Wolverhampton Rotary Clubs Crocus Planting in Aid of Polio Eradication

Rotarians from all the Wolverhampton clubs set to with a will to plant crocus bulbs in aid of polio eradication . they were joined by the Friends of Bantock Park and children from Penn Fields Special and Merridale Primary Schools.

Leading the planting teams were The Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Elias and Mrs. Asha Mattu.

All the local Rotary clubs mounted this joint effort to raise public awareness and gather donations in support of Rotary International’s 30 year campaign, which is nearing a successful conclusion, to rid the world of the scourge of polio.In 1985, the campaign was launched. At that time, there were over 1000 new cases somewhere in the world every day, leaving children paralysed and having to spend their lives in iron lungs, because one of the many tragic effects of contracting the disease was to leave them unable to breathe unaided. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than £1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries to fight the disease. In 2017, as of December 2017 there has only been a total of 15 new cases, these occurring in Pakistan and Afghanistan and one in Nigeria, which was was quickly prevented from spreading by an extensive immunisation effort.

Rotary’s efforts are supplemented by generous financial support at a rate of 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and by working in partnership with the World Health Organisation..

With the aid of local schools, voluntary support groups and the City of Wolverhampton Parks Service, 50,000 purple crocus were planted in 5 public spaces around the city. These were:

Tettenhall Upper Green, West Park, Bantock Park, Wednesfield Community Centre and the Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Bilston.

The purple crocus is the worldwide symbol of the mass immunisation programme whereby children have a purple dye painted onto their small finger nail to show they have received the vaccine. The dye enables the Rotarians and the World Health Organisation nurses to ensure that no child has been missed in the ensuing days before the dye fades.

When the crocus emerge in spring, they will be a lasting reminder of the part Wolverhampton has played in this vital effort.

In a separate initiative, the clubs were kindly given permission by Kelly Jeffs, the Manager of Lighthouse Cinema to collect donations from filmgoers attending each showing of the film ‘Breathe,’ a highly acclaimed film telling the true story of Robin Cavendish. He was unable to move from the neck down after contracting polio at the age of 28, and became a worldwide leading advocate for the disabled.


When the last incidence of polio has occurred, there will need to be 3 years of funded surveillance to ensure that no new cases have arisen, and then the day will have come when this dreadful disease will be banished forever.


The Rotary Clubs involved were Wolverhampton, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton St. Georges, Wednesfield, Willenhall and Bilston and Wolverhampton West.


Rotary is the worlds largest voluntary service organisation, open to men and women of all ages. For further details visit www,rotary gbi.org, where enquirers can be directed to any local club..

The Forming of a New Satellite Club?

A group of members from the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton invited a number of individuals to an informal breakfast meeting to look at the possibility of forming a Satellite Rotary Club Satellite clubs carry forward the great work done by Rotary in support of needy communities at home and abroad – similar to Rotary,  but on a very informal basis. The clubs meet less often than traditional Rotary clubs and in a very easy style, at around monthly intervals, and usually in such venues as a coffee bar or similar.


The satellite club has the advantage and benefits of being part of Rotary International but has its own agenda and works as an independent group.  

An initial interest meeting was held on 3rd. November at the Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre which was established by the Rotary club of Wolverhampton in 1986.  There were around 20 enthusiastic people in attendance and the opportunity was taken for them to network by explaining their background and getting to know each other. There was considerable support for the formation of a satellite club and a second meeting has been arranged.


Satellite clubs are open to men and women and any interested person will be welcome to attend.


Please contact edwardbolland@aol.com and Peter Williams at admin@mscentre.co.uk if you would like to come along.

The second meeting will be at 7.30am on Wednesday, 13th December 2017 at the Wolverhampton MS Centre, Meadow View Wharf, Tettenhall Road, WV6 0JT.




Remembering George Sidebotham- Cosford Open Week

Michael Beetham Conservation Centre,  RAF Museum Cosford.

Open Week  –  Monday 13th to Saturday 18th November  –  10.15 am to 1.00pm

Every November, The Club has a stand at the above popular event, alongside Bomber Command Historian Rob Davies.   Copies of “A Life Of Service”  and  the DVD of Past President and District Governor,  George Sidebotham’s  talk on his wartime experiences    in Bomber Command,    are sold and the proceeds are used towards the Clubs support of The Apprentice Scheme at The Centre.

Click the link below.

