Woodcote Rally 2015 Donations Evening
The Donations Evening was held in Woodcote Village Hall on Friday 27 November 2015. This event that 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 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 2015. The class winners received 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 vintage transport including cars, motor bikes, commercial vehicles, horses and, of course, steam engines.
The Ran Hawthorne Memorial Shield for large steam was awarded to Terry Petty from Aylesbury for his 1913 Marshall Traction Engine, “Emma”.
The George Ballard Memorial Award for Veteran and Vintage Cars was awarded to Peter Barton from Yateley for his 1924 Bentley 4.5 touring car.
The Dick Vernon Memorial Award for tractors went to Philip Brennan from Woodcote for his 1969 Ford 4000 tractor.
The Equine Cup went to Simon Powell’s shire horse exhibit with dray and steam powered fire engine.
The complete list of Awards can be found here
Following a short interlude for refreshments, kindly provided by the Woodcote Village Hall Committee, Mr Bartholomew, and representatives 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 who very much appreciate the donations that they receive, thanks to the supporters of the Rally. Here are just a few of the highlights:
The Village Hall Committee will use their donation towards the purchase of a defibrillator;
Woodcote Youth Club will buy an X-Box;
OWL (Our Woodcote Library) to buy new books and put on special events;
Mowforth House will provide Christmas Lunch for their residents;
Friends of Woodcote Primary School will help support the funding of school trips;
The Griffiths Higgs Educational Charity will provide extra books for children as they move between their stages of education;
Woodcote Cricket Club and Woodcote/Stoke Row Football Club will use their donations to promote football and cricket for the younger people of the village.
This is how some of the donations have totalled up over the years out of the £441,500 donated since 1964:
£40,020 Woodcote Village Hall
The complete list can be found by clicking here.
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