11 January 2011 - Lady Patience Baden-Powell obituary

Lady Baden-PowellIt is with sadness that we learn of the passing of the Lady Baden-Powell on 18 December at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham after a two-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Patience Hélène Mary Batty was born on 27 October 1936, the daughter of Major Douglas Myers Batty. She was educated at St. Peter's Diocescan School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

She married Robert Crause Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron Baden-Powell, son of Arthur Robert Peter Baden-Powell, 2nd Baron Baden-Powell and Carine Crause-Boardman in 1963 and as a result of her marriage was given the title Lady Baden-Powell.

In April 1964 she was enrolled by the Chief Guide at a Trefoil Guild Conference in Swanwick, Derbyshire, and acted as a Guide Leader in Nottingham and District and Assistant County Commissioner in Surrey West.

Lady Baden-Powell served on numerous guiding committees including the Olave House Committee (1966), the Overseas Committee (1969 – 1973), the Reception Committee (1971-1975), the Executive Committee (1971- 1973 for the first time).  She first joined the Guiding Council in 1967.  For three years she was also a representative to the British Youth Council and during this time was part of a delegation to Israel in 1977. 

Taking a keen interest in international guiding, Lady Baden-Powell worked at one of the guiding world centres, Our Cabana, for a time in 1980 and led the UK delegations to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ Conferences in France in 1981 and in the USA in 1984, having attended several conferences in the past as a delegate. 

She was Chief Commissioner of the Guide Association between 1980 and 1985.  In 1986 Lady Baden-Powell was invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE). She later became a Vice-President of the Guide Association.

Outside of guiding Lady Baden-Powell worked for the YWCA for three years, was patron of the National Play Bus Association, President of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and Director of Imperial Life Assurance UK Ltd. In later life Lady Baden Powell's great interests lay in her work with Waltham Firs and Woodlarks Campsites and in her role as a local fundraiser for the NSPCC.

'The Lady Baden-Powell will be remembered not only for her many years of dedicated service to guiding, both in the UK and internationally, but also for her enthusiasm and the kindness she showed to every young member that she met. The thoughts of the whole guiding movement are with the Baden-Powell family at this sad time.'

Liz Burnley CBE, Chief Guide

'Patience was always committed to encouraging the Scouts and Guides to work closer together, both locally and nationally, as well as internationally'

Derek Twine, Chief Executive of the Scout Association

The funeral was held at Albury Parish Church at 2pm on Monday 10 January. The family requested no flowers, but instead donations to either Waltham Firs Activity and Camping Centre or Woodlarks Campsite (http://www.woodlarks.org.uk/).

Guiding has had a positive impact on girls' lives for the past 100 years.