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    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!”

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    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

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    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.