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Cookery Demonstration

Kiran and Urmesh Gohi founders of Spice Queen will be demonstrating tasty Indian recipes on Thursday 10th September on Market Square from 11.00-14.00. Demonstration times are as follows:

Chicken Tikka  @ 11.30am


Bhajiyas @ 12.15pm


Chana Masala @ 1.00pm


In addition to the above they will also have tasters of their Chicken Curry and Mumbai Potatoes which will already be cooked and will be heated through for the public. They will also be giving free samples of the above.


Come along for some tasty treats! 

Bishop's Stortford Farmers and Craft Market

The Bishop's Stortford Farmers and Craft Market will be held the first Saturday of the month, with the exception of August, in North Street from 09.30-13.30 and will feature local produce and craft. 

Stallholders registered who attended our first event are: 

Juicy Swine- hot Chorizo sandwiches
Silver Cave Designs- Silver jewellery
Eichler and Duke Coffee Roastery
Sally House- Sewn homeware and other goods
Wonderbuns- Gourmet burgers
Sawbridgeworth Gate Pub- ales and cider (some to try to!)
Wobbly Bottom Farm- Goats Cheese
EW Wells- local vegetables
Foxholes Farm Shop- award winning Farm Shop
Bishop’s Stortford Beekeepers- honey and other products
Highbury Farm- lamb, wool, mutton etc
The Beadoir- beaded jewellery
Tufty Dawn Designs- Sewn homeware and other goods
Caroline Cards- cards and knitted children’s clothes
Spice Queen- dry spice mixes
Heavenly Homemade- jam, pickles, chutneys and cakes
Moggy’s Pickles- jam, pickles, chutneys
Bishop’s Stortford Art Society- prints and artwork
Mrs Bruce’s Cakes
Soda- Irish soda bread

We are lucky enough to have award winning producers at this event so please join us!

If you are interested in attending this market as a stallholder contact the Market Manager:

Rosanna Zaffuto

Market Manager


Tel: 01279 712143(Direct)                                    

Tel: 01279 715000

Bishop's Stortford Town Council

The Old Monastery


Bishop's Stortford

CM23 2ND

Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan

We are holding further Open Days on the Neighbourhood Plan for All Saints, Central, South and part of Thorley on 17th and 19th September 2015 in Jackson Square so please put the dates in your diary now!

If you didn't have time to visit our exhibition at Rhodes on 27th June and would like to come and find out more, please join us at Jackson Square in the former Cloud9 Store on either Thursday 17th September or Saturday 19th September between 9.30am and 4.30pm. There will be an exhibition on neighbourhood planning and a chance to give your feedback. You can have a quick browse, vote on some of our policies,  or talk in detail with members of the Neighbourhood Plan Team. They will be there to talk to you further and to answer any questions.

***Topics covered by the Neighbourhood Plan***

The plan covers several areas and there will be the displays on each of the following topics:

  • Transport
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Education
  • Housing and Design
  • Sports
  • Community and Leisure
  • Business and Employment


There will also be displays on specific areas of proposed development as outlined in the East Herts Draft District Plan: The Goods Yard, Bishop's Stortford South, and East of Manor Links.

Everyone is welcome so please do come along and find out more on 17th and 19th September!

Neighbourhood Plan Open Day at Rhodes this Saturday!

Come and visit our Neighbourhood Plan Open Day and Exhibition this coming Saturday, 27th June at Rhodes Art Centre any time between 9.30am and 4.00pm. There will be an opportunity to find out more about Neighbourhood Planning and view our first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for All Saints, Central, South and part of Thorley Parish. Members of the NP Team will be on hand to answer your questions and to discuss various aspects of the plan. There will be displays on the main themes and you will be invited to vote on initial draft policies. Presentations will be held at intervals throughout the day for those who would like to know more. If you care about the future shape of Bishop's Stortford, please come and have your say!

Music in the market starts this weekend!

Music in the market starts this weekend!

Music in the Market is a monthly event in which the Council will provide a free space for musicians to provide music and entertainment for market shoppers. The event is scheduled for the last Thursday and Saturday of the month. 

The very talented Tom Roddis, a 13 year old singer songwriter, will be playing on Saturday 27 June 10:00-14:00 Market Square.

For more information about Tom see @TomRoddisMusic or

If you are interested in performing contact Rosanna Zaffuto, Market Manager,


Works completed on the War Memorial

Work commences

Repairs to the War Memorial in Castle Gardens have now been completed.  The contractors carried out a gentle cleaning process of the entire structure followed by repairs to some of the stonework on the steps and re-pointing of the joints.  The War Memorials Trust approved the work and their guidlines were followed throught the entire process with the emphasis being on preservation not restoration.


Paddling Pool latest

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council are pleased to advise that the construction of the Paddling Pool is now complete.  The major cause of the initial intermittant operation has now been resolved. We have received a lot of positive feedback from large numbers of people.

The pool will be closed from 8th June - 18th June while we enhance the non-slip properties of the path, as requested by many users.  During the same period we will also be undertaking some;further work on the facility itself to reduce the probability of future failure, and dealing with the consequences of a blockage in the sewer caused by the unexpected inappropriate disposal of wet wipes down the toilet.  We apologise for any disappointment.

We currently expect the pool to reopen on 18th June after which you will be able to enjoy it during the summer months from 9am - 7pm.;The public toilet will be open between 9am and 5pm. From 7pm - 10pm the illuminated centre feature will be operational

Audit Notice - Accounts for 2014/2015


(Audit Commission Act 1998, Sections 15 and 16 , Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/817)

This notice will be displayed from 08 June 2015 to 21 June 2015.

Each year Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s annual return is reviewed by an external auditor appointed by the Audit Commission. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounts and make copies of the annual return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to the Accounting Statements.

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 Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) commencing on 22 June 2015 and ending on 17 July 2015.

If you wish to view them then please contact:

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 Council/meeting. The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose from 20 July 2015 until the annual review has been completed.

The Council’s annual return is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011 and the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice all as transitionally saved.

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