We are on the look-out for capable and super-enthusiastic people to help us run the World Poohsticks Championships. If you would like to volunteer, use the form below.
The event has been played on the River Windrush on Langel Common in Witney since 2015. Prior to this it was held on the River Thames at Little Wittenham near Wallingford. Started by the lock keeper, then handed over to the Rotary Club of Sinodun, it was passed onto the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires in 2009 and we have been running it ever since with support from many other Rotary clubs and community groups.
This year, as normal, we will be running team and individual Pooh Sticks games, plus other ‘village fete’ games such as hook a duck, splat the rat, a bouncy castle and tombola. We will also have some food stalls and some displays of Rotary activities and other charities and groups will have stalls and there will be live music. The event is supported by Witney Rotary, Cogges Manor Farm, St Mary’s Cogges Church and the Witney Music Festival team.
If you, or your club or group, or just a group of friends are interested in coming along to help out then that would be great. We don’t run this primarily as a fundraising event, however in previous years we have raised over £3,000 in total. If your group came along to help then we would hope to be able to give a donation to your group or chosen charity, but we can’t guarantee this. We can however guarantee that it’s a fun day, even if hard work.
It is a relatively short day:
Games on the bridge will start around midday and the event is planned to finish around 4pm. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up in the morning from 8am, running the event from midday to 4pm and also with packing up in the evening until around 7pm.
Activities with which you might be asked to help include:
- Setting up and packing away tents, tables, chairs and fencing
- Setting up and packing away road signs and site signs
- Directing cars and pedestrians
- Helping the Keeper of the Sticks, or the bridge marshals or the line marshals on the main
- Helping in the registration tent
- Helping on the other village fete games
If any of this sounds like fun, then please fill in the form above.