Patricia Batty Shaw

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Patricia Batty Shaw, CBE (born Patricia Heckels, 1928–2004) was a chairwoman of the United Kingdom's National Federation of Women's Institutes.

Patricia Heckels was born at Epsom, Surrey, England, on 18 November 1928.[1] Her father was a general practitioner and medical officer to the Derby horse race.[1]

She was educated at Wimbledon High School, and trained as a medical social worker (almoner) at Southampton University. She then worked at Guy's Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital.[1] She married Anthony Batty Shaw, a consultant physician, in 1954 and took his double-barrelled surname.[1] They later lived in Norwich, then nearby Barford, where she joined the Barford and Wramplingham Women's Institute, becoming its secretary. She became the National Federation's chair of education, vice-chair, and eventually in 1977, its chair.[1]

She also served in other voluntary roles, for example chairing the Norfolk Rural Community Council; as president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association in 1993, and county president of the Girl Guides; and as a magistrate and chairman of the Wymondham bench.[1]

She appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 22 July 1978,[2] and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1981.[1]

She died in June 2004.[1] Her husband and daughter survived her.[1]


  • ——; Batty Shaw, Anthony (1997). Wymondham Magistrates and Their Court House: The Bridewell, Wymondham. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Patricia Batty Shaw". The Daily Telegraph. 17 June 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Patricia Batty Shaw". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2014.