Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw.
Eric Ollerenshaw.

Last week in the run up to Christmas it was great to once again attend the Nine Lessons and Carols at the Priory.

This event is something that I have managed to attend every year since being elected and it is certainly one of the highlights in my calendar with such a great choir and atmosphere which always says to me that Christmas has 

Still in the festive spirit I was delighted to be invited to support St John’s Hospice in their fundraising efforts as well as a few local shoppers (although I’m not sure if I was that helpful to the shoppers.)

As many of you will know St John’s raises much needed funds in various different ways and as part of this they chose this year to help busy shoppers in Marks and Spencers in Lancaster with packing their shopping and inviting them to give a modest donation at the same time.

I would like to thanks all the Staff and Volunteers at St John’s for not only all their hard work throughout the year in raising funds but for also the incredible work they do in providing a much needed service.

I am also pleased the Chancellor has recognised the work also by announcing that their VAT will now be refunded in future.

If you would like more information about St John’s or would like to make a donation all the details can be found on their website

As it is Christmas, I have been asked to remind people who have a pre-pay Gas or Electric meeting that they can top these up at a paypoint which many local shops provide, many that will be open on Christmas Day.

If you do find yourself in a bit of a bind over the holiday period and that your local paypoint shop is closed you will be able to find one near to you by visiting

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and hope that ‘Santa’ brings you all that you have wished for.