As Winnie the Pooh fans will know, Pooh and his friends enjoyed a game of Pooh Sticks on the river as described in AA Milne’s much loved books. The World Pooh Sticks Championships started when the Lock Keeper noticed walkers recreating Pooh’s pastime on the River Thames and hit on the idea that this would be an excellent way of raising money for his favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The event soon took off and following the Lock Keeper’s retirement, the Rotary Club of Sinodun took over the running of the event for many years, until the event’s 25th anniversary in 2008. The baton (or Pooh Stick!) was then passed on to the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires in 2009 which is proud to carry on this wonderful event which this year will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The World Pooh Sticks Championships is a fantastic day out for all the family and an
event that all ages can enjoy. Monies raised at the event go to the RNLI, Little
Wittenham Church and various charities supported by the Rotary Clubs of Oxford
Spires and Wallingford, Sinodun & District.

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