Friday, 12 August 2022

Popcorn machine powered by steam

THIS year’s 53rd annual Woodcote Rally will take place on the weekend of July 9 and 10.

THIS year’s 53rd annual Woodcote Rally will take place on the weekend of July 9 and 10.

The charity event, which attracts crowds of thousands, will feature hundreds of veteran and vintage cars, motor cycles, tractors, military and commercial vehicles and steam engines of all sizes.

There will be working displays and parades throughout the weekend.

New attractions will include a steam-powered popcorn machine which was due to come last year but couldn’t make it at the last minute.

The rally will have a “country area” with a children’s farm, a birds of prey demonstration, a potter, storyteller, wood turner, willow weaver and chainsaw wood sculptor.

Two pairs of shire horses will pull a steam-driven fire engine and there will be a working mule display.

There will be a children’s section with inflatable obstacles, quad bikes, a climbing wall and a Punch and Judy show as well as horse rides, a dog agility show and a Wild West display.

Throughout both days there will be performances by the Cholsey Silver Band and acoustic musicians from Woodcote Unplugged.

Rock band Ready or Not will perform on the Saturday evening.

There will be a free concert for Woodcote residents at the rally site at 6pm on the Friday evening featuring a performance by Rush Keeper.

A fun fair will be open all weekend and members of the Campaign for Real Ale will be hosting an ale festival.

There will also be stalls selling wine, Pimm’s, prosecco and a range of food.

There could also be a hot air balloon display but this is dependent on the weather.

The rally has been running since 1964 and has raised £441,500 for charities, community groups and other good causes in the Woodcote area. Last year it made £16,500.

Organiser Andy Crockett said: “The preparations are going well so far, although the more volunteers we can get the better.

“We need lots of help on the day as some people can only do a few hours.”

The rally takes place on a field off the A4074 and runs from 10am to 11pm on the Saturday and 10am to 6pm on the Sunday.

Advance tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children (aged five to 16) and are available from

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