The Finchley Society

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Model of the new statueSpike Milligan Statue Fund

The Society is raising the funds for a statue they have commissioned to be located in the grounds of Avenue House. A special committee has been set up to coordinate these activities.

Spike Milligan, author, poet, comedian, and creator of the famous "Goon show", lived in Finchley, North London, from 1955 to 1974. He loved his surroundings: its open spaces, its often quaint architecture, and the brook that ran at the bottom of his garden. When a local amenity group, The Finchley Society, was set up in 1971, he was one of the first to join. He became its President and later its Patron.

In 2004, a group of his friends and family combined with The Finchley Society to raise funds for the creation of a bronze statue to be sited at Avenue House in Finchley. The aim is to raise £50,000.

The life-size statue by John Somerville will show Spike sitting on a bench and turning as if to speak to an imaginary person sharing the bench with him. Many people, young and old, will come to have their photo taken in this unique setting.

If you would like to make a donation please send a cheque payable to "The Spike Milligan Statue Fund" to The Secretary, 17 Abbots Gardens, East Finchley, London N2 OJG. All donations will be acknowledged.

A special web site has been set up at

The Statue Fund Committee

Chairman Barbara Warren 020 8346 5258
Secretary David Smith 020 8883 4154