Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Last week I was delighted to visit Lancaster Girls Grammar School and give out prizes to the runners up in the Lights, Camera Parliament Competition.

Given four pupils from the school had been down to London last month as winners, to have over 12 others as runner ups and highly commended in this national competition reinforces the well deserved high reputation of the school and its teachers.

I also paid an enjoyable visit to Wray last Friday for the ‘Parade of the Giant Scarecrows’ – which I personally feel is one of the highlights of this week-long annual event.

The incredible amount of work that goes into organising this festival, together with the efforts and imagination of everyone who shows a scarecrow never ceases to amaze me.

On Saturday it was great to attend the parade and crowning of the Rose Queen in Scorton as part of their annual ‘Bikes and Barrows’ festival.

Another demonstration of the strength of our local village communities and the commitment of volunteers to keep this alive.

With weather as it is we may not be thinking about heating our homes, however I thought that I would mention that the British Gas Warm Home Discount is now open to new applicants.

This Government scheme offers help with energy bills to customers who are in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee, however British Gas have broadened the criteria and you may now qualify if you are on a means tested benefit or on a low income (below £16,010) and have a household member who needs extra help.

Call 0800 0728625 or 0800 294 8604 for more information.

Finally, this Sunday is National Children’s Day and the National Children’s Day organisation, together with the Save Childhood Movement, Project Wild Thing and Wild Network are encouraging children to “Swap Screen Time for Green Time” by getting outside and committing to doing an activity.

If you would like further details or some great suggestions on free outdoor activities please visit