Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Chedzoy

Access to the Church for People with Disabilities

We have done our best to make the church as inclusive as possible for people with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any concerns and we’ll do our best to help.

Wheelchair Users

There is a short cobbled pathway leading from the parking spaces in front of the church to the churchyard gates. Due to the historic nature of the church and its surroundings, this cannot be altered. However, experience suggests that a person in a motorized wheelchair or buggy can cross this area, also a person in a wheelchair who is being pushed by a strong carer. It would be very difficult for an unaccompanied person in a manually-propelled wheelchair. If you think this will be a problem for you, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to help.

The entrance to the church porch is guarded by a mesh screen to stop birds entering. It’s very light and can be easily pushed out of the way. To leave the church, unaccompanied wheelchair users will need to use the handle on the lower wooden strut, in conjunction with the hook provided.

There are steps down into the church. Please contact us in advance so we can ensure access ramps are fitted for your visit. Of necessity, the ramps are steep and care will be needed.

Parking at the Church

Immediately to the left of the churchyard entrance there’s a parking space for two cars (marked “Church Parking”). Please don’t park to the right of the churchyard entrance as this space belongs to an adjoining cottage. You may find it useful to let us know of your visit in advance so that we can ensure a parking space is available for you.

When there’s a wedding or funeral at the church the car park is usually closed to allow the wedding car or hearse to park easily but if you have any special requirements, for example a disabled parking space or drop-off point, do get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Seating

Our church has ancient wooden pews, with a high step up to gain access. If you’re visiting us to attend a service, please let us know and we can provide alternative seating.

Facilities for Hard of Hearing

All of our services use a public address system and a hearing loop.

Printed Material

We have large print versions of our hymn books and services. Please ask for these if you would find it easier. Large print versions of our Visitor’s Guide are also available at the church.

…And Finally!

We hope this information will be useful when planning your visit, but if you have any concerns please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.