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Christmas Celebrations at the Keswick Live Advent and Open Day!

10 January 2018

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We threw open the doors of Keswick Ministries to the people of Keswick on Wednesday 20th December.


Around one hundred local residents came to our Open Day, which featured food and drink, an hour of live music led by the voices of the Cumbrian Community Gospel Choir, and the lighting of the twentieth Keswick Live Advent window.

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“It was wonderful to be able to invite the whole community to come and be with us, especially in the run-up to Christmas”, says James Robson, Ministry Director.

“We had a fantastic cross-section of people. I got an email afterwards from a local resident who said ‘It was a terrific occasion on so many levels, and wonderful to witness engagement with the local community, the partnership with Calvert, broad inclusivity and a culturally relevant presentation of the gospel. It was a privilege to be present.’ That meant so much to me. We have been part of the Keswick furniture for over 140 years and it’s so important we play a full part in the life of our local community.”

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The Open Day and a Christmas card appeal were held in support of the Calvert Trust, a charity based locally in Little Crosthwaite that helps people with disabilities achieve their potential through outdoor activities.

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£1010 was raised for the Calvert Trust by Keswick Ministries supporters making donations for the cards.

Sean Day, Centre Director for the Calvert Trust, spoke at the event. “The support from Keswick Ministries and the Christmas Cards are fantastic”, he said. “Children with disabilities often have little access to outdoor adventure and the opportunity it provides to grow and develop as young people. The stunning cards are helping to make sure that special schools continue to have access to the unique courses run by the Lake District Calvert Trust.”

The Open Day carried a display of our Derwent Project plans for the Pencil Factory site, with staff discussing the redevelopment with local residents and answering questions.