Betty Vause MBE became the Chairman of the Girls’ Division Committee in 1976. A former pupil, she taught at Beech House and served as a Governor for 37 years until her retirement in 1998, including a period as Vice Chairman of the joint Governing Body – the first woman to hold the post.
Betty was born in Bolton in August 1922. Her father was the official physiotherapist for Bolton Wanderers and so it was no wonder that Betty was a lifelong supporter of the team! Her marriage to local GP Dr Jack Vause was a long and very happy one, and she always took great pleasure from telling you that she fell in love with Jack when they first met – on the steps of Beech House! In later years, Jack became an invalid, and despite her own battle with cancer, Betty nursed him until his death in 1980.
For over thirty years, Betty Vause was a very distinguished Magistrate and she was regarded by many as Bolton’s most experienced Justice of the Peace. She became Chairman of the Bolton Bench six years before she retired in 1993. A fellow magistrate said of Betty – ‘She never forgot a person’s name and always recognised them. Her sharp mind and good memory proved to be a most valuable asset when she was on duty as a magistrate especially as she could always immediately bring to mind the relevant laws pertinent to the case in hand’.
Another of Betty’s notable achievements was as a founder member of the committee which was set up to raise funds for Bolton Hospice. She was appreciated for her tireless involvement in all aspects of its organisation, from organising committees to working in the hospice shop. As in all things that Betty did, she was totally committed and would give freely of her time. In recognition of all of her contribution to so many aspects of life in Bolton, Betty was awarded the MBE.
Betty’s connection with Bolton School was also long and distinguished. An Old Girl and Prefect, and after going to College, she returned to teach in Beech House. Secretary of the Old Girls’ Association, Governor, Chairman of the OGA from 1976 to 1989, Vice Chairman of the Joint Governing Body, and Chairman of the Trustees: each appointment gave her great pleasure. She was always proud of her connection with School. Betty held the post of Governor for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1998 and she was overjoyed to then be appointed Emeritus Governor.
Betty Vause was always most courteous, always immaculately dressed, very approachable and always concerned about the welfare of others. She is remembered with affection.