Mrs Margaret Lloyd was the town's first lady Freeman and worked extensively with young people and with peace organisations. In 1915, she helped to start what is now the National Council for Civil Liberties, and later she became a civil servant, working for a time at the Ministry of Labour. In 1924, she instigated the controversial North Kensington Birth Control Clinic and helped it win official recognition.
During the war, as well as cultural and anti-nazi activities, she set up the Yugoslav Emergency Committee, and in 1952 she joined the National Assembly of Women, later becoming it's international secretary.
She moved to Hemel Hempstead with her husband in 1957, and helped establish the Children's Nursery and Play Council in 1963. She became president of the Marlowes Play Centre for Young People, and a school governor. After the death of her husband in 1968, she used her own funds to set up a trust to encourage leisure activities for young people, including the Dacorum Narrow Boat Project.
This summary of the information published in the Hemel Hempstead Gazette of Friday August 17, 1979 is available to view in the Hemel Hempstead reference library.