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A Brownie and Guide leader has been named as a village’s citizen of the year.

Mrs Jackie Cudlipp (45) of Orchid Drive, Farndon, has run the 1st Farndon Brownie pack for five years and the 1st Farndon Guide pack for two years.

Farndon Parish Council named her citizen of the year for her community work.

“I just do what I enjoy, really, so it was a big surprise,” said Mrs Cudlipp.

The number of girls in the Guide pack has risen from three to 17 in the time she has been a leader, and both groups are over-subscribed.

Mrs Cudlipp moved to Farndon from Devon in 2002 and after one year living in the village, she became a leader with the Brownie pack.

She became involved because her daughter, May Cudlipp (13) wanted to join and the 1st Farndon Brownies needed a new leader to keep going.

Mrs Cudlipp, who was both a Brownie and Guide when she was younger, said she could not lead both groups without the help of volunteers and parents.

She runs both groups on the same night.

“It is very rewarding, satisfying and enjoyable,” said Mrs Cudlipp.

“I love the funny things that they say and the stories that they have to tell.

“I am lucky because I have a great support network. A lot of parents are willing to help.”

Mrs Cudlipp organises day trips for the Brownies — they are planning a visit Twycross Zoo in a couple of weeks — and trips away with the Guides.

Earlier this year the Guides went on a water activities weekend trip to Mansfield.

Mrs Cudlipp, through the Brownies and Guides, has helped local groups, including Farndon Residents’ Environment Group in ground clearance.

Mrs Cudlipp is also a school governor at St Peter’s Primary School, Farndon.

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