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​Royal Marine Commando Adam Robert Brown was born in Yateley, Hampshire, England UK on 25th February 1985. On the 1st August 2010 he was tragically killed in action whilst serving in Afghanistan, he was just 25 years old.
One of Adam's dreams was to own a beach hut at Mudeford near Christchurch where he spent many a childhood holiday . In his words " It is a very special place ".We have now started a fundraising campaign to purchase a beach hut so that we can fulfill his dream ".Adam's Hoofing Hut " will be an extraordinary memorial to an extraordinary young man and will be used by Marines families and friends in need of a quiet place to relax and reflect. Adam enriched the lives of those he came in contact with and we know this hut will do the same. We are truly grateful for any donations and support you can give and thereby helping us make Adam's dream become a reality. If you would like to take part in an event to raise funds please do contact Julia for a sponsorship form.

April 2023 celebrates 9 years of Adams Hoofing Hut at Mudeford Sandbank. As proud owners of Adams Hoofing Hut we can't thank each and every person enough for the amazing effort that everyone has given to make this possible none of which could have been done without everyone's love and support. Thank you so much again xxxx

The Ely Hotel & Restaurant

Messing about in Boats

Do have a look at the photos by clicking on the title!
The night before and a 5am start for Luke and Chris!​
by: The Ely Hotel & Restaurant
​The red boat is what they are rowing up the thames !!! It looks very small guys xx
Day One: they are looking good very sun burnt but going well x
Day Three: The boat has a leak!! Currently between Marlow and Brae, they have had to pause the rowing to go and buy a repair kit! Keep your fingers crossed that they are back on the water soon to complete their 150 mile journey.
Day Four: They have done it!! Luke & Chris reached Greenwhich at 4pm Friday3rd May! Completing 4 days of rowing - 150 miles, 47 locks and 2 leaks in the boat! well done to both of them. We are all so pround of their amazing acheivement!!
On Sunday 5th May The Ely Party in the Car Park celebrated their success and raised over £4000.00. Fantastic effort! :)

John Mouland picks up the cheque for £4000.00 from Colin Williams of William Shipping. Click here.

Simon Nelmes, Tim Lovett, Glenn Craven and two other friends are taking part in 4 'Tough Mudder' Events this year and while doing so will raise money for the Fund.
Dates and events are:
Back to the trenches - Saturday 9th March
Back 2 the Trenches is an extreme mud run which is a challenge not a race. They will tackle 24 obstacles including climbs, crawls, wire, fire plenty of mud and water, and of course the unexpected! They need stamina, determination, comaraderie and a sense of humour to survive Back 2 the Trenches...
Tough Mudder Kettering - Sunday 5th May
Tough Mudder Winchester - Saturday 8th June
Tough Mudder Bristol - Sat 21st/Sun 22nd September
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses and 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.
Have a look at the link to see what they will get up to.

Mike Crankshaw, Adams Uncle, & his friend Rob Belbin, took part in  the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race again this year, well Mike for the second time and Rob for the first, - over this Easter Weekend. Rob has stepped in due to Dave Crankshaw, Mikes brother, injuring his shoulder during training.  Mike & Rob will left Devizes at 7.30am on Easter Saturday and arrive at Teddington by 8am Sunday morning. They have been sponsorsored by Mark Parker from Parkers Estate Agent in Dorchester this will cover the entry fee, fuel and food for the race. Thanks to Mark and Emma Parker  from Mike &  ​Rob xx. If you feel like buying them a pint for doing it why not donate the cost of the round in sponsorship. Sponsor through the Just Giving Page, top left under the logo. Please mention DW inyour message  . Quite a few teams went off withh hypothermia but Mike & Rob did not want to let Adam down!!​

On Easter Saturday, 30th March, our dear friend, Johnnie Holden, took part in the Old Mutual Two Ocean Ultra Marathon. A 56kms run between the Indian & Atlantic Oceans. This was the fifth marathon he has taken part in recently. All part of a life affirming series of events he decided to take part in after losing too many friends in recent years. Specifically 2012. Ever since we started raising money for Adams Hoofing Hut Johnnie has raised money in various ways and to this end he is asking for sponsorship for this upcoming venture. He has already raised over £1000 which is fantastic. However if you have not sponsored him thus far please do contact him direct or place your  sponsorship on the Just Giving page, top left under the logo. Please mention Johnnie Holden in your message. Thanks for all your help Johnnie!

