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Essex Police Choir and Band Concert, St Luke’s Church, Tiptree – 19/10/2019

1st September 2019

The Essex Police Choir and Essex Police Band have nominated the DRF as one of the joint beneficiaries from the proceeds of their 30th Anniversary concert.  Its being held on Saturday 19th October at St Luke's Church, Tiptree CO5 0SU....

“Rock up for Randall” 2019 was a huge success

Now that the dust has settled on last weekend's Rock Up For Randall, we would like to officially thank everyone who contributed to the days success. Hopefully the following statement does just that..... RUFR 2019 Thankfully the sun shone this...

Latest news on Triathlete Warwick

10th August 2019

Warwick has had an interesting few weeks with training and racing.   He told us recently that "I’ve been putting up some good numbers at local park runs taking my first ever 1st at Bedgebury.   I’ve also been doing a few...

Announcement – Inspirational Award – Xanthe Goodman

14th July 2019

The DRF are delighted to announce a new beneficiary of an Inspirational Award. We’d like to introduce you to Xanthe Goodman, a young lady who is passionate about horses, their welfare, and the intriguing game of Polocrosse.  For the uninitiated,...

Latest news on our triathlete Warwick

Sunday 7th July and on a slightly damp, overcast morning 52 runners set off from the Uckfield Rugby Club for the annual Uckfield Lions and Uckfield Runners 10K Run in aid of Prostate Cancer. The course took a route through...

Elodie’s news – A Medley of Mendelssohn

This year's scholar, talented violinist Elodie, recently performed a solo violin concerto as part of the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra at Witham Town Hall. Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is his last large orchestral work.  It forms an important part of the...

Latest news on Go-Karter Lewis

30th June 2019

Lewis has continued to love his karting and this month he achieved a comfortable 2nd place in the Evo Cup and the Jenson Cup he came 1st. The 2019 season, finishes in November, culminating in a presentation evening in December. ...

East London Cabbies Outing 2019

20th June 2019

Watch this space for details of route and timings.  Our army of volunteers will be out in the next few days armed with balloons for you to decorate your house frontage and give our guests from East London a warm...

Scholarship news – Elodie

9th June 2019

The Chineke! Foundation was established in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Chineke!’s motto is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to...

News of rower Jake

So proud! Our former scholar, Jake Offiler, is competing in this weekend's Scottish Rowing Championships as part of the Edinburgh University Boat Club team. Yesterday, the team won gold medals in the Mens 8+ competition.

Inspirational Awardee – Lewis

21st May 2019

Lewis has had an exciting month starting with the Jenson Cup, qualifying in first place.  He held on to his first place for the full 40 minute race right until the finish line.  The marshall did not even know who...

Inspirational Awardee – Warwick

11th May 2019

Warwick recently participated in his first competitive triathlon of the 2019 season.  Together with his girlfriend, Jodie, they blog on the experience.  Its an honest and humbling read, and shows Warwick's committment to gaining that GB place later this year....

Scholarship News – Elodie

News reaches us that Elodie has been invited to be one of this year's featured soloists for the Colne Philarmonic Orchestra.  She will be participating in their concert "A Medley of Mendelssohn" on Saturday 6th July at Witham Town Hall....

Nikki & Mark’s 25th Wedding Anniversary

6th May 2019

Nikki and Mark recently celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversay, and very kindly asked their guests to donate to the DRF instead of buying presents.  Their generosity resulted in a wonderful donation of £930, which will allow us to fund several...

Matt Oaten selected for the England Deaf Football Squad

25th April 2019

We are proud of Matt and will keep you all updated with his progess in this summer's championship in Crete.

Inspirational Award News – Lewis

7th April 2019

Lewis has been competing again in the Evo Cup.  The family had car trouble on the way to the venue making him late for the qualifier, and was lucky that the organisers allowed him to gain five important minutes on...

Inspirational Award News – Warwick

Warwick and his partner Jodie keep us entertained with their latest blog:-  

Scholarship news – Elodie

26th March 2019

Elodie recently had a fantastic experience playing a little-known modern violin concerto by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks called 'Distant Light' with Edinburgh University's String Orchestra! She said "It was my first time playing a full concerto with orchestra and...

Inspirational Award update – Lewis

12th March 2019

Lewis recently entered into the Evo Cup, even though he was told it was a much higher level than he currently was.  The organisers thought he would gain benefit from the  experience of following the more experienced drivers.   His mum,...

The Essex Police Choir choose DRF as a Charity of the Year

CHOIR CHOOSES LOCAL CHARITIES   Having last year raised money for Colchester Cancer Centre Campaign and SSAFA, Essex Police Choir, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, have chosen two smaller, local charities to support in 2019.   The David...

Arise Sir Alastair

26th February 2019

Congratulations to Cooky. Whilst recognised primarily for his exploits with a cricket bat it is also reward for how he has carried himself as a man. Many have to crack a few eggs to get to the top in any...


23rd February 2019

It is traditional for news of new DRF Scholarships and Awards to be published on David’s birthday, and today, 23rd February, the Trustees are delighted to reveal that they have awarded three Inspirational Awards for 2019, in addition to the...

Scholarship news – Elodie

Elodie wrote to the Trustees recently to say "I've been having a really great time rehearsing chamber music with two lovely Accordion players on the Masters course at the Royal Academy! I'm performing four movements from a Suite in the...

Maldon Mud Race presentation

19th February 2019

The Maldon Mud Race Committee work hard all year round to ensure that the annual event is a success, raising lots of money for local charities in the process.  We are delighted to accept this cheque for £1250 and are...

Award for Scholar Jake

10th January 2019

DRF Scholar Jake Offiler has won the coverted Globe RC "Rower of the Year". Jake is now studying at university in Edinburgh where he is continuing his rowing development. Congratulations Jake - keep inspiring!  

Scholarship news – Elodie

29th December 2018

News reaches us that our scholar Elodie recently visited Mumbai.  She had the opportunity to lead the second violins of the Grand Philharmonic Orchestra.   What a marvellous experience. Elodie took our DRF Bears with her, and sent us some photos. ...

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