Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Last week I called in to meet with the volunteers at the Olive Branch in Lancaster.

This organisation is a Christian Charity that is active in engaging with the socially disadvantaged in and around Lancaster by offering help, advice, a friendly face and hospitality.

I am grateful for the work they do in providing a life line for many people who have slipped between the 

If you would like to know more about the work of this group or would like to help or donate you can find them at

At the same time I had a number of meetings regarding the County Council’s planned bus service cuts which will be opposed by the Conservative group and the one Green County Councillor.

No idea yet where Independents, Liberals and Labour will vote but given the number of objections (and today January 17 is the last day to get them in by emailing and the alternatives that are available in terms of funding, let’s hope common sense prevails.

Finally the Care Quality Commission are holding a series of ‘listening events’ in their run up to the inspection of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust of which the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is part of.

This is an opportunity to have your views and experiences of our local hospital heard.

If you would like to attend the this event it will be taking place on Tuesday, February 4 from 6.30pm at 
The Private Dining Room, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW.

For further information on the work of the CQC please visit