2017 Donations Evening

November 28, 2017
On behalf of the WOODCOTE CHARITABLE ASSOCIATION, the Woodcote Rally Committee is pleased to announce that, following an extremely successful year, we can donate the amazing sum of £24,500 to local charities and good causes within Woodcote and neighbouring villages. This brings the total donations since the first Rally in 1964 to £481,000.

The Donations Evening was held in Woodcote Village Hall on Friday 24th November 2017. 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 Nic Bartholomew (Woodcote Charitable Association), the awards were presented to the best in class exhibits at the Rally. Trophies were awarded to a range of vintage vehicles including cars, motor bikes, commercial vehicles, and, of course, steam engines.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • The Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield for large steam was awarded to Gary Reynolds of Didcot for his Aveling & Porter 8 ton built in 1924.
  • The Castrol Research Cup was awarded to Les Porterfield of Goring for his 1962 Jaguar 3.8 Mk 2.
  • The Dick Vernon Memorial Award for tractors went to John Knight of Tilehurst.

The complete list of Awards can be seen below.

A. Large SteamRan Hawthorne Memorial ShieldGary Reynolds
B. Vintage TractorsDick Vernon Memorial AwardJohn Knight
C. Stationary EnginesAllum AwardAndy Beswick
D. Commercial VehiclesDave Sarney Memorial CupMr and Mrs J Ayre
E. Veteran and Vintage CarsGeorge Ballard AwardLouise Dennett
F. Vintage Motor CyclesThe Albert Goldsmith AwardDennis Eyles
K. Motor Cars 1940 – 1972Castrol Research CupLes Porterfield
L. Motor Cycles 1940 – 1972White Lion CupMichael Kowalczuk
M. MilitaryMilitary CupRex Ward
N. Classic TractorsNatWest TrophyRichard Veitch
S. Steam ModelsAutovolks TrophyPeter Bowles
Tractor Driving CompetitionBud Finch Tractor Driving AwardToby Beasley
Exceptional Exhibit, Victorian period onwardsPaul Harrison AwardThames Valley Vintage Tractor and Engine Club as part of the working display
Judges Choice of Special ExhibitS B Engineering Special AwardJonathan Hollebone


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 organisations.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Woodcote Village Hall will use their donation to help refurbish the function room.
  • The Village Green Committee have installed new fencing on Folly Field.
  • The Cabin Pre-School are replacing heaters and helping to fund an annual day out./li>
  • OWL (Our Woodcote Library) will buy new books and support activities for youngsters.
  • Mowforth House will provide Christmas Lunch for their residents at the Highwayman.
  • Woodcote Pre-School will purchase sensory toys for their children.

The complete list can be seen below.


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£1,000*Woodcote Cricket ClubMobile covers for the square
£600*Woodcote Badminton ClubHelp expand the club and keep fit
£300Riding for the Disabled (Wyfold)Electric bike to keep up with the carriage
£500Woodcote/Stoke Row Football ClubNew goal posts fund
£550*RG8 Badminton Club, WoodcoteKeep badminton thriving
£500*Almshouses Bowls Club (Goring Heath)Levelling the bowling green
£1,000*Thames Valley Tractor ClubNew club tent
£500*Reading Abbey Rugby Football ClubTowards fund raising for the new club house


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£750*1st Stoke Row Scout GroupCamping equipment
£1,000*Goring Heath Scout and Guide GrouprRplace gas heaters and gas pipe
£1,250*Oxfordshire ‘Wallingford’ Army Cadet ForceSupport cadets on company weekends and camps

Local Community

DonationRecipientIntended Use
£2,000Woodcote Village HallFully refurbish the function room
£750Woodcote/Goring Medical CentreNew scales and taller chairs
£500Woodcote Community CentreRefurbishment of rooms for hire
£500Woodcote VolunteersSupport the volunteers
£300Checkendon and District Aid in SicknessTowards Christmas gifts for the local community
£300Woodcote Conservation Group 
£750Thames Valley Air AmbulanceHelp keep the helicopter in the air and vehicles on the road
£500*Thames Valley Police (Welfare Fund) 
£550&Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (Firefighters Charity)support the welfare of fire fighters
£500*Woodcote Youth ClubTowards an iPad
£500Woodcote Village Green CommitteeNew fencing on the Folly Field
£500*Henley & District Young FarmersSupport members
£500OWL (Our Woodcote Library)New books and support activities for youngsters


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£300Mowforth House, WoodcoteMeal at the Highwayman


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£1,000*Cabin Pre-School GroupReplacement heaters and towards annual family day out
£800*Woodcote Pre-School GroupPurchasing sensory toys for the children
£500*Friends of Woodcote Primary SchoolImproving the key stage 1 outdoor area
£550*Checkendon BrowniesSupporting children with the cost of adventure holidays
£300*Checkendon Adventure PlaygroundRevamping the adventure playground built in 1982


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£600Langtree School, WoodcoteFund for student led projects for the community
£600Griffiths Higgs Educational CharityTo support the increased number of youngsters moving on in education
£500*Stoke Row C of E Primary Schoolsecuring the boundary of the school


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£500*St Leonard’s, Woodcoteimproving the structure of the building


DonationRecipientIntended Use
£650Sue Ryder Care, NettlebedContinued care for patients in end of life care
£500*Marie Curie Cancer CareSupporting patients
£500Thames Valley LUPUS GroupRaise awareness of the disease
£300Hearing Dogs for Deaf PeopleTowards training the dogs
£300Guide Dogs for the BlindTo name a guide dog in memory of Rob Llewelyn
£500Macular Society (Goring Group)Funding medical research to hopefully find a cure in the future
(*) Those donations indicated with an asterisk reflect the assistance given by that organisation in the running of the 2017 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 £481,000 donated since 1964:

  • £42,770 Woodcote Village Hall
  • £20,030 Woodcote/Goring Medical Centre
  • £15,965 Woodcote Village Green
  • £14,540 Langtree School
  • £12,175 Woodcote Youth Club
  • £11,465 St Leonard’s Church