Tributes paid to ‘inspirational teacher’ who loved horses and netball

Kath Worrell and below with her husband Brian, after receiving her MBE in 2004
Kath Worrell and below with her husband Brian, after receiving her MBE in 2004

Tributes have been paid to a former teacher at Hemel Hempstead School who was awarded an MBE for her services to netball in 2004.

Kath Worrell, 75, from Ridge Lea, passed away last month.

Kath and Brian Worrell

Kath and Brian Worrell

Her body will be transported by horse driven hearse from her home on Monday to West Herts Crematorium for a service in the afternoon.

Mrs Worrell received an MBE from HM The Queen in 2004 for her services to netball, a sport she contributed to for more than 50 years.

She formed The Shelley Netball Club in 1964 for ladies who worked at what was then Shell Mex and BP.

Mrs Worrell was also a founder member of the Watford Netball League and a member of the Hertfordshire Netball Association as well as a coach and national umpire.

One of her other great passions was horse and carriage driving and she was secretary of the Chiltern Harness Driving Club.

She also gained respect from both pupils and staff at the school, where she taught for 20 years.

Her husband Brian said: “She did not have to instil discipline, she gained it.

“She was put in charge of the difficult pupils and she gained their respect.

“I remember once when we were out walking the dogs and a young chap came up to us on a motorbike.

“He stopped the engine and took off his helmet and wanted to thank her for giving him the chance to get out of the drug scene.

“She was a very positive lady who always saw the best in people.”

Mrs Worrell leaves behind two children Duncan, 37, and Kirsty, 35, and three grandchildren Courtney and Kate, both 19, and Tom, 16.

Mr Worrell added: “Her commitment and dedication are legendary.

“She will be sorely missed within the local community as well much wider.”