The World Pooh Sticks Championships is looking for a new home!
After 31 years of Championships on the River Thames at Day’s Lock in Little Wittenham, we are looking for a new home for your favourite British game.
Can you help us? - please read on ...
Our ideal venue would have one or two bridges wide enough for 5 or 6 competitors at a time, a flowing river, access for the safety boats to get into the water and space for parking and the registration and games tents. It could be in or near a town or out in the Oxfordshire countryside. We could move to anywhere in or near to Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford or Witney.
If you are a landowner or manager or you know of people who might be able to help us, then please get in touch using the contact form on our website www.oxfordspiresrotary.org.uk . If you have some more imaginative ideas then we’d also love to hear from you. Maybe there are village fetes or sports club open days that we could combine with?
We are even thinking of a dry-land version of the game, following the example of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, who hold reindeer races each year in their local shopping centre! (see the photos in the flyer attached to the foot of this page) This could just be for the 2015 event, while we hunt for a home for the original game.
Maybe this version of the game would fit better with your village fete or sports club open day. We would be interested in discussing partnerships with other charity or community groups.
Members of the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and the Rotary Club of Wallingford, Sinodun & District would like to thank the residents of Little Wittenham, the staff and volunteers of the Earth Trust, and the staff of the Environment Agency for their support at the Pooh Sticks Championships over the last 31 years.
The logistics have become more difficult over the last few years, as the event has become more popular and the use of the land has changed. We wish the Earth Trust well with their Lambing Weekends and the villagers with their activities.
During our search for a new home for the World Pooh Sticks Championships, we got some help promoting this from BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC Radio Warwickshire and ITV News. Not only did we give radio interviews but we also had a mini of Pooh Sticks at Days Lock bridge for possibly the last time.
We added some photos from the day. Click here to look at the media day photos.
On Sunday 18th we celebrated Winnie The Pooh Day by having a teddy bear picnic. There were cakes, games and lots of photographs taken of the teddy bears of Piglet, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.
Members of our clubs will be having a tea party with our Pooh Bears, Tiggers and their friends. How will you celebrate? Send us your photos and stories to email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who helped us to make the 31st annual World Pooh Sticks Championships such a great success!
We had players in fancy dress, we had people celebrating their birthdays and mother's day with us, and it was beautiful sunny day which always helps.
See the Matt cartoon and the response from Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin.
Don't forget that the World Pooh Sticks Championships is Britain's Favourite Quirky Event (as voted for by the readers of Countryfile Magazine).
Read more about Oxford Spires Rotary in this Oxford Times article.