When: 5th June 2016, from 12pm
Where: Langel Common, Witney, Oxfordshire
£: To enter costs £2.50 for each player in the Individual Competitions and £10 for a team of 5 in the Team Games. Deadline for teams to enter is 29th May, individual entrants may register on the day.
What is it?
The annual World Pooh Sticks Championships will take place on Sunday 5th June 2016 at Langel Common in Witney, Oxfordshire.
The event started in Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, when the lock keeper at Days Lock noticed walkers recreating Pooh’s pastime on the River Thames. The lock keeper hit upon the idea that this would be an excellent way of raising money for his favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The event soon took off and following the lock keeper’s retirement, the Rotary Club of Sinodun took over running the championships for many years, until the 25th anniversary in 2008. The baton (or Pooh Stick, if you will) was then passed on to the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires in 2009. The Rotary Club continue to organise this quirky event, raising around £3,000 each year for charity.
This year the World Pooh Sticks Championships will be re-introducing the team event, which was put on hold last year so that the club could become familiar with the contest’s new location in Witney. The teams are encouraged to adorn fancy dress, not necessarily related to Winnie-the-Pooh, to join in the fun atmosphere of the day.
This year the championships will also be teaming up with Witney Music Festival to help provide some live music at the event. There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting and a BBQ.
It is 95 years ago that Christopher Robin’s mother purchased the now famous Winnie-the-Pooh toy bear from Harrods in London, for Christopher’s first birthday. In recognition of this, the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires is inviting children to bring along a birthday card to this year’s World Pooh Sticks Championships, to send to the New York Public Library, where the toy bear now resides.