Christmas will truly come to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday 3 December with a number of exciting events, including Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s Christmas Fayre, St Michael’s Church Holly Fair, the Grove Cottage Santa Dash and Reindeer Run and Bishops Stortford Community Church’s Crafty Christmas, all ushering in the festive season. Road closures will operate from 6am in North Street, Potter Street, South Street and High Street east of Basbow Lane
Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s Christmas Fayre will commence at 9.30am and span North Street, Potter Street, Market Square and South Street, all of which will close for the event and will be filled with Christmas delights. The event includes the general retail market, the Farmers and Craft market and other exciting specialist Christmas stalls. Visitors can pick up lots of Christmas goodies, from gifts such as hampers and handmade jewellery to real Christmas trees and wreaths. Hungry shoppers can keep the cold at bay with many warming delights from our food court located on Market Square.
Children will have lots of fun at Santa’s Grotto, pat some reindeer straight from the North Pole, or ride a pony, have their faces painted or get festive with a glitter tattoo! Princesses will mingle with crowds, providing photo opportunities for young fans. Everyone will enjoy the fun fair rides and games on the train and the crooked cottage.
There are several arenas with live music and entertainment. Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society will perform traditional carols while Hip Hop Pop Dance Production Company and a local School will entertain with street dance to the latest chart music.
Come and join the fun, everyone welcome!
Road closures will be in force on 3rd December 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.
Timings for the event are as follows:
Road closures, restrictions and diversions: 06.00 – 18.00
Christmas Fayre Event: 09.30 – 16.00
Three important planning consultations are underway during November/December:
1. The East Herts District Plan pre-inspection consultation will run from 3rd November-15th December. For details and to comment please visit http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/presubmissiondistrictplan
2. The Bishop's Stortford Town Council Neighbourhood Plan for All Saints, Central, South and Part of Thorley Parish, pre-examination consultation will run from 3rd November-15th December. For details and to comment please visit http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/bsnp2
3. The consultation on the East Herts District Council Town Centre Planning Framework for Bishop's Stortford will run from 26th October-7th December. For details and to comment please visit http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/ORLAutumnConsultation
Inspection copies of all three documents are also available at the Town Council offices, the Tourist Information Centre in Market Square and at District Council offices
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
- Hot food
- Paris Handbags, purses and belts
- Sweet treats- Crepes, biscuits, nougats and chocolates
- Dried Fruits
- Basket Ware
- Wooden Signs
- Vintage Music CD
- Wooden Flowers
- 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!
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
(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:
Bishop's Stortford Town Council
The Old Monastery
Herts, CM23 2ND
Telephone: 01279 712140
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.
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 email@example.com
Will be taking a break for the winter months but will be back in the spring 2017.