Time to join the Scrabble rabble

Sowerby Bridge Scrabble Club at Sowerby Bridge Youth & Community Centre.'Ann Ashton and Glenn Hardaker.
Sowerby Bridge Scrabble Club at Sowerby Bridge Youth & Community Centre.'Ann Ashton and Glenn Hardaker.

If you fancy a night out on the tiles, the Sowerby Bridge Scrabble Club is looking to recruit some new members.

The group currently has eight regular players, but its members are looking to take on some new competitors.

Keen Scrabble player and group member Glenn Hardaker said: “It’s a lot of fun and people of all ages can get involved.

“The idea of this group is to play Scrabble together - it’s very much a social Scrabble club with tea and biscuits. It’s a good way to meet like-minded people.”

Scrabble was created in 1938 by American architect Alfred Mosher Butts and was originally called Criss-Crossword.

The world of Scrabble opens you up to all sorts of words that you would never use in standard conversation.

Did you know for example that za is an acceptable abbreviation for pizza? Or that muzjiks is a word used to describe peasants in Tzarist Russia?

Imagine the look on your opponent’s face when you put words like quixotry or bezique across a triple word score tile.

The group meets at 7.30pm every Friday at Sowerby Bridge Youth Community Centre on Foundry Road.