HOSTAGE - An evening with Martin Firman - 22 March 2018

In the early hours of Sunday 11th May 1980, former Police Inspector Martin Firman became a Hostage, held at gun point by a man  with a history of firearm offences.

On the 22 March , Martin will take you through his dramatic story and share with you what he truly believes made a difference on that fateful night.

The evening also includes a quiz, raffle and the following two course dinner;

  • Succulent chicken breast in a white wine & tarragon sauce with parmentier potatoes & greens
  • Warm chocolate brownies & rich vanilla ice cream

Tickets are £20 and 100% of the profit goes to The ELY Memorial Fund

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TROPIC Skincare and make up pamper evening

ELY have worked with TROPIC representative Alison Holmes to organise a TROPIC skincare and make up pamper party on Friday 17th November at the Hereford Rowing Club.

TROPIC is a new, award-winning range of 100% chemical free skincare and make up!

On the night you will be able to try the products and learn what will benefit your skin.

It will be a fun night for all!

Contact Angela to book or find out more

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The time is nearly here when Kyle Dovey, Darren Morgan, Carl Rose, Dean Jones, Dan Barnett, Richard Dowds from the ELY Race Club will travel to John O'Groats to start their epic challenge of cycling to Lands End in 5 days starting from Sunday 13th August.     They will travel down and coming through Hereford on Day 4arriving around 1300 hrs, where they will have lunch before they start again to cycle a further 98 miles to reach Bridgewater.    There is still plenty of time to support them through their justgiving page  

Below you will see their route they will be taking!!   Daily updates will be uploaded to their facebook @elyraceclub2016 and /ELYMemorialFund-  please help them reach their target of £8,000!!  Thank you Ange x


ELY 100 - 24/25TH JUNE 2017

What a weekend this was!!   Steve Jay organised a wonderful weekend for the cyclists who took part in the 100 mile route from Hereford to Brecon with an overnight stay at Bishop Meadows Caravan Park.   Every detail was in place and thankfully no one got lost or injured over the weekend.   They all set off from Balfour Beatty on Saturday morning and then arriving at the camp site to a hearty BBQ kindly sponsored by @Fluidmaster of Hereford.     They have entertainment in the club house during the evening with a few drinks along the way!  No bad heads on Sunday morning when we gathered altogether to have breakfast in the refurbished café.   On the arrival home into the City Sports Club, we fed the cyclists with curry & rice cooked by Steve Jay's niece, it was lovely!    Finally individual trophies and medals given out to everyone who took part.    We are still waiting for sponsors to come through but at present it is over £1,500 already received.    Details of final amount will be announced shortly.    thank you again to all who took part and all the back up crew from Balfour Beatty.    Ange & Steve x


We would like to thank all our supporters and golfers for making the ELY Charity Golf day, a day to remember!   We raised £3,230.00 for ELY!     We had many businesses supporting us on the day either by donating prizes or sponsorship of golf holes.   @StirlingofHereford offered 4 x  "Hole in One" prizes one being a Swift Suzuki SZ3, unfortunately no-one won, but Stuart Phillips hit the Pin!!  May be next year we will have a lucky winner.   Thanks to @Burghill Valley Golf Club for allowing ELY to host our event as well as Andy & James from the Pro Shop who helped with score cards and looked after our Thorne Widgery Golf Ladies who entered for the first time taking part in a golf competition.  They did extremely well - hopefully this has given you the golf bug for next years event.     Special thanks to Mal Tyler who sought raffle prizes, golf hole sponsors and teams for the event, without your help it would be a different day altogether.    Finally to the ELY girls who worked hard all day to make sure all our golfers new exactly what they were doing, selling raffle tickets etc, you did an amazing job!   Hopefully next year I may be able to play in the event, watch this space-  thank you all again truly a day to remember !   Ange & Steve x

The ELY Glam Ball 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Glam Ball.

Here's everything you need to know...

To reserve your tickets get in touch with Angela at Tickets cost 47.50. A £20 deposit will be required at the time of booking (non-refundable) with the final payment required by the 30th October 2017.

Tables are being reserved, there is only a limited amount of tables left!   Please reserve your table by email to Ange at

The ELY Memorial Golf Day - 2017

The Golf Day will be held on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

The event is for any four ball teams, ie. can comprise of all men or all women or mixed, the cost is £120 per team.  This will include the golf, food and prizes at the end of the competition.   The first tee time is early from 9.30am. We are hoping we can achieve over 30 teams this year.

If you would like to join in the day, please download the form below and re-submit by email to or send by post to The ELY Memorial Golf Day, 39 Grandison Rise, Tupsley, Hereford. HR1 1PP.   Alternatively for more information please contact Angela on 01432 359152.  

We are also seeking sponsorship for each of the 18 holes, along with raffle prizes.  If you are able to help, please contact Angela on the above telephone number.  Thank you. 

Keep checking our website for more news about our charity golf day or follow us on Twitter.

Co-op Local Community Fund

You can now help us raise money by choosing The ELY Memorial Fund as your Co-op local cause. If you're a co-op member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on own brand products and services will go to help us.

