Harpenden Brown Owl and guide leader named ‘inspirational woman’

PUBLISHED: 16:16 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:16 08 August 2018

Marie Orford.

Marie Orford.


Former Guide leader and Brown Owl Marie Orford, better known by her nickname ‘Morf’, came second in the poll to find Harpenden’s most inspirational woman.

She said: “Hundred of local families know me by my nickname, Morf! It’s simply my first initial run into three letters of my surname (M. ORFord). I have been known by this name for 35 years, firstly as a Guide leader, but later as a Brown Owl.

“I am proud to have led my Brownies through many exciting adventures. I have seen nervous, shy young girls at seven years old turn into confident 10 year olds ready to face life’s challenges.

“It is especially heartwarming to follow their progress into adult life, and ultimately welcome their own children into the guiding family.

“I like to think I’m a bit like the plasticine character on TV in Take Hart, called Morph - I’m flexible, friendly and fun!”

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