Lion Jim Hamilton , a former president of three Lions Clubs, a District Governor and IT advisor to Multiple District has died at his home in Allensmore,aged 80 (May 14). He was particularly proud of his Scottish ancestry and would wear his kilt and sporran at official Lions functions.
Jim joined the international community service organisation in 1983, later becoming President of Surrey Borders Lions Club before moving to Herefordshire in 1996 and joining Ross-on-Wye Lions Club where he also served as President. He was briefly a member of Forest of Dean Lions club before a move to the Hereford area seven years ago saw him become a member of the city club and completing his trio of presidencies.
A retired computer software consultant , Jim was a former chairman of Lions national technology committee and also served as District Governor in 2004/5 in the then Lions 105W district , now part of District 105CW.

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Jim in his Lions regalia plus his kilt.


Pupils at Hereford Primary Schools, taking part in a story writing competition created by Hereford Lions Club were told they could be taking the first step to an exciting career when they grow up.
More than a hundred children from seven of the city schools wrote stories, the 11 winners , second and third in two age groups receiving book tokens and a book signed by the Mayor, Cllr Kath Hey and the judge, children’s author Jasper Fforde who presented the prizes. Each of the schools, St Paul’s, St James, Lord Scudamore, Riverside, Broadlands, Trinity and Holmer had a set of a dozen books for the school library.
Jasper , who lives in Clyro speaking to the story writers said: “The awards represent a first step on a journey to a rewarding and exciting career. Creative writing has never been more in demand . Even if you decide a writing career is not for you still write for yourself for it will make you a more creative person – and creativity is the key to everything.”
Gill Tudor, a new member of Hereford Lions came up with the idea of a children’s story writing competition .“An avid reader myself, I knew the importance of children learning and enjoying reading, and writing their own stories would be even better.” she said.


Hereford Lions Club has donated £2,500 to the Herefordshire Community Foundation appeal fund to help the families whose homes were wrecked by the flood disaster when the River Wye reached record levels.
Club member, John Burden and his wife Lindy were on holiday in Thailand when they heard the news Lions were giving £2,000 and quickly added a personal £500 to the club donation.
Club president George Thomas said: “We are more used to sending donations to Lions International Foundation to aid disasters overseas, but responded immediately when some 300 families in our own community had their homes swamped by one of the worst ever floods. Many could not get insurance.”


The club’s loneliness campaign offers grants to help groups or individuals set up community activities to benefit those suffering from the effects of being lonely. Several new projects have been set up - volunteers invite people living alone to a regular tea party in one of their homes; Another scheme offers to drive people to local social events;
Similar grants are now available to help communities set up activities and embrace those with Dementia to join in. Memory loss is the plague of Dementia and socialising is an important part of treatment. The most innovative part of the club’s dementia project is providing care homes and families caring for a family member with a set of three video films of life in Herefordshire from the fifties plus historic photographs.
Lions president George Thomas said: “The locally produced films, donated to more than 40 care homes will rekindle lost memories for the elderly, especially those affected by Dementia . Those organising activities in a care home have been delighted with the donations.”
George added: “Hereford Lions Club this year celebrates 60 years of service to the community and wants to help overcome some of the terrible affects of Dementia.”


Hereford Shire hall was packed with quizzers all wanting to beat The Beast, Mark Labbett star of The ITV quiz show The Chase, who lives in Bartestree. None of them beat the super quiz man at the event staged by Hereford Lions and Radway Bridge Garden Centre in aid of the MS Society
The three highest scorers went head to head against Mark in the final but failed to defeat the towering 6ft. 6in TV quiz champion who also performs on The Chase in America and Australia.
The trio are pictured l to r with Mark: Katy Chambers, 27 of Whitecross was a good bet to win having already been a TV winner on The Chase and a £125,000 winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The others were Andrew Bailey of Little Dewchurch and Matt Taylor, of Bartestree.


