Keith and Ken form a new friendship through their love of Scrabble

Neighbours Keith Scudamore and Ken Hiscock have become close friends after forming a Scrabble Club at Churchill Retirement Living’s new Beck Lodge development in Park Gate. Since forming the new club in May they now meet in the Owners’ Lounge at 4pm on most afternoons and are thoroughly enjoying testing their brain power while having a laugh and getting to know each other.

Having moved to Beck Lodge from Buckinghamshire last year to live closer to family, Keith formerly ran the Burnham Library Scrabble Club, where up to 14 people would meet to play on a weekly basis. He has been playing Scrabble for almost 70 years and was hoping he might find other Scrabble players in the Lodge to share in his favourite hobby. 

At a recent coffee morning, Keith struck up a conversation with Ken, and discovered that Ken used to play Scrabble with his mother when he was a young boy.  The conversation led them to also discover they are both partially sighted and concluded they would be a good Scrabble ‘match’ with each other – so the challenge was on!

Lodge Manager Sue says: “The battle commences at 4pm most days and is often quite comical when they challenge each other’s words and spellings. The score ratio is currently 14 to 3, with one tie scoring 284 points each – apparently quite rare according to Keith! Of course, it is not all about the winning - the best bit is that they enjoy the companionship they have struck up and have something fun to look forward to each day.”

Beck Lodge is located near the heart of Park Gate, close to the shops, restaurants, and other leisure activities on offer in the town centre, and perfectly located for local transport links. The Lodge comprises 46 private, self-contained apartments with spacious rooms throughout, considerately designed with the over 60s in mind, and a warm, comfortable Owners’ Lounge that’s perfect for Scrabble.