Evangelicals don’t want to be seen as a blight on Keswick

Evangelicals don’t want to be seen as a blight on Keswick

Back in August we reported that evangelicals who converge on Keswick annually for a convention do nothing for the picturesque Lake District town except throttle tourism and insult the locals by calling them ‘sinners’.

The report followed news that a growing number of locals regard Keswick Convention attendees, headed by James Robson, above, as penny-pinching, mean-spirited interlopers and they don’t want them around.

Well, it’s now been reported here that the organisers of the annual Christian convention are trying to win over residents and business owners by launching monthly consultative sessions.

Following concerns voiced by town traders about the impact the event has on takings, Keswick Ministries held a meeting with businesses and the town council to discuss better ways of working together.

Now the charity, which runs the three-week summer event and small-scale teaching events throughout the year, has set up community drop-ins to improve its communication with residents.

There was concern among businesses after it was revealed the advertised dates for the 2018 convention coincided with the school summer holidays.

Traders said they lost up to 90 per cent of their takings during this year event, and the holidays were a key trading time for them.

Keswick Ministries has since brought forward its 2018 dates, moving the first week into term time.

Now the charity has launched monthly sessions to give residents the chance to meet members of the team and discuss ideas or concerns they have about the convention.

In addition, quarterly town liaison meetings will be held, beginning in November.

The charity is offering businesses physical and online advertising space during the convention, as well as promotion from the event stage.

And it has pledged to cut back on its afternoon programme so people can have more time to enjoy what is on offer in the town.

Robson said:

It is my desire that the Convention inspires a real sense of pride in the town, not just for our ministry work with a ride range of people from all backgrounds across the country, but also for the tangible benefits it brings to Keswick – significant local investment and lifelong loyal visitors.

Hat tip: MalJ

8 responses to “Evangelicals don’t want to be seen as a blight on Keswick”

  1. andym says:

    You almost have to admire their opportunism don’t you? Trying to use the fact that these people don’t want you there to evangelise to them. As always , the answer to problems caused by religion is…more religion.

  2. CoastalMaineBird says:

    It is my desire that the Convention inspires a real sense of pride in the town
    Yes, well, keep working on that, OK ?

  3. L.Long says:

    That can’t be true as xtians are SSSOOOOooooo giving and charitable and helping to the economies! I have this on high authority…the xtains claim this is so!

  4. Laura Roberts says:

    Wow, that poster sends shivers down my spine! Kids that age will believe just about anything we tell them — they trust adults. Violating that trust — by pretending to knowledge one doesn’t (and cannot) have — is just “a hop, skip and jump” away from other forms of violation. It’s no wonder the clergy attracts so many paedophiles.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    Offering advertising space to local businesses as a kind of token gesture apology is actually a clever move as by association it would seem to afford a veneer of legitimacy to the crackpot gathering.

    And if they really are open to hearing people’s ideas on the subject, here’s one of my own: fuck off, nobody wants you.

  6. Broga says:

    I could offer a load of questions for them. However, they would not want to hear the questions and they certainly wouldn’t be able to provide rational answers.

    They must be a blight as they blanket the town with their depressing and nonsensical “good news.”

  7. Tee says:

    Pleanty of opportunities to tell them to their faces to fuck off and inflict themselves on someone else somewhere else, say the middle of Birminham or Luton. And why not spread the pain around each year.

  8. StephenJP says:

    @Laura Roberts, that was my immediate reaction. “Captive”rather than “captivated”. Disturbing.

    And I would think one or two schools might have something to say about children being withdrawn from classes for the last week of term, even if it is summer. Attendance figures are one of the yardsticks by which schools are assessed. They won’t appreciate a sudden drop in their figures at the end of the year.