We will leave this information here. The format each year has been very similar. As you will have seen on the homepage, we are now looking for a new home for our great Championships.
Thank you for supporting this rather crazy but fantastic tradition!
We hope that you said hello to Pooh Bear and Tigger, and that you also spotted Piglet and Eeyore.
How to find us and parking
Have a look at the map on the Venue page if you are unsure about where we are. There will be lots of signs in the area so we hope no one gets lost. The car park is at the Earth Trust Centre. We will then direct you from the car park out of their site and down the footpath to the Pooh Sticks registration tent. There will be lots of signs along the footpath and it's about 10 minutes downhill. After you have registered it's another 5 minutes from our registration tent and a few activities in the paddock down hill again to the island and the two bridges where the games take place.
There will be a limited amount of disabled parking spaces available closer to the registration tent. This will also be signposted. Please note that there will be far fewer disabled parking spaces than in previous years. The fields are still very wet so there will be no parking in the paddock opposite the church, near the registration tent. We will have a drop-off point near the registration tent and the teas & cakes stall.
The Earth Trust Centre
Yet again, Pooh Sticks will coincide with the lambing weekends at the Earth Trust, so why not make a day of it and have a look at the lambing sheds after dropping your sticks over the bridges.
Make a Day of it - visit Pendon Musuem too
The Pendon Museum is in Long Wittenham, just a couple of miles from the Earth Trust car park and the Pooh Sticks bridges. It has a fantastic collection of model landscapes, buildings and railway lines depicting scenes from 1920s and 1930s England. It will be open on Sunday 30th March from 2pm to 5.30pm (last entry at 4.45pm), so why not go along there after dropping sticks at the bridges and make Mother's Day extra special.
Please remember that our venue is not designed for big family days out. Whatever the weather, Wellington boots are a good idea. The car park at the Earth Trust Centre is a field, the path from the car park to the Pooh Sticks site could get muddy, our registration tent is in a paddock and the games are on the island which can also get pretty muddy. All-terrain buggies will be fine on the grass, but the gate to the Keeper of the Sticks area is not wide enough for a double buggy.
What time does everything happen?
The registration tent will open at 11am and this is where you pay for your tickets, for both the team and individual games. The individual games will start at 11.30 and will probably finish by about 2pm but it does of course depend on the number of visitors on the day so to avoid disappointment please come along earlier rather than later. We expect the registration tent to close at 1.15pm to individual entries. We normally have 3 rounds of games before our semi finals and finals. This year the team games will be held later than previously to reduce the congestion in the Keeper of the Sticks area. We plan to start the team games at 1.30pm so you should aim to arrive by 1pm. Don't forget that teams also need to go to the registration tent to pay and so that we can keep a record of which teams have arrived. Teams need to register in advance on the How to Enter page.
In the registration tent each player will be given a goodie bag with information about the day and a couple of jars of honey, Pooh Bear's favourite, from Rowse Honey, one of our local sponsors.
How much does it cost?
We charge £12.00 for a team of four and £2.00 for individual players. All of the money raised goes to charities supported by our Rotary Club and other clubs and charity groups that help us on the day.
Food and Drink
We will have hot dogs & burgers & hot drinks on the island, and we have teas and cakes being served outside the church near the registration tent. We will also have fudge and waffles on the island.
Other Games and Entertainment
We have lots to keep you entertained. We have the hook a duck and splat the rat games, plus face painting on the island. We have a tombola on the island and the return of the human fruit machine built with love and care by the members of Oxford Rotaract Club. And we will have a BOUNCY CASTLE and Connect 4!!!
We have some AMAZING tombola prizes! We have been given lots of prizes - Blenheim Palace tickets, dinner at the Randolph Hotel, tickets for a play at the New Theatre and more ....
Toilets are provided in the paddock near the registration tent and the church. The St John Ambulance team will be in the first aid tent on the island.
Why do we do this?
Well, we hope that it's a fun day out for everyone, but also we hope to raise lots of money for local charities and other causes supported by our Rotary clubs and the clubs that help us. In 2012 and in 2011 we raised over £3,000 each time so we hope to repeat that again this year. We rely on lots of volunteers to make the day a success and many of them are helping to raise funds for their own Rotary or Rotaract club or their own charity. We are also hugely grateful to our sponsors who enable us to run such a day. Our aim is that the sponsorship covers the costs of some of the less exciting things such as toilet hire, recycling bins, the St John Ambulance cover and equipment hire. Then that means that income from ticket sales and from the other food and games such as the hot dogs and the hook a duck can all go to our chosen charities after the event.
And what is Rotary?
Rotary is a huge world-wide organisation, with 62 clubs in our district alone, across Oxfordshire, south Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and west Middlesex. Other local activities organised by Rotary Clubs nearby include the Dragon Boat Racing in Abingdon in September and the Duck Race at Millets Farm in April. Read more about our Rotary Club - Oxford Spires, on our website and look out for Lesley our Club Membership Chairperson at Pooh Sticks.