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    We’re Hiring!

    3 June 2019

    Executive Assistant job vacancy

    Job vacancy: Executive Assistant


    The position of Executive Assistant to the Ministry Director has become available. It is an extremely important and vital role, as the purpose and intent of the role is to free the Ministry Director, James Robson, to spiritually and strategically lead Keswick Ministries as well as plan and prepare for the annual Convention.

    The successful candidate will primarily have a keen eye for detail, and be able to proactively schedule and organise tasks, meetings and events.

    The position is salaried, details of salary range available on request.

    How to apply:

    • Please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to:

    • Closing date for applications: Friday 28th June 2019

    • Interviews will be held: Week beginning 8th July 2019

    PDF logo Click here for the job description and person specification

  • News

    Staff help to spruce up Keswick’s Hope Park

    24 May 2019

    Volunteer Day 2019

    Hundreds of plants were given a new lease of life and fence railings were transformed at Hope Park in Keswick, thanks to Keswick Ministries staff taking part in a Volunteer Day.

    The ten-strong team sanded and painted railings near the Theatre by the Lake and also re-planted primulas from the bedding areas of the park into a nearby woodland area ready for next year.

    The staff were guided by Christine Fawcett, Parks Manager, parks team member Sara Pickett and volunteer Kay Pickett. Pictured is the Keswick Ministries staff with Christine (right).

    David Sawday, Chief Operating Officer for Keswick Ministries, said: “The parks team does a marvellous job all year round and we were delighted to offer our help in sprucing up the park. We asked how what needed doing and they pointed to the railings which were desperate for a fresh coat of paint and the primulas that were in need of a new home after their Spring flowering. It was brilliant to spend time together out of the office doing some thing practical in the wonderful surroundings of Hope Park.”

    The Volunteer Day, which was given the go-ahead by KM management and trustees, could be a permanent fixture in Keswick Ministries' diary as the organisation looks at how it can get involved in the community of Keswick throughout the year.

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    Quarterly Town Liaison Forums are also held by Keswick Ministries for businesses, councillors and local authorities. They encourage more two-way communication and connection between the Convention and the town.

    Work is also being carried out to launch the summer Friends of Keswick initiative. Businesses in Keswick are being contacted to see if they would like to take part in the loyalty card scheme and also feature in a free Enjoy Keswick booklet and website by Keswick Ministries. This scheme is set to go live on Saturday 13 July and will run throughout the Summer. More details about the scheme will be coming soon.

  • News

    Join us as faith meets the arts!

    10 May 2019

    Steph Macleod

    Music, comedy, art and fire-etching will be taking place in a packed Keswick Unconventional (KU) programme during week three of this summer’s Keswick Convention.
    A selection of artists, musicians, comedians and professionals in the arts will be leading us through a wide-ranging programme.
    We will welcome KU artist-in-residence, Kaori Homma, to Keswick. She will be holding a fire etching workshop and you’ll be able to hear more about how Kaori approaches questions of longing through her art.
    A drawing workshop, led by artist Alastair Gordon, will also be held. Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned artist all are welcome. Limited places are available for both workshops.
    We are delighted to welcome back to Keswick singer songwriter Steph Macleod. The worship leader and Mental Health Awareness campaigner returns to Keswick with songs from his new album Gold, inspired by his own journey of recovery.
    Also getting involved in this year’s programme will be: Stewart and Carol Henderson, Gareth Davies-Jones, Eilidh Patterson, James Cary, Anna Nicholson and Tyrone Isaac-Stuart.
    There will also be a performance of the Turbulent Priest which tells the story of the murder of Thomas Becket. It has been written by KU’s very own James Cary, who is written shows for the BBC including Bluestone 42, Miranda, My Hero and My Family.
    The week will feature the usual Night Shift programme from Sunday to Thursday at St John’s Church and lunchtime concerts will also be held.
    This year, KU will be holding a Re:Member programme (Monday to Thursday evenings) which will delve into the theme of Longing. It will look at how artists today approach the theme of longing through music, art, dance and poetry. You can expect live art, performances, interviews and biblical reflections led by professional artists in the KU team.

  • News

    “Brilliant” start to James' fundraising challenge

    7 May 2019

    James Adams fundraising walk

    Adventurous Convention volunteer James Adams has started his 470-mile walking challenge in aid of the Derwent Project.
    The 79-year-old will be tackling the famous Santiago de Compostela, which starts in Saint Jean Pied, in France, and will end in Santiago, in Spain.
    Speaking about his official start on the walk, James said: “It has been a day of high wind, rain, hail, mist and snow. But it has been brilliant. I walked 21.85 miles, climbed 6,077 feet, 53, 793 steps and I enjoyed every one of them!”
    His journey has led him onto Pamplona and onto further destinations including Fuenta La Reina. He said: “I’m meeting some wonderful people.”
    James has previously shared his reasons for completing the walk: “First and foremost, it is a pilgrimage and as such I want to commune with God and to find out what He has in store for me on the next stage of my life. Second, I hope and pray that people will respond in a positive way to raise funds for the Derwent Project.”
    Check out this web page to find out more about James' trip and to donate.

  • News

    Trees removed at former Pencil Factory site

    1 May 2019

    Tree removal works carried out at pencil factory site

    Tree experts have carried out work at Keswick’s former Pencil Factory to clear damaged or unwanted trees, as part of the landscaping plans for the site and in preparation for the development work to take place.
    Two large trees, a purple beech and a common beech, at the front of the former factory have been removed as these are encroaching on the building and will cause damage in future years. A number of other trees around the site are also damaged or in areas where construction work will take place.
    Keswick Ministries, which owns the former Pencil Factory, submitted plans for the tree work as part of the application on the site. They will also be introducing a planting scheme to reinstate a wide selection of native trees elsewhere on the grounds.
    David Sawday, Chief Operating Officer for Keswick Ministries, said: “The tree work is an important aspect of the renovation of the Pencil Factory site.”
    "The work was detailed in our recent planning application although the trees themselves are not subject to planning permission. We have informed the Lake District National Park and Keswick Town Council about the work as we want to be open and transparent about the developments at the site.
    “It is also vital that we preserve the woodland feel of the area and are looking forward to getting the planting scheme started in due course. This is an important aspect of refurbishment and the creation of an iconic venue for visitors.”
    The removal of the trees will open up space around the pencil factory to enable transformation work to start.
    The work is being supervised by SAP Ecology who have identified the trees to take down and will also ensure that no wildlife is impacted in these works.
    Sarah Parkin, ecological consultant for SAP said: “All trees and surroundings vegetation is being thoroughly checked for evidence of nesting birds, roosting bats and all other wildlife to insure no injuries occur. Any trees that do have evidence of nesting will not be removed until birds have fledged naturally.”
    The tree removal works being carried out by Lake’s Tree Service Ltd.
    Over the past few weeks, volunteers and staff have cleared debris, left from the floods in December 2015, from part of the ground floor of the factory. Regular maintenance checks were carried out on the outside of the building to ensure it continues to be secure and safe.
    “We are gearing up to start work on the pencil factory building once conditions for the planning permission have been finalised,” Mr Sawday added.