Whitley Stimpson to sponsor World Poohsticks Championships

The bridge in Langel Common, where the Championships will take place

Whitley Stimpson, as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting local communities, is pleased to be sponsoring the World Poohsticks Championships in Witney on Sunday 4th June.

The championships are organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and are to be held at Langel Common in Witney. Running annually since 1984, they are open to competitors of all ages and provide the local area with an enjoyable day out with friends and family. The day aims to raise awareness of Purple4Polio, a campaign established by the Rotary to try to eradicate polio worldwide. You can find more information about the campaign here. The championships also seek to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, which it has been doing since its inception.

Poohsticks, as made famous by Winnie and Piglet, is the game in which competitors drop sticks from a bridge into a stream or river below with the winner being the person whose stick reaches a certain point first. There is an individual championship and a team championship for teams of four people.

There will, however, be a friendly sense of rivalry when the big day arrives as Whitley Stimpson will be entering four teams to the team event. Alan, Deb, Isla (3) and Sam/Hannah Morgan make up the first team with Stacey, William (9), Charlie (7) and Gareth Clack providing competitive opposition. Laura, Marcus, Esme (1) and Freya Adkins (5) are the third team and Luke, Natasha, Arthur (1) and Joshua Wiseman (1) complete the Whitley Stimpson quartet.

Director Laura, who is competing on the day alongside husband Marcus and daughters Freya and Esme, said: “As a firm we are so excited to be sponsoring the World Poohsticks Championships, here in our hometown of Witney. We are constantly looking for ways in which we can help and assist with and in our local communities and to be involved in an event which consistently unites people from all over the area gives us great pride.

“I just hope that my colleagues can forgive me on Monday morning when I come in with an enormous victory smile having been crowned a world champion the day before!”

Whitley Stimpson, one of the largest independent accountancy firms in Oxfordshire, has over 86 years of experience and is dedicated to creating a better environment for communities through its involvement in local sports, education and the arts.