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Riley Hilson Gregory

It is with regret we have to inform members in East Anglia of the death of Riley Hilson Gregory, part of the Eaglet editorial team. Riley, 43, died on July 20. He had been in intensive care for some time in Southend Hospital. He lived on Canvey Island and had edited Eaglet for several issues. The funeral is at 10am on Tuesday, August 5, at Basildon Crematorium at Church Rd, Bowers Gifford, SS13 2HG, followed by an event at the Church of Latterday Saints, 36 Eastwood Rd, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ. His...

Pupils are real bright sparks

Fifteen young bright sparks from the same school have proved themselves worthy of Mensa membership. The Albany School, a business and enterprise academy in Hornchurch, Essex, entered 80 pupils into the Mensa supervised test - and no less than 15 proved to have an IQ in the top two per cent of the population. Mensa offers discounted group testing to schools wishing to find out the IQ of their pupils. In conjunction with gifted child consultant Lyn Kendall, the society can also offer a range of...

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...

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...

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