Quiz night held at Malmesbury Park Primary School, Bournemouth.

Over 100 people came along to support the Fund with special thanks to Roxanne for organising the questions and putting together the presentation.

The night raised £545.00. Thank you so much for all your support.


Thankyou to Audrey and all the WI ladies for the amazing amount of money that they made at their coffee morning held by the St Catherines Hill W.I. Quilting group and St Lukes Ladies at St Lukes Hall Burton Green, Christchurch. On Tuesday 11th June.

Thankyou to Nick Higgins for raising £300.00 doing a Tough Mudder!  Also thank you to Becky Harrison and family for raising £923.00 for the charity doing a walk on the Quantock hills in memory of her husband Chris Harrison who died on the same tour as Adam!

Thank you to the Firemen and everyone who came to Yateley Fire Station on Saturday July 13th for the car wash. The support was amazing and the total raised for us and the firefighters charity was £830. Also John Barter, family and friends walking Avon Valley Path (36 miles) on the same day! It was very hot!! We have raised over £2600.00 so far!

Ayla Collins announces this years Christmas Fundraiser - Please come along to our winter wonderland at Westfields school on Sunday 15th December 2013 from 12.00 Noon  -5.00pm . We will have a range of beautiful stalls, lovely Christmas music, a hog roast, mulled wine and mince pies, lots of fun activities for the children and of course Santa and his grotto too, please tell all your family and friends and we look forward to seeing you all and raising money for Adams hoofing hut xxxxxx

Test Valley Brass have made Adams Hoofing Hut their Charity of the year 2013. Please click on their logo to go through to their website

Mike's Update: 

               Update October 2013

‘Adam’s Hoofing Hut Fund’ currently stands at a just over £131,000. This has been raised in under 3 years by Adam’s family and friends. It has enabled us to buy a beach hut but there is still a long way to go in order to reach the target of £160,000 which is needed to complete the refurbishment.

Adam’s family has been busy making beds, a ladder for the upper level, blinds and mattress covers, a new kitchen and painting the interior. We are proud to announce that the hut will be ready for its first Royal Marine family as soon as the new season opens.

By doing the work ourselves, more of the fund has been kept in order to completely renovate the hut as soon as we have the funds to do so. This will mean we can make the hut accessible to wounded Marines and their families. 

Ely Charity Challenge

Day 1- 29th April

We will be starting in Beer making our way up the B3172 past Axmouth joining the A358 going past Musbury and Axminster sticking on the A358 till Chard turning right at the A30 crossroads taking the A30 towards London. When on the A30 making our way up past Crewkerne and East Chinnock and passing through Yeovil (distance 31.7 miles)


Day 2 - 30th April

From Yeovil continuing up the A30 past small towns such as Sherborne and Milborne Port  toward Shaftesbury and Swallowcliffe and stopping at Compton Chamberlayne  (distance 35.7 miles)


Day 3 - 1st May

Moving on the A30  past Winton and through Salisbury town center sticking on A30 going past towns like Winterborne Earls turning right at Lopscombe Corner heading towards Stockbridge (Owen and Maggie can put the kettle on J) toward Sutton Scotney (not sure where we can stay here????) the distance is 29.6 miles we could solider on til Basinstoke??


Day 4 - 2nd May 

Where ever we decide to stop then it’s the home run from there on staying on the A30 towards Hook  and Hartley Whitney then to Yately the Ely Hotel ……..

