St John the Baptist Frome - Disability and autism access for Rainbow Church service
There is a cobbled courtyard in front of the main church entrance, accessible from the main road, under an archway, where parking spaces will be available. Please only use these if you are disabled. The ground is very uneven in parts. At the time of the audit there was a sign saying “car club”. If that sign is still there at the event, please ignore it. These spaces are for church parking.
Ground in disabled parking bay
Ground around disabled parking
Wrong sign in disabled parking area
You can drop off passengers at the church before finding parking in one of the two town car-parks within easy walking distance of the church.
Frome is very hilly and the church is halfway up the main street above the centre of the town. The area around the church is reasonably level, although the cobbles are very old and could be a hazard for some people.
How to enter the church – There are 3 front doors into the church. The left door has a gentle ramp for wheelchair access.. The main, central doorway has some stone ridges. Once inside, the main surface of the nave is a flagstone floor with no level changes, although the flagstones are worn smooth in places.
Main road access
Church entry points
Ramped Doorway (left)
There is a bumpy stone ledge at the main entrance. It is not very visible. It is followed by a piece of carpet and another bumpy ledge. The floor in the nave is flagstone, worn in parts. There is a large piece of carpet in the left side-aisle. It is stuck down with black tape.
Floor at main door into church
Floor in nave
Floor in right side aisle
Kitchen and seating area
In the left aisle there are tables and seating areas. This is where tea and coffee will be served
Serving area for drinks
The entry to the one large toilet is at the end of the left aisle. The door is signposted. You walk through a curtain and a first door. This takes you into a lobby space with red and black tiles. A set of steps is ahead of you. Do not use these steps. To your left there is a wooden door that leads into the toilet. The door is locked from the inside with a bolt. The bolt is at the top left of the door so children cannot lock themselves in. This can be a problem for wheelchair users who may need to ask someone to wait outside and tell other people that the toilet is occupied.
There are paper hand-towels and non-scented Carex antibacterial hand wash in the toilet.
Access to 1st door to toilet
Floor in lobby outside toilet
Toilet door with lock
On the left side of the nave there is a wide pew for wheelchair users
Wide pew with space for wheelchairs
There is no quiet room, but there is a quiet area at the back, right of the church with a children’s corner with seating.
Children’s corner with seating
Loop system covers the central nave of the church... limited effectiveness in side aisles and no effect in chancel.
Large print books
A large print version of the service and hymmns will be made available. Please ask if you will need this.
Braille hymn books
Any other comments
No auditory disturbances were noted at the time of audit.
There are 2 organs – a pipe organ to the left as you face the altar, which may make strange noises when being set up for playing; and a digital organ, usually used to accompany hymns.
No noisy hand driers in the wc.
Overall the church seems dimly, but adequately lit. There are ceiling spots high above the side aisles and good daylight coming from west and east through the centre of the church.
No noisy lighting or heating was observed.