Pooh fans appeal to save Pooh Sticks Game

November 2, 2008
People playing Pooh-sticks game

Pooh Sticks, the annual World Poohsticks Championships organized by a Wallingford-run event and has been the biggest export to spread the games simple charm, was in danger of being quashed but now Oxfordshire's newest Rotary Club, Oxford Spires - who has stepped in and will conduct and organize in March of 2009.

Pooh Sticks is held annually in honor of Christopher Robin, the son of Winnie-the-Pooh creator AA Milne. The game involves standing on a bridge, each of the participants are given sticks which the drop into the river and the flowing water takes it to the other side of the bridge. The winner is the one whose stick emerges first on the other side. The simple game attracts hundreds of people from all over the world to Day's Lock on the River Thames.

The event is televised to countries like the USA, Japan, Russia, the Czech Republic, Australia and many other countries. Oxford Spires, will now hold the event on Sunday, March 29, 2009.