World Poohsticks Championships celebrating 35 years of the beautiful game

By Sarah Edwards

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary the 2018 World Poohsticks Championships is happening on Sunday 3 June at Langel Common in Witney. Starting as a simple activity at Day’s Lock in Little Wittenham, it has now grown into the international phenomenon that is loved and is welcomed by the Witney community.

The event promises to be the perfect family day out at the end of the half-term break. People can play Poohsticks against players of all ages from all over the world, or can form teams to compete head-to-head.

Registration for the Team Championships is open until Thursday 31st May. Teams of four can enter via the website at www.pooh-sticks.com and organisers and other spectators are always delighted when teams come along in fancy dress.

Individual registration is on the day from 12.30. The Witney Music Festival team will be providing entertainment for the third year running, with music on the common alongside the bridge, other games and refreshments. Cogges Manor Farm, located just a few minutes along the lane from the bridge games, will also be open.

Profits from the day will be given to the local community groups that support the event as well as to other charities supported by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires, the event organisers.

Richie Gray, President of the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires said “Our club supports both local, national and international projects and charities. We love to be able to support groups in and around Witney, and we hope that these Championships continue to develop into a key event in the Witney calendar as well as providing an opportunity for local groups to raise funds.”

Rotary is for communities many members say they join because it gives them a chance to give something back to
their community. In local communities alone, each club raises tens of thousands of pounds for community projects and local charities, often more. Members also volunteer their time – supervising and organising community events, running projects to promote the achievements of young people and coordinating educational programmes.

Rotary initiates local and global projects to promote world understanding and peace and improve life conditions for people of all ages and cultures.

To find out more about becoming a member, visit http://www.rotarygbi.org

Or the District 1090 website Rotary Club of Oxford Spires www.oxfordspiresrotary.org.uk

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