Apprentice Programme

Each Spring The Apprentices give a presentation at a club evening meeting,    before the annual winner of the Apprentice of The Year,  receives The George Sidebotham Award , given in recognition of Georges service to Rotary, The Local Community and his Country.      Copies of both the book (£11) and DVD (£ 5.50) are available post free from Rotarian Peter Wright (phone 01902/762581 email peterhwright@hotmail.co.uk)

Why Rotary Clubs Are Planting Crocus Bulbs

Wolverhampton Rotary Clubs Crocus Planting in Aid of Polio Eradication

Fifty thousand purple crocuses will be planted across Wolverhampton during week commencing Monday, 6th November as part of the Rotary campaign to eradicate polio from the world.

The five Rotary clubs in Wolverhampton have each purchased 10,000 purple crocus corms to be planted during early November in green spaces throughout the city.

Members of the public are invited to come along to help local primary schools, Rotary and Wolverhampton City Council “dig in” the corms at the following venues between 10am and 12 noon at the following sites:

Monday, 6 November 2017; Tettenhall Upper Green, opposite the Post Office.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017; West Park, adjacent to the café and bandstand.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017; Bantock Park, by the bull sculpture, when the Mayor will be present.

Thursday, 9 November 2017; Wednesfield, next to the Community Centre and library.

Friday, 10 November 2017; Bilston, at the Bert Williams leisure centre.

In 1985, Rotary launched its worldwide PolioPlus program. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than £1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries against polio. Today, the disease is present in only three countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, with 37 polio cases in 2016, and just 10 so far this year; a massive reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. The programme is still ongoing and needs to run for three years after the last reported case.

The purple crocus is the worldwide symbol of the mass immunisation programme whereby children have a purple stamp on their hand to show they have received protection against polio. When the crocuses emerge every spring it will be a reminder of the part Wolverhampton has played in this project.

The sponsoring Rotary Clubs are Bilston and Wolverhampton West, Tettenhall, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, and Wolverhampton St. George’s.

Rotary is a diverse service club which is open for membership to all.

Please click the link here to see the full leaflet.

Crocus leaflet

The Tree of Remembrance 2017.


Please take part in the TREE OF REMEMBRANCE an initiative set up by members of the ROTARY CLUB OF WOLVERHAMPTON. You can see all the details by clicking the link on the menu – TREE of REMEMBRANCE

The form there is ready for printing and when completed can be posted to the address shown, or delivered to the following:Millers the Jewellers in Cleveland Street, WOLVERHAMPTON,  PETER POSH FORMAL HIRE in High Street, TETTENHALL or by the Tree which will be in place from Mid-November. Extra packs are also available at these loctaions.

The package has a Christmas card which explains that by donating a minimum of £5 per person to be remembered you can have a message included and the details will be listed around the Tree in the MANDER CENTRE, printed in the EXPRESS & STAR and listed on the THE ROTARY CLUB website.

The information will list the local Charities who will benefit from the donation you make. You will find a Free Post envelope for posting your application or you can deliver it by hand to either MILLERS, PETER POSH or post it in the Yellow Box by the Tree when it is in place.

Can we wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas.


Rotary Theatre Night- coming soon….

Tettenhall Amateur Players, in conjunction with The Goldthorn Theatre Company presents a special performance for Rotarians, partners and friends, of the comedy play ‘Relative Values’ by Noel Coward, on Thursday, November 23rd at St. Peter’s Collegiate Theatre, Compton, Wolverhampton. 

There will be an excellent post show buffet with wine and soft drinks to enjoy. 

The play is full of great comedy lines from ‘The Master, with an intriguing and surprising storyline, being presented by a cast of supremely talented actors.

To order tickets- please click the link here for the order form and contact details.

Richard Green

Wolverhampton Rotaract Coming Soon.

Wolverhampton Rotaract on the way back.

By Richard Green

Our 100th potential Rotoractor!

In a joint venture involving 4 of the 5 Wolverhampton Rotary Clubs, we spent 3 days at the Wolverhampton and Walsall campus’ of the university, talking to new and returning students about our plans to re-start the Wolverhampton Rotaract club.

This is Rotary International’s great club for 18 – 30 year old men and women. There are 190,000 Rotaractors in over 7000 clubs worldwide, giving the opportunity for young people to enjoy fun and fellowship, and getting involved in Rotary service projects at the same time.

The results during freshers week look encouraging. Nearly 200 students expressed some interest and the next step will be to arrange an interest meeting to see if we can carry the initiative forward.

It follows the highly successful launch of a Rotaract club at Keele university last year and we were encouraged by the fact that some of the students we spoke to had already been Interactors at their secondary schools both in the UK and abroad.

Richard Green.