2016 Donations Evening

November 25, 2016
On behalf of the Woodcote Charitable Association, the Woodcote Rally Committee is pleased to announce that, following another successful year, we can donate the impressive sum of £15,000 to local charities and worthy good causes that we support within the village of Woodcote or close by. This brings the total donations since the first rally in 1964 to £456,500.

The Donations Evening was held in Woodcote Village Hall on Friday 25th November 2016. This event makes it all worthwhile for the Rally Committee and Association members as they see how all their voluntary efforts and hard work have paid off.


Following the introduction by Mr Peter Solomons (Woodcote Charitable Association Chairman), he and Mr Nic Bartholomew (Woodcote Rally Director) presented the awards to the best in class for the exhibits at Woodcote Rally 2016. The class winners received their trophies showing their huge interest in the preservation of vintage transport including cars, motorbikes, commercial vehicles, and, of course, steam engines.

2016 Woodcote Rally Award Winners

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • The Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield for large steam was awarded to Dave Roberts for his 1935 Sentinel S4 Steam Wagon.
  • The George Ballard Memorial Award for Veteran and Vintage Cars was awarded to Brian Poulton for his 1938 Triumph Dolomite.
  • The Dick Vernon Memorial Award for tractors went to Nick Gibson for a 1957 Ferguson FE35.
  • A new award for this year was the Albert Goldsmith Award for motorbikes in recognition of Albert’s long-serving contributions to the Woodcote Charitable Association. His widow, Sylvia, gave this new award to Geoff Pratt of Woodcote for his 1932 Peugeot P108.

The complete list of Awards can be seen below.

Class Entry Number Award Winner Vehicle
A. Large Steam A23 Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield Dave Roberts 1935 Sentinel S4 Steam Wagon ‘Freddo’
B. Vintage Tractors B84 Dick Vernon Memorial Award Nick Gibson 1957 Ferguson FE35
C. Stationary Engines C19 Allum Award Kevin Price 1939 Bamford EV1
D. Commercial Vehicles D23 Dave Sarney Memorial Cup Martin Parsons 1969 Bedford TK Dropside
E. Veteran and Vintage Cars E20 George Ballard Award Brian Poulton 1938 Triumph Dolomite
F. Vintage Motor Cycles F8 The Albert Goldsmith Award Geoff Pratt 1932 Peugeot P108
K. Motor Cars 1940 – 1972 K104 Castrol Research Cup Karon Prior 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3 BJ8
L. Motor Cycles 1940 – 1972 L25 White Lion Cup Stephen Burwell 1949 Francis-Barnett Powerbike 50
M. Military M19 Main’s Motors Military Cup Andrew Broadbent 1968 Land Rover Military 11A Lightweight
N. Classic Tractors B121 NatWest Trophy Bernard Winnington 1962 McCormick International B414
S. Steam Models S7 Autovolks Trophy Pat Walsh Foster 4″
Tractor Driving Competition B133 Bud Finch Tractor Driving Award Simon Beasley Massey 165
Exceptional Exhibit, Victorian period onwards B1 Paul Harrison Award Robert Freeman 1918 Titan


Following a short interlude for refreshments, kindly provided by the Woodcote Village Hall Committee, members of the Woodcote Charitable Association Trustees went on to conduct the all-important part of the evening by presenting cheques to local charities and organisation.

2016 Woodcote Rally Donations

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service will use their donation to support injured firefighters, particularly those in our local area.
  • Woodcote Youth Club will provide activities for the youngsters of the village.
  • OWL (Our Woodcote Library) to buy new books to keep the library fresh and up to date.
  • Mowforth House will provide Christmas Lunch for their residents at the Highwayman.
  • Friends of Woodcote Primary School will help provide a learning and play zone at the front of the school.
  • Woodcote Village Green Committee will use their donation to replace trees on the Village Green.

The complete list can be seen below.


Donation Recipient
£400* Woodcote Cricket Club
£400* Woodcote Badminton Club
£200 Riding for the Disabled (Wyfold)
£200 Woodcote/Stoke Row Football Club
£350* RG8 Badminton Club, Woodcote
£300* Almshouses Bowls Club (Goring Heath)
£600* Thames Valley Tractor Club
£300* Reading Abbey Rugby Football Club


Donation Recipient
£500* 1st Stoke Row Scout Group
£500* Goring Heath Scout and Guide Group
£850* Oxfordshire ‘Wallingford’ Army Cadet Force

Local Community

Donation Recipient
£750 Woodcote Village Hall
£500 Woodcote/Goring Medical Centre
£500 Woodcote Community Centre
£400 Woodcote Volunteers
£200 Checkendon and District Aid in Sickness
£250 Woodcote Conservation Group
£500 Thames Valley Air Ambulance
£200 Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (Firefighters Charity)
£300* Woodcote Youth Club
£250 Woodcote Village Green Committee
£300* Henley & District Young Farmers
£350 OWL (Our Woodcote Library)


Donation Recipient
£200 Mowforth House, Woodcote
£200 Goring Heath Almshouses


Donation Recipient
£550* Cabin Pre-School Group
£550* Woodcote Pre-School Group
£350* Checkendon Brownies


Donation Recipient
£500 Langtree School, Woodcote
£600 Griffiths Higgs Educational Charity
£200* Stoke Row C of E Primary School
£200 Woodcote Primary School


Donation Recipient
£200 Christ The King, Woodcote
£300* St Leonard’s, Woodcote
£100* St Peter’s (Caversham) Church Organ Fund


Donation Recipient
£650* Sue Ryder Care, Nettlebed
£300* Marie Curie Cancer Care
£500 Thames Valley LUPUS Group
£300 Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
£200 Macular Society (Goring Group)
(*) Those donations indicated with an asterisk reflect the assistance given by that organisation in the running of the 2016 Rally. The Rally Committee and the Woodcote Charitable Association wish to thank them for their support.

Over The Years

This is how some of the donations have totalled up over the years out of the £456,500 donated since 1964:

  • £40,770 Woodcote Village Hall
  • £19,280 Woodcote/Goring Medical Centre
  • £15,465 Woodcote Village Green
  • £13,940 Langtree School
  • £11,675 Woodcote Youth Club
  • £10,965 St Leonard’s Church