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Dawson makes the Connection in Swansea!

Jacks Lyndon, Dawson Edwards and Mo Comfort (Waterstone's Cafe) Picture by Dale Thalrose Despite the distractions of Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam decider, shoppers in Waterstones Swansea were treated to a taste of Mensa at a special promotion event on Saturday. Mensa Cymru publicity officer Jacks Lyndon, regional officer Sam Hill and member Dale Thalrose spent the day talking to people about what Mensa does and about the supervised IQ test sessions held in South Wales. Puzzle sheets and...

Fun days for bright sparks and training days for teachers!

Activity workshops for children and training seminars for teachers are again on offer as part of British Mensa's innovative partnership with the Westwood Academy. The sessions will all be held at the academy in Coventry. Activity days are separated by age, and the first three - one each for four to six-year-olds, seven to nine-year olds and 10 to 12-year-olds - are available to book now. Parents of children booked on the activity workshops are also invited to a free seminar run by Mensa's...

VE day - how much do you know about the past 75 years?

Friday is the 75th anniversary of VE day, remembering the day the fighting of the Second World War came to an end in Europe - although the war with Japan was to continue for another few months. To mark the anniversary, we've put together a quiz to test how much you know of the headlines of the past 75 years. There are 75 questions, one for each year. All you have to do is look at the headline and guess which year it is from. For example, if the headline was to read End of Word War II, the...

Cleo's special message gets national airing

The coronavirus lockdown has caused disruption and upset for many people. East Midlands Mensan Phil Jones found himself isolated from his granddaughter Cleo on her first birthday - so he wrote her a letter instead, and read it out on BBC Radio 4's PM programme. Phil, from Matlock in Derbyshire, said: "I wrote a letter to my granddaughter on her first birthday, which happened to fall on Easter Sunday. "I copied the letter to the BBC's Radio 4 PM programme, who got in touch about it. They invited...

Coronavirus threat brings huge change for Paul

In normal times, Paul Sieloff would be on the streets of l=London as a PCSO with the Metropolitan Police. But when you have a serious health condition, these are not definitely not normal times . . . I am a key worker, a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) with the Met Police, but as I have a blood and bone marrow cancer I am shielding for 12 weeks and working from home. If I were at work, I would be carrying out foot and mobile patrols. Crime on my ward is well down except for domestic...

Mensa keyworkers - lockdown brings new challenges for Rachel

Both in her day job organising the needs of vulnerable children and her "hobby" as a St John Ambulance volunteer, Bedford-based Mensa member Rachel Hargreave Mawson is helping to keep vital services running during the coronavirus lockdown How has lockdown been for you? Everyone seems to be struggling to manage boredom or cope with children suddenly at home all day. Judging from messages on social media, people are either dressing up or not bothering to get dressed at all, undertaking extreme...

Mensa keyworkers - Maxine's role takes new turn

Maxine Bates is Mensa's regional officer for the East Midlands and runs an event planning business - but she is also a part-time administrator in a GP surgery, and so part of the team working to keep the health service running in difficult times I run my own event planning/balloon decorating business, which is obviously non-existent in the current circumstances, and I lost all my prom night bookings in one fell swoop when schools closed. However, I also work part time for the NHS as the...

Vikki makes the Mensa Connection!

Vikki Jackson collects her prize along with her dad Mike (right) and family friends Derek and Fiona Curious shoppers in Swansea pitted their grey matter against the Mensa Connections Challenge at a successful event on Saturday. Vikki Jackson, from Swansea, won a Mensa Connections board game after scoring full marks in the puzzle challenge at the event held at the town's Waterstones store. Local Mensans Jackie Lyndon, Ann Thomas and Kath Williams set up an information stand in the shop and spent...

Inquiring minds invited to science day

Smart cities and electric aeroplanes are among the varied topics on offer at Mensa's next science day. Talks about using MRI technology to treat epilepsy and the Phoenix unmanned aerial vehicle will also be on the menu at the event in Bristol on March 28. The cost for all four talks is just £7.50, or £15 to include an optional lunch. The event will be held at the Friends Meeting House in Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol from 10am until 4pm. Organiser Barry Cash said: "You will be glad to know...

Ciara can't stop "Christmas" revels in Huddersfield

Picture by Hermann Traub/Pixabay North East Mensan JENNY GILL reports from the Huddersfield Christmas party - despite the best efforts of Storm Ciara She came from the west on 8th February 2020. We were warned: she was named Ciara, which is the feminine version of the name Ciarán, meaning "dark", "black", "dark-haired" or "black-haired" in Irish Gaelic. She wreaked havoc as she passed through, leaving chaos in her wake. After a noisy, wet and windy night we woke to more of the same on Sunday...

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