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UPCOMING PUBLIC APPEARANCES 2023 with apologies for lack of updates recently





Saturday 28 October 2023 Jonathan will appear at The Autumn Festival of Norfolk - tickets here:

JONATHAN AITKEN In Conversation with The RT REVD GRAHAM USHER, Bishop of Norwich

  • £20 conc £18

  • The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, NR1 4D

Tuesday 21 November Jonathan is giving a talk for Ormiston Families at Murray Edwards College Cambridge Tickets Here:

A Journey from Prisoner to Prison Chaplain

With emphasis on Mental Health in Prisons


Jonathan’s co-speakers will be the Governor of HMP Pentonville, Ian Blakeman and Custodial Manager Neil Fraser, Head of the ground-breaking new Neurodiversity Unit (NDU) Wing at HMP Pentonville




In September 15  Jonathan spoke at The Nixon Library 


Monday 12 June 6.30pm - 8.30pm The Revellers Club 

Bridge Room, Prince Albert, 85 Albert Bridge Rd, London SW11 4PF - Jonathan will talk about prison reform

Wednesday July 5 at 11am Jonathan is speaking at St Paul's Church, Howell Hill "Food for Thought" at St Paul's Church Centre, 15 Northley Ave, Cheam, Ewell, Sutton SM2 7HS


Monday 30 May 2022

Jonathan Aitken - A journey from power to prison to prison chaplain

Monday 30th May

19:30 - 21:00


Doors Open: 19:00
Artist: Jonathan Aitken

Venue: Methodist Church
Adult Ticket: £10.00


The Revd Jonathan Aitken has had one of the most high profile and colourful careers in British public life.
He is a former Member of Parlia
ment, Cabinet Minister, and ex-prisoner. He became a Christian while serving a prison sentence for perjury in 1999. He is now a Prison Chaplain at HMP Pentonville.  
He is the author of seventeen books including award winning biographies of John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace; former US President Richard M Nixon and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  He is also a well-known broadcaster and columnist for the Times and other newspapers.
He was ordained in June 2018 at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Bishop of London.  He now combines being a curate at St Matthew’s Westminster with being a chaplain at HMP Pentonville.


Every Wednesday Jonathan is at St Matthew's Westminster , 20 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2BU for their Choral Evensong at 6.30pm.  The evening reaches spiritual and musical heights.

Please see the impressive list of guests giving their "Thought for the Evening"

Sunday 6 March 2022 for Lent 1 Jonathan is preaching at Pusey House, St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ 


March 13 2022 for Lent 2 Jonathan is preaching at his church St Matthew's Church, 20 Great Peter Street, Westminster, London SW1P2BU 

The Revd Jonathan Aitken can be found every Sunday at the 11am Service at St Matthew's Westminster 20 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2BU 


2017 PAST


Thursday October 12 at 2.30pm at Digby Hall as part of the Sherborne Literary Festival 

6pm Sunday 5 March preaching at Brasnose College Oxford Radcliffe Sq, Oxford OX1 4AJ on Psalm 130 (De profundis Oscar Wilde)

6.30pm Wednesday, 15th March  Longton Central Hall, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 2JH Click here for Flyer

Sunday 19 March preaching at HMP Coldingly in Woking.

6pm Wednesday 12 April preaching at the West Devon Fillling Station Warson Farm, Coryton, Nr Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4PQ click here to link


7.15am Sunday 29 January 2016 tune in to listen to Jonathan doing the Paper Review on LBC Radio Live


6pm Friday 3 February speaking at Alpha Launch, Leamington Spa

3pm Sunday January 8 2017 Jonathan preached at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (Please click Next Appearances  for other events where Jonathan is speaking in 2017).  To read his sermon please click here.

Thursday 3 November

Speaking to Dartford Conservatives on Penal Reform and Offender Rehabilitation venue tbc

Saturday October 8 The Uganda Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Hotel Africana, Kampala Nile Hall Plot 2-4 Wampewo Avenue, Uganda

Jonathan will be appearing before 1,000 leaders of all faith groups in Uganda on the subject "You Will Know Them By Their Fruits" (Matthew 7:15-20)

September 25 6pm Alpha talk Cambridge

7.45pm Alpha Supper at Kingsgate Peterborough

(details coming soon)

September 20 10.15-4.30pm at Strand Palace Hotel

Jonathan will be appearing at Public Policy Exchange event on 'An Introduction to the Government's Prison Reforms: Will they produce practical rehabilitation for Prisoners?' Click here for more registering



Friday September 16 at Sawbridge Church, London Road, Sawbridge CM21 9EH

Tickets cost £5 and include a light finger buffet.

For more information or to order tickets, phone 01279 722373.


The early part of 2016 was very busy apologies for the lack of updates.

3pm Sunday 11 October 2015

Wimbledon BookFest Jonathan will be speaking at Big Tent, Wimbledon Common, SW19 5AZ on the subject of 'Repentence, Prison Reform and Faith in Society' click here for more details

11am Sunday 6th September 2015

HTB Queensgate Jonathan will be preaching at the Sunday Morning service

7.30pm Tuesday 9 June 2015

Festival of Ideas York w/ Mat Matravers speaking on 'Secrets from a Life in Journalism, Politics and Prison'.  For free tickets please click here.


Evening 14 May 2015

Talk at ChristChurch Redbourn (nr St Albans) Redbourn Junior School, Long Cutt, Redbourn, St Albans, Herts AL3 7EX on ‘From Power, to Prison, to Peace”.  



8pm 14 April 2015

St Paul's Church Camberley Speakers Corner, Crawley Ridge, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AD 

Talk followed by Q & A


8pm Tuesday January 6


Jonathan will be giving a talk at Middlesex University, The Burroughs Hendon NW4 4BT in aid of North London Hospice.  The talk will be followed by Q & A.


Wednesday January 14


Jonathan will appear at the Official opening Ceremony of Gloucestshire's new custody suite 


Thursday January 15


Special guest of George Grant at Rudding Park



12.30 for 1pm Tuesday 9 December

Jonathan will be at the Royal Temple Yacht Club Ramsgate for the Ramsgate Conservate Member's lunch.  



7.30-9.30pm Monday 8 December

Jonathan will read a lesson at St John's Church Smith Square for Oracle Cancer Trust Glory of Christmans Concert.  To attend and support this wonderful charity please click:



10.30am Sunday 7 December

Jonathan will be preaching at HTB Courtfield Gardens SW5 0LX on Judgement, Love and Glory (Isaiah 40:1-6 Mark 1: 1-13).  Click:


7.30pm Monday 17 November


Jonathan will be speaking at the Real Life Festival at All Saints, Crowborough, Chapel Green, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1ED being interviewed by Marcus Nodder.  Click here for more information:



12pm Sunday 16 November


Jonathan will be speaking and being interviewed by Lord Hennessey at the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival for more information and tickets please click here:



10am Friday November 14


Jonathan will be speaking at the 4th Annual Funding Christian Churches and Charities conference Fundable Yet Faithful, St Mellitus, 24 Collingham Road, London SW5 OLX.  To attend please click: Session_ID=10301&pPK=30bb2958-b7aa-4b1e-8dcc-470d116ac64e



7.30pm Tuesday November 11


Jonathan will be speaking at Hope in Leatherhead event at Thorndike Theatre, 7 Church St, Leatherhead, KT22