"Without the magnificent fundraising by the Beer Festival, the school would simply be a much less stimulating environment for the children" Jane Holt , Headteacher
Charlbury Beer Festival
World 'Aunt Sally' Open Singles Championship
Aunt Sally is a throwing game played in pubs outdoors during the summer months. The aunt Sally was originally a figurine head of an old woman with a clay pipe in her mouth, or subsequently a ball on a stick although there are other traditions that say the sticks were thrown at a live chicken mounted on a pole until the chicken expired. However, there seems to be reasonable consensus is that during the civil war when Oxford was held by the Royalists and under seige from the Parliamentarian forces, the cavaliers got so bored they came up with the idea of throwing sticks at a small mounted figure - Cromwell perhaps? Whatever the origin, the game is still enthusiastically followed principally in Oxfordshire and parts of Warwickshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Bucks.
This year the Charlbury Beer Festival will be holding the Second Annual Aunt Sally World Championship on 14th July at the cricket Ground Charlbury. The Beer Festival attracts up to 3,000 people for a good family day out with of course an unrivalled selection of real ales from around the country.
To enter the
'Aunt Sally' 2012 Championship
please click here
Please supply your name, address, email, phone number and whether you are league or amateur.
Don't miss out!
Last year's Championship review....
Prime Minister David Cameron opened the Worlds first Aunt Sally Singles Championship at last years Beer Festival, on the 9th July 2011.
The event, held at the 14th Charlbury Beer Festival, attracted some of the best players in the World, mainly Oxfordshire, leagues. 32 competitors fought stick by stick until local player, George Williams and Trevor Dyer form The Churchill Arms in Paxford met in the final.
Trevor won the final leg to take The Finings Cup and the £100 winners prize. He keeps a replica of the World Cup. This will be engraved and kept on display at the CAMRA award winning Rose and Crown pub in Charlbury.
Thanks go to our sponsors and to Rob Tudge and George Williams for organising the day.
Allyn Parsons won the all comers compeition which followed the World Championship.
No Dollys were hurt in the making of this competition, but a few sore heads this morning for some of those who supported the Beer Festival.
The event raised nearly £20,000 for local and international charities.