Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sunday, 27th March - RNLI

The clocks went forward an hour today and this nearly scuppered my plan to become World Pooh Sticks Champion! I long to be World Champion at SOMETHING and what better than Pooh Sticks, the game invented by Winnie the Pooh in AA Milne's The House at Pooh Corner?

The annual event is held at Days Lock near Long Wittenham, which is a beautiful spot in Oxfordshire, and with brilliant sunshine, MrM and I were in fine voice as we approached the site, even though we were running late. Fortunately, they didn't start without us. We paid for two entries, all in aid of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboats Institution) and proceeded to the "Keeper of the Sticks". We were divided into entries of six and were given a different colour stick each.

This was my stick.

We then queued up and then were directed to the bridge for the action! Our stick colour corresponded to a spot on the bridge where we dropped the stick before running to the other side to see whose stick would appear first!

And the winner of our heat was MrM! I ran over to shake his hand and congratulate him on qualifying for the next round, but as the family we'd been competing against contained such a cute and smiley baby called Henry (not my nephew!), MrM donated his ticket to the baby - what a sweetie!

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and their charity for the year was RNLI. Judging by the number of people there today, hopefully they raised lots of money for this great charity that saves lives at sea.

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