George Griffin

Date published: 01/02/2015
© Newbury Weekly News


Mr. Councillor Griffin, the new Mayor is a Berkshire man, having been born at Weston in the year 1857. He received his education at the Wickham National School, under the late Messrs. T. Wager and James Gilkes. Leaving school early, as was the case in those days with most country lads, he entered the employ of Mr. J. Munday, of Elton Farm, and subsequently that of Mr. James Palmer, of Weston Farm. Weston, however, did not offer him the future which accorded with his aspirations, and so he transferred himself to Newbury 45 years ago, taking a subordinate place in the business of Mr. Charles Saunders, pork butcher and fruiterer. In course of time he rose to the position of manager, and some 28 years ago, on the retirement of Mr. Saunders, he purchased the business.


For some 15 years Mr. Griffin one of the overseers for the Borough, and six years ago entered the Town Council. His capable business habits suggested his appointment on the Finance and General Purposes Committees; he has also served on the Sanitary and Allotments Committee.


From early days, Mr. Griffin has been connected with the Primitive Methodist Church, in which he has been an active lay preacher, in addition to which he has held several responsible positions.


The Mayoress has also been a diligent church worker, and since 1903, has been President of the Women's Own. Of the four sons, three are engaged with their father in his business; all of them have, however, served their King and Country in the ranks, and one returned home badly wounded. The youngest son, a lieutenant in the Berks., regiment, was killed in France. His premature death was a great grief to his parents.


The new Mayor has displayed an interest in public affairs, he has been a successful business man, and may be depended on to use his influence on the side of all that appertains to the well-being of his fellow citizens and the welfare of the borough at large.


Newbury Weekly News 13 November 1919


BMD Births Jun Q 1857

Geoirge Griffin Newbury 2c 214

Sources:13 November 1919

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