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Betty and Gervas retired back to England in 1964, and bought a house near Wiveliscombe, Somerset.

Gervas went to Gilwell, and was awarded his WoodBadge, subsequently becoming County Commissioner for Somerset.

Betty became involved with Guiding, and was appointed President of the South-West region, a position she held for twenty years.



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Betty's last "official function"

from The Scout Association Headlines

30th April 2000
650 Queen's Scouts, holders of the Scout Movement's top Award for personal achievement were at Windsor Castle today (Sunday 30 April, 2000) for their Annual Parade. This was followed by the National Scout Service in St. George's Chapel.
The honour of holding the event within the Castle walls was granted to the Scout Movement in 1934 by His Majesty King George V. It has continued ever since, interrupted only during the war years.
At the request of H.M. The Queen, The Hon. Mrs Betty Clay reviewed the Queen's Scouts. Betty Clay, who was born in 1917, is the only surviving child of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the World Scout Movement.
During the review she was escorted by Hamish Stout, National Commissioner for Venture Scouts, and the Chief Scout George Purdy. At the end of the Review, the Hon. Mrs Clay was introduced to a group of young people from all Sections of Scouting specially invited to Windsor in recognition for their having gained Scout Awards for Gallantry.
Venture Scouts, aged between 16 and 20, are members of the U.K's half a million strong Scout Movement. The Queen's Scout Award can only be gained by those who have shown the highest level of personal commitment. It requires extremely high standards of self-discipline and achievement in activity, interests and community service. (more)
The Colour Party was formed by Venture Scouts from Scotland. The Parade was accompanied by two bands. The Hallesowen Scout Band, augmented by a Drum Corps of the City of York Scout Band and The Band of the Grenadier Guards.
The National Scout Service was planned by Venture Scouts themselves with personal guidance and help from the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner. The Address was given by Mr Brian Thornton, Vice President of the Methodist Conference.
The Service and final dispersal came at the end of a very long day. It started at Victoria Barracks where a full rehearsal of the Parade and some marching practice was carried out with expert tuition from Drill Instructors of the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards.


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