• TORCH Association - Annual General Meeting

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were unable to hold this meeting during May-July. It has now been arranged using Zoom. Full details are below.

    The Annual General Meeting of the TORCH Association will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 27 October 2020.
    The meeting will be held remotely, using Zoom. It is open to anyone, although only those who held membership for the year 2019-2020 will be entitled to vote.

    The Agenda will be posted on this website nearer the time.

    If you would like a copy of the following documents, please send your request to hexhamtorch@btconnect.com.

    Minutes of the 2019 meeting
    Accounts for the year 2019-2020
    Chairman's Report
    Treasurer's Report

    Details to enable you to access the Zoom meeting will be posted on this website at least one week before the meeting.




    In spite of new restrictions affecting Northumberland, we are able to take bookings, but users of the TORCH Centre are responsible for making sure that they comply with current government guidelines.

    The Administrator is still partly furloughed and is working mainly from home. Contact details are below.

    Regular users have been kept up-to-date with arrangements for restarting their activities and are welcome to contact the Administrator if they have any questions.

    It had been planned to reopen the bar in October but, due to the new regulations, this has been postponed until the restrictions are eased.

    The Calendar is being revised on a monthly basis. For availability more than four weeks ahead, please contact us direct.

    Requests for new block bookings or for single bookings will be accepted subject to applicants agreeing to abide by the Covid-19 regulations and requirements in force at the time.

    Voicemail messages left on the TORCH Centre phone willl be attended to as quickly as possible but please consider using the alternaive contact details below for a quicker response.

    We apologize for any difficulties this might cause, but you will understand that things have been beyond our control.

    Please use these contact details:

    E-mail: hexhamtorch@btconnect.com
    Telephone: 01434 606672. Please only use 07779 296830 for urgent calls.
    Post: TORCH Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham, NE46 1QS.



    Introducing the TORCH Centre
    The TORCH Centre is a great place for all kinds of activities and events. We are ideal for children's parties. Regular groups include Yoga, jive, pilates, exercise and dance, kids' Taekwon-Do, flower arranging, photography and embroidery groups. People use our facilities for wedding receptions, parties and fund-raising events and exhibitions. Whether you need somewhere for a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly activities, or for a one-off function, the TORCH Centre could be just the place for you. You will find that our charges are very competitive and that our facilities are suitable for a big range of activities and meetings.


    We are fully adapted for disabled users and offer the Centre at discounted rates for such groups, whatever the disability.

    To see pictures go to photos.

    To check availability go to our calendar.  

    If you want to make a booking, contact us to obtain a booking form.

    Our Facilities
    We have two meeting-halls, a lounge and bar, a snooker-room and a well-equipped kitchen and serving-area. Every part of the building is acessible to wheel-chair users. For more pictures go to photos.

    Main Hall

    This is 50 feet long and 28 feet wide. It has a good-quality wooden floor and a high sloping ceiling. It is equipped with safety curtains so that it can be used for archery. There is a large serving-hatch from the kitchen area and a sliding partition, so that it can be joined with the lounge and bar. It is well lit, with windows looking over the Tyndale countryside, and excellent quality ceiling lights. Regular users include, among others, Yoga, Pilates and jive groups, and Taekwon-Do classes for children. This room is a popular venue for parties and receptions, including children’s parties, being large enough to accommodate a bouncy-castle, which you can hire from us.

    Small Hall
    This room is 24 feet long and 20 feet wide. It is carpeted throughout. With large windows and facing south, it is a quiet, sunny room. It is an ideal venue for smaller groups and seminars, and for exhibitions. It is equipped with a 49” monitor for showing DVDs and PowerPoint presentations and an interactive whiteboard. Regular users include a watercolour class and meetings for meditation and therapy training, as well as occasional committees and training seminars.

    Lounge and Bar
    The Lounge is warm and comfortable, and can seat up to 25 people. It opens directly into the Main Hall through a wide entrance with a sliding screen. The bar serves a range of alcoholic and soft drinks and other light refreshments. There is a large television here. Use of this area, when the bar is open (on Wednesday and Saturday evenings), is limited to members and their guests. People attending one-off parties in the Main Hall are deemed to be members for the duration of their booking.

    Kitchen and Serving Area
    The kitchen is equipped with an electric range-cooker, a fridge and a dishwasher. It opens onto the serving area with a large hatch into the Main Hall. This makes the TORCH Centre an ideal venue for parties where refreshments and meals are provided.

    Snooker Room
    There is also a full-size snooker table in its own room. It has been adapted for wheel-chair users.

    Additional Equipment
    We have a large number of folding tables of different sizes and plenty of chairs, both upholstered and hard. There is a pool table and a table-tennis table, both of which can be used in either hall. We also have disco equipment that can be hired at a very competitive rate; and, for children's parties, a bouncy castle. For regular users, we can provide secure storage.

    The TORCH Centre has its own car-park with up to 14 spaces including three disabled bays. The bus-station is immediately next to the TORCH Centre, so, if you come into Hexham by bus, it couldn't be easier. Also, there are 50 public car parking spaces next to the bus station, which greatly eases parking for TORCH centre users. These are free for people with a parking disc (£1.00, available from the TORCH Centre) and is limited to three hours, 8.00am to 6.00pm, after which parking is free and unlimited.

    The Calendar is up-to-date until the end of June 2020. But we are constantly getting new booking requests and sometimes there are cancellations, especially over holiday periods, so it is worth contacting us to see if the time and date you want is free. We cannot guarantee that the Calendar is always 100% up-to-date. We will always do our best to accommodate new users. For regular availabilty go to Centre Availability

    Other Information
    For general information about our availability and charges, follow the links. For more detailed information about availability, go to the Calendar. You may be able to find a space that would suit you, so it is worth having a look there. But remember that we may have cancellations or additional bookings that are not yet on the Calendar.

    If you want to make a booking, contact us to obtain a booking form.

    If you are interested in joining one of the regular groups that use the Centre, go to Regular Users for details of who they are and when they meet. You will find contact details for many of them by clicking on Some of our Users.

    Contact Details
    The office is normally open 0830-1300 on Tuesdays and Fridays. Voice-mail messages (01434 606672) and e-mails (hexhamtorch@btconnect.com) will be dealt with as soon as possible after they have been left. When the office is closed the crateker can deal with most queries if he is in the building.

    The TORCH Centre is managed by the TORCH Association, a registered charity (number 515527).


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