East Midlands

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Some of the East Midlands team at a recent business meeting

East Midlands is a region of British Mensa comprising the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, and parts of Herfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Due to its linear shape it claims to be the region made up from all the leftover bits no-one else wanted. Until recently it included areas within the M25 motorway in North London.

Regional Officer: Maxine Bates

Former Regional Officers:


The regional newsletter takes its name from a contraction of "East Midlands press" and is edited in turn by Rosie Jefferson and Nick Stimpson. Empress traditionally employs a rota of three editors each doing a stint of a few months, in an attempt to keep the editors fresh, keep a fresh style to the newsletter, and provide backup in case a volunteer editor drops out.

In the 2007 British Mensa Awards, Empress was winner in two out of the three award categories for regional newsletters.

Regional Gatherings

In February 2007 the region hosted the Mensa Winter Ball in Nottingham, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

East Midlands normally holds a Regional Gathering each year, but had a break in 2007 after playing host to Mensa's Diamond in 2006.

In February 2008 a regional forum takes place in Leicester, combined with a day of events themed "A Taste of India".

May 2008 sees the main Regional Gathering in the new city of Milton Keynes, organised by LocSec Jo Sidebottom and Regional Officer Maxine Bates.