Columnist: MP Eric Ollerenshaw

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Last week it was back to the new Ellel Village Hall in Galgate for its official opening by the Mayor.

This new hall has taken many years of hard work by the small band of Trustees to secure the money for this fantastic new building.

The project, which I believe started some 10 years ago, has been backed by the National Lottery, Community Futures, Lancashire Environmental Fund and the Parish Council – and not to forget the local Galgate community.

I am sure that everyone will agree this great new building will be an asset to everyone locally.

My particular thanks to Helen Helme and Peter Mayne who never stopped believing this project could be completed.

If you want to book its facilities please contact through Steph Hoggarth on

I also attended Lancaster University Debating Union, who were holding one of their public debates on 
the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.

The room was packed with more than 180 in the mainly student audience.

It was certainly a lively debate, ably chaired by Luke Parchment, the union’s president.

The majority vote in the end was to defeat the motion that: “This House regrets the legacy of Margaret Thatcher”. What great students we have at Lancaster University!

Finally, as of this week, local charities and community groups can receive double donations thanks to the Grow Your Tenner campaign, a £500,000 Match Fund on

The Office for Civil 
Society has made the money available to support small charities and groups working in local communities – so if that’s you or you’d like to support a local charity, please visit to find out how you can possibly have a share in the pot.

Eric Ollerenshaw was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood on May 6 2010.

Born and bred in Lancashire, Eric lives in Lancaster. A former history teacher, he taught in several Comprehensive schools.