Peter Birtwistle Trust

Social Housing for the People of Colne

Registered Charity No 224640

The Peter Birtwistle Trust is a Member of The National Almshouses Association and a Registered Social Housing Provider.

The Peter Birtwistle Trust is managed by 12 Trustees. The Trust employs an; Administrator, Assistant Administrator and three Gardeners. The Peter Birtwistle Trust also has a Community Centre, which is available for hire.


Peter Birtwistle was born in Colne on 31st October 1841. As a young man he trained as a teacher in Birmingham, and at the age of 21, he emigrated to Canada.

After only a couple of years however, Peter returned to Colne and worked with his brother-in-law, Roger Broughton, in business as a cotton manufacturer. Read More


Our Current 6 Sites

One Bedroomed Bungalows and Flats for the Elderly of Colne

  • Birtwistle Close
  • Birtwistle Fold
  • Standroyd Bungalows
  • Hyde Park
  • Keighley Rd Flats
  • Birtwistle East Lemes
The first 22 Alms Houses

Birtwistle Close

Built in 1957

No’s 1 – 6

Birtwistle East Lemes

Balcony View

No’s 1 – 6

Birtwistle East Lemes

Front View

18 Alms Houses

Birtwistle Fold

Built in 1964

Birtwistle Hyde Park

Birtwistle Standroyd

Built in 1970

The Peter Birtwistle Trust is a Registered Charity and Housing Association based in Colne, Lancashire.The Trust provides supported accommodation for the elderly of Colne in one bedroomed bungalows and flats which are situated on six sites;


Applicants need to be 60 years or over and have been born in Colne or have lived in Colne for 10 years or more. Application forms can be picked up from the Peter Birtwistle Trust office or downloaded from this site. 

NOTES FOR APPLICANTS. There are notes for applicants available to assist people filling in the application form, these can also be accessed from Colne Town Hall, the Peter Birtwistle Trust office or downloaded from this site.


Please look through the information provided in Accommodation Choice to help you decide which of the 5 sites would be preferable to you.

Community Centre

The Peter Birtwistle Community Centre14 Keighley Road, Colne, BB8 0JL


The Community Centre is used on a regular basis by; 

Bridge Club

Meetings on a Monday Evening

New Members Welcome

Stained Glass Group

Meetings on Wednesday Evening

New Members Welcome


Sessions on a Saturday morning 9.30am till 12.30pm and Tuesday evening 6.45pm till 7.45pm

Diabetes Prevention

Sessions run by NHS by appointment

PBT Residents group ‘Chew and Chatter’

Fortnightly Wednesday 1pm till 3pm BINGO 

Available for Hire

The Ground Floor room and Small Meeting room.
The Ground Floor room is suitable for meetings, AGM’s, activity sessions etc. It can hold around 40 people either seated around square tables or in rows of chairs.

Ground Floor Room

Suitable for Meetings

Small Kitchen

Where you can make hot drinks

Toilets inc. disabled toilet on the ground floor.

The small meeting room is on the First Floor and holds around 10 people seated around a table. There is access to the small kitchen area on the ground floor and the toilets, also on the ground floor.
Hire Rates are typically £10 per hour.

To make a booking or for further information please contact us by; phone (01282) 864233 or email as below or fill in the contact form below.