Crocus giveaway to combat world polio

Students from NOA and Rotarians planting 5000 corms at Spiceball Park NNL-161015-175242001
Students from NOA and Rotarians planting 5000 corms at Spiceball Park NNL-161015-175242001
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To mark world polio day the Rotary Club of Banbury will be offering free crocus bulbs to the public at Banbury Market.

The Purple4Polio initiative aims to brighten up public spaces across Banbury and so far the Rotary Club, working with the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom, have given out thousands of the bulbs to schools and community groups.

The Rotary Club will have a market stall on Saturday, October 22 where, for a small donation, crocus bulbs can be obtained.

Also attending on the day will be Rotarian John Webb with his street organ and St Mary’s church bell ringers will support the event with a quarter peal starting at 11am.

Owen Kyffin, president of the Rotary Club of Banbury, said: “Many Rotary Club members from across the world have seen at first-hand the devastating effect polio can have to individuals and communities through visits to India for National Immunisation Days, and that makes this milestone ever the more poignant.

“This has been the goal for 30 years and we’re determined to make this a reality.”

Banbury Rotary Club is also looking for a sponsor to take over from Sanctuary Housing, who have supported the crocus planting and concerts for the past three years.

For more info contact Fred Riches on 07887 834267.