The latest new member to join Hereford Lions Club is Paula Kemp who works within the Government (left) together with President Lion Sian Bayliss
who inducted her to the club and Diana Stevens, her sponsor. New members are always welcomed. Contact Sian.
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Hereford Lions Club has donated £5,000 to pay for a dog currently being trained to eventually assist a city blind person. The dog has already been given the name Leo. The Lions President, Sian Bayliss presented the c heque at a club meeting to Vicki Manley, herself blind, secretary of the Hereford Guide Dog for the Blind.

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Sian hands over the donation to Vicki.


Hereford Lions Club’s annual Santa’s Grotto at Oakchurch Farm Shop raised £4,858 for local charities from raffle ticket sales and generous donations from a huge number of families who brought their children to see Santa and tell him what presents they wanted for Christmas

Tammy Ruck, the shop general manager hands over the money raised to Lion John Edmunds, one of the organiser and his wife Valerie who supported him with the raffle.


Hereford Lions Club has played a key role in bringing the joy of Christmas to the community. The club donated £500 to the community nurses team for gifts for 60 children in their care, presented by Santa at a festive party.
The annual Lions Santa’s Grotto at Oakchurch Farm Shop attracted many hundreds of families for their children to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Meanwell , the Lions historic Santa Sleigh has spent lots of evenings touring the city streets and nearby villages for Santa to spread his festive good wishes to thousands of families.
Lions president, Sian Bayliss, said: “Dispite the pandemic our members have been successful as usual in taking the spirit of Christmas into the community .”


Father Christmas arrived on Saturday at his Santa’s Grotto in the Oakchurch Farm Shop a short distance from Hereford on the Brecon Road and looks forward to meeting lots of children on Saturdays and Sundays and in the week before Christmas, each day.
Due to the Covid pendamic families must pre-book a date and time to visit Santa in his Grotto via the website:
As usual Hereford Lions Club will be helping Santa bring Festive Christmas Cheer to the children of the county.

A group of cousins were the first to meet Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas-
Alex Ellis, Samual Walker, Cathryn Walker, Charlotte Walker, Oliver Ellis


Seven year old Ryan Gilbert was born with cerebral palsey making walking very difficult, but now a gift of a specially designed trike from Hereford Lions Club gives Ryan, a pupil at Trinity SchoolI In Hereford lots of mobility. He is one of triples : brother Nathan and sister Heidi. Mum Lisa said: "The trike will make a big impact on Ryan's life,, thanks to the Lions."
Lion Mike Hughes presented it.

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Sam Weale was a happy and active nine year old until he was struck by the rare disorder, Adrenoleukodystrophy
The family, Rob and Sarah and his six year old sister Bethan are caring for Sam at their home in Sutton St Nicolas. When they asked if there was anything special he would like to do Sam said he wanted to fly in a helicopter.
Tracy Lowe, a children’s community nurse contacted Hereford Lions Club who in turn got in touch with Alan Ramsden, owner of Tiger helicopters based at Shobdon aerodrome who immediately offered to take Sam for a ride in a helicopter, together with the family. They flew over their home in Sutton St Nicolas and the village school he attends.
His mother, Sarah, herself a nurse said : “”It was a wonderful treat for Sam and he was so excited to be flying in a helicopter, thanks to Lions Club and Alan Ramsden.”

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Ready to fly: The pilot, Alan Ramsden and the Weale family


Hereford Lions Club’s annual charity golf tournament at the Wormsley golf club was won by a four man club team of (l to r) Richard Ford, Tom Chadwick, Alan Densley and Ken Ford on a score of 103 points, pictured with the Lions Club President Lion Sian Bayliss. Runners-up were Emyr Saer, Dave Gwynne, Dave Knapper and Colin Farr on 101 points. Forty two teams took part.


Lions help fund long awaited project to improve the facilities for those with vision and sight loss. The Widemarsh Street base was originally a merchant’s town house, built in the mid eighteen hundreds and the rooms are used for a variety of activities.
Chief Executive John Eden said: “Vision Link is very grateful for Hereford Lions Club’s support of our extensive refurbishment of the member’s areas. The building is very well used by members and clients and the Lions finance is vital to achieving a refreshed and welcoming environment for those living with sight loss.”
Sian Bayliss, the Lions Club’s president, who chose it as her presidential project, said: “Caring for those in the community who need extra support is one of Lions International’s key objectives.”


In the office: Lion Celia Field and president Sian Bayliss with Vision leader John Eden and volunteer co-ordinator Julie Cavanagh


Hereford Lions Club has added seven bags of street litter to the 150cw District target for clubs to collect 2022 by next year in a series of litter picks in their communities . President Sian Bayliss led her team, (some pictured) on their first outing.



