Bridgetown Club ramps up patron access

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown Club patrons Mick McSweeney and Warren Boggs, with Mr Bogg’s custom-made ramp.
Camera IconBridgetown Club patrons Mick McSweeney and Warren Boggs, with Mr Bogg’s custom-made ramp. Credit: Tristan Wheeler/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times, Tristan Wheeler

Bridgetown’s Warren Boggs is now seeing the world on a different level at the Bridgetown Club, thanks to his new custom-built ramp.

Mr Boggs felt that because of his height disadvantage — he is in a wheelchair — he was struggling to talk to other patrons at the bar, as well as being accidentally cut in front of in line for drinks.

“I mentioned the idea to a couple of people behind the bar here and they were really enthusiastic,” he said.

“Sylvia Jones was a flower of enthusiasm and she had real gumption to get it going.

“She said next time you come down bring your tape measure, I’ll bring my tape measure and we’ll start measuring and designing.”

With the encouragement of other members of the club, Mr Boggs took the measurements from his usual spot at the bar to the men’s shed and with their assistance, created a custom ramp to allow him to sit comfortably at bar height.

Mr Boggs thanked the Men’s Shed for their enthusiastic support of the project, especially Merrick Paget, who constructed most of the ramp.

Once constructed, the ramp was then refined after testing at the club, and club patrons took the opportunity to make some modifications for safety, including high visibility tape to reduce the tripping hazard for other club members.

When not in use, the ramp is easy to store and is kept underneath the dartboard at the club.

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