‘The Peter Birtwistle Trust was established under a Charity Commission Scheme (Reg no. 224640) dated 4th December 1951, its purpose being to provide housing to the elderly of Colne. On the 13th May 2019 the charity became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) (Reg no. 1183388). The Peter Birtwistle Trust is also a member of the Almshouse Assosciation

The Peter Birtwistle Trust is managed by 12 Trustees. The Peter Birtwistle Trust also has a Community Centre, which is available for hire.

What We Do

  • As a Registered Social Housing Provider (RSH no 5086) the Peter Birtwistle Trust rents supported housing to older people in Colne.

Constitution –  ‘The Charity is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The Constitution which is dated 19th May 2019.  Trustee Body – The Charity is overseen by 12 voluntary Trustees.   Day-to-day management is carried out by the Executive Officer, Housing Officer and Assistant Housing Officer.   Staff – Executive Officer – Alison Evans, Trust Surveyor – John Redhead, Housing Officer – Joanne McIvor, Assistant Housing Officer – Susan Arnott, Gardeners – John Hudson, Stephen White and Derek Denwood 


Charity Commission, Almshouse Association, Housing Ombudsman and Regulator of Social Housing.


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

Please click here to view floor plans for each of the properties

The first 22 Alms Houses

Birtwistle Close

Built in 1957

Click here for map

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 Trust provides supported accommodation for the elderly of Colne in one bedroomed bungalows and flats which are situated on six sites;


To be eligible for accommodation applicants should satisfy the two conditions below: 

1.        Age aged 60 years or over                        

2.        Residency were born in the area of benefit* or have resided in the area* for not less than 10 years. 

The area of benefit is the former Borough of Colne as it existed in 1918. This includes the properties within the town boundaries and parts of Laneshawbridge. The rural area beyond Laneshawbridge was added to the former Borough after 1918 


Moving into a Peter Birtwistle Trust property gives you access to; 

Support from the housing officers, Maintenance support for repairs, A care line alarm fitted (as long as a land line is installed) , Where there are communal gardens and grounds these are managed by the Trust. 


Community Centre

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

The Community Centre is used on a regular basis by; 

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.


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 ‘Dab and Chat’

Fortnightly Wednesday 1pm till 3pm BINGO 


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