About Us

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.
                                                                         14 Keighley Road



Telephone:  01282 864233



Monday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Wednesday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Peter Birtwistle, who was born in Colne, emigrated to Canada in the 19th Century. In 1918 he created a Trust leaving his fortune to the Borough of Colne. It is believed that as a result of an earlier disagreement with a local society he changed his will to leave his wealth to Colne instead of for the benefit of London, Ontario, where he lived and had his business as a jeweller.

The money was to be paid to the Colne Corporation 21 years after his death which occurred in 1927. By the time the money was paid out the amount had accumulated to almost $1,000,000 Canadian dollars.

The Peter Birtwistle Trust was established under a Charity Commission scheme dated 4th December 1951.

The Community Centre on Keighley Road was the first acquisition.

The first 22 almshouses were built at Peter Birtwistle Close in 1957 followed by a further 18 at Birtwistle Fold in 1964. 10 more were built at Birtwistle Standroyd in 1970.

In 1993 the Trust became a Housing Association which enabled it to receive grants from the Housing Corporation. With the additional finance of a mortgage from the Marsden Building Society 10 flats and 4 bungalows were built at Birtwistle Hyde Park.

Most recently a refurbishment of the Community Centre has enabled the creation of 4 new flats on Keighley Road.