My Week - Eric Ollerenshaw MP

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP
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Last week I managed to get Monday off from the House and attended the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Abbeyfield which was held in the Mayor’s Parlour at Lancaster City Council.

Abbeyfield is a long established charity that operates care homes in the local area and is renowned for the quality of care it offers.

Having previously visited both of their care homes in Lancaster, I do know the genuine feel of a supportive community that is generated there amongst trustees, staff and residents – here’s to another 50 years!

On the subject of Trustees I am supporting this year’s national Trustee’s Week, and I would like to thank all the local charity trustees for their dedicated work. National Trustee Week hopes to highlight the benefits of becoming a charity trustee and is aimed at raising awareness of how people can become trustees themselves.

I would encourage more people to consider becoming a trustee.

Being a charity trustee is a great way of learning new skills, meeting new people and gaining valuable experience while putting something back into our local area. And I am sure existing long serving trustees would welcome with open arms new offers of help.

Trustees’ Week runs between 5-11 November 2012. To learn more about trusteeship, visit

In Parliament I managed to intervene in the Adjournment Debate, called by my colleague Mark Menzies, Member of Parliament for Fylde, on regulations covering potential future Fracking. I raised again, the concerns of constituents in the hills round our area who take water through their own bore holes and their fears in regards to contamination and the water table.

I also managed to meet with Northern Rail and National Express – both potential bidders for the trans-Pennine rail franchise.

Obviously this is on hold at the moment following the West Coast Mainline debacle – but at some stage will be back on the Agenda and I am clearly keen to ensure more frequent and less crowded services for our area.

Finally I met with a local Lancaster resident who has recently been the victim of Architectural stone theft. An issue I will be following up in Parliament. If you have experienced a similar crime please let me know. 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.

E-mail: Phone: 0207 219 7096 or 01995 672975.

Write: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or 59 High Street, Great Eccleston, Lancs, PR3 0YB.