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Bishop's Stortford Carnival Saturday 17th June 2017

Bishop's Stortford Carnival Saturday 17th June 2017: Theme: Movies

This year's Movie's themed Carnival will take place on Saturday 17th June.  Please see the Carnival page for relevant documents for registration.

Bishop's Stortford Carnival brings the community together to celebrate everything that is good about Bishop's Stortford and promises to be a great day out for all ages. The procession starts from Rhodes arts centre at 12.30 and consists of individuals, floats, walking groups, Marching Bands and Dance troops.

The floats will process through South Street, Potter Street, and Market Square, finishing in North Street.  By then the fun on the field, which commences at 12 Noon and carries on until 5pm, will be in full swing. In total over 100 community groups, and other organisations are taking part.

These include charities, local businesses and touring attractions as well as a variety of entertainment for children and adults alike.

This year our Fun Day promises a packed program of displays and participation activities including the following:-

Live bands
Childrens Entertainers
Marching Bands
Dance displays
A full day of Arena displays
Fun Fair
Traditional Beer Tent
Producers & Craft Stalls
Traditional Side Stalls
Trade Stands
Pets Corner

Organising the carnival is a massive operation which takes over a year.  Carnival allows many local charities and non-profit making organisations to raise much needed funds, whilst raising their profile and enjoying a fun day!

To book a Carnival pitch or parade entry please download the documents from the  Carnival page  or contact or telephone 01279 715000

Tenders invited for Ice cream concessions

The Council is inviting tenders for ice cream concessions at the splash pool and on Sworders field.  The closure date is 12 noon on 2nd December 2016 and full details are available here

Bishop's Stortford Christmas Fayre- Road Closure

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

Planning Consultations - Have your say

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

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

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

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

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