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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...

Irish Mensa on the look out for new members in Cork

A group of Mensa members exhibited at the Cork Adult Education & Training Exhibition at Cork City Hall in early September. Thanks to all those that helped man the stand and talk to visitors about what Mensa has to offer. Helpers included Ciarán Lankford, Judy Hewitt, Maia Paulus, Richard Crotty, Julia Relihan, Marie O’Donovan, Simon Woodworth, Pat McNally, David O’Donovan, and Ger Heaney. Ciarán Lankford said of the experience " Many people took flyers and home tests etc away but, more...

Mensa member wins Scots Poetry Competition

Rowena M Love, member and a past Regional Officer for Mensa in Scotland, will share first prize in this year's James McCash Scots Poetry Competition, run jointly by The Herald and the University of Glasgow. This theme for 2012 was – The Pleasures of Hope with Rowena’s winning entry entitled ‘Pentit Leddy’. Born in Dumbarton and brought up in Dunbar, the Glasgow University graduate has a broad heritage in Scots. Her mother's family used it and she is also familiar with Doric, through her...

Wellesbourne Airfield “So good they did it twice”

Ron Parker (pictured second in from left) reports from the recent Mensa at Wellesbourne day out... The Mensa@Wellesbourne event was truly amazing, not only did we have to hold it over 2 consecutive weekends but those weekends were both glorious weather, although Mensa cannot claim accolade for that. On May 19th and May 26th 2013 two groups of Mensans congregated at the little airfield at Wellesbourne Mountford near Stratford upon Avon. The Airfield was home to a Wellington Bomber Training unit...

Deep thinking in Oxford

The 1940s was the centre of debate at the recent Think at Oxford weekend. This annual event took place at Balliol College on the 6th & 7th April with over 70 delegates attending during the weekend. In depth discussion on the atom bomb, the United Nations and reforms of the time developed during the sessions with time also allocated to socialising with other guests

Surf’s Up at IMAG

Cindy Friers reports from the Irish Mensa Annual Gathering 2013… At 9.30am on Saturday morning in Portrush several hardy souls were up and out for the beginners surf lesson. The trainee surfers began with some instruction on the beach then it was out to the sea to put into practise what they had learned on shore. On Sunday there was a coach trip to local attractions and a boat trip which gave the opportunity to view the Giant’s Causeway from the sea. The return trip included the Carrick-a-rede...

Fishing for knowledge in Cambridge

We can’t believe it is our 33 rd year but today (26 July) we kicked off our annual Mensa at Cambridge weekend. This year we’re at the historic Trinity College, which was founded by Henry VIII in 1546. For over 400 years Trinity College has been a place for those seeking knowledge to flourish and we’ve done our upmost to provide a programme to suit the setting. With 9 top speakers taking on the topic of The Sea it is sure to be an informative and entertaining weekend. Speakers include marine...

Fishing for knowledge in Cambridge

We can’t believe it is our 33 rd year but today (26 July) we kicked off our annual Mensa at Cambridge weekend. This year we’re at the historic Trinity College, which was founded by Henry VIII in 1546. For over 400 years Trinity College has been a place for those seeking knowledge to flourish and we’ve done our upmost to provide a programme to suit the setting. With 9 top speakers taking on the topic of The Sea it is sure to be an informative and entertaining weekend. Speakers include marine...

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