History

The club was founded by Ian Burn, meeting in Tilehurst, in 1995.

Initially the Club met once weekly on a Thursday evening.

Later, we introduced the afternoon sessions, meeting on a Tuesday afternoon in those days.

During the late 1990s the meetings switched to Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.

The club moved its base to Purley on Thames in 1999 and took up residence in The Barn in 2004.

Of the 4 people who were at the inaugural meeting of the club's formation, 3 are still members of the Club, the other member having emigrated. We currently have 31 members.

In January 2001 the Club held its first annual open tournament - all proceeds from the event went to a local charitable cause, and in that year it was voted to support The Duchess of Kent House.

In October 2007 Mattel, the manufacturers of Scrabble in the UK, were one of a number of companies who were behind the month being designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month and they encouraged all clubs to attempt some manner of fund-raising efforts towards that cause. As a result, a team of West Berks Members played a match against a similar team from the Reading Scrabble Club in a sponsored match.

In 2012, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Purley on Thames had a 'Weekend to Remember' where all clubs and organisations were invited to contribute an event to a weekend of celebrations. The Scrabble Club organised a Tea Dance on the Tuesday of the Bank Holiday weekend, with proceeds being given to Help for Heroes and the Parish Jubilee Fund.

In 2013, we held an Open Garden, again in support of help for Heroes.

In 2015, we held a further Tea Dance, this time in conjunction with Silver Surfers/Tai Chi. More details of these social events can be found on the Social Events tag in the navigational pane.

Since 2001 we have raised 8,945.33 for charitable causes as a result of both the annual tournaments, the Breast Cancer Awareness sponsorship match, the Tea Dances and the Open Garden.

In November 2006, the Club launched its own web-site.