Church gets long awaited £20k upgrade for disabled worshippers

Church gets long awaited £20k upgrade for disabled worshippers

Church Warden Richard Powell shows off the new entrance

How the entrance used to look

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DISABLED worshippers can now make their way into church with ease thanks to a long-awaited access route at a Marlow landmark.

All Saints Church on the Causeway has unveiled a new disabled-friendly entrance path which does away with the stone steps that have stood at the front of the building since it was rebuilt in 1837.

And after over 20 years of looking for a solution, church leaders are celebrating the completion of the £20,000 work to raise the access path to the parish church.

Church Warden Richard Powell said: "A feature of the new building is that it was built up to prevent further flooding resulting in the main access being up a flight of stone steps. This has made access into the building for the less able and disabled challenging.

"For over 20 years the Church has been looking at ways of improving the situation and it has been a cause of great concern that a solution has not been identified and implemented sooner.

"Part of the vision for the Church is to be welcoming and this is a huge step forward in making this a reality from an access perspective."

The work, which has raised the level of the access path to make getting in and out of the church easier for the disabled, took around three weeks to complete.

It was paid for using funds from last year’s flower festival and underwritten by the Friends of All Saints, with the scheme conceived by Marlow architect Bowen Evans and constructed by J&J Construction.

All Saints Church was rebuilt in 1837, replacing an earlier building that had been prone to flooding.

Along with the adjacent Marlow Bridge, the church on the Causeway has become an integral part of Marlow’s riverside setting, popular with tourists and sightseers.

Headed by Rector Dave Bull, All Saints is the part of the team ministry that serves some 20,000 in the parish, including Little Marlow, Bisham and Marlow Bottom.

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8:35am Thu 29 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Excellent! - I remember seeing the poor lady in the wheelchair that fell out and had to wait hours for an ambulance to see to her.
Excellent! - I remember seeing the poor lady in the wheelchair that fell out and had to wait hours for an ambulance to see to her. Darren Hayday
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9:15am Thu 29 May 14

jxr says...

Bringing the church into the 21st Century. Well, maybe not quite.
Bringing the church into the 21st Century. Well, maybe not quite. jxr
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