Access Statement

INTRODUCTION

St.Oswald’s Church in recognition of its significance is a Grade 1 listed building. This means that there are limitations as to what alterations can be carried out to the structure.  A church has been on this site since at least 1269 and despite the alterations over the centuries naturally therefore, has limits in its facilities for disabled people; this access statement is aimed at helping you to know what to expect if attending a service or visiting the building.

CAR PARKING

There is a limited area of hard standing parking by the Lych Gate. It is recommended that wheelchair users if possible park here to avoid traversing over the cobbles to the Lych Gate.

There is also limited parking adjacent to the school, but please note this is usually busy during school hours. There is additional parking beyond the school building.

ACCESS

To reach the church the most accessible path is the one straight from the Lych Gate this has a gentle slope down to the Church Tower. There is a small step into the tower then a ramped entrance into the church. There is a small step at the entrance of the South porch then further steps into the church

INSIDE THE CHURCH

The nave of the church has box pews, which are listed and so currently cannot be adapted for wheelchair users. So it is difficult to accommodate wheelchairs.

There is one step into the chancel (altar) area of the church and there are also steps up to the Shackerley Chapel. These steps can sometimes be difficult to see when returning to the seating area.

As the church is Grade 1 listed it is not possible to put edge-markings on the steps. Therefore People who may have difficulties in seeing the edges of the steps may find an escort to be useful.

The church is fitted with an induction-loop system for the benefit of hearing-aid users. The public address system is used at all services. Large print hymnbooks, and service booklets, are available

At various times during a service the Vicar may invite the congregation to stand; you are most welcome to remain seated if this is more comfortable for you.

It is our practice for the bread and wine of Holy Communion to be taken to anyone who might find difficulty in climbing the chancel steps. Please inform a Church Warden or Side person if you would find this helpful.

Coffee is normally served in the Shackerley Chapel following the 11.0am Sunday morning service.

You will be most welcome to stay for a while after the service to continue the fellowship and take the opportunity to meet other members of congregation.

Again, if required, members of the church will be pleased to assist in obtaining coffee for you.

Plans are in hand to provide a small building containing a fully accessible facility including a baby change unit and store.

October 2014