Crocus bulbs that will bloom into purple flowers in the Spring are on sale at the Rotary shop in Crewkerne. The corms which are showing the first signs of sprouting will be available at the Rotary shop in Market Square until the last day of trading on Saturday January 13th or until stocks run out. One hundred crocus corms were potted for sale by the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne after thousands were planted in community areas across the town by the Inner Wheel and Rotary Club of Crewkerne. The community planting marked Rotary International’s worldwide campaign to End Polio Now.

Recent statistics show that out of 125 countries where Polio was endemic at the start of Rotary’s campaign 30 years ago, cases of wild polio were recorded only in two countries during 2017, namely Afghanistan and Pakistan. Crewkerne’s Rotary shop is no longer taking donations of unwanted goods but still has stock of previously donated items on sale which it needs to clear before closing.

The Rotary shop in the former HSBC bank premises was opened for the festive season on November 10th by the president of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne Peter Lawrence. Rotarians and Inner Wheel have taken it in turns to staff the shop, with the Inner Wheel ladies on Mondays, Rotary Club of Crewkerne on Tuesdays to Fridays and Rotary Club of Crewkerne District on Saturdays.

Volunteers are still happy to accept donations of unwanted ties, belts and metal ring pulls from drinks cans for the Purple Community Fund. The PCF charity was originally set up in the Philippines but now helps vulnerable people in the UK and internationally to re-cycle goods into sale-able items, in order to improve their skills and gain financial independence.

Sales figures at the Rotary Christmas shop in Market Square have been down on the takings recorded at other premises in the town, possibly due to less footfall in that particular area of Crewkerne. 100% from the proceeds of sales in the shop will be donated to local good causes and with only seven trading days left, Rotarians are hoping for an upsurge in customers visiting them.

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