Saturday, 25 September 2021

Causes share £16,500 from rally

THE proceeds from this year’s Woodcote Rally have been shared between 42 charities and community groups.

THE proceeds from this year’s Woodcote Rally have been shared between 42 charities and community groups.

The event, which took place on the weekend of July 11 and 12, was attended by thousands of people and raised £16,500. It brings the total donations since the Woodcote Charitable Association first held the rally in 1964 to £441,500.

The beneficiaries were announced during a ceremony at Woodcote village hall on Friday. Prizes were also awarded to the winners in each of the rally’s classes.

The biggest donation was £1,000 to the village hall, off Reading Road, which has now received more than £40,000 from the association.

The money will pay for the purchase and installation of a public access defibrillator.

Another £1,000 went to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, whose volunteers helped out over the weekend of the rally.

Wallingford army cadets received £850 while Woodcote community centre was given £650.

The Griffiths Higgs Educational Charity, of South Stoke, was given £600 for additional school books and the same amount went to Thames Valley Tractor Club, Woodcote and Goring Medical Centre and Goring Heath’s scouts and guides. The Cabin Pre-School and Woodcote Pre-School received £550 while Stoke Row scouts, Woodcote Volunteers, Langtree School in Woodcote and the Thames Valley Lupus Group were all given £500.

Another £500 went to the Friends of Woodcote Primary School, which will use the money to fund school trips.

Woodcote’s cricket and badminton clubs each received £400 and £350 went to the RG8 badminton club and Checkendon brownies.

Our Woodcote Library was also given £350 to buy new books and host more community events.

Woodcote Youth Club was given £300 for an Xbox games console. The same amount went to Goring Heath Almshouses Bowls Club, Reading Abbey Rugby Club, Henley and District Young Farmers, St Leonard’s Church in Woodcote, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Woodcote’s village green committee was awarded £250 while £200 went to Wyfold Riding for the Disabled, Woodcote/Stoke Row Football Club, Checkendon and District Aid in Sickness, the Oxfordshire Fire Fighters’ Charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund, Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society, the Goring Heath Almshouses, Woodcote Breakfast Club, Stoke Row Primary School, Christ the King Church in Woodcote and the Goring Macular Society.

Housing association Soha was given £200 to provide Christmas lunch at its sheltered housing complex at Olga Mowforth House in Woodcote.

The organ fund at St Peter’s Church in Caversham received £100.

Rally spokesman Andy Crockett said: “We didn’t make as much money as we have in recent years but we’re still pretty happy with it. The donations evening makes it all worthwhile for us as we see how all our voluntary efforts and hard work have paid off.”

The trophies were presented by Peter Solomons, chairman of Woodcote Charitable Association, and rally director Nic Bartholomew. The winners were as follows:

The Dick Vernon Memorial Award (tractors): Philip Brennan, from Woodcote, with a 1969 Ford 4000.

The White Lion Cup for motorcycles from 1940 to 1972: Les Porterfield, from Goring, with a 1962 BMW R60 combination bike.

The NatWest Trophy for later tractors: Chris Stanbury, from Sonning Common, with a 1948 Ferguson TEA20.

Allum Award (stationery engines): S Vaughan, 1924 Hobbs stationary engine.

Dave Sarney Memorial Cup (commercial): David Parslow, 1965 Scammell Highwayman.

Castrol Research Cup (motorcars 1940-1972): Paul Rathbone, 1957 MG Magnette ZB Variotone.

Equine Cup: Simon Powell, shire horses with dray and steam-powered fire engine.

Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield (steam): Terry Petty with “Emma”, a 1913 Marshall traction engine.

Smith Cup (military and commercials): Henry Bennett, 1942 Ford GPW Jeep.

George Ballard Memorial Award (vintage cars): Peter Barton, 1924 Bentley 3/4.5 touring car.

Motorcycle Award (vintage motorcycles): David Turner, 1927 Indian police scout.

Autovolks Trophy (steam models): Chris Cane with “Prometheus”, 6in model of McClaren road locomotive.

Paul Harrison Award (Victorian or exceptional): Peter Bosley, 1920 Ford Model T tourer.

Bud Finch tractor driving competition: Joe Keitch, 135 Massey.

S B Engineering Special Award: Ray Fletcher, 1951 Land Rover Series One 80.

• Next year’s rally will be held on July 9 and 10. Volunteers and marshalls are needed. If you can help, email

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