The Ely Charity Challenge

eIt's that time again…………

For those of you that know who we are and what we have done for Adams Hoofing Hut, you know we are NUTS.  For those of you that don’t know who we are, we do something mental once a year for charity.

In 2012 we rode over 450 miles on pushbikes from Edinburgh to Camberley.  We had to overcome punctures, bad weather conditions and mile long hills. In 2013 we rowed a small 1 man sciffing boat down the Thames from Lechlade to Greenwich, having to deal with broken oars, holes in the boat, the chance of drowning and a KILLER swan!


So what is this years challenge I hear you say???

Well... we have decided to run the distance of just under 5 marathons, back to back over 4 days.  We will be starting at The Dartbridge Inn Hotel in Buckfastleigh and finishing at The Ely Hotel in Yateley.  And yes...we will be running all 127 miles just to amuse you! WE ARE NOT BUILT FOR RUNNING!!!!

Adams Hoofing Hut is a charity close to our heart's here at the Ely Hotel as Adam lived and worked here before he joined the Marines.  This is why we push ourselves to the limit, to raise money for such a great cause!


This year we are raising money for both Adams Hoofing Hut and for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

A note from Helen & Chris Davis.

Just to confirm that we have today transferred £1000 to Adam's Hoofing Hut. This donation is the profit from the concert by Britannia Strings (all members were ex members of the Royal Marines Band Service) held at Otterbourne Village Hall. I hope that it will help you to continue your great work in supporting Royal Marines and their families in Adam's name.


Wishing you every success in the future

best wishes

Helen and Chris Davis

Click here to see some pictures from the concert.

Adam's Uncle Mike is at it again. He and his friend John are canoeing the length of the Thames in aid of the Hut! He would like to mention CW Motorcycles who have just sponsored the entry fee of £150.00to enter this Easters Devizes to Westminster canoe race. This is a message from Mike originally placed on Facebook. To all my friends and old shipmates. Over the last 3 years you have all helped our charity, Adam’s Hoofing Hut, raise nearly £134,000!! A staggering amount of money in such a short time! We are really hoping that this ...year we will be able to raise the last £26,000 to get to our final total of £160,000. Yet again this Easter weekend I will be undertaking the gruelling Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, a race paddled over 125 miles, portaging 77 locks along the route all nonstop!! As an added bonus this year I have my mate John, a serving Royal Marine corporal in the canoe! Great as he will not give in, but bad because I will have to try and keep up with his stamina!! John is raising money for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and I will be trying to raise a bit more towards Adam’s Charity. If you decide that you would like to help us with the price of a couple of pints for these two great charities then please go to our respective pages, or if you are feeling really generous then please go to them both. and for John, A huge thank you this year to Mike and Paul Robbins for their help building our own canoe. To Dave and Wally and all the team at CW motorcycles for sponsoring us for our entry fee and to Andy and Phil for re-spraying the hull ready for the race.

On the weekend of the 6th-8th June 2014 - Angela, Dale & Claire tackled the Three Peaks. Adams cousins Angela and Dale & their friend Claire attempted the Three Peaks Challenge! Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon. Other members of the team are Georgie Price, Tim Willcocks, Julia and John Mouland. Please support by donating on Amy's Just Giving Page. Please mention 'Three Peaks' when donating. Please click here for the story of the weekend.

2nd August 2014 - The Royal Oak, Ifield, Crawley Fun Day - To help boost the Funds for the Hoofing Everest Base Camp Trek. There will be Live music, five bands, a Magician, Reptile Show, Bouncy Castle, Hog Roast & BBQ. The Fire Brigade, Pony Rides, Real Ales, etc.

The Ely Hotel have held the now famous Party in the Car Park on the 24th August 2014.

Children's Bouncy Castle 4pm-7pm, BBQ, Live Music, Raffles and Auctions from 6pm.

An excellent event supported as usual as it has been over the years!

