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Mensa Member is an Amazing Grey!

Mensa Member, Glenys Hopkins, is to appear on ITV’s new Saturday night game show – Amazing Greys. Glenys, from Warrington, has been a Mensa member for many years and was delighted to be asked to take part as one of the show’s “Amazing Greys”. She enjoys quizzing and has been a finalist in the society’s very own Brain of Mensa annual competition. Alongside some of the country’s most talented pensioners and the show’s hosts Angela Rippon and Paddy McGuiness, Glenys is pictured second from the...

Catherine Rose Greengrass 1947–2014

The many passions of a lady with poetry in her soul… One of Mensa’s longest-serving and most popular SIGSecs has died at the age of 66. Catherine Greengrass had edited Poetry SIG’s newsletter since 1992 – making a lot of friends during that time. One of her SIG members, Adrian Brett, spoke for many when he said: “I was so distressed to hear the sad news. Though I never met her in the flesh, I have felt admiration for the enthusiasm and expertise with which she handled the Poetry Workshop Sig...

What do members enjoy about being part of the society?

The common factor between Mensa members is their IQ score, yet through events, the online community and Special Interest Groups they share much more. They can take part in different activities, gain knowledge and enjoy discussions on a wide variety of subject matter. Members of Mensa have the opportunity to try new experiences and converse with a diverse group of people but don’t just take our word for it, see what a selection of our members like about the society… Jack “ loves the online...

Study says High Intelligence is a Special Need

Today’s TES (Times Educational Supplement) contains a feature examining the idea that gifted children should be considered as having special need, and whether bright pupils should be accelerated through school. The article includes comment from our friends at Potential Plus UK and follows on from a study at Vanderbilt University, USA. “Our brightest children learn more quickly and they don't need to spend the same amount of time learning new skills as other children do. What they do need to...

Cryptic Thoughts – 100 years of the Crossword

It is 100 years since Liverpool born Arthur Wynne first published the ‘Word-Cross’ in the New York World Newspaper (21 December 1913). This is considered to be the moment when the ‘Crossword’ was born. Crosswords are very popular amongst Mensans and feature regularly in regional newsletters and Mensa Magazine. They are often a challenge even for the sharpest minds due to their cryptic nature. Mensan John Lester has complied many crosswords over the years and here gives you a handy insight into...

Sue Stead (Super Sue) 1951 – 2013

by Chenda Appleyard Although Super Sue was seriously ill, we hadn’t expected to lose her quite so soon. She was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in May, and advised that the outlook was of the order of two years. So three months was a bit of a shock. Super Sue lived in Leeds for many years and we first got to know her when she offered her help when we were organising the 1995 Annual Gathering (AG) in Leeds. At the time, she was recovering slowly from a long and arduous battle with...

What a Beautiful Day…

Maxine Bates reports from the first Beauty Science Day… “The first Beauty Science Day was hosted by Empirical Science Ltd on the site of Boots headquarters in Nottingham on Saturday 19th October and attracted Mensa members and their families from as far as Hampshire, Essex and Shropshire. It was good to see that 20% of participants were aged under 18. Our scientists of the future! “After arrival refreshments there were two lectures. One was given by a technical development manager from Boots...

Mensa chosen to appear on local edition of famous board game

Today (9 October) saw the launch of the Wolverhampton Edition of the classic board game Monopoly which features 22 city landmarks including British Mensa. John Stevenage, CEO, attended the launch at Wolverhampton Grammar School (pictured) with representatives of other landmarks on the board. Although British Mensa has over 21,000 members across the British Isles they have a long association with Wolverhampton. Their headquarters have been based in city for many years, with the majority of their...

Golden Weekend in York

Over 300 Mensans visited York last weekend (20-23 September) for the society’s Annual Gathering. The event has grown over the years from a social meeting to coincide with the official AGM to a full weekend of talks, walks, excursions and much more. In recent years host cities have included Belfast, Coventry, Chester and Bristol, as the event continues to move around the British Isles. Next year we’re already signed up for Cardiff. Highlights included the All Gold Gala Dinner, trips to York’s...

Visit to Chilbolton Observatory

Mike Ryan recalls a Mensan visit to Chilbolton Observatory. A group of twenty five Mensans and their guests set off into the heart of the Hampshire countryside to visit Chilbolton Observatory, built on the site of a World War 2 airfield in 1967. Seven of us met up for lunch at ‘The White Lion’ in Wherwell, prior to the visit to the nearby Chilbolton Observatory. They seemed to specialize in home-made pies; although there were other items on the menu. After a pleasant couple of hours we set off...

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