The new president of Hereford Lions Club is David Hartland, a retired city businessman who also served in the role back in the new Millennium Year.
He grew up in Peterchurch, trained as an engineer at Hereford Technical College and in 1973 with his friend John James founded the RSS company, today one of the foremost refrigeration , sales and service firms in the region. He retired in 2003.
He has been a Lion for 25 years and is committed to the ideals and dedication to community service which are the cornerstone of the international organisation which next year celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Mr Hartland has chosen during his year as club leader to support the work of the charity, MIND which provides vital help to those with mental health problems, and Lions will be raising funds for the charity to set up much needed new services.

David Hartland


Forty years ago Hereford Lion Club stalwart Tony Cole organised the first Lions sponsored trip for local schoolboys to an international youth football tournament in the Dutch city of Vianen – and never missed a tournament for the next 39 years.
But he was missing from the 40th anniversary event earlier this year when the Mayor of Vianen, Wim Groeneweg announced Tony, a retired accountant who was recovering from cancer treatment, had been made a Freeman of the City in honour of his outstanding contribution to international youth football.
The Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Jim Kenyon on behalf of the Mayor of Vianen, presented Tony with his Freeman’s medal in a ceremony at the Town Hall attended by fellow members of Hereford Lions Club. Over the four decades 2,400 local lads have had the experience of playing against other European teams thanks to Lion Tony’s initiative all those years ago.


Mayor Jim Kenyon presents Tony Cole with his Freeman’s award.


Ten year old Christopher Gibbons loves fast cars but will never be able to drive one because he suffers from muscular dystrophy and relies on a wheelchair to get around. But his wish to go for a ride in two of the fastest cars in the world - a Lamborghini and a Ferrari -has just been granted by Hereford Lions Club.
Christopher lives with his parents Colin and Clare Gibbons and his brother Ben, 9, in Bartestree and last Christmas when the Lions Santa Sleigh arrived in the village he mentioned his passion for speed. One of Santa’s helpers, Lion John Edmunds decided the ideal present would be a visit to a racing circuit near Cowbridge in South Wales which boasts a collection of Top Gear style motors . Said dad Colin, a Hereford fireman: “Seeing his smiling face when he got out of the cars was priceless. We can’t thank the Lions Club enough for such a wonderful kind gesture”
Christopher ready for his spin in a Lamborghini