30 August 2008

Royal Hospital for Neuro Disablity's in Putney

On the left is the hospitals logo.

This is a photo of The Royal Hospital for Neuro Disabliltys in Putney, yes I know it is not like Hampton Court but it is very accessible,many because of it being a hospital but it is not run by the NHS it is a charity and all the staff a very nice even the cleaners.

I am putting the hospital on my site because here is where I started my website so to thank them I am putting the hospital on the site.

I go for physiothearpy on Wednesday and also computers where I started my site. The food is very good here as well.

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29 August 2008

Blagdon Farm

I have stayed in a self-catering cottage that was stated to have five stars. It said it had a licensed bar games room and Lake Side walks all wheelchair accessible and a hydrotherapy pool…

But that was not quite true.
The cottage was ok but just ok; the owners were unfriendly the first time we met them. Also we went for a meal in the bar but they said, “we ran out of food” and said “if you wait an hour we will serve you”. So Lydia and I went back to the cottage to eat.

I went to the hydrotherapy pool, which was nice but small it had a step in the middle just before the deep end.

Also they had an over head hoist that was out of order all week because they could not be bothered to get a new battery.

The Games room was pathetic. They had two antique game machines that you had to pay for! One was not working, then they had a battered table tennis table and a few board games and a lot of cobwebs- they did not clean very much.
The only disabled toilet the lock was broken and they had put the light switch out of reach of any one in a wheelchair (half way up the wall.)

The “accessible lake side walk” was very dangerous because they had no barrier round the lake what so ever and they had no pathway. It was all on grass, not very stable for scooters, wheelchairs or people with walking problems.
The name of this place was Blagdon Farm oh yes Farm there were meant to be animals but I never saw any.

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28 August 2008

SIT STOP Project

When you go shopping everyone needs a seat a some point,well SIT STOP is a scheme that is trying to get shops cafes pubs to provided a seat to everyone and I came up with this idea because I got fed up of being in a shop i.e. Post Office and I needed a seat but they had not got one.

So I and a small group of us have made progress and have got Starbucks Waitrose etc to provide a seat for anyone to use.

To find out more please visit our website at http://www.sitstop.co.uk/

This is the logo of SIT STOP.
Please contact us via the website if you want to know more.

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We Need Your Help!
we need volunteers to help hand out SIT STOP stickers, if you want to volunteer and help us please see the website www.sitstop.co.uk/contact-us/2.html?Itemid=3

Brasserie Chez Gérard

Welcome to Brasserie Chez Gérard is a French style restaurant that serves food like Baked petit Camembert, penne pasta or savoury pancakes with spinach and mushrooms.

This is a chain of restaurants I go to the one in Teddington. The restaurant has square tables in dark wood with either dark wood seats with a hole in the back or white rattan seats (quite low), those you can move freely.

They also have fixed bench seats with a purple cushion. The table is laid with a blue paper napkin and a fork during breakfast or lunch. In the everning they have cloth napkins and place mats.

The Access into Brasserie Chez Gérard is fantastic because there is no step at the front door, they have made a gentle incline into the building. The staff are very willing to give you a hand, just ask. There is a accessible toilet with metal blue grab rails and very nice soap. NB they have also put the baby changing unit in the same loo.

If your in a wheelchair you will get up to the table easily a member of staff will move the seat for you.

They have just brought out another New menu now! Food still great. The cafe has now had a face lift and some of the walls are dark pink and your drinks menu is also your place mat.

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27 August 2008

Dorking Halls

  • If you like Antiques you will like Dorking Halls, I went to one of their antique fairs and was amazed because there was so much to see.

Dorking Halls is very accessible with disabled parking outside the front and also automatic doors and it is flat into each hall, apart from one that had a tiny step no more than a inch.

The stalls: each sell differnt things on each stall rantging from china, books, penknives, spoons and much more..

Right you might like to know that Dorkiing Halls has an accessible toilet that is very big and has red grabrails. But they also have a mens and ladies toilet.

All this antique shopping makes you hungry so they have a cafe that sells food such as:

  • Jacket Potato's

  • Soup with a bread roll

  • cakes


Drinks include:

  • Pot of Tea For One

  • Filter Coffee

  • Freshly Ground Coffee

  • Cafe Lattie

  • Cappuccino

  • Hot Chocolate

Decaf is available for 30p more (don't ask me)

There is a upstairs that you can access via a lift but I did not go upstairs.

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Loseley House

I went to Loseley House recently to have a look round, the house is accessible by a ramp and the ground floor is accessible to wheelchair users, but please note that Loseley House is still lived in so it is accessible but seats may get in the way.


This is the main room at Loseley and is very nice as you can see from the photo it is a very homely room, your visit is by timed ticket and you go round the house guided by a member of staff. The member of staff who took me round was very good and she helped me up the staircase of the house.

Unfortunately there is no lift to the first floor, that is very interesting, there are 4 rooms that have beds in 3 of them have a full cover over the bed but one has a quarter cover, the reason the beds had a cover was due to in the old days they had rats and it was to stop them getting in. There are also some hanging tapestries some made in Mortlake.

The Walled Garden is very nice and is accessible for wheelchairs there is a ramp down to the pound but be careful, they are selling some plants that are located by the greenhouses. The paths are gravel.
The Vegetable Garden is on the grass and hasn’t got a path but the grass is very short so it should not be a problem.

The gardens are wonderful when the roses are out and the sun is too.

Feeling Hungry?

Well why not go to the Courtyard Tearoom for a bite to eat and drink they do hot food as well as cold. They do a nice pot of tea.

The toilets are also located b by the Courtyard Tearoom, the accessible toilet is very big and the light switch is low down so it is easy for wheelchair users to use. (the accessible toilet is has a ladies sign on, but I think it’s unisex)

The Shop

I can’t tell you much because I didn’t go in the shop but it was a very nice and had The Loseley Shop offers a variety of exciting and unusual items to spoil and tempt. Amongst the high quality and reasonably priced gifts, there are many to delight gardeners and those with an historical bent – particularly those interested in Elizabethan and Tudor England. Whether you are seeking a small memento of your visit or something rather special we believe that you will find plenty to intrigue you.

Don’t forget to get a Loseley Ice Cream.

To get to the shop you need to go a short way down the road and across the car park that has lose stones as the surfaces.

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26 August 2008

Nutfield Priory

This hotel is in Redhill, Surrey

I stayed here when I went to the Orpheus Centre, because it is just 10 minutes away from the Orpheus Centre.

We used to stay in a rented flat but this is much better the room we stay in is an accessible room with a walk in shower.

This photo shows the hotel's library that is wheelchair accessible, in the room there is a computer you can use to look at your e-mails if you wish.

There are a lot of seats in the room but none of them are fixed so you can move them out of the way.

This is a photo of the classic room (room 22) that is one of the accessible room that has:

  • LCD TV DVD player

  • Telephone

  • Tea, coffee & bottled water

  • Free Broadband In room safe

  • Floor level shower with toilet (quite low) with grab rail by toilet, but lack of grab rails by shower

The hotel also has a spa that has a swimming pool not accessible for wheelchair users. It is not in the hotel it is in a separate building but the massage suite is on the level.

The hotel has a lift for people who are in wheelchairs or with mobility problems,but the buttons are quite high up (a member of staff can help).

The hotel has no fixed ramps but it has a portable ramp that can be put out.

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22 August 2008

Hampton Court Palace

Photo of the
Hampton Court
Palace Access Forum

Here are the prices to enter the palace:

Hampton Court Palace is known as the home of Henry VIII and his six wives....

But Hampton Court Palace has lots more history to it's name.

Hampton Court Palace is the head office of Historic Royal Palaces and it is where I go for my meetings on access, in apartment 39 (not open to the public)

The Access Forum has been measuring the steps in each of the staircases at Hampton Court Palace, including the Kings Staircase, Queens Staircase etc.

We also measured the steps to see how high they were and what the surface was i.e. stone, cobbles, marble etc. This is to help us make sure that everyone who visits whether walking or in a wheelchair or scooter, can get around the palace as best as they can.

Now you can access the Young Henry VIII exhibiton Virtual Tour from home!
Click here for Entry Prices.

At Hampton Court Palace there are some lovely gardens and a rose garden that smells great when the flowers are out.
NB the gardens have wide paths (apart from the 20th century garden that has a narrow path) please note you have to pay to enter the formal gardens (summer only).

The paths are gravel, it may be hard for some people but not for others, I use a scooter that I own and the gravel is ok. Hampton Court Palace has scooters you can hire but on a first come first come basic. You can not take the hired scooters in the palace health and safety.

There is a land train that takes you round the garden on a 20 minute trip (£2.50p per trip)

The Land Train is going to be pulled by two Shire Horses,because the dust was getting into the palace.

The Land Train is accessible to wheelchair users now and is pulled by two shire horses.

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21 August 2008

Kew Palace

Kew Palace is another palace that belongs to Historic Royal Palaces; this palace is in The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.
You need to pay to enter Kew Gardens unless you’re a member of Kew Gardens, if you want to see Kew Palace as well as the rest of the gardens you need to pay to enter Kew Palace.

You buy your tickets from the Visitors Centre that is on the path up to Kew Palace.

The Visitors Centre was manned by Kew Gardens staff but now it is manned by Historic Royal Palaces staff.

Click here for Entry Prices.

Kew Palace or The Dutch House is very accessible because the Access Forum and I helped make sure it was! We helped with everything from the floor surfaces to the text labels that came in the wrong size font, Even the Braille floor plans of each floor.

Kew Palace is a grade one listed building so we could not widen any doors, so that some wheelchairs may not fit in so the visitor will need to borrow a Kew Gardens one if they are able to transfer.

All the visitors to Kew Palace are able to reach every floor because we got planning permission to put a lift in; we managed to get the lift put in because we used the old privy shaft, so really the lift shaft was there already.

There are toilets by the Visitors Centre/ Ticket Office, that include Male and Female Disabled and a Baby Changing unit.

Also there is a Disabled Toilet in Kew Palace, but it is really for disabled people only.

Kew Palace hasn’t got an audio guide as Hampton Court Palace has.

Here there is an audio story about King George III and his families of fifteen children imagine that in one small palace.

There is a film show that lasts about 15 minutes that is to give you a bit more history on the children of the family.

Upstairs the story continues…

For visually impaired visitors to Kew Palace there is a Braille copy of the story for them to follow.

There is also a large copy of the story that you can ask for at the Visitors Centre. The Visitors Centre also sells a small amount of Historic Royal Palaces gifts including copies of the plates in the Dinning Room, £75 each.

You can borrow a MP3 player that has a hearing loop so deaf visitors can listen to the story too.

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