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Accessibility is no secret in Bletchley

Wetherspoons BletchleyIt’s no secret that JD Wetherspoon’s latest venue, Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party, is open to all.


he new pub in Bletchley is named after the codebreakers from M16 who operated from the town during WWII, and even features a rare WWII cipher machine as part of its fixtures and fittings. 

Fittings also include a Changing Places wheelchair-accessible toilet for people who need help with their intimate hygiene, continuing the chain’s commitment to welcoming everyone, regardless of age or ability. 

Supplied and installed by Closomat, Britain’s leading provider in accessible toilet solutions, the Changing Places gives more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet, and additional equipment, including an adult sized height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable washbasin, ceiling track hoist and privacy screen. It means that anyone enjoying the pub but who need help to go to the toilet, and their carer(s), have appropriate facilities, and can go somewhere that otherwise they would be unable to enjoy.

Editor’s notes:

Currently, 13.3million people (20% of the UK population) is registered disabled. Many of those need help when going to the toilet(*). 

Under Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places toilet should be included in buildings to which numbers of the public have access. Since their introduction a decade ago, over 1000 have been opened across the UK. JD Wetherspoon is the only major UK pub operator that includes Changing Places wherever possible in its locations. 

Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places. Uniquely, the company can provide an in-house, ‘one- stop-shop’ complete package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation, and can also provide subsequent maintenance and repair. Thus it is becoming the ‘go to’ company for such faciltiies, being chosen by, among others, JD Wetherspoon, Alton Towers, IKEA, Tesco, Morrison, Alton Towers, Moto, Manchester International Airport, Wembley Stadium. 

* Potential users of a wheelchair-accessible toilet with space, bench and hoist eg Changing Places include:

- 1.5m wheelchair users
- 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence
-1.5million people with a learning disability
- 1.2million people living with stroke
- 62,000 amputees
- 30,000 people with cerebral palsy
- 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries
- 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis
- 5,000 people with motor neurone disease
- 8,000 people with spina bifida
- 120,000 people with a stoma
- 100,000 people with muscular dystrophies
- 3.8million adults morbidly obese
- 0.8million disabled children
- 8.7million people with osteoarthritis
- 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis

Closomat Limited, Building 1, Brooklands Place, Brooklands Road, Sale Cheshire, M33 3SD