Accessibility improvements planned for Brundall church
Refurbishment is planned at St Laurence Church, Brundall in order to create a more welcoming and easily accessible environment inside.
Brundall Church is part of the Yare Valley Churches group, who are committed to being ‘a place for everyone’, and the village churches of Braydeston, Brundall and Postwick have been responding to the changing needs of the community for nearly 800 years.
“The time has now come to make further changes within one of the much-admired buildings which will better reflect its commendable core vision” said Paul Smith from Yare Valley Churches.
The proposed changes will provide more space for the church’s community café, as well as additional toilet facilities and create a more welcoming environment.
The Revd Peter Leech, Rector of the Yare Valley Churches says:
“The time is now right to prepare for the future within the enduring walls of the cherished ancient building. The present internal layout is inflexible, the two aisles are narrow, and the sight-lines are restricted. We need to create a more accessible and flexible environment, particularly for the less mobile whether in a wheelchair or baby buggy.” See photo, above.
The need for change reflects the successful establishment of the Community Café which is open throughout the week and provides a space where people can come and relax, enjoy company, read the papers with a cup of tea/coffee and homemade cakes. Lunches are served on a Thursday and early in 2019 this will be extended to Mondays and Tuesdays as well.
But the cafes provide more than good refreshments at realisable prices. They provide what is seen as a lifeline to some in the community. “This place is so lovely,” commented one regular customer, “and it’s always so friendly. Some weeks, coming to the cafe is the first conversation I have.”
Additional toilet facilities are planned, and an atrium link will provide space for people to relax and converse. The atrium will join-up with the existing St Laurence Centre which is a meeting room with facilities for serving refreshments. The different spaces will make use of new technologies so that a feeling of inclusiveness will be experienced when unusually large numbers are present within the separate but linked areas.
The main picture, top, is courtesy of Simon Knott at http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk
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