CITY of Hereford Rotary Club's new year is well under way with the usual array of interesting guests and events planned.

This year's president is Katie Farmer, taking over from Rob Soutar whose presidential year ended with an enjoyable theatrical evening where some members displayed some unexpected thespian talents.

Katie will be assisted by senior vice-president Nick Tecza with Kevin Basden as junior vice president.

Paul Morris will be continuing as secretary with John Tallis resuming the reins as treasurer.

Although some long-standing members have decided to step up to be honorary members, numbers have been boosted by Anne Ellis' decision to step up from associate membership to full membership, with Steve Chandler also joining as an associate member.

Fundraising is also in full swing with Heather Gorringe and San Montague enjoying a huge adrenaline buzz and raising more than £1,000 for the food bank with a zip wire experience.

As part of the regular evening events, Herefordshire Councillor Peter Jinman gave an interesting talk on his life and career as a veterinary surgeon in the county and beyond.

Unfortunately, the weather intervened for a second time to prevent the annual putting competition from taking place, although members still enjoyed their social evening at Herefordshire Golf Club.