IN A WORD: Scrab­ble club needs you!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

H-E-L-P is one word that leaps read­ily to mind for mem­bers of a Scrab­ble club fac­ing a mem­ber­ship cri­sis. Marie Perry, of Ash­ford, used her own Scrab­ble board to spell out the mes­sage that the club needs to re­cruit. The 20-year-old Can­ter­bury Scrab­ble Club is fac­ing a bleak fu­ture un­less it can at­tract more peo­ple. Only a dozen scrab­blers are turn­ing up for the Thurs­day night meet­ings at the Hall Place busi­ness en­ter­prise cen­tre in Har­ble­down. “This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for Scrab­ble en­thu­si­asts of all ages to join our club,” said Mrs Perry, the club’s sec­re­tary trea­surer. “It’s a very friendly at­mos­phere and we are only too keen to of­fer tu­ition to any­one need­ing a bit of help in the early stages.” The club of­ten sends teams to com­pete in tour­na­ments but mem­bers can just play friendly games if they wish. Two months ago Mrs Perry, of Dove Close, Park Farm, achieved her high­est ever score for one word when she spelled out SQUIR­REL, plac­ing the coun­ters on tre­ble and dou­ble squares to score 212. She said: “That was a rare but mem­o­rable mo­ment.” Life mem­ber­ship for the club is £5 and subscriptions £2 per week, which is likely to go down more mem­bers join.

Pic­ture Gary Browne pd1208763

Marie Perry, of Can­ter­bury Scrab­ble Club, which is look­ing for new mem­bers

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