IN A WORD: Scrabble club needs you!
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.
Marie Perry, of Canterbury Scrabble Club, which is looking for new members