Boost is grand news for Torrance trust

Caldwell Halls Torrance
Caldwell Halls Torrance

A GRAND boost has been delivered to a group at the heart of a village.

The Caldwell Halls Trust in Torrance has been awarded £1,000 by the BT People Awards Scheme after they impressed judges with how they would use the grant to make a difference to their group and benefit the local community.

The trust, who faced competition from hundreds of other groups, plan to buy a new laptop and printer/scanner.

Margaret Hyde, chairperson of the Caldwell Halls Trust, said: “We are very pleased with our BT People Award.

“At the moment all we have is an old desktop PC that someone very kindly donated, but which is now no longer fit for purpose.

“With the new laptop we will be able to install an electronic accounting system that will make things a lot simpler and we will also be able to produce our own posters and other stationery items, thereby cutting costs.”

Alan Brown, a BT software engineer who applied for the award on behalf of the group, added: “I have been a volunteer trustee of the Caldwell Halls Trust for over three years now.

“We are always low on resources and funding is hard to come by.

“The BT People Awards provides a great opportunity for small community groups like ours to get some additional help that can make a huge difference.

“The new laptop and printer will have a big impact on our financial recording and also on necessary general admin work.

“It will also allow us to do a certain amount of desktop publishing. Previously we have had to rely on various members of the board carrying out these duties on their own equipment.

“It is very positive that BT recognises the voluntary work of its people and supports local community groups in this way.”

BT people can apply for cash grants of up to £1,000. For further details visit

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the halls.

Rona Thomson, from the trust, is looking for any photos or memories of the halls as they are hoping to hold a celebratory event in the autumn.

The trust is also looking for people to come on board and help out with doing background research and setting up the event.

You are invited to e-mail or call 07939 447905.

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