Tribute to former council chairman who moved statue

Mike Griffin
Mike Griffin

Tributes have been paid to former Aylesbury Vale District Council chairman and alderman Mike Griffin, who was instrumnetal in moving the John Hampden statue to its current location in Market Square.

The independent councillor died, aged 84, earlier this month.

He served on the district council from 1979 to 2003 and also served on Bierton Parish Council.

From 1987 to 1989 the independent councillor was chairman of the district council, and was instrumental in moving the John Hampden statue to its current town centre location, after it was found to be a traffic hazzard.

Mr Griffin was born at Hood’s Farm in Bierton, and lived there till he married his wife Mary.

The couple enjoyed Scottish country dancing, and holidayed at their second home on the Isle of Syke three times a year.

He then took on Grove Farm in the village, which has been in his family since the 1880s, and latterly lived there with his sister-in-law Mary Sterrett after Claire’s death in 1997.

Ms Sterrett said: “He was so devoted to the village and wanted to do things to help everybody.

“He and Claire were together a long time and when they first married they had a very successful Jersey herd, but recently he let the farm land out to other