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Keswick move dates for 2018 convention

Keswick Ministries' trustees have decided to change the 2018 Convention dates, after this year's event caused problems for the town's tourist trade.

Their statement released this week says:

Keswick Ministries has listened carefully to concerns raised around the 2018 Convention dates and has today announced the decision to change the dates. The Convention will now run from 14 July to 3 August 2018. 

“In reaching this decision, Keswick Ministries also surveyed its supporters, especially families, and undertook an internal impact study. As a result, the charity has decided to reach out to its community and change the dates, while recognising the challenges this will create for its own planning, for some attendees and for the resourcing of the event through volunteers. 

“In addition, the charity’s board of trustees has decided to set the dates for the Convention 2019 to run from 13th July to 2nd August 2019, effectively maximising the tourist season for the town. 

“When setting the dates for subsequent years, Keswick Ministries will continue to take into account the needs of its supporters so as to enable families to attend, and will liaise in advance with the local community about the particular weeks. 

“In announcing the decision, John Risbridger, Chair of Trustees at Keswick Ministries, said: 

“’Throughout our history of bringing people to Keswick, we have always relied on the support and goodwill of our local community. It is our desire to make the Convention as accessible to individuals and families as possible – and it is on this basis that we have selected dates each year. However, we have become aware that the dates announced for 2018 have unwittingly caused a conflict for those in the town, and we have been consulting on how we can best remedy this. 

“‘We want to act in a way that honours our supporters, the people of Keswick, and our Christian faith. We have therefore listened carefully and made the decision to change the 2018 dates, reflecting how highly we value the support of our neighbours across Keswick.’ 

“Added James Robson, Ministry Director at Keswick Ministries: ‘In addition to changing the 2018 dates, we will also be looking at other ways to reach out to the business community, such as setting up a dedicated marquee on our Convention site for businesses to promote their trade, as well as making some adjustments to our programme so as to create more opportunity for synergy between the Convention and activities in the town. We look forward to discussing these, and other ideas, at our round table meeting with business leaders on 6th September 2017. 

“We understand that this will cause disruption for our loyal supporters for which we are truly sorry. We have endeavoured to make and announce this decision as quickly as possible, and we hope that this will provide enough notice for those who had made arrangements for 2018 to be able to change them. We will provide support wherever possible to assist with doing so. For questions or concerns please contact us at communication@keswickministries.org.’”

Town Mayor Susan Leighton commented: ‘The sharing of any Town with a large organisation is likely to bring difficulties from time to time, and calls for understanding on all sides. So again I am thankful that the Convention has been understanding of the Town’s needs, and look forward to a closer working relationship with them in the days and years to come.’

Keswick Ministries resources Christians as they serve God for His mission in the world. It does so through hosting an annual three-week Convention in Keswick, providing resources through a variety of media and encouraging a UK and Global movement committed to Hearing God’s Word, Becoming like God’s Son and Serving God’s Mission. 

The Keswick Convention has been running for more than 140 years and now attracts over 12,000 visitors each summer.  

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