2017 Donations Evening


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 Steam Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield Gary Reynolds
B. Vintage Tractors Dick Vernon Memorial Award John Knight
C. Stationary Engines Allum Award Andy Beswick
D. Commercial Vehicles Dave Sarney Memorial Cup Mr and Mrs J Ayre
E. Veteran and Vintage Cars George Ballard Award Louise Dennett
F. Vintage Motor Cycles The Albert Goldsmith Award Dennis Eyles
K. Motor Cars 1940 – 1972 Castrol Research Cup Les Porterfield
L. Motor Cycles 1940 – 1972 White Lion Cup Michael Kowalczuk
M. Military Military Cup Rex Ward
N. Classic Tractors NatWest Trophy Richard Veitch
S. Steam Models Autovolks Trophy Peter Bowles
Tractor Driving Competition Bud Finch Tractor Driving Award Toby Beasley
Exceptional Exhibit, Victorian period onwards Paul Harrison Award Thames Valley Vintage Tractor and Engine Club as part of the working display
Judges Choice of Special Exhibit S B Engineering Special Award Jonathan 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.


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


£750* 1st Stoke Row Scout Group Camping equipment
£1,000* Goring Heath Scout and Guide Group rRplace gas heaters and gas pipe
£1,250* Oxfordshire ‘Wallingford’ Army Cadet Force Support cadets on company weekends and camps

Local Community

£2,000 Woodcote Village Hall Fully refurbish the function room
£750 Woodcote/Goring Medical Centre New scales and taller chairs
£500 Woodcote Community Centre Refurbishment of rooms for hire
£500 Woodcote Volunteers Support the volunteers
£300 Checkendon and District Aid in Sickness Towards Christmas gifts for the local community
£300 Woodcote Conservation Group  
£750 Thames Valley Air Ambulance Help 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 Club Towards an iPad
£500 Woodcote Village Green Committee New fencing on the Folly Field
£500* Henley & District Young Farmers Support members
£500 OWL (Our Woodcote Library) New books and support activities for youngsters


£300 Mowforth House, Woodcote Meal at the Highwayman


£1,000* Cabin Pre-School Group Replacement heaters and towards annual family day out
£800* Woodcote Pre-School Group Purchasing sensory toys for the children
£500* Friends of Woodcote Primary School Improving the key stage 1 outdoor area
£550* Checkendon Brownies Supporting children with the cost of adventure holidays
£300* Checkendon Adventure Playground Revamping the adventure playground built in 1982


£600 Langtree School, Woodcote Fund for student led projects for the community
£600 Griffiths Higgs Educational Charity To support the increased number of youngsters moving on in education
£500* Stoke Row C of E Primary School securing the boundary of the school


£500* St Leonard’s, Woodcote improving the structure of the building


£650 Sue Ryder Care, Nettlebed Continued care for patients in end of life care
£500* Marie Curie Cancer Care Supporting patients
£500 Thames Valley LUPUS Group Raise awareness of the disease
£300 Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Towards training the dogs
£300 Guide Dogs for the Blind To name a guide dog in memory of Rob Llewelyn
£500 Macular 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