Pooh Sticks needs 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? 

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.

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