Girlguiding Radlett have said goodbye to a very popular and inspirational leader as she has left the village after dedicating more than 50 years to the local community with the 3rd Radlett Brownies.
Karen Clout started her Guiding career aged seven as a brownie in London Colney, which was followed by a stint in the Sea Scouts before finally becoming a leader herself.
She was part of the team who raised funds and oversaw the building of Radlett’s own Guide Hut, Woodland Lounge and Scrubbits Park Road. Over the years she has organised and taken many hundreds of local girls on Guide Camps and Brownie Pack Holidays.
Catherine Bilsborough, another member of Girlguiding Radlett, said: “Karen was the inspiration and the action behind decorating the village with more than 1,000 handmade poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One in 2014, a tribute that has been continued every year.
“Karen is one of those rare people who can bring out the best in everyone. She has received various awards throughout the years but probably none have been as rewarding to her as the smiles on faces of the girls she has mentored and encouraged.”
Other families may know Karen through her times as a passionate and dedicated nursery teacher at St John’s Infant School in Radlett.
Catherine added: “She is a truly generous, kind and caring individual, Karen and her husband David, who is also a keen community player. She will be a great loss to Radlett, and I hope everyone can join us to say a huge thank you and goodbye to them both!”