Crocus concerts to raise extra funds

Schools in Banbury taking part in the second Crocus Concert in St Mary's Church NNL-140324-095301001
Schools in Banbury taking part in the second Crocus Concert in St Mary's Church NNL-140324-095301001

Last October, schools in Banbury and the surrounding area planted thousands of purple ‘Ruby Giant’ crocuses to raise awareness of the Rotary Club’s End Polio Now campaign.

Nine secondary schools planted 500 bulbs on each school site while music teachers from each school worked with students to perform fundraising crocus concerts at St Mary’s Church.

As well as the schools, crocuses were also planted in Princess Diana Park, Bridge Street Park, at Sanctuary Housing’s Retirement Living Schemes and in St Mary’s Churchyard.

Around £5,000 was raised, £1 per bulb planted, which was sent to Rotary International. This amount was trebled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was set up to help people in developing countries lead healthy, productive lives.

Last year’s project was so successful, the concerts will be returning this year.

Two crocus concerts will be held in St Mary’s Church, in Horsefair, on March 5 and 10, starting at 7.15pm.

The March 5 concert will feature performances from Banbury Academy, Chenderit School, Frank Wise School and Sibford School, while performing at the March 10 concert will be Bloxham School, North Oxfordshire Academy, Tudor Hall and The Warriner School.

Each concert will end with a massed choir finale.

Rotarian Fred Riches said: “We hope the residents of Banbury will come along and see what talent the local schools have.”

Tickets for the concerts are £5 and are available from participating schools and Fashion Fabrics, in Parsons Street, Banbury.

There will also be a collection at the concerts.

It is hoped all the crocuses planted as part of the campaign will be in bloom at the time of the concerts.