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Luton Women's Aid

This article was published in November 2008. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Womens InstituteOur president welcomed the members and after the business meeting we welcomed our guest speaker. Jennie Moody MBE who founded Luton Women's Aid a charity that offers a refuge for abused women and their children.

Jennie is a retired social worker who came into contact with abused women during her professional life, and after retirement started a campaigned to set up a refuge for women living in Luton.

Women of all ages and from all walks of life come to the refuge. The youngest that has been helped was 16 years old and the oldest 83. They may be any colour, creed or religion but they have two things in common, they are female and they feel abused.

Jennie told of the various cases she has encountered during her time with the refuge and of the women who have been helped to break away from their abusive situation.

Jennie stressed that the refuge enables women to have a safe place to stay. Meeting others and often forming friendships, which help them to move on and create a new life for themselves, and their children.

The members presented Jennie with a box of essential items and treats for her to take back to the refuge.

The December meeting will have a seasonal theme, and or Christmas Charity is 'Treats' for our soldiers serving in Iran and Afghanistan.

Our next meeting is on Monday 1st December at 7.30pm in Eaton Bray Village Hall.

New members and friends are very welcome. Contact Sheila 01525 221185.

Source: Eaton Bray WI

Helicopter hunt for missing woman

This article was published in December 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

A police helicopter took to the skies over Eaton Bray on Saturday morning as officers tried to find a missing woman.

The woman - who has not been named - vanished from an address in Luton on Wednesday.

When a handbag containing her identification was found in Eaton Bray, police began to fear that she was at risk, so the helicopter was sent up shortly after 10am to try to locate her.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that while the helicopter was in the air, the missing woman was located in Luton.

Source: Dunstable Gazette, 20 December 2006