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‘Traffic-free North Street would create much-needed hub and gathering space’

‘Traffic-free North Street would create much-needed hub and gathering space’

‘Traffic-free North Street would create much-needed hub and gathering space’

01 April 2024

Bishop’s Stortford BID (Business Improvement District) chair and interim manager Karen Burton on its desire to explore pedestrianising North Street.


‘The Israeli army and me: Fired on and wounded – then detained and deported after refusing to spy’

‘The Israeli army and me: Fired on and wounded – then detained and deported after refusing to spy’

‘The Israeli army and me: Fired on and wounded – then detained and deported after refusing to spy’

18 February 2024

Stortford’s Chris Dunham recalls his time in Bethlehem as a peace campaigner, including meeting Yasser Arafat and working with comedian Jeremy Hardy


‘Parkinson’s robbed me of my sense of smell, otherwise I might have smelt a rat’

‘Parkinson’s robbed me of my sense of smell, otherwise I might have smelt a rat’

‘Parkinson’s robbed me of my sense of smell, otherwise I might have smelt a rat’

03 February 2024

Our Parkinality columnist Julie Walker on her Person of Courage success at the Indies Community Awards 2023.


Council’s wellbeing leader on why extra £6m for Hertford Theatre is essential

Council’s wellbeing leader on why extra £6m for Hertford Theatre is essential

Council’s wellbeing leader on why extra £6m for Hertford Theatre is essential

25 January 2024

Cllr Sarah Hopewell said: “With ongoing government funding cuts to local councils, any revenue generation helps protect important services.”


Treating Old River Lane as ‘an arts centre without a roof’ can help restore pride in Stortford

Treating Old River Lane as ‘an arts centre without a roof’ can help restore pride in Stortford

Treating Old River Lane as ‘an arts centre without a roof’ can help restore pride in Stortford

22 January 2024

Chas Gill asks: Where is the sense of pride in our town? Why are we always moaning about everything? Why are we collectively in such a bad mood?


Welcome to my crib: The Nativity displays in Stortford church’s festival

Welcome to my crib: The Nativity displays in Stortford church’s festival

Welcome to my crib: The Nativity displays in Stortford church’s festival

12 December 2023

A chess piece Nativity, a political statement and a knitted Jesus all featured in the Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Church Crib Festival.


Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre: Your views on the town’s big festive event

Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre: Your views on the town’s big festive event

Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre: Your views on the town’s big festive event

05 December 2023

Organisers of Saturday’s Christmas Fayre are reflecting on a successful event – but what did residents, visitors, stallholders and performers think?


How the BBC has become the ‘neighbour from hell’ to papers like the Indie

How the BBC has become the ‘neighbour from hell’ to papers like the Indie

How the BBC has become the ‘neighbour from hell’ to papers like the Indie

05 December 2023

Local newspaper editors regard the BBC as a state-funded juggernaut on course to suffocate independent journalism in every UK city, town and village.


Stortford can lead the way in building back better high streets

Stortford can lead the way in building back better high streets

Stortford can lead the way in building back better high streets

27 November 2023

Graham McAndrew, a Stortford member of the county and district councils, writes in response to news of the closure of Fordes Home in North St.


Old River Lane: ‘This is not just about enhanced arts provision, it is a fight for the heart of our town’

Old River Lane: ‘This is not just about enhanced arts provision, it is a fight for the heart of our town’

Old River Lane: ‘This is not just about enhanced arts provision, it is a fight for the heart of our town’

21 November 2023

Simon Anderson, a director of Bishop’s Stortford-based professional theatre company Contexture and a resident of the town, writes on Old River Lane.


Old River Lane: ‘We’re bracing for having very little money for any development’

Old River Lane: ‘We’re bracing for having very little money for any development’

Old River Lane: ‘We’re bracing for having very little money for any development’

31 October 2023

East Herts Council deputy leader Cllr Mione Goldspink updates Indie readers on the authority’s proposed Old River Lane development.


Green is for no-go: East Herts Council parks another Stortford issue

Green is for no-go: East Herts Council parks another Stortford issue

Green is for no-go: East Herts Council parks another Stortford issue

27 October 2023

East Herts Council’s Green and Liberal Democrat administration has once again hit the pause button for Bishop’s Stortford.


Green Watch: ‘PM opting to roll back green measures does not stack up’

Green Watch: ‘PM opting to roll back green measures does not stack up’

Green Watch: ‘PM opting to roll back green measures does not stack up’

29 September 2023

Louise Tennekoon says Rishi Sunak should ease the burden on households by kickstarting a programme of home insulation and energy efficiency.


My win-win-win for town centre visitors, businesses and residents

My win-win-win for town centre visitors, businesses and residents

My win-win-win for town centre visitors, businesses and residents

19 September 2023

Indie correspondent Stephen Cronie says motorists must be forced to use the Northgate End multi-storey – by banning long-stay parking elsewhere.


‘There are many ways forward in life – including ones you didn’t expect’

‘There are many ways forward in life – including ones you didn’t expect’

‘There are many ways forward in life – including ones you didn’t expect’

16 August 2023

Olivia Singh, a 20-year-old university student from Bishop’s Stortford, recalls her own A-level results day at Birchwood High School.


‘Cricket, Costa, Stort and Spoons in my top 10 places in Stortford’

‘Cricket, Costa, Stort and Spoons in my top 10 places in Stortford’

‘Cricket, Costa, Stort and Spoons in my top 10 places in Stortford’

02 August 2023

Bishop’s Stortford High School A-level student Alex Banhidai takes up the Indie’s challenge to write about his 10 favourite places in Stortford.


The similarities between Eid and Christmas should be celebrated by all

The similarities between Eid and Christmas should be celebrated by all

The similarities between Eid and Christmas should be celebrated by all

16 April 2023

Fatima Patel, a resident of Bishop’s Stortford with her young family, writes for the Indie on what the Muslim celebration Eid means to her...


Green Watch: 'We can't keep kicking the climate change can down the road'

Green Watch: 'We can't keep kicking the climate change can down the road'

Green Watch: 'We can't keep kicking the climate change can down the road'

31 March 2023

Columnist Louise Tennekoon on why she thinks joining Extinction Rebellion protest The Big One in London in April is so important


'At last we have a town council trying to do what it says on its tin'

'At last we have a town council trying to do what it says on its tin'

'At last we have a town council trying to do what it says on its tin'

13 March 2023

Chas Gill attended nine Bishop's Stortford annual town meetings in his time as a councillor – this time he went as a member of the public.


'I loved working for the BBC and I was paid to be impartial, but it took its toll'

'I loved working for the BBC and I was paid to be impartial, but it took its toll'

'I loved working for the BBC and I was paid to be impartial, but it took its toll'

13 March 2023

A self-confessed "recovering" ex-BBC journalist from Bishop's Stortford says the mood among former colleagues is 'mutinous'.


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