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British Mensa Annual Gathering 2013 - Saturday


9:00am – 9:30am. AGM Registration                                 

Another opportunity to register for the AGM. You will be required to produce your Mensa membership card as ID.


9:30am – 12:00noon. Annual General Meeting - FREE

Listen to the debates on the motions and take part in the Annual General Meeting of the society. Registration ID required for entry. Note that the finishing time is dependent on the AGM agenda.


10:00am – 12:30pm. Guided Walk - FREE  

10 minute walk to start

A second chance to do this 2-2½ hour walk around the sights of York to give a gentle introduction to the city, briefly visiting many of the attractions. Please note this is a public event. Involves climbing steps.


10:15am – 12:45pm. Castle Museum - £6.50 under 16 free  

10 minute walk                                                                 

A trip down memory lane for many, but much much more. See the cell in which Dick Turpin was kept prior to his “suspended sentence”. See the world famous Kirkgate, a replica of a whole Victorian street. There is also the debtors prison and various interactive displays. Disabled access to some areas.


10:15am – 11:15am. The Lazy Guide To Web Design - £2.00

Speaker – David Bolton

How to get a good looking website for nothing. There are thousands of good looking website templates and this talk will demonstrate how to find a good template, download it, set it up and have it live within 15 minutes.


11:30am – 12:30pm. How To Get Your Website Found - £2.00

Speaker – David Bolton

Tips on things to do to get your website found. A little of the magic behind getting found on the web on the front page of Google, with examples from some of the websites David has done.  If anyone would like help beforehand, David will optimise the first one to contact him on


11:30am – 1:00pm. Young Mensans Chocolate Workshop - £8.00

Top chefs from York Cocoa House will join us at the Park Inn to help us make some chocolatey treats. It's up to you to decide whether to eat them straight away or take them home. Please bear in mind that adults must accompany children. Please indicate on your booking form if you have a lactose intolerance.


12:00noon – 1:00pm. Open Forum - FREE

This will follow the AGM. You will be able to meet the newly elected board and have an opportunity to have your say about how Mensa is run. Start time may be delayed if the AGM overruns.


12:30pm – 2:00pm. Sandwich Lunch - £8.00 PAYG

Hot sandwiches (two meat choices and one vegetarian), warm roast potatoes, homemade coleslaw and salad. Tea and coffee can be purchased separately. Served in the RBG restaurant. Please tick the box on the booking form if you intend to have this lunch, to give the hotel an idea of numbers. Please also indicate any food allergies or special dietary requirements on your booking form. Pay on the day.


1:30pm – 3:30pm. York Minster - £8.50 Children 8-16 £3.00 

15 minute walk                                                             

Strictly, the Cathedral of St Peter, one of the finest Gothic buildings in northern Europe, twinned with Cologne Cathedral. See the Rose Window, the memorial book to the thousands of Yorkshire Bomber Command aircrew who failed to return from missions over Germany, and gaze in awe at the sheer size of this wonderful edifice, started in 1220 and not completed until 1472. The east window is the world's largest area of Gothic stained glass.

After the York Minster event finishes you have the option of returning to the hotel for other events or staying on for a tour of the Undercroft (free, a lift is under construction) and the Central Tower (no disabled access to the tower – additional £6, concessions £5, PAYG).


1:45pm – 3:30pm. York’s Chocolate Story - £7.25

10 minute walk

See the history of chocolate making in York starting from a few Quaker families and growing into international businesses. See a demonstration of a chocolatier at work and taste the results!  Subject to numbers, we’ll be going round as two groups with staggered start times.


2:00pm – 3:30pm. York Dungeon - £7.50 Children 4-15 £5.50  

10 minute walk                                                           

Delve into York’s bloody history. Experience live actors, dramatic history and special effects. Are you brave enough to face York’s dark past including Dick Turpin, Guy Fawkes and Viking King Eric Bloodaxe?


2:00pm till you drop. Quality Street Shopping Trip - FREE

Veni Vidi Visa (I came, I saw, I did a little shopping). Using a guide compiled by super shopper Sandy Morrison (no, we won't include Morrisons), you can visit some of the more interesting and unusual shops in the famous Shambles and elsewhere in the city centre. You can drop in and out of this event as you wish, choosing your own route and timetable.


2:00pm – 4:30pm. Mensa Connections 2nd British Open Championship - £10.00

A formal game of the 3-player variant of Mensa’s own game. The winner will become the British Champion. All welcome to play, you don’t have to register separately for Mensa Games to take part. The duration may vary according to the number of entries. Reduced rate of £25 for all three Mensa Games events.


2:15pm – 3:30pm. Roman Baths - £3.00  

10 minute walk

See the large stone communal hot water baths that the Roman soldiers used and learn of their life and times in York, including their weapons and their often somewhat tetchy relations with the local population. A small, but fascinating museum, but with poor access for the disabled.


3:45pm – 5:15pm. Richard III Museum - £2.40  

15 minute walk

Another small museum, with 3 rooms, the uppermost of which was added by Richard himself. Topical, as his bones were recently found under a Leicester car park. Richard's own intention was to be buried in York, where he was hugely popular. The winners of battles always write the history, but was he the tyrannical hunch backed villain who slaughtered the princes in the Tower (as Shakespeare claimed) or was he the victim of the propaganda of the victorious Tudors who ousted and killed him? You hear the evidence and make your own judgement. No disabled access.


3:45pm – 5:00pm. York Brewery Tour - £6.00  

10 minute walk

See how this small brewery, established in 1996, produces its beers, and taste the results.  A gallery has been constructed around the brewhouse with viewing panels into the fermenting room which offers visitors a viewing platform. The entry fee includes two half pints of beer. Involves climbing stairs.


3:45pm – 4:45pm. A York History of Excrement - £3.00

Speaker – Dr Andrew Jones

Dr Andrew (Bone) Jones is a leading light in York Archaeological Trust and currently its Education Officer. He will be telling us about the history of York as revealed by archaeological excrement.


4:00pm – 5:00pm. Young Mensans Economics talk - £2.00

Speaker – Karina Shooter

Should we subsidise prostitution? And other controversial topics regarding economics. In this light-hearted talk, we will be applying basic principles of economics to some surprising situations. Economics can be used anywhere, and this talk will highlight just that.


7:00pm for 7:30pm – 9:45pm. All Gold Dinner - £24.00

Dress for dinner wearing as much gold as you wish. There will be prizes for the most impressive outfits. The three course menu includes half a bottle of wine or a bottle of beer, to be pre-ordered. The bar in the dining room will also be open from 7:00pm for the purchase of additional or alternative drinks. Water will be provided on the tables. Please indicate any food allergies or special dietary requirements on your booking form.


10:00pm – 1:00am. Minstrels Disco - FREE

Dance the night and the calories away – or watch those who do. All Mensa disco favourites have been requested.



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