Monday, 15 August 2022

Villagers out in force as community festival raises £1,000

THIS year’s Woodcote Festival raised more than £1,000 for the village hall.

THIS year’s Woodcote Festival raised more than £1,000 for the village hall.

Hundreds of people attended the event on the village green.

There were performances by the Woodcote Primary School choir and Langtree School orchestra as well as several local singers and rock bands.

The live stage was compered by Jester Giggles, a children’s entertainer from Nuffield.

There were dog agility demonstrations by the Goring Growlers plus silly games for all age, including wheelbarrow and sack races and a tug of war contest involving dozens of villagers.

Classic cars, vintage steam engines and tractors and Harley-Davidson motorbikes were on display and families could ride on a miniature steam train called Fiery Fred.

A produce show was held in the village hall with entries including fruit and vegetables, art and photography. There was also a scarecrow show and baking competition for children. Organiser Helena McBride said: “We were thrilled with the turnout. I’ve always said the festival should be run by the village and for the village — and once again that’s exactly what it was. I think we had something there for everybody.

“The main aim is to put on an event the whole community can enjoy. We don’t expect to raise money so we’re glad to have done so this year.”

The proceeds will go towards upkeep of the hall and a new community defibrillator.

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