2019 Donations Evening

December 24, 2019
On behalf of the WOODCOTE CHARITABLE ASSOCIATION, the Woodcote Rally Committee is pleased to announce that, following an extremely successful year, we have been able to donate the amazing sum of £15,000 to local charities and good causes within Woodcote and neighbouring villages. This brings the total donations since the first Rally in 1964 to an enormous £507,000.

The Donations Evening was held in Woodcote Village Hall on Friday 29th November 2019. 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.


The evening began with the presentation of trophies to the best in class exhibits at the Rally by Mr David Taylor from Castrol Research in Whitchurch Hill. Castrol have supported the Rally for many years for which we are very grateful. 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 Castrol Research Cup for Motor Cars was awarded to Winni Gyngell from Sonning Common for a 1969 Morris Oxford
  • The Dick Vernon Memorial Award for Tractors went to Andrew Beasley from Three Mile Cross for a 1933 Fordson N
  • The Albert Goldsmith Award for Vintage Motorcycles went to Mark Johnstone from Crays Pond for a 191Sparkbrook 770V Twin Combination
  • The Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield for large steam was awarded to Phil Kerr for his 1910 Burrell Road Locomotive brought all the way over from New Zealand – not so local!

Special thanks go to Sylvia Goldsmith, who presented the Albert Goldsmith Award (mentioned above), and Margaret Ballard who presented the George Ballard Award for Veteran and Vintage Cars. Albert and George were long standing members of the Woodcote Charitable Association.

The complete list of Awards can be seen below.

Class : A. Large Steam
Award : Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield
Winner : Phil Kerr
Vehicle : 1910 Burrell Road Locomotive
Class : B. Vintage Tractors
Award : Dick Vernon Memorial Award
Winner : Andrew Beasley
Vehicle : 1933 Fordson N
Class : C. Stationery Engines
Award : Allum Award
Winner : Raymond Gardiner
Vehicle : 1948 Lister D
Class : D. Commercial Vehicles
Award : Dave Sarney Memorial Cup
Winner : Ray Fletcher
Vehicle : 1951 Landrover Series O 80″
Class : E. Veteran and Vintage Cars
Award : George Ballard Award
Winner : Robert Blunden
Vehicle : 1929 Austin 12-4
Class : F. Vintage Motor Cycles
Award : The Albert Goldsmith Award
Winner : Mark Johnstone
Vehicle : 1914 Sparkbrook 770V twin combination
Class : K. Motor Cars 1940 – 1972
Award : Castrol Research Cup
Winner : Winni Gyngell
Vehicle : 1969 Morris Oxford
Class : L. Motor Cycles 1940 – 1972
Award : White Lion Cup
Winner : Chris Hurworth
Vehicle : 1949 BSA Bantam
Class : M. Military
Award : Main’s Motors Military Cup
Winner : Darren Winterbourne
Vehicle : 1978 CVR(T) FV102 Striker
Class : N. Classic Tractors
Award : NatWest Trophy
Winner : Melvin Stamp
Vehicle : 1964 Massey Ferguson 65 MK11
Class : S. Steam Models
Award : Autovolks Trophy
Winner : Tim Leverett
Vehicle : Foden ‘C’ Type Wagon 4.5 inch scale
Class : Exceptional Exhibit, Victorian period onwards
Award :  
Winner : Ali & Ray Leach
Vehicle : 1920 La Fonderie de Plessiville 1½ hp
Class : Tractor Driving
Award : Bud Finch Tractor Driving Award
Winner : Toby Beasley
Vehicle : Ford 2000
Class : Tractor Driving
Award : Ray Main Memorial Cup
Winner : Ronald Mobbs
Vehicle : 1952 Bedford O Type
Class : Military Display
Award : Evening Post Cup
Winner : Ian Litchfield
Vehicle : A military display with associated memorabilia


Following a short interlude for refreshments, kindly provided by the Woodcote Village Hall Committee, and the draw for the donated raffle prizes, 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.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Woodcote Village Hall will use their donation to continue to improve this great village asset
  • The Village Green Committee, alongside the Football and Cricket Clubs, will continue to improve the condition of the Village Green for everyone’s benefit
  • The Cabin Pre-School will put their donation towards new interactive whiteboards
  • The Woodcote Pre-School are planning to install a new awning for their new outdoor play area
  • St. Leonard’s Church are hoping to add toilet facilities and Christ the King would like to undertake some refurbishments

The complete list can be seen below.


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


£350* 1st Stoke Row Scout Group
£500* Goring Heath Scout and Guide Group
£800* Oxfordshire (Wallingford) Army Cadet Force

Local Community

£1300 Woodcote Village Hall
£600* Woodcote Community Centre
£500 Woodcote Volunteers
£250 Checkendon and District Aid in Sickness
£200* Woodcote Conservation Group
£500 Thames Valley Air Ambulance
£200 Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (Firefighters Charity)
£300* Woodcote Youth Club
£1300 Woodcote Village Green Committee (incorporating Woodcote Cricket and Football Clubs)
£200* Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society
£600* Woodcote Correspondent


£200 Goring Heath Almshouses


£200 Christ The King, Woodcote
£200* St Leonard’s, Woodcote


£500* Cabin Pre-School Group, Woodcote
£500* Woodcote Pre-School Group
£200* Friends of Woodcote Primary School
£250* Checkendon Brownies


£250* Langtree School, Woodcote
£700 Griffiths Higgs Educational Charity
£200 Stoke Row C of E Primary School
£300* Henley College (Public Service Courses)
£200* Bishopswood School


£500 Sue Ryder Care, Nettlebed
£200 Marie Curie Cancer Care
£200 Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
£200 Macular Society (Goring Group)
£500* Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice

(*) Those donations indicated with an asterisk reflect the assistance given by that organisation in the running of the 2019 Rally. The Rally Committee and the Woodcote Charitable Association wish to thank them for their support.

Over The Years

Of the £507,000 donated since 1964, this is how some of our local organisations
have benefitted:

  • £56,700 Woodcote Village Hall
  • £17,765 Woodcote Village Green
  • £15,090 Langtree School
  • £12,475 Woodcote Youth Club
  • £11,865 St Leonard’s Church

The 2020 Woodcote Rally will be held over the weekend of 11th and 12th July and we look forward to seeing you there. Watch out for news of exciting developments that will ensure the ongoing success of the Rally. We thank you for your continued support.