From Mike & June Ridley at The Pooh Corner Shop
Dear Friend of Pooh
The 79th Birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh
Celebrated at Pooh Corner on
Saturday & Sunday
11.00am to 5pm each day
Here we are again celebrating the Birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh. On the 14th October he will be 79 – and doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look any older than he did when I was a little boy! June and I have decided to celebrate over the weekend so that more of you can visit and enjoy a piece of his Birthday Cake. The shop will be decorated with balloons and paper chains and there will be many half price offers available and . . June is baking four cakes – two for each day.
Talking about when I was a little boy, my brother and sister and I all have birthdays at this time of year so I often remember my childhood. When Pooh was a young ’30 something’ and when I was only Ã¢â‚¬Ëœknee-high to a grasshopperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ I can recall when I first heard the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. They were read on the BBC radio show called Ã¢â‚¬ËœChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s HourÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. If I remember correctly it was broadcast around 5 oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock in the afternoon on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlight programmeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on the Ã¢â‚¬ËœwirelessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢! The voice was that of Norman Shelly and every now and then he would sing some of the Ã¢â‚¬ËœHums of PoohÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. David Davis who was known at the time as Ã¢â‚¬ËœUncle DavidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ accompanied him on the piano. Many years later I met David Davies at an evening of music held at a friends house here in Pooh Country and was thrilled to hear his enchanting voice again Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not having heard it since hearing him on the radio as a child. Then, a few years later I met Norman Shelly who came back to Pooh Corner for a cup of tea. So you can see how Winnie-the-Pooh has helped me to keep in touch with my childhood and meet many interesting people.
While writing IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to say a thank you to all the many hundreds of you who managed to visit the special exhibition THE MAN WHO DREW POOH – The Art of E.H.Shepard held at the Ashdown Forest Visitor centre. Thanks to you it was a huge success.
If you do visit Pooh Country and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your first time, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget to pop into the Pooh Corner shop for your FREE MAP showing the real Pooh Places. And remember – All the Pooh Places and Pooh Corner are open to the public every day without charge.
All of us look forward to seeing you.
Mike & June Ridley
Pooh Corner, High Street, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AE, UK
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