Hundreds of families flocked to Day's Lock on the River Thames at Little Wittenham for the 2014 Pooh Sticks World Championships and enjoyed a great day out in the sunshine.

Local Dad wins World Pooh Sticks Championships 2014 on Mother’s Day

Simon Critchley from Harwell, Oxfordshire has won the 31st World Pooh Sticks Championships that were held on Mother’s Day, Sunday 30 March 2014. 2nd place went to Tegan Orsey aged 7 from Stonesfield, whilst Christine Reardon from Didcot came 3rd.

The Team Winners were “The Inglewoods” from Oxfordshire, 2nd place went to the “Beaconsfield Babes” whilst “Flora’s 3rd Birthday Party” came 3rd, strangely enough!

The best fancy dressed Mum competition was won by Kathryn Aalto from Exeter who came dressed as Dorothy (‘Daphne’) Milne, wife of A.A.Milne, the author of the Winnie the Pooh books and mother of Christopher Robin. Quite a befitting winner on Mother’s Day.

 The World Pooh Sticks Championships have become so well known across the world that it has been known to attract up to 1,500 people and has enjoyed local, national and worldwide television coverage in more recent years and readers of Countryfile Magazine voted The Pooh Sticks Championships as Britain’s Favourite Quirky Event, 2012.

Once again it was organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires with help from the Rotary Club of Wallingford, Sinodun & District (WSD) as well as other local Rotary and Rotaract clubs. Members of Little Wittenham village provided teas and cakes outside the parish church of St Peters, WSD Rotary Club fired up the BBQ and there were plenty of other activities as well as the main event of Pooh Sticks on both bridges across the River Thames. The event attracted 20 teams of four players and around 440 individual players.

Generously supported by local companies who help organisers cover the cost of staging the championships, the event raises around £3,000 each year for local charities such as the RNLI, Little Wittenham Church and various other charities supported by the Rotary Clubs of Oxford Spires and Wallingford, Sinodun & District. Prizes were presented by John Greening, Rotary District 1090 Governor.

Listen to Lesley Adams talking to Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire about the event

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