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  • News

    Tim Chester appointed as new Chair of the Trustees

    6 October 2017

    Tim Chester

    Keswick Ministries announces the appointment of Tim Chester as new Chairman of the Trustees. Tim Chester takes over from John Risbridger, who has served as the charity’s Chair since 2011. John is taking up a new role at the Evangelical Alliance.

    Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, in North Yorkshire, and a faculty member of Crosslands Training ( He’s the author of over 40 books including two in the Keswick Foundations series, Mission Matters: Love Says Go and Bible Matters: Meeting God in His Word. He’s married with two daughters.

    “It’s a genuine privilege to have been asked to chair Keswick Ministries and I look forward to supporting James Robson, our Ministry Director, as he leads the organisation. It’s an exciting time for the ministry as the vision of the Derwent Project begins to be realised. Becoming chair is also a rather daunting responsibility, especially when you remember those who have gone before; but we have a strong board, a great staff team and an even greater God!”

  • News

    Sign up for our Psalms Day!

    2 October 2017

    Psalms Series

    You will not want to miss our Psalms day 14th October. A day of immersion in the book of Psalms. This is a course for everyone! Cost is on £10.

    This is one of Keswick Ministries' teaching and training events and part of our 3-part-series on the book of Psalms. We offer two further sessions:

    Psalms Workshop & Psalms Week. Both of these will take place in spring of 2018. To find out more about these two, please contact Carolyn South at

    Psalms Day is a day of teaching on the Psalms so those who come will:

    • Delight in the God of the Psalms
    • Have a greater understanding of the Psalms
    • Be better equipped to use the Psalms
    • Be motivated to use the Psalms


    James Robson (Ministry Director of Keswick Ministries). James has had extensive experience over nearly 20 years, training preachers and leaders, as well as teaching students Old Testament at Oak Hill College and at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford University.

    Venue and Date:

    Rawnsley Hall, Rawnsley Centre, Keswick, CA12 5NP
    10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday 14th October 2017 (Tea and coffee will be available from 9.30am)


    The cost for the day will be £10. We will be providing refreshments throughout the day but ask that you provide your own lunch. You can either bring your own packed lunch or find one of the teashops in town.

    Please register here. Thank you!

  • News

    Bible Readers for 2018

    4 September 2017

    Convention centre front

    The following Bible Readers are now confirmed for 2018:

    Week 1 - Christopher Ash

    Week 2 - Chris Wright

    Week 3 - David Cook

  • News

    Booking or rebooking accommodation for 2018?

    4 September 2017


    We realise that the decision to change the dates for the 2018 Convention is difficult and causing some disruption. We apologise for the pressures created as a result and wholeheartedly apologise. If you would like to talk to us further, please contact us at or by phone at 017687 80075.

    To help with accommodation bookings and booking changes for the 2018 Convention, please note the following statements from KTA and accommodation providers in Keswick.

    KTA (Keswick Tourism Association)

    Many KTA members have already been in contact with their convention visitors and have managed to move people around.

    KTA suggests speaking directly with the accommodation providers in the first instance to see if a simple change of dates is possible. If anyone is struggling to find accommodation for the new dates, please email and the team there will be more than happy to do what they can to assist.

    Accommodation Providers

    Keswick Holidays:
    - Are changing bookings around wherever they can. Tel.: 01768773200
    Heart of the Lakes:
    - "
    Please contact us directly so that we can discuss their individual booking requirements. Generally we will be happy to change guests bookings or cancel and issue a full refund. We would charge an administration fee of £25 to do so." Tel.: 017687 75544

    Other providers are doing their best to assist, many are returning deposits, some charging small admin fee:

    • Keswick Cottages – 017687 80088

    • Lakelovers – 015394 88855

    • Sykes Cottages – 01244 356666

    • Sallys Cottages – 017687 80571

    • Cumbrian Cottages – 01228 599960

    • Lakes Cottage Holidays – 017687 58845

    You might also like to try accommodation in Cockermouth. The new Premier Inn is easy to get to via the A66.

    If you are still finding it difficult to re-arrange or find new booking, contact us at and we will see how we might be able to assist. However, please note, as we do not provide accommodation ourselves your best way forward is to speak to the accommodation providers directly.

  • News

    Keswick Convention changes dates for 2018

    1 September 2017

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    Dear Friends,

    As you might be aware, we have been engaging with members of the town of Keswick on concerns raised around the dates of the Convention 2018. Over the last weeks we have worked together with the mayor of Keswick, town councillors and the KTA on finding a solution to the issues raised.

    We have listened carefully to concerns raised and we have also surveyed families who attend. On the basis of this, we have now decided to change the dates. The Convention will now run from 14th July to 3rd August 2018.

    This is not a decision that has been taken lightly or easily. Much prayer and reflection has gone into it. We want to be a good witness to the local community as well as look after our supporters. Striking this balance can, at times, prove difficult. We are aware that the decision will impact those of you who have already made plans with the original dates for the Convention in mind. We sincerely apologise for this and ask for your patience and understanding. We would really appreciate it, if possible, if you would be willing to come a week earlier, sticking to the same Convention week number. This would make it easier for those planning to come in the original week 3 to find accommodation. Please find our press release enclosed.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have been praying for us and value your continued support.

    Please note that we shall be glad to assist you with any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us either by telephone at the office or via email at:

    Note about speakers, We are still finalising details for the speakers. We are expecting Christopher Ash, Chris Wright and David Cook as our main bible readers, but cannot confirm in which week they will leading the morning bible readings.

    Once again, thank you for your understanding in this matter. You can find further information on our website.

    Every blessing,

    James Robson Ministry Director

    For the relevant press release please click here