Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Last week I had a great time having lunch at Scorton Church of England Primary School.

Following changes to school meals where every child in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free hot-school meal, some of our small rural schools have found this problematic as they didn’t have the facilities.

However, Scorton School have come up with a novel solution and are having their school meals brought in from the Barn in Scorton – which I can now say is not only a great idea but also a rather tasty one too.

The next issue is to try and get support for an extension to the school so there can be a specific area for these dinners rather than having them disrupt a classroom every day.

On Saturday I called in to Lancaster University’s Community Activity Day which is part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The day really did have something for everyone with face painting, martial arts exhibitions, making your own instruments and trips up Bowland Tower and what with the great weather it did seem to be drawing in the crowds, many of them I suspect being ex staff and students checking up on the place.

Finally I called in to Dolphinholme’s Annual Village Show, which I think is the last in my area before next year.

As usual there was an excellent range of exhibits and I was particularly impressed with the sheer amount and quality of entries from local children.

From drawings to homemade cakes through to a loom band crocodile, this really was an impressive show.

However, I can’t finish this week’s column without mentioning the winning entry of the cucumber class – a lemon cucumber which is something I’ve never seen before but it certainly did look good enough to eat and the judges obviously thought so too as they had commented that it was an entry worthy of the Royal Horticultural Show.

It also happened to be the chairman of the show’s entry, Mr John Entwhistle.

My thanks to all the volunteers who made it such a success this year