Winner of Hereford Lions Club Clay Shoot was Matt Pugh with a score of 54 out of 60. Runner-up was Julian Morris 52 out of 60 and third place was a joint result, Ian Palmer and Carl Bloxham on 51-60 each. Matt (left) is pictured receiving the Lion’s trophy from shoot organiser Martin Exell



Hereford Lions Club’s long running annual charity golf tournament at The Herefordshire Golf Club on Friday, August 2,attracted 46 teams of four and the winning foursome with a score of 119 points was: (l to r) Derek Porter, Kate Owen, Rob Waring and Tony Gwynne. (pictured with their golf bag prizes) Team captain was Rob Waring who is chairman of the club’s green’s committee. Kate, who lives in Burghill is a Mid-Wales Air Ambulance team member based in Welshpool and won the women’s prize for the longest drive on the 11th.
Runners up were Matthew Edwards, Jason Tobin, James Williams and Richard Turner with 105 points. In third place were brothers Len Andrews and Phil Andrews, Ken Morris and David Morris with a score of 104.



New president of Hereford Lions Club, the city’s most active community service organisation is George Thomas repeating a role he played for the first time in 1993. He has been a community service volunteer stalwart since arriving in Hereford in 1970 as a young journalist on the Hereford Times and later as public relations manager at Bulmers for 25 years.
George’s first project was the founding of the Herefordshire Talking Newspaper for the Blind and its first editor. He played a key role in the conversion of the old swimming baths on Edgar Street into the Nell Gwynne Theatre and is a trustee of The Courtyard arts centre which replaced it 20 years ago. He served as deputy chairman of the West Mercia Crime Stoppers Trust for ten years and when he retired in 2004 joined the Hereford in Bloom volunteer team responsible for planting and maintaining the city’s flower beds and planters.
Lions Club in the last 12 months has distributed £45,000 supporting local charities and community projects. George’s targets for the year ahead are support to help tackle the growing phenomena of dementia and loneliness amongst the elderly. He will also be seeking new members to join the Lions Club, which he himself has served for 36 years.



Lions Club welcomed Gill Tudor, its latest new member at the last meeting Gill, a grandmother and retired catering manager at the Madley Satellite Station is secretary of Tupsley WI. Her hobby is jive dancing. She is pictured (centre) with club president Jim Hamilton and her sponsor Sian Bayliss. New members are always welcome.



Retired accountant Tony Cole has received both royal and international commendations marking his half century of service to Hereford Lions Club, part of the worldwide Lions International organisation.
Club president, Jim Hamilton presented Tony, who joined Lions in 1968 with a special certificate signed by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Patron of Lions UK and a personal letter from Lions international president, Gudrun Yngvadottr of Iceland.
Tony club president in 1974, created the Lions Club link to an annual youth international football tournament in Holland 43 years ago, taking four schoolboy teams to Vianen , a project which has continued ever since and for the last two years includes a girls’ team. He was also one of the founders of the Herefordshire youth football league.


Lions: (l to r) Simon Swancott, Tony Cole, Jim Hamilton


The club is part of a worldwide community service organisation and has served it’s own community here in Hereford for over 60 years.
It offers friendship and fellowship to members – men and women from all walks of life – who would enjoy an active social life with likeminded folk whilst making a worthwhile contribution to the well -being of the community. New members are always welcome and we invite you to consider becoming a member of Hereford Lions Club and share with us the pleasure and satisfaction of being a Lion.
The club meets twice a month at the Welsh Club, enjoys social evenings and working alongside fellow volunteers on community fund-raising activities, ranging from pub quizzes to car boots can be a lot of fun.

If the idea of being a Lion appeals to you have a chat with:
Lion Sian Bayliss or Lion Allan Field
01432 359640 01432 487163


Hereford Lions Club has bought a £8.824 bladder scanner for the Urology department at the city’s county hospital after Keith Martin, one of its members made several visits to the department for check-ups on his bladder only for the vital scanner to be regularly out of action. He was told the unit was desperate for a new, up-to-date scanner, but NHS funds were not available. When the club heard Keith’s story, his fellow members decided to pay for a new scanner, a blessing for the huge number of patients suffering with bladder problems, but often having to make repeat visits if the scanner wasn’t working.
Said consultant Mr Mehmood Akhtar :”The gift from Lions Club will ensure the efficient running of the department and no more delays for patients needing to establish if they have bladder problems and require medical attention.”
It was given to the hospital in memory of Stan Austin, a highly respected city businessman who died in February last year. Stan was a member of Lions Club for many years and left a £20,000 legacy to the club’s charity fund.

