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Mike Hibbs is an architect with offices in Saffron Walden and projects all over North West Essex. He has practical experience of the building industry, having started out working for a major local builders’ merchant. He then went back to University as a mature student and qualified as an architect in 1995. Mike has been running his own architectural practice for over twenty years.

Mike has served as a Town and District Councillor, and was first elected as a Liberal Democrat in 1987. He has been Chairman of Uttlesford District Council, and Mayor of Saffron Walden (twice). He is most proud of his role as Chairman of the Housing Committee at Uttlesford District Council, where he initiated the policy of building Council houses again.

Mike ‘s concern about the implications of a Hard Brexit extend beyond the issues of the single market, the customs union, protection of the rights of local residents who are EU citizens, and the free movement of labour. He has strong family links with Germany, and grew up in the shadow of two world wars.

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Saffron Walden Town FC was formed in 1872, and are the oldest club in Essex still in existence, and the 19th oldest in the world. Arthur Smith negotiated the use of the present field in Catons Lane which became known as “The Meadow”, The “Bloods” as they are known, because of the red in the club colours were founder members of the Essex County Football Association in 1882.

The clubs first ever league match was at Halsted Town in 1899 in the Haverhill & District League. They won this league title in the 1908-09 season for the first time. It was not their first championship, for in 1907-08 Walden entered the Stansted & District League for the first time and won without losing a game, they won the league six more times before 1924.