Woodcote Rally 2007 Donations Evening
This year we are again in a position to donate £10,000.00 to our local good causes. This now brings our total donations since we first started in 1964 to some £307,100.00.
Following an introduction by Roger Temple, Chairman of the Woodcote Charitable Association, the evening started off with the presentation by Peter Solomon, the Rally Committee Chairman, of the awards to the best in class for the different types of exhibits at rally 2007. Around 14 winners came along to receive their trophies, some coming from far away but a large number of local people from around the Woodcote area attended showing their huge interest in the preservation of vehicles such as cars, motor bikes and not to mention, of course, steam engines.
Which brings me to my next point! This year’s rally celebrated the Burrells’ Gold Medal Centenary event where the famous engines re-enacted the 1907 Royal Automobile Clubs Commercial Vehicle Trials run. In recognition of this, at this year’s National Traction Engine Trust annual general meeting the Arthur Napper Cup was awarded to our very own Trevor Smallbone (our steam expert) for organising this (which is not a minor task as it involved bringing together 18 of the great Burrells all at one event - a major achievement). Well done Trevor!
Roger Temple then went on to do the important part by presenting all the cheques to the local charities and organisations who so appreciate the support that they receive, thanks to the good folk of Woodcote supporting the Rally each year.
In the Seniors section the emphasis appeared to be food with Christmas lunches and new cookers being provided.
The local cubs, scouts and guides will all be benefitting from new tents, mains gas (with the old storage tank being removed to enable new toilets to be built) and a new roof to replace a leaking one on a storage hut.
The Woodcote Conservation Group, who have done a marvellous job in restoring the Greenmoor ponds, have decided, after much “pondering”, to use their donation of £200 to help to buy a small shed to store their tools.
Meanwhile, the Woodcote Community Centre’s Coffee Shop is proving so popular that they don’t have enough chairs anymore so their donation will go to help buying some more.
The Goring Fire Brigade said that they will be giving their donation to assist the families of those fire fighters who tragically lost their lives recently in the big warehouse fire in the Midlands.
The Griffiths Higgs Educational Trust (which was started in 1659) were grateful for their donation and advised that this year they had given out £1,660 to local children as they progressed from one stage of education to the next.
Checkendon C of E primary school are planning on creating a living willow planting screen in the shape of an animal.
Woodcote cricket club are intending to use their donation for the general upkeep of the square whilst Woodcote and Stoke Row Football Club are going to buy a new white line marker.
This is just a selection of the deserving causes and a full list of around the 40 of them can be downloaded here. Once again, we thank all the individuals and organisations that help make the Rally possible, many of which are recognised in the list of donations
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