Gucci Golf Day Friday 3rd October first tees at 7.45am at Merrist Wood Golf Club, Holy Lane, Guilford. GU3 3PF.  £40.00 per head includes breakfast, 18 holes, 1 course lunch and donation. Contact John Tardelli on 07711 798120 or e-mail:

Adams Hoofing Hut's Winter Wonderland will be taking place at Westfields junior school on Sunday 14th December from 12-5. Please share with all your friends and if anyone would like a stall please get in contact as we have some spaces available xxx Ayla McInally xxxx


The Hoofing Everest Base Camp Trek 2014

In September 2014 four Royal marines will fly into Lukla to begin a gruelling 14 day Trek to Everest Base Camp.

The aim of the Trek is to both commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Corps and to raise funds for Adam's Hoofing Hut. Please support Stuart Bourne and his colleagues in their endeavor by visiting Amy's Just Giving Page, top left under the logo, and making a donation! Please mention The Base Camp Trek in your donation.

If anyone fancies a speed March on the 2nd August with the finishing point being at The Royal Oak, Ifield, to join in their Funday, please do contact Stuart by clicking here - The Hoofing Everest Base Camp Trek!

As you are all now hopefully aware, Adams Hoofing Hut will be having our Open day on Sunday 17th May from 12pm through the afternoon. There will be tea and cake, sausages on the BBQ and drinks for you all to enjoy as you have a look at what all the wonderful fundraising has achieved, Adams Hoofing Hut is number 246 and if you park at Mudeford quay you can get the ferry over to the beach and when off the ferry turn right down the beach and follow to the hut. The Mudeford Ferry is based at Mudeford, Christchurch, Dorset, postcode BH23 4AB. The cost of a single one way fare on the Mudeford Ferry (from Mudeford Quay to Mudeford Sandbank) is £1.50 and 70p for children & Dogs. There is also a large pay and display car park at Hengistbury Head and the postcode for there is BA6 4EB. From here you can walk to the beach or there is a small land train that runs from the cafe/car park to the beach huts. If taking the land train when you get off the train at the station point walk to the right down the beach to the hut. The Land Train or Noddy Train, as it is affectionately known, runs frequently from the Hiker Café to Mudeford Sandbank every day. The journey is 1½ miles and takes 15 minutes.
Fares are one way only and paid to the driver. Adult – £1.50 Child 4 – 14 years – 60p, Dog – 10p. If you have any other questions please let us know. We are looking forward to seeing lots of lovely people and please pass this on to everyone xxx love the Adams Hoofing Hut Family xxx

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This link provides details about forthcoming concerts being performed by an outstanding local orchestra (Questa Musica) and choir (Questa Voce).


The November concerts (Bovington Tank Museum 3rd November 2018 & New Milton Memorial Centre 11th November 2018) are part of Questa's First World War centenary events - the first half of the concert is an abridged version of Sir Karl Jenkins' enormously popular mass for peace "The Armed Man", the second half is our version of the Last Night of the Proms! At every concert we support a chosen charity and this year our Christmas concert in Bournemouth on 1st December will be in support of Adam's Hoofing Hut - Mudeford Sandbank Hut 246.

Congratulations to the Ely in raising another £900. Thank you so much to everyone involved

We would like to thank the Christchurch Lace Society

for their donation to the Hut. Personally I would like to thank them for their kind reception and especially the lovely cream tea!

Dragon Boat Racing

A great success on a beautiful day. Thanks to all who helped at Fordingbridge Fire Station and especially to the Augustus John for hosting. The Hog roast and hospitality were exemplary!! 

Would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported Adams Hoofing Hut at Gig on the Green and Hoof Fest, you helped us to raise £2,340 which is amazing!! As always the continued support from everyone is incredible and helps to keep maintaining the hut for our wonderful visitors ☺huge thank you to every person who worked so hard helping us over the last few weekends we couldn't do it without you xxxx

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