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It is with great sadness we advise that Maurice Baker passed away quietly last week, following a brave struggle with illness.

Maurice was intrinsically and passionately involved with Scouting from the 1950s, and Lochearnhead since Hertfordshire Scouts acquired and opened the Station in 1962.  As Assistant County Commissioner he was largely responsible for making Hertfordshire the mountaineering county that we are today.  When he retired to Lochearnhead he bacame our on-site (well, adjacent-site) Warden, a role he held until late 2017.

As you may all imagine, Maurice met, guided and supported many thousands of adults and young people in their mountain and adventurous endeavours. Our districts have also been active users of the Station for many years and, we have an active and increasing number of other user groups who are enjoying the timeless heritage and serenity of the site, so carefully managed by Maurice.

Maurice was so well known to such a huge number of people that we will, with the approval of his family, be making arrangements to celebrate his life and, life-long contribution to Hertfordshire Scouting at a memorial service later in 2018. The event will be held in/close to Hertfordshire and, all will be welcome to attend.

In the circumstances, we would ask that the vast majority of people who would wish to remember Maurice, pause for a minute during his funeral. We shall share more information, including a suitable obituary, in due course and, for the moment would merely ask that people remember Maurice kindly in their thoughts.

Yours in Scouting,

Liz Walker                                                                           Graham Woolley
County Commissioner                                                     Chair, Lochearnhead Management Committee
Hertfordshire Scouts                                                        Hertfordshire Scouts

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