The Mayor

Councillor Richard Townsend has been elected Mayor of Bishop's Stortford for the Civic Year 2024-2025.

The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Murray White for the Civic Year 2024-2025.

The Mayor is elected each year at the Statutory Annual Meeting of the Council, which is held in May. 
The position of Mayor is ceremonial, and the holder of the position is also Chairman of the Council.
The Mayor organises many events throughout the year in aid of his or her charity and attends many other events organised by a variety of organisations.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event please download and complete the form below, or contact his Assistant, Sim Richardson at: or telephone 01279 712142.

A Message from the Mayor

Mayor Richard Townsend (aka Mr.T) welcomes you all to the evolving wonder...

That is Bishop’s Stortford. 

Our streets and Communities are steeped in history, diversity, variety and abundant in opportunity and choice. Multiple sports, activities and special interest groups exist for every age, ability and interest, with some at low cost or no cost to encourage participation and accessibility.

We are geographically well placed for employment and leisure, especially with the Rail and air travel options on our doorstep. We have our challenges to make the very best of our unique position in the face of growing pressures from all sides, be they financial, environmental or topographical. 

Ultimately what we have is good and what we need is greater acceptance, cohesion and understanding of one another. We can’t stop change but we can contribute and participate. Together our piece of Hertfordshire will be what we make it, by our efforts and determination to make out outstanding.

I look forward to sharing this journey and restoring the Spirit of Stortford!

Your Mayor, Cllr Richard Townsend

Mayor's Charity Appeal

If you wish to make a kind donation to the Mayor's Charity Appeal, you can do so via Cheque or BACS. The details are:

Please make payable to ~ BSTC Mayors Charity Appeal
Please post to ~ The Mayor, Bishop's Stortford Town Council, The Old Monastery, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, Herts. CM23 2ND

Account Name ~ BSTC Mayors Charity Appeal
Sort Code ~ 30-09-84
Account Number ~ 01042565