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French Market coming on 29 October!

A taste of France will delight residents of Bishop’s Stortford on 29 October 2016. France at Home, a travelling French market, will be in North Street, Bishop’s Stortford from 9am until 5pm. Fresh authentic patisserie, olives, and bread are just a few of the delights that will be on sale. 

The team at France at Home frequently travel around Normandy to source and hand select the best fresh produce, such as local and regional cheeses, freshly baked bread to handbags, jewellery, and provencal soaps bringing the best French food and products to Bishop’s Stortford. 

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

A few of the items on sale are:
- Bread and patisserie 
- Cheese
- Charcuterie
- Hot food 
- Paris Handbags, purses and belts
- Sweet treats- Crepes, biscuits, nougats and chocolates
- Olives 
- Spices
- Dried Fruits
- Onions
- Basket Ware
- Wooden Signs
- Vintage Music CD
- Wooden Flowers 
- Posters
- Provencal Soaps

Don’t forget you can also visit Bishop’s Stortford weekly Market, which is held every Thursday and Saturday in North Street, Potter Street, Market Square and South Street too!

New Taxi Rank and Marshal Scheme

Getting home after a fun night out at the weekend in Bishop’s Stortford will become much quicker and easier from Friday October 14, when a new taxi rank opens at the bus station between 11pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sundays on Bank Holiday weekends.

In addition Hertfordshire County Council, Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and East Herts Council have worked together with Hertfordshire Constabulary to set up a trial Taxi Marshal Scheme at the new rank, similar to a scheme running in Hertford.

Marshals will ensure that passengers using the rank get into East Herts licensed Hackney Carriages, as well as maintaining an orderly queue for the taxis throughout the night.

Chris Hunt East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Inspector said: “Marshals will work closely with the police, the CCTV team and councils as well as pub and club door staff to keep the town safe and orderly. They will communicate any problems via the town link radio system, playing a vital role in the reducing the risk of crime. They will help taxi drivers by making sure customers are not disorderly, eating food or smoking whilst getting into a taxi and also by helping to ensure that passengers have the ability to pay for longer journeys.” The results of the trial, which will run until mid-January 2017, will be reviewed early in the New Year.

Executive member for the environment and the open spaces Graham McAndrew said: “The new taxi marshal scheme will be a huge asset to the night-time economy of Bishop’s Stortford, making it easier for people to get home safely after a night out. Marshals in Hertford have proven to be highly effective in reducing illegal “pick-ups,” as well as controlling taxi queues, improving safety for people and dealing with confrontational situations.”

Bishop’s Stortford Mayor Keith Warnell said: “We have a vibrant evening and nighttime offering in our town which is well supported and this new taxi marshalling scheme will ensure that those who have enjoyed themselves in Bishop's Stortford will get home safely and easily after a good night in our town.“

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for 2015/16


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


Bishop's Stortford Town Council

NOTICE is hereby given that the audit for the year ended 31st March 2016 was completed on 7th September 2016 and the accounts are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

View the audited Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2016 and Issues Arising Report or to arrange a viewing between the hours of 10am and 3pm please contact:

Mark Westwood
Finance Officer
Bishop's Stortford Town Council
The Old Monastery
Bishop’s Stortford
Herts, CM23 2ND

Telephone: 01279 712140

Farmers & Crafts market Saturday 1 October

Don't forget our Farmers & Crafts market is back Saturday 1 October 9.30-13.30 In North Street. This month we are celebrating British Food Fortnight. Everything at our market is either hand produced or created locally and we are having demonstrations from West Essex & East Herts Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers.  Stay tuned for more planned events.

If you planning to attend why don’t you also visit our general market every Thursday & Saturday.

Christmas Fayre 2016

Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre is coming back!


Christmas will truly come to Bishop’s Stortford on 3 December from 9.30am. Everyone will able to purchase all the Christmas essentials from gifts such as hampers and handmade jewellery to real Christmas trees and wreaths. Performances from local groups and bands such as Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will delight crowds with beautiful traditional carols while Hip Hop Pop Dance Production Company and School will entertain crowds with street dance to the latest top chart music. Lots more is planned too!

We would love everyone to be involved so please do get in touch. If you are interested in attending the event as a trader or need further info please contact Rosanna Zaffuto on

Street Food Monthly

Will be taking a break for the winter months but will be back in the spring 2017. 

Splash pool - special needs sessions

The popular splash pool near Sworders Field is reserved exclusively for those with special needs  on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month from 5pm-7pm.   The dates for these sessions for the remmainder of 2016 are: Aug: 3, 17, 31; Sept: 7, 21.  Parents/guardians of those with special needs are of course welcome also!

Cafe Opening Times - Sworders Field

The Cafe on Sworders Field, serving tea, coffee, cakes and sovouries, is open Tuesday-Sunday 9.30am - 3.30pm.  Why not give it a try?  Ice cream and soft drinks are also usually available from our Ice Cream vendors.