Rotarians in bid to get Banbury blooming

Rotarians surrounded by 50,000 crocus bulbs: Front row left to right Harry Matthews, mayor Gordon Ross, Fred Riches; back row left to right John Bennett, Liz Yardley and Maurice Humphris.
Rotarians surrounded by 50,000 crocus bulbs: Front row left to right Harry Matthews, mayor Gordon Ross, Fred Riches; back row left to right John Bennett, Liz Yardley and Maurice Humphris.
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Green-fingered schoolchildren from across the Banburyshire area will help plant thousands of crocus bulbs as part of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

The campaign,called Purple4Polio was launched by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland to encourage everyone to join together in the final push to eradicate polio worldwide.

All eight local secondary schools have 1,000 crocus blooms already on show each spring and 500 more will be added on each site this autumn. The 28 Banbury area primary schools will also participate in the ‘Children Singing for Children’ concerts between November 7 and 10 at St Mary’s Church.

Each primary school has been offered 250 crocus bulbs to plant this autumn.

Banbury Rotarians will also have a market stall set up on October 22 to coincide with World Polio Day on October 24.

The scheme is being supported by Banbury Town Council and Cherwell District Council and a previous scheme helped immunise almost 100,000 children.

Owen Kyffin, president of The Rotary Club of Banbury, said: “As a club we have worked tirelessly to ensure that polio is eradicated for good, and with fewer cases being reported we believe we can end this deadly disease forever.”