Woodcote Rally 2011 Donations Evening
The Woodcote Rally 2011 Donations Evening was held in the Woodcote Village Hall in the evening of Friday 02 December 2011. It is this event that makes it all worthwhile for the Rally Committee and Association members as they see that all their voluntary efforts and hard work have paid off.
2011 has proved to be one of our most successful years and we are very pleased to be in a position to donate this year a tremendous £23,500 to the local charities and worthy good causes that we support each year. This amounts to almost a 20% increase on the amount that we donated last year and we have again concentrated our donations to the organisations within the village or close by. This now brings our total donations since we first started in 1964 to some £368,200.00.
Mr David Taylor, Customer Relations Coordinator from Castrol Technology Centre presented the Castrol Research Cup to Mr Trevor Martin from Basingstoke for his 1963 Humber Sceptre in the K Class Motor Cars (1940 – 1972) and then presented the awards to the other best in class for the different types of exhibits at Woodcote Rally 2011.
Mrs Sally Harrison then presented the Paul (“Butch”) Harrison Award to Mr Paul Stroud from Marlborough for his 1916 Ford Model “T” Light Van in the Exceptional Exhibit, Victorian period onwards Class.
Roger Temple, Association Chairman, and Martin Allwright, Rally Director, went on to conduct the all important part of the evening by presenting all the cheques to the local charities and organisations who so appreciate the support that they receive each year. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Woodcote/Stoke Row Football Club and Woodcote Cricket Club: - £800 towards the costs of the improvements to their changing rooms and the running of their junior teams;
1st Stoke Row Scout Group: - £750 towards their equipment fund;
Woodcote Village Hall: - £2,000 for the general upkeep and modernisation of the hall;
Woodcote Volunteers: - £750 towards the costs of petrol used by the volunteers in ferrying sick people to and from hospital/doctors’ appointments;
Thames Valley Air Ambulance: - £1,000 to go towards their running costs in saving lives by the use of the helicopter;
Wallingford Army Cadet Force: - £1,500 – for the work they do in helping to manage the vehicle gates and general traffic control during the Rally;
St. John Ambulance: - £1,800 - for providing the first aid cover for the site for the weekend;
Woodcote Village Green Committee: - £500 for maintenance of the children’s play-areas in the village and an additional £750 to buy replacement football nets for use by the village youngsters for a kick about on the village green;
Woodcote Library (OWL): - £500 to help support our local village library in its efforts to provide a viable service in the light of the cuts in its funding;
Griffiths Higgs Educational Trust: - £500 supporting the young people of Woodcote and South Stoke as they progress between primary and secondary schools; secondary and sixth form and from sixth form to University.
This is just of a selection of the deserving causes and the full list of the 44 deserving causes can be downloaded by clicking here.
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