Woodcote Rally 2014 Donations Evening
The Woodcote Rally 2014 Donations Evening was held in the Woodcote Village Hall on Friday 1st December 2014. 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.
This year we are very pleased to be in a position to donate an excellent amount of £25,000 to the local charities and worthy good causes that we support each year and 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 £425,000.
Following the introduction by Mr Peter Solomons (Woodcote Charitable Association Chairman), he and Mr Nic Bartholomew (Woodcote Rally Director) presented the awards to the best in class for the exhibits at Woodcote Rally 2014. The class winners came along to receive their trophies (some coming from far away, but a large number of them being local people from around the Woodcote area) showing their huge interest in the preservation of vehicles such as cars, motor bikes and not to mention, of course, steam engines.
The Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield for large steam was awarded to the Marcham family from Woodcote for their 1930 Fowler DNB 12 ton “Arfur”.
The George Ballard Award for Veteran and Vintage Cars was awarded to Tim Corbishley from Checkendon for his 1924 Morris Oxford.
The NatWest Trophy for Classic Tractors was awarded to Brad Murduck from Thatcham for his 1968 Ford Preforce 5000 and Ransones Norstean Mounted Cord Drill.
The Bud Finch Tractor Driving Award was won by Granger Challis for his efforts with his 1953 Ferguson TEF 53.
Following a short interlude for refreshments, kindly provided by the Woodcote Village Hall Committee, Mr Nic Bartholomew, and a selection of the trustees of the Woodcote Charitable Association, 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, thanks to the good folk of Woodcote and local villages supporting the Rally each year. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Riding for the Disabled (Wyfold) will use their donation to support the running of the club;
The Village Hall Committee will use their donation to help refurbish the hall;
Langtree School will put their donation towards buying a concert standard piano;
Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society for motorising the curtains on the stage in the village hall;
Mowforth House will provide Christmas Lunch for their residents;
Friends of Woodcote Primary School will help extend the Wi-Fi network in the school;
The Griffiths Higgs Educational Charity will provide extra books for children as they move between their stages of education;
Checkendon Brownies to help to fund summer adventures and a pack holiday.
The complete list can be found by clicking here.
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