The Barn in Purley on Thames - a fine 18th century agricultural building - was again the venue for the 11th
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 has again selected the The Alzheimer's Society, and specifically it's 'Singing for the Brain' venture in Purley on Thames as the beneficial charity. Details of the Alzheimer's Society organisation can be obtained from here.
In all 76 players participated in the event, which was somewhat down on previous year's attendances. Despite the lower attendances, the £465 prize fund was maintained at the same level as previous years.
With one person removed from the draw and one delayed in traffic, having let the organiser know of delays, it meant that the tournament started at the advertised time.
In the A division, Jackie McLeod led until the 6th round, when a loss meant that any of three players on 5-1 could win the event with a good performance in the final round. In the headline game, David Sutton beat Brett Smitheram to clinch the title.
In the B division Andy Grey and Reeyaaz Goolamhossen shared the lead throughout the day until they met in the 6th round which Andy won and he went on to record the day’s only 100% record.
In the C division, Chris Smith gradually plugged away all day with narrow wins, to finish the event with a spread of 81 having won 6 of the 7 games. He nearly did not win the event, since his result sheet for the 7th round showed an erroneous win for his opponent, where the player numbers had been interposed
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 David Sutton, who also won the title in 2006.
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.
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
£515.77 to the the Alzheimer's Society specifically for use in their Singing for the Brain venture in Purley.
The cheque was presented to Ms Chreanne Montgomery-Smith on Monday March 7th by Club member Ian Burn at a Singing For The Brain meeting.
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, Fujitsu Services and Astres Trophies of Tilehurst, all gave us their support.
The full results for the tournament are available from here .