The Barn in Purley on Thames - a fine 18th century agricultural building - was again the venue for the 9th
annual West Berks Scrabble Tournament.
The event is organised by the West Berks Scrabble Club and all proceeds from the event were donated to the Club's selected charity.
This year the Club selected the The Duchess Of Kent House in Reading as the beneficial charity.
Details of the Duchess Of Kent House organisation can be obtained from here.
In all 94 players participated in the event, although the number of late cancellations for
various reasons meant that the reserve player was never really sure if they would be required
until the start of the tournament.
With everyone either arriving promptly or letting the organiser know of delays, it meant that the tournament started at the advertised time.
One of the more interesting plays of the day was in the first round where, in recognition of the surroundings, Graham Bonham played the word BARNINGS.
In the A division, despite losing his first game, Chris Vicary won the remaining 6 games to clinch the title
on spread from Steve Perry and Calum Edwards.
In the B division Jim Lyes steadily won his seven games and gradually rose to the head of the leader board as rivals with better spreads kept losing games.
The report of this division would not be complete without mention of Victoria Kingham, who missed (and
forfeited) her first game after having problems with a flat tyre. Winning the rest of the games meant that 2
people could claim to be unbeaten in the division on the day.
In the C division, the outstanding performance was by local (West Berks) club member, Carol Bartlett, who led
after the first round and in winning all of her games was never lower than 2nd place throughout the day..
As part of this tournament, a trophy was given to the player from one of the three Berkshire clubs who
performed best on the day, irrespective of division. The winner of this trophy was Carol Bartlett, whose
tournament performance would have won the trophy even if it had not been restricted to the local clubs.
Both this trophy and the trophy for the overall winner of the tournament are perpetual trophies sponsored by Fujitsu Services as part of their Impact On Society programme.
All members of the West Berks Scrabble Club played some part in the day’s proceedings, ensuring that the tournament went off without any hitches with competitors promising to come again next year and see some more of the local environment.
Trophies were presented by Mr George Solly representing the Duchess of Kent House.
With all administrative services being given free, including also a veritable banquet of home made cakes during the afternoon interval, the tournament was able to provide a donation of £717.15 to the Duchess of Kent House.
The cheque was presented to Mr George Solly on Monday February 16th by Club member Tricia Wilson at Duchess of Kent House.
The event was well publicised by the press with double page spreads of the event in both the local papers,
the Reading Chronicle and The Reading Evening Post.
The on-line version of the Evening Post articles are available from here for the report of the tournament and here for an article prior to the event.
The organisers would like to publicly thank those people who donated their time, their services, and raffle prizes, without which the tournament would not have been the success it was. Purley Parish Council, Mattel, Tilefish, Purley Post Office, Fujitsu Services and Astres Trophies of Tilehurst, all gave us their support.
The full results for the tournament are available from here .