Friday, 3 May 2013

Project to improve access to Holy Trinity Church initiated

I attended an event at Tony Roe Solicitors last night to start a project to improve access to Holy Trinity Church, Theale. People attending services and events at the church currently have to climb seven steps into the porch and then a further three steps into the main body of the church. This makes life very difficult for people with movement difficulties and parents with pushchairs or prams.

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The problem was brought home at a recent funeral where about a dozen of the mourners used walking aids.

The project was kicked off by the family of Kathy Watson, who died recently, who asked friends and family to donate money in her memory to start the new access fund.

The church is Grade 1 listed because of its architectural importance. Any modifications to the church therefore need the approval of English Heritage.

One of the architects at the Theale branch of the firm Broadway Malyan is giving his services free. He presented several possible ways to provide ways of getting into the church without having to climb steps. Some of these would have little or no visual impact on the church.


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