The club has bought a £1,600 electric breast pump for Hereford County Hospital’s neonatal service to be loaned to mothers, in addition to a number of breast pumps already available to them. Sian Thorne, children community nursing team leader at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “This is a brilliant donation from the Lions Club. We provide support for all mothers with their infant feeding choices. However, some women who want to breast feed are not able to do so long term and the Lions pump will help overcome this.”
Lions president, Sian Bayliss, herself a retired nurse (right presenting the pump to Sian Thorne) said: “Helping with a baby’s start in life supporting mum’s who want to breast feed but are having difficulties was an important project for the club.”
The club’s fundraising events for community support have been abandoned since Covid19 flared up in March last year and it is hoping to be able soon to re-start the weekly car boot sales, the annual golf tournament on August 6 and the monthly pub quiz at the Bay Horse.

Lion’s president Sian Bayliss (right) presents the breast bump to Nurse Sian Thorne


Hereford Lions Club has recognised Wally Bowles’ forty years playing Santa when the club brings Father Christmas to the city. Lions president, Sian Bayliss presented the 93 year old retired teacher with a framed certificate praising his support for the club and it’s annual special treat for the children.
Wally, born in Glasgow joined the RAF as an apprentice when he left school at 15, served as a gunner on bombers in the second world war. Back in civilian life, he worked in the building trade before training to be a teacher and arriving in Hereford to join the staff at Haywood School, now known as Hereford Academy . He lives in Credenhill.


Wally receives his award from Lion Sian.


Hereford Lions Club has been serving the community for sixty years in many different ways and one of its latest projects has been a big success helping the disabled. The club recycles mobility aids donated by families when they are no longer needed and give them to disabled people without the funds to buy one. They range from mobility scooters, wheelchairs to walking aids.
Project leader, Lion Terry Williams said “Families are exceptionally generous and their support has benefited many people struggling with mobility problems.”
To make a donation or request an aid contact Lion Terry on 01432 276948



The latest new member of Hereford Lions Club is Diana Stevens, a retired employee of Nationwide building society living in Belmont. To keep in line with Covid19 rules President Sian Bayliss invited Diana to her garden to be badged up. New members always welcome. Contact Allan Field 01432 487163
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Colin Smith a long serving member of Hereford Lions Club has been awarded a special Lions International Centenary honour, recognising his outstanding role in reforming Kington Lions Club after the original club collapsed. A native of Kington , Colin worked tirelessly with a small group interested in reviving the club, using his experience at Hereford as a former president, secretary and Zone chairman. Three years later Kington is a thriving Lions Club with 18 members and about to become 20. Their President, Doug Clark said: "Colin played a a key role in guiding us to establish a new Lions Club in Kington and he deserves the award."
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Oakchurch farm shop has regularly hosted Santa’s Grotto but this Christmas the terrible Virus ruled out his visit, disappointing thousands of children. It was a big blow also for Hereford Lions Club who organise the popular Father Christmas activity for the community.
Donations from visiting families help Lions support local charities and Oakchurch kindly filled the gap with a £4,000 donation to Lions Club.
Nick Price (left) with Santa who has been touring city streets, but not stopping, is a partner in the family business at Staunton On Wye. He said: “Hosting Santa each year together with Lions Club is a privilege and we wanted to recognise the outstanding work the club does in the community. We look forward to Santa being with us next Christmas.”
Lion John Edmunds (right), the Santa Grotto team leader said: “All our fund raising events during the year had to be abandoned, so we are grateful for the much welcomed gesture by Oakchurch.”
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Hereford Lions Club, founded 60 years ago has elected it’s first lady President. Sian Bayliss, a retired nurse will be ‘Chief Lion’ for the next two years rather than the usual one – another first for the club. She joined Lions three years ago when the city club opened its doors to women. She will be encouraging more women to join the club.
A native of Holywell in North Wales, Sian trained as a nurse in Liverpool and devoted her early medical skills to VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Nigeria.
She and her husband Richard, also a Lion chose Hereford as their ideal retirement home when they moved from Bedfordshire six years ago and have quickly integrated with the community, taking on Pastoral Care at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, joining U3A (University of the third age) and Sian is a member of Tupsley WI.
Sian’s president’s project will be supporting Herefordshire Vision Links who care for those who are blind or have poor vision. But her first task is to get Lions Club up and running again after the three month coronavirus lockdown halted their twice monthly meetings at the Welsh Club and key fund-raising events: car boot sales, pub quizes, race night, golf tournament and clay pigeon shoot.
She said: “Lions Club remains dedicated to supporting community projects and charities and will re-launch its popular fund raising events as soon as lockdown permits it.” Adding: “Lions offers friendship and fellowship to men and women from all walks of life whilst they are making a worthwhile contribution to the well-being of the community.”
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Sian Bayliss – new president of Hereford Lions Club