Mike Griffin was born at the now demolished Hood’s Farm in 1929 and lived there until he married his wife Claire. He then took on Grove Farm in the village which had been in his family since the 1880’s and latterly lived there with his sister-in-law Mary Sterrett after Claire’s death in 1998.
The couple enjoyed Scottish country dancing and holidaying at their second home on the Isle of Syke three times a year. 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 people.”
A former Aylesbury Vale District Council chairman and alderman, Mike was instrumental in moving the John Hampden statue to its current location in Market Square, Aylesbury after it was found to be a traffic hazard. He served as an independent member on the district council from 1979 to 2003 and also served on Bierton Parish Council for 28 years. He retired in December 2007 and was presented with a framed and signed photograph in appreciation of his services to Bierton with Broughton and Hulcott parish councils.
Mike lived in the village of Bierton all his life and was a well respected member of the local community and took an active and leading role in many of the village community organisations. He was co-author of The Story of Bierton which was published in 1994.
Claire died in 1998 and Mike himself died on the 8th July 2014 at the age of 84 leaving the vast majority of his estate to the Trust. The Trust is an incredibly generous gesture from Mike who was born and grew up in Bierton. He was a well known and respected member of the farming community. This just goes to show how much Bierton & Hulcott meant to him and his wife Claire. He has left a very valuable legacy that will ensure their memory lives on into the future.