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Issue:- 28 March 2013


MENSA are inviting the people of Southport to discover their IQ score at a Mensa IQ test session. Everyone who achieves an IQ score within the top two per cent of the population will be invited to join Mensa. Mensa are also currently offering a FREE personality profile to anyone who books a Mensa IQ Test.

New members would join over 110,000 members of The High IQ Society based around the world; with 22,000 Mensans based in the British Isles. Those interested in finding out their IQ score can attend a Mensa supervised IQ test session on Saturday, 13 April 2013, (11.00am) at Southport Bridge Club for just £21.50.

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 (option 1) or via emailing  for more information. More information about Mensa and IQ testing can also be found via the Mensa website.

Chris Tyler, Chairman of British Mensa, says:- "If you are intrigued by IQ and want to discover your potential a Mensa IQ test is the perfect place to find out. Knowing your IQ score is also useful when applying for university or a job; it can give you an advantage over other candidates."

Mensa currently has 1,850 members in the North West region and 27 members in Southport. 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. There is an excellent events programme exclusively for Mensa members including intellectual talks and themed days. Members of Mensa also receive a monthly magazine and newsletter

We want our partners to change their ways - and we're brutally honest about it

PEOPLE in the North West want to change their loved ones. A new survey revealed that 60% of people in the North West in a relationship want their partner to shed the flab so they're healthier.   Proving brutal honesty is the best policy, being straight with your partner and asking them outright (63%) was the most popular way to help them change their behaviour. This is according to figures released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to publicise Heart Matters, a free service providing support and practical tips to turn your heart health around.  There are over 298,000 people living with heart disease in the North West. Being overweight increases your risk of developing heart disease, and smokers have around a 60% greater chance of dying from heart disease than non-smokers. The data showed it's not just small changes people want to see in their partners – 63% of those who said they would like their partner to lose some weight so they are healthier admitted they want their partner to lose a stone or more.  Of the 154 men and women in relationships questioned in the North West, surprisingly people weren't as concerned about their partner's boozing – 28% of those whose partner drinks alcohol wanted their partner to cut down their drinking.  Heart Matters is the BHF's free membership programme and provides vital information and support for people with or at risk of heart disease and their loved ones, giving you the inspiration to turn your life around. 

Join them online or by calling them on:- 0300 330 3300*  

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Jack Jones' centenary celebrated

THE centenary of the birth of one of Britain's outstanding trade union leaders is to be celebrated next week. 

Jack Jones was born in York Street, Garston on 29 March 1913, His career embraced local politics, fighting in the Spanish Civil War, the leadership of Britain's biggest trade union and campaigning for pensioners' rights.

Community artworks by local artists Alan Murray and Nicola Taggart unveiled on Thursday, 28 March 2013, in York Street with a procession from Railway Street, which included local school children and residents.  The artworks includes a mural at York Street commemorating key events in Jack Jones' life. There  is also individual pieces at Railway Street about Garston icons and local people's reflections of the area.

Jack Jones worked at Liverpool Docks and joined the Transport and General Workers Union in 1927 He served as the youngest member of Liverpool Council between 1936 and 39. In 1937 he volunteered to fight with the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, being wounded in 1938 at the Battle of Ebro,

On returning to Britain he became a full-time official with the TGWU, becoming its General Secretary in 1968. During his time in office he became a household name as the membership of his union grew to two million.

On his retirement he fought for pensioners' rights through the National Pensioners Convention which he chaired from 1979 to 2001. He died in April 2009.

"Jack Jones' life was one of selfless devotion to improving the lives of working people and pensioners. He was never interested in personal honours – he turned down a peerage and his whole life was dedicated to helping others. He is one of Liverpool's greatest sons and it is only right that he should be honoured in his birthplace in Garston."
said the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey added that:- "Jack Jones was an inspiration to all who met him. He was a great fighter who fought fascism and injustice to create a better life for ordinary people. It is an inspiration to see children from local schools, residents, employers and workers coming together to celebrate Jack's life and all that he stood for. He was a great man who touched so many lives and it is a privilege to be taking part in such an event in his home town of Liverpool."

Councillor Steve Munby, City Council cabinet member said:- "It is very appropriate that we should be honouring Jack Jones at this time as not only is it his centenary but some of the challenges he faced in his lifetime are now confronting the City and we should be inspired by his work as we deal with them."

The artwork and a celebration event are being funded by Speke Garston ward Councillors, South Liverpool Neighbourhood team, Enterprise Liverpool, South Liverpool Housing, Liverpool Housing Trust and Unite.

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