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The New Earswick Folk Hall

Hawthorn Terrace, New Earswick, York, YO32 4AQ

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About this venue

The Folk Hall is a thriving community hub in the village of New Earswick, York. Opened by Joseph Rowntree in 1907, the Folk Hall was given as a gift to the people of the village as “a place for meeting”.

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in July 2021.
  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are clearly marked/signed.
  • There is not a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are wall mounted.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 120cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is a one-way system throughout.
  • The one-way system is clearly marked/signed.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Toilets are available.
  • The venue is not certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a changing places, Folk Hall Café and Eatery, a post office, New Earswick Parish Council office, main hall, meeting rooms and New Earswick library.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include New Earswick swimming pool, Quaker Meeting Room, children's play area and various Joseph Rowntree Foundation housing.
  • Related link New Earswick Library.
  • AccessAble.
  • Comments View
    • The venue is used by various community groups including, a weekly help your self food shelf, Nelli (New Earswick Less Loneliness Initiative), War Gaming Club, Over 50's Keep Fit, My Baby Can Dance and Baby Massage.
    • The venue is also used for Accessible Arts and Media.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is York.

Opening Times (Folk Hall - Post Office)

  • Monday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 13:30.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • The venue is available for hire outside of the published opening times.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Car Park Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the Village Car Park at the rear of the building.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The push pad or push button is 100cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 182cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left of the Entrance.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is a slight slope on the approach from the right of the building, as seen in photographs 4,5, and 6.
    • This slope can be avoided by approaching from the front of the entrance.

Outside Access (Front Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 131cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located to the left and right of the Entrance.
    • There is/are 3 on each side step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 12cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a second lower handrail.
  • Comments View
    • There is a push pad to exit the building, as seen in photograph 9.
    • The height of the push pad is 100cm.

Outside Access (Eatery entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 188cm.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Car Park Entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 29/07/2021.
  • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 29/07/2021.
  • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 8 and 9 show the library self-serve point and library bookcase opposite reception.
    • The height to the top of the screen is 138cm.
    • The height to the scanner is 75cm.
    • There are also several portable hearing loops for the meeting rooms that do not have a fixed hearing loop.

Post Office Counter

  • The Post Office is immediately beyond the Car Park Entrance.
  • The height of the counter is 109cm.
  • There is a working fixed hearing loop at the counter.
  • There are various items on shelfs within the Folk Hall reception area that can be paid for at the post office counter, as seen in photographs 3 and 4.

Level Change (Main Hall)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to, and as you enter the main hall to the left of reception.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located within the main hall.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are two identical sets of steps on either side of the main hall ramp.

Eating and Drinking (Folk Hall Café - Eatery)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the left as you enter the building through the Car Park Entrance.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Car Park Entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 45cm (1ft 6in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 3, 4,5 and 6 show the seating in the foyer of the Folk Hall.
    • There is additional seating in the Eatery,
    • This seating could not be photographed on the day of the surveyors visit.
    • The takeaway window to the left of the car park window is 96cm high, as seen in photographs 7 and 8.
    • Photographs 9,10 and 11 show the outdoor seating to the left of the car park entrance.

Changing Places (Ground Floor - Left and Right Transfer)

  • The facility is located ahead and to the right as you enter from the Car Park Entrance.
  • The facility is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Car Park Entrance.
  • The facility is in addition to standard and accessible toilets.
  • The facility is not located close to other managed facilities (e.g. reception or service counter).
  • There is ramped/sloped access to the facility.
  • The facility surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
  • The colour contrast between the external door and wall is good.
  • The colour contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • You do need a key for the facility.
  • The key is a radar key.
  • There is not a sign at the entrance to the Changing Places facility indicating the location of the nearest toilets and baby changing facilities.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is easy to open.
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • The width of the door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The dimensions of the facility are 300cm x 340cm.
  • The ceiling height is not at a minimum of 2.4m.
  • There is a clear 200cm x 180cm manoeuvring space in the facility.
  • The facility has a non-slip floor.
  • The colour contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The facility toilet is peninsular.
  • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 160cm (5ft 3in).
  • Dropdown rails are provided.
  • As you face the toilet the dropdown rail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
  • As you face the toilet there are vertical grab rails on both sides.
  • The colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rails to the left of the toilet and wall is good.
  • The colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rails to the right of the toilet and wall is good.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is a spatula flush.
  • There is a toilet roll holder.
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 110cm.
  • The toilet has a backrest.
  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
  • There is an emergency alarm for the toilet.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm is within reach and fully functional.
  • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
  • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
  • The length of the facility changing bench is 190cm (6ft 3in).
  • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
  • The overhead hoist covers all areas in the cubicle.
  • There is not a shower unit with a detachable shower head.
  • A privacy screen is available.
  • The type of wash basin is fixed.
  • The height of the wash basin is 79cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever.
  • There is not a mixer tap.
  • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
  • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
  • The colour contrast between the wash basin grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • There is a soap dispenser.
  • The soap dispenser is at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 87cm.
  • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
  • The wide paper roll dispenser is at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
  • The height of the wide paper roll dispenser is 125cm.
  • There is not a hand dryer.
  • There is a towel dispenser.
  • The towel dispenser is at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
  • The height of the towel dispenser is 90cm.
  • There is a mirror.
  • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
  • There is a/are clinical waste disposal units.
  • There is not an emergency alarm for the facility.
  • There is a coat hook.
  • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 104cm and 170cm from the floor.
  • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor - Right Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Car Park Entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead and to the left as you enter from the Car Park Entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 143cm x 295cm (4ft 8in x 9ft 8in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 104cm and 170cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the Accessible Toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 84cm (2ft 9in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located ahead and to the right as you enter from the Car Park Entrance.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Car Park Entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels in the female and male toilets are good.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located ahead and to the left as you enter from the Car Park Entrance.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the Car Park Entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the shared toilets are good.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • Photograph 4 shows the similar steps from the mezzanine to the first floor.

Lift (Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead and to the left as you enter from the Car Park Entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, M, 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the Car Park Entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 149cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There is an information board on the inside door of the lift, as seen in photograph 6.

Level Change (Mezzanine)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you exit the lift.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 114cm (3ft 9in).
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • This ramp leads to the additional Explore Library computers and Lambourne and Pippin meeting rooms.

Accessible Toilet (Mezzanine)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located ahead as you exit the lift on the mezzanine level.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 166cm x 310cm (5ft 5in x 10ft 2in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary, clinical waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 102cm and 172cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf does not have the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 122cm.
    • The shelf is not located where it is reachable.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the Accessible Toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).

Standard Toilet(s) (First Floor)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located to the left as you exit the lift on the first floor.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels in the shared toilets are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the shared standard toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
    • This is by lift.
  • Comments View
    • This toilet is only for people who are using the Bramley room.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located on the grass areas outside of the building.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.