We believe that everyone is made in the image of God and all are of infinite worth and equal value to Him.

It is vital that the church enables access and encourages full participation of all people, including those with disabilities.  We seek to improve our access provision in Alverstoke in fulfilment of our belief and vision.  If you find that access issues exclude you from our activities then please let us know as we’d be pleased to hear from you so that we can respond.

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It shouldn’t be hard to get in to church

Access at ST.MARY’S CHURCH

Outside St.Mary’s:

  • The Church is open during the day all week;
  • A designated parking bay is not available as the church is surrounded by public roads;
  • Ramp Access is available;
  • The best access to the Church is through the Lych Gate on Green Road, along the level path and past the main doors to the South porch door which is situated on the south side of the building.  The south side entry from Church Road has steps;
  • You may have difficulty accessing the building because the doors are large and heavy;
  • The usual access is through the double south porch door which opens inwards.

Inside St.Mary’s:

  • The light switches are situated in a wall cupboard under the tower;
  • Large print leaflets and hymnbooks are available for services from the Sidesmen;
  • Please advise the Sidesmen if you need help receiving Communion or a Blessing;
  • The Loop system should be switched on at all Services. If you still are unable to hear what is happening please ask a Sidesman for help;
  • If you need a gluten-free Communion note that the large priests wafer is gluten-free, simply ask them at the time of receiving communion;
  • There is not level access throughout the building, the front chancel area is only accessible via steps.  Please ask a Sidesman if you would like Communion to be brought to worshippers in their seats or chair;
  • The nearest Accessible toilet is situated in the South Porch by the entrance door;
  • St.Mary’s has fixed pews so Wheelchair users are welcome to place their chair in any space in which they feel comfortable, there is more room at the front of each side aisle with a good view of proceedings at the front.  We are considering how to make better space available for Wheelchairs;
  • If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing please note that we cannot provide a Signer or Lip Speaker for every Service. However, for a special Service, please ask if the diocesan Chaplain for Deaf People can help;
  • If you or a member of your family has a learning disability or special needs which makes access to our church or worship difficult please get in touch with the Rector to see if we can help.

Access at ST.FAITH’S CHURCH

Outside St.Faiths:

  • The Church is closed during the week and opens for designated services and hiring events;
  • One designated parking bay available on Tribe Road immediately outside the church;
  • Ramp Access is available;
  • The only access to the Church is through the gate on Tribe Road, a ramped path rises to the left towards the full ramp with hand rail approaching the porch door;
  • The usual access is through the double porch door which opens inwards.

Inside St.Faith’s:

  • The light switches are situated on the left wall in the entrance lobby;
  • Large print leaflets and hymnbooks are available for services from the Sidesmen;
  • Please advise the Sidesmen if you need help receiving Communion or a Blessing;
  • The Loop system should be switched on at all Services. If you still are unable to hear what is happening please ask a Sidesman for help;
  • If you need a gluten-free Communion note that the large priests wafer is gluten-free, simply ask them at the time of receiving communion;
  • There is level access throughout the inside of the building;
  • The nearest Accessible toilet is situated in the lobby by the entrance door;
  • There are no fixed pews so wheelchair users are welcome to ask a Sidesman to move some pew chairs to create a comfortable space for a wheelchair in the midst of the congregation;
  • If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing please note that we cannot provide a Signer or Lip Speaker for every Service. However, for a special Service, please ask if the diocesan Chaplain for Deaf People can help;
  • If you or a member of your family has a learning disability or special needs which makes access to our church or worship difficult please get in touch with the Rector to see if we can help.

Access at St.FRANCIS CHURCH

Outside St.Francis:

  • The Church is closed during the week and opens for designated services and hiring events;
  • A designated parking bay is not available. A bus stop is immediately outside the church entrance on Clayhall Road;
  • Ramp Access is available;
  • The only access to the Church is through the gate on Clayhall Road,  ramped access with a hand rail rises to the door;
  • The usual access is through the single door which opens inwards.

Inside St.Francis:

  • The light switches are situated on the wall opposite the entrance door;
  • Large print leaflets and hymnbooks are available for services from the Sidesmen;
  • Please advise the Sidesmen if you need help receiving Communion or a Blessing;
  • The church is small and a Loop system is not available. If you are unable to hear what is happening please ask a Sidesman for help;
  • If you need a gluten-free Communion note that the large priests wafer is gluten-free, simply ask them at the time of receiving communion;
  • There are standard toilets through the back room but there is no dedicated Accessible toilet on the premise;
  • There are no fixed pews so wheelchair users are welcome to ask a Sidesman to move some pew chairs to create a comfortable space for a wheelchair in the midst of the congregation;
  • If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing please note that we cannot provide a Signer or Lip Speaker for every Service. However, for a special Service, please ask if the diocesan Chaplain for Deaf People can help;
  • If you or a member of your family has a learning disability or special needs which makes access to our church or worship difficult please get in touch with the Rector to see if we can help.

Access at THE PARISH CENTRE

Outside The Parish Centre:

  • The Centre is open each morning for the Parish Office and then only open for designated hiring events;
  • There is a private car park with a gravel surface;
  • A designated parking bay is not available;
  • Ramp Access is available from the pavement on Green Road. There is a step from the gravel car park;
  • The usual access is through the main double door which opens inwards;

Inside The Parish Centre:

  • The light switches are situated on the walls, both on the right and left of the entrance lobby;
  • A Loop system is not available. There is no public address system in the Hall;
  • The nearest Accessible toilet is situated inside both the Ladies and Gents toilets off the entrance lobby.

Access at THE BRODRICK HALL

Outside The Brodrick Hall:

  • The Hall is closed and only open for designated hiring events;
  • There is a private field grass car park which may be unlocked and open for some events;
  • A designated parking bay is not available;
  • Ramp Access is not available, there is a step from pavement on Clayhall Road;
  • The usual access is through the main double door.

Inside The Brodrick Hall:

  • A Loop system is not available. There is no public address system in the Hall;
  • There are standard toilets accessed in the front corners from within the Hall, but there is no dedicated Accessible toilet on the premise.

Help us improve access

For any matters relating to access and disability in our churches and at worship, or if you would like to see further information on this page, please contact the Rector who would be please to talk to you. The Rector would also be pleased to hear from you if you have questions or can better guide us with regard to access to our publications and this website – thank you. For matters relating to access and disability in our two church halls then please contact the Parish Office Administrator.

Thank you for your help.

The Diocese of Portsmouth has also published further information about accessibility.