The next AGM will take place on Thursday 28.1.2016 at Elizabeth House, Dereham at 2:00pm.
DEREHAM WINDMILL AND VISITORS CENTRE
Dereham NR20 3TE
We were very pleased to be invited by the Trustees of the newly renovated Dereham Windmill to assess the access and disabled toilet in their new Visitors Centre. Our Chair Julian King, Vice Chair Linda West and Secretary Kate Wyatt together with member Eric Hubble all spent an enjoyable morning looking at the premises. What a wonderful place to visit in Dereham. The Windmill looked fantastic in the autumn sunshine as we approached it on Greenfields Road. They have made a good disabled parking area for several cars with a special surface that makes the grass easy for wheelchairs to manoeuvre over, even when the grass is wet. There is an easily negotiated path across from the car parking area to the paved area outside the visitors centre. Entrance to the centre is through 2 large glass doors, but it was easy for Julian and Kate's large power wheelchairs to go through just one open door.
Inside is a coffee shop with several tables and enough space for wheelchairs to move around, although how easy it would be if all the tables were occupied and the coffee shop was full. The disabled toilet has been very well thought out with every thing needed to hand and easily accessible. We tested the alarm-cord, which worked well. Kate's wheelchair was able to turn around, but if a carer accompanies the wheelchair user and is needed to push the wheelchair it would only be possible to reverse out of the toilet into the main room.
Outside between the visitor's centre and the windmill there are picnic tables, one of which has been made to accommodate a wheelchair. So all in all it's a wonderful place to take young and old for an afternoon out in Dereham. The Windmill and Centre are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For further information look at www.derehamwindmill.co.uk