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Keith Martin hands over the scanner to the medical team (l to r) Carina Allaway, Angie Morris, Jayne Taylor, Keith Martin, Mehmood Akhtar


Hereford Lions Club has set up a special fund to help tackle loneliness in our communities. Grants will be available to organisations or voluntary groups wanting to set up clubs or activities to benefit those suffering from the effects of loneliness, a growing trend in modern society.
Their health and well being can be seriously impaired, a situation recently recognised by Government. Its not only the elderly effected; a recent survey showed young people are also at ridsk.
Mike Hughes leader of the Lions community support team which is already involved with the elderly and the handicapped, said: ”We believe there is much more direct action that can be taken by voluntary groups in communities to help relieve the impact of loneliness and the Lions Club offer of financial support will help to get them started.”
Mike can be contacted at: [email protected]


Communities across the county are responding positively to the campaign to help relieve loneliness and several responded quickly to the offer by Lions Club to give grants to projects set up to beat the impact of despair on the lonely. Lions Club urges more to apply for grants of up to £250
The first application was from Bodenham Compassionate Community, newly set up by retired doctors, Richard and Karilyn Collins. Trained volunteers, working closely with the local GP Surgery visit people in their homes to help them overcome loneliness and reconnect with the community. This could be the start of a countywide scheme. Carol Condie spotted a mention on TV about ‘Contact the Elderly’ a project to invite lonely old folk to afternoon tea parties and quickly set up her own city team of volunteer drivers and party hosts and has 11 on the ‘guest list’.
Burghill Good Neighbour Scheme was set up two years ago and volunteers visit those who need a helping hand ranging from collecting prescriptions, form filling, running errands to changing a light bulb. Perhaps most important on the list is ‘befriending’ and the social events to combat loneliness and social isolation. Garway has a Tuesday Club for the elderly and has extended this by offering lifts to local events and the Lions grant will help fund extra activities.
Herefordshire is a caring and generous community and Lions Club looks forward to receiving more grant applications for its ‘Beat Loneliness’ campaign.


Hereford Lions Club has donated £15,000 to help fund two key projects at the County Hospital.
£5,000 was contributed to the £75,000 Born Sleeping appeal to create a delivery suite, family bedroom and counselling room in the maternity unit for parents whose baby does not survive. It’s a first for the hospital and aims to give grieving families private space to cope with their loss and receive counselling. The fund target was reached and work has started.
A £10,000 donation has been pledged to the Prostate Cancer unit at the hospital to purchase a much needed £30,000 replacement sample testing machine; a gift in memory of those fellow Lions Club members lost over the years to prostate cancer. The new machine will speed up the delivery of sample tests. Before the County Hospital established its own Prostate unit a few years ago, patients faced long and tiring journeys to Cheltenham or Birmingham.

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Photos: Maxine Chong, head of midwifery with President Lion Jim Hamilton and Lion Simon Swancott checking the Born Sleeping appeal target.
Andrea Harvey, senior medical scientist shows Lion Jim the sample testing machine which urgently needs replacing.


Hereford Lions Club has bought a seaside caravan in Portmadoc, North Wales, especially designed and built to provide holidays for county those with disabilities and their families. The caravan is on a holiday park at Black Rock Sands which has excellent facilities. It sleeps six. The rental charge is low, being subsidised by Lions Club. Guests have to make their own travel arrangements. Applications should be sent to Mrs Kath Brace, 3 Court Close, Lugwardine, Hereford HR1 4AD. 01432 850336. E mail: [email protected]
Photo: The holiday caravan.


Hereford’s long neglected historic rose gardens next to the ruins of Blackfriars Monastery in Widemarsh Street built in 1276 is being restored by a newly formed Friends group of volunteers who are planting hundreds of new rose trees in 29 beds. And Hereford Lions Club did its bit, donating £800 and planting one of the large beds.
Photo: The Mayor, Cllr Sue Boulter joins the Lions to check their rose planting work.


Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled based at Holme Lacy was well supported by Lions Club in a 12 month period. First a new horse was bought for £5,000 followed by a tractor costing £4,000 to lift the horses bales of feed and finally a new hoist costing £2,800 to lift handicapped riders into the saddle.
Photo: Lion Ian Foster hands the tractor over to Rachel King of RDA