Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Last week I managed to get along to the monthly meeting of the Last Thursday Club which is a business club for entrepreneurs, business, and property professionals.

This newly formed networking club was full of a cross section of our local business community and certainly an effective means to keep in touch, raise issues and generate contacts.

Something I feel worth mentioning is that those I managed to talk to were certainly noticing the developing upturn in our local economic prospects.

I also met with a local organiser of Alcohols Anonymous to discuss provision and also the working relationship of this long established voluntary organisation with the NHS and other medical services.

As was rightly pointed out to me it is sometimes the case where an ambulance is called to an incident that this will be ‘drink’ related and surely there could be a more ‘joined’ up system if agencies such as AA were involved, if needed.

This is something I have agreed to explore further and of course will keep you updated.

If you would like to know more about the work of AA you can find them at

In a different vain it was good to get along to the Auction Mart on Friday to meet local farmers and watch the action as such. A very busy market in cows and heifers which draws in farmers from a wide area – something which can only be good for our City.

Finally it was great to be invited to the opening of the Study Room on Church Street (formally the Nags Head) which Punch Taverns have recently refurbished. Another new venue increasing choice and jobs in town and I wish the new team well.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help. I represent everyone that lives in Lancaster regardless of how or whether you vote.

Email me at, phone 0207 219 7096 or 01995 672975, or write to House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or 59 High Street, Great Eccleston, Lancs, PR3 0YB. My website is