Local author and historian Stuart Williams took this stunning photograph of the budding crocuses near All Saints Church. These were planted by our club as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of Rotary’s efforts internationally to eradicate Polio. They are usually in flower by February 23, the anniversary of Rotary’s formation in 1905.

In recent years we have planted a number of purple crocuses around the town. It’s part of a national Rotary campaign to raise awareness of our international fight to rid the world of Polio.

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The amount of polio-endemic countries has dropped from 125 to just three, with over 2.5 billion children receiving vaccinations thanks to the help of Rotary.

With eradication now closer than ever, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s latest campaign, Purple4Polio, is designed to unite communities to engage in activities as part of the final push to eradicate polio for good. There’s every possibility we can source more bulbs for planting this Autumn, so if you’re part of a group who’d like some to plant in a public area do let us know.

February 23 is World Rotary Day, the anniversary of when Rotary was formed in Chicago in 1905, so it’s fitting that the bulbs are often in flower by now. This year, the cold weather means they’re not quite there, but as this fantastic picture shows, they’re close. Close, like we are to ending Polio once and for all.

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Our earliest bulbs planted as part of this scheme were around the bases of the trees at All Saints Church, with the most recent ones in the Promenade Gardens.

This stunning photograph was taken by local author and historian Stuart Williams, and it shows the crocuses coming into flower around the trees with the beautiful church in the background.