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The bear which inspired Winnie the Pooh is actually a girl

November 7, 2015

428He is referred to as “he” in AA Milne’s books and in the Disney cartoons his voice has always been provided by a man. But, it turns out that the real-life bear he is named after, was actually a female black bear named Winnie.

Christopher Robin, son of AA Milne and star of the books and cartoons, had called his teddy Winnie, having seen the actual bear a number of times in London Zoo.

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That’s Oxford TV covering the Perfect Poohsticks story

October 19, 2015

thats-oxford-tv-perfect-poohsticks-2After Dr Rhys Morgan announced his formula for the Perfect Poohstick, the media all over the nation did their best to cover this ground-breaking revelation to the game.

This included That’s Oxford TV, who interviewed Rotarian Richie Gray and asked the important questions to the Perfect Poohstick formula. What is the formula? What does it mean for the World Pooh Sticks Championships? And ultimately, does it get in the way of a fun game of Poohsticks?

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The formula for winning Pooh Sticks?

August 26, 2015

_85193010_pa-21416130How to win at Pooh Sticks. Isn’t it just a game of luck or is there any skill in playing the game? This age old question may have been answered once and for all.

Dr Rhys Morgan, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, has created a formula that helps to increase your chances of winning the classic game of Pooh Sticks..


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Thank you Witney!

June 9, 2015

P1050466Wow! This was a truly memorable experience for the first World Pooh Sticks Championships to be held in Witney, Oxfordshire. There were hundreds of participants and spectators on Langel Common to watch the event unfold and to meet Pooh, Tigger, Owl and Piglet as well as Deb Hoffman from Wisconsin, USA, the Guinness World Record Holder of the largest Pooh & Friends Memorabilia Collection.


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Should I bring my own stick to the Championships?

June 5, 2015

Pooh+piglet_cutting_sticksWe provide “competition regulation” sticks for all competitors. We will have eight different colours of sticks and when you hand in your ticket to the Keeper of the Sticks, you will be given a coloured stick. Each of your competitors for your game will have a different colour and you will then stand on the bridge at the coloured marker that matches your stick.

If you have painted a special personalised competition stick at Cogges Farm earlier in the day then you will still be given a coloured stick so that you know where to stand on the bridge but you will be able to drop your own stick for the game. Don’t forget though, we can’t promise to retrieve it and get it back to you. So if you win then you may have to play with a different stick in the next round.

Pooh and Piglet have been helping us to prepare new sticks for this year. Piglet appears to have been the stronger of the two on the day that the secateurs were in use, but they did have a little help from Munro and his family.

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Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

May 31, 2015

Thank you to our sponsors. Their support means that we can cover the costs of some of the basics for our event so that more of the funds raised on the day can be donated to charities supported by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires. Thank you also to all the groups that will be helping us to deliver what we hope will be a fun and successful event. We are a small Rotary Club and it would not be possible to run these championships without help from others. With our new venue this year, we have new groups helping us including Witney Rotary Club, Cogges Manor Farm, St Mary’s Cogges Church, Witney Cubs and Kidlington Guides.

Don’t forget that Cogges Manor Farm will have a STICK DAY on Sunday 7th June. So come along for a full day of fun – maybe start at the farm in the morning and then come and take part in the championships in the afternoon.


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ShelterBox at Pooh Sticks

May 24, 2015

shelterbox logoHave you heard of ShelterBox? It’s an amazing charity based in Cornwall and set up originally in 2000 with support from a local Rotary Club. It is one of the first organisations to respond to disasters worldwide and its staff and volunteers supply tents and survival kits when communities and their housing have been destroyed.


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Rotaract at Pooh Sticks

May 6, 2015

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Have you got some spare time to fill at Pooh Sticks?

Then why not try your luck at winning a prize on one of the fete games available on the day. There’s lots to choose from such as Hook A Duck (not one of the real ones of course!), Splat The Rat and a Human Fruit Machine.