ELY is still part of the Co-op Community fund - we are now in the main supermarket off Grandstand Road.  If your not a member of Co-op it's still not too late to go along to the store, pay £1 for your card and start saving on your purchases as well as choosing to share your 1% donation to the ELY Memorial Fund!    Thank you Ange


ELY has lots planned for 2017 involving ELY Race Club.  Please visit their facebook page /ELYRaceClub

It is the year of our Bi-Annual Charity Ball to be HELD ON SATURDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2017 at Three Counties Hotel.  Details will be announced Feb/March.   If you would like to reserve a table of 10, please contact Ange via email:

1st March - Kidwells Quiz Night in aid of ELY

Hereford River Carnival 29th April -  ELY will have a float on the River and a stall on the Bishops Meadow section, please come along and say hello!  Static bike training for ELY Race Club challenge!!

Carping4ELY - 12-14th May at Celtic Lakes (not many places left)


ELY 100 - Hfd to Brecon (Bishops Meadow Caravan & Camping Park)  Family Cycle over two days - 24th & 25th June

ELY Golf Day Saturday 22nd July

Charity Jail Break - 30th July

Dying2Drive Sept/October - Road Talks in partnership with HWFRS, Police, Safer Road Partnerships, Ambulance Services

ELY CHARITY BALL - 11th November at Three Counties Hotel



Whitecross High School - Fundraiser

On Friday 9th December, 2016, I was invited to the School because some of the Year 11 students had organised a tombola cake sale for ELY.   The short time I was there everyone made me feel welcome who came along to the cake table.   At lunch time the Year 10 performed for the school and my word they were excellent!    It was lovely to see the Year 11's again after meeting them at the Dying2Drive Initiative and more importantly on a happier note.   The girls, Becca McColl, Bec Johns, Alannah Cartwright and Hollie Gethin were tremendous it was a joy to be with them.  Thanks to their efforts they raised £30, Well Done!  Hope to see you in 2017.  Ange x

ELY 100 - Completed by many cyclists!

A great weekend enjoyed by 48 cyclists who started from Rotherwas and cycled 53 miles to Llangorse Lake.   The weather started off with great hopes, but half way towards Peterchurch the heavens opened up!   By the time they arrived at Peterchurch fire station they were all soaked through!  Thanks to Debbie and the fire crew we soon warmed them up with hot drinks along with cake, jelly babies and crisps.  They all arrived safely to the Lakeside Caravan Park at Llangorse Lake where a wonderful BBQ awaited them!  Thank goodness we had enough food – they were all starving!  All fed and tents array, they prepared themselves for the next morning.    After a hearty breakfast, they all set off in the rain at 10.30!  Yes it rained the majority of the way home.   The Mayor of Hereford, Jim Kenyon joined the cyclists and completed the journey home in good time.   The ELY Committee welcomed them all home to a warm curry & rice at the Hereford City Sports club where they received medals and individual trophies for outstanding achievements.   A great weekend by all and we have already received support with new comers for next year.   Thank you to Co-op Funeral Care for the kind donation of £75 towards the BBQ.  Other donations came from Fluidmaster, Sainsburys, Radnor Hills Water, Lafarge Tarmac and RMS.   The final total raised will be announced shortly. 

Chris Lea has completed his 300 mile challenge

Chris set off with a police escort at 6.30a.m. on the 18th June from the Hereford Football Club facing 150 miles to Bangor.   The weather was beautiful travelling through breath taking landscapes and climbing some of the toughest hills in England & Wales, namely, the Burway outside Church Stretton, Stiperstones near Welshpool, the highest tarmac road in Wales known as “Hell’s fire Pass” and yes it lived up to its expectation - it was hell of a climb, near Bala lakes.  The views from the top were magnificent!    We arrived safely into Bangor at 9.30pm, feeling tired and hungry.    Next morning Chris was on the road at 6.50a.m. facing Llanberris Pass after 10 miles of cycling! He climbed and cycled through mist and rain, unfortunately the rain stayed with him all the way home.   Against the clock, Chris cycled 160 miles having three water/coffee stops and completed his cycling challenge at 7.15p.m. arriving home to a huge welcome of family, friends and supporters at Hereford Football Club.    We helda welcome home party at the Club along with curry & rice and music by “Turnstone”, finishing off what we can only explain as one of the most exhilarating fundraising events that ELY has held.   We would like to say a huge thank you to all his supporters for donating to his justgiving page, to the Co-op Hereford (Tupsley) for the kind donation of Jelly Babies and Bananas, Hereford Football Club for their hospitality and sponsor of the cycle shirts, Coombes Cycles for their cycle maintenance and Stage Coach for the fabulous curry!  We are proud to announce that Chris has raised £2,200 for the ELY Memorial Fund. 


The ELY Memorial Fund car boot sales are back for 2016. You can find us at the Wellington Garden Centre on the A49 every SATURDAY.  We are trying to bring back what used to be a great place to hold a car boot.  It has hardstanding, so no more soggy feet, has toilet and café facilities and a great Garden Centre to walk around too.   

Hard standing

Booters from 13:00 - JUST £5

Buyers 13:30-16:00

Check on our Facebook for updates if the weather has been poor. Or contact us on 07877 591 583 for further details.

We really hope to see you there!

The ELY Table Top Sale - 27th Feb 2016

ELY table top sale was held on 27th February 2016. St Pauls Community Centre.

Our wonderful sellers sold crafts, cakes, jewellery and more.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the sellers and visitors on the day, we raised a huge £306.29 for the charity!

Here are some photos from the day