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Issue:- 21 July 2011


MENSA is offering the people of Liverpool a chance to find out their IQ score and to see if they too can join 23,000 other members of The High IQ Society.

A supervised IQ test session has been organised on Saturday 13 August 2011 (2.00pm) at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel for anyone interested in finding out their own IQ score for just £17.50.

To reserve a place on the test you can book online by visiting the IQ Test section of the Mensa website.  Alternatively you can contact Helen Oliver on:- 01902 772 771 or email for more information.   Everyone who scores within the top two per cent of the population is invited to join Mensa.

Chris Tyler, Chairman of British Mensa, says:- ‘there are a variety of reasons why people take the IQ test, whether it is simply curiosity or as a challenge, but many people are pleasantly surprised by their IQ score. A high IQ can also be beneficial when applying for university or for progression in the job market; it can make you stand out as a candidate.’

Mensa currently has 1,950 members in the North West region and 156 members in Liverpool. The society welcomes people from all walks of life, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a range of social and cultural activities.

The society’s aims are to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members; to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; and to encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.

Public welcome at Trust board meeting

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its board meeting on Wednesday, 27 July 2011, at 1pm.  The meeting will be held in the Board Room in the Corporate Management Office at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.  Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers. Anyone wishing to attend with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on:- 01704 704714.


NORTH West law firm Hill Dickinson has helped advise Southport Football Club of the Blue Square Bet Premier on a Football Association appeal that could have threatened its place in the Conference Premier Division.  The appeal had been brought by Rushden and Diamonds FC, who had been expelled from the Conference over their well publicised financial troubles. The move saved Southport from being relegated from the Conference Premier Division.

The appeal was due to take place on July 5 but was dropped when Rushden and Diamonds withdrew at the last minute. The club is currently in administration.  Southport FC were concerned that the appeal may have threatened their place in the Conference Premier Division.

Dominic McGinn and Heather Banner of Hill Dickinson were brought in by the club's Directors to lobby for the club to put its case before the FA appeal panel. The club’s position is now secure and both the board and the team can look forward to the new season.

Dominic McGinn, a partner in Hill Dickinson’s commercial litigation team, said:- “We were brought in to give Southport FC advice ahead of an FA appeal which could have had serious implications for the club and the fans.  We are delighted for the club that it can now start planning for a new season in the Conference Premier Division.”

Charlie Clapham, Chairman of Southport FC, said:- "It was a tense time waiting for the outcome of the appeal. It would have been a huge disappointment to the club and our fans if our place in the league had been taken away at the eleventh hour, not to mention the financial impact of being relegated after all of our plans were in place for the season. We are grateful to Dominic McGinn and Heather Banner in the dispute resolution team at Hill Dickinson for the urgent advice they provided to the club and the steps they took to protect Southport's interests as far as possible in the whole matter. We are now looking forward to an exciting season ahead."

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