The Bishop’s Stortford Flyer Magazine April ’24

Welcome to your April issue of The Bishop’s Stortford Flyer magazine. In your Bishop’s Stortford Flyer magazine April ’24 edition. Amongst the community news and local events in this issue there’s a good choice of things to do in April.

Bishop’s Stortford Flyer Magazine April Welcome

Letter from the Editor


It’s lovely to see so many spring flowers out, I especially like the yellow and purple colours. Perhaps we can enjoy more time outside now, maybe with family and friends if we are able to, and if the weather lets us!

With plenty of ideas of things to do, plus the latest community news and information, we hope your April Flyer is useful. Events coming up include an Open Day at St Michael’s Church Tower on Windhill (6th May). You can view the newly restored bells, find out about the history of bellringing and enjoy views from the tower. There’s a special free creative workshop event for cancer patients/survivors (4th May) at St Barnabas Centre in Thorley and the Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia has an afternoon concert (21st April) at the Memorial Hall, Bishop’s Stortford College.

We also hear from the Bishop’s Stortford library about events for adults, children and families over the next few weeks. This includes activities and workshops during the April school holidays and Open Mic Poetry in May; as well as many regular events. Why not find out more about things to do in your magazine?



News from local groups includes an update from the Bishop’s Stortford Royal British Legion Branch about the achievements of its Branch Chair Squadron Leader John B Robinson AFC. John recently received a Royal British Legion Gold Award in recognition of his Branch service and his current work to ensure that veterans of the UK’s nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s are honoured and given access to their medical records. It’s incredibly inspirational. We also hear from RSPB Stort Valley Group about their programme of meetings, visits and walks. Their midweek walk from Widford (25th April) includes a circular route incorporating Ash Valley and views of the countryside and the potential of seeing Kestrels, Red Kites and Kingfishers. Sounds very interesting!

Charity updates include a feature about Isabel Hospice opening a second shop this month (on South Street). Renee Friend – volunteer, fundraiser and ambassador for the charity – is so pleased and adds: “Isabel Hospice is very close to my heart, having had a personal connection to the hospice many years ago, I continue to dedicate much of my time fundraising for the cause and help run a weekly Compassionate Neighbour Café with, Grief Encounters bereavement support, and Living Well services, at the Methodist Church also on South Street.” Volunteers would be very welcome; you can follow @IsabelHospiceShops to keep up to date.

There’s Marathon news from two charities: Helping Herts, the official charity for Stort Valley Rotary, is holding a 6 Marathon Challenge (20th April – 2nd May) event raising vital funds for 12 partner charities supporting children’s welfare in Hertfordshire and St Elizabeth’s have 11 runners in the Brighton and London Marathons to support their essential work with over 100 children, young adults and adult day clients with epilepsy, autism and other complex medical conditions. Find out how you can get involved in helping these charities in your magazine, they would be so pleased to hear from you.

As well as a variety of local school updates, we also hear from Grove Cottage about who they are and what they do – it’s very interesting reading.  Enjoy catching up on your community news and thank you for your support of the Flyer.

With best wishes

Stephanie Adams, Editor