Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Changing Places makes visiting Hungerford even easier

The busy and beautiful town of Hungerford, on the very west edge of the Kennet Radio patch, is always a good spot to visit.  Easy to get to – by bus, train or road – there’s plenty going on, all year round, not just those spectacular Christmas lights.  There’s the open-air market every Wednesday, at least a dozen places to have a coffee, a snack or a meal, some fabulous dress shops (now congregating very much in the middle of the town) and, of course, the gorgeous antiques shops.

Surrounded practically on all sides by outstanding countryside, it offers beautiful walks on Hungerford Common, the marshes extending beyond St Lawrence’s church and the canal.

Visiting Hungerford just got even easier for those whose group includes someone who cannot use standard accessible toilets.  Located in Church Street Car Park (RG17 0JG), the Changing Places facility is located near the public toilets (which are open 7 days a week from 8am until 6pm, and they are free to use).  A co-operation between West Berks Council, who provided the installation and funding, and Hungerford Town Council, who will maintain it, Hungerford’s Changing Places facility includes a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a ceiling track hoist system and adequate space for the disabled person and up to two assistants, alongside other features to make using it easy, plus even a shower.

A RADAR key is required to access this facility which, like the rest of the public toilets, can be used during the hours of 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.  An automatic locking system is in place so the facility will not be available outside these hours.

Photos by kind permission of Hungerford Town Council