this global pandemic. The restrictions, sadly, led to the cancellation both of Carnival and the Christmas Fayre as well as closures from time to time of the Community centres. Covid-secure procedures have been introduced throughout the Council operations.

The Committee Reports and Minutes of last year are available to view at:

Please send your questions in advance to: no later than Friday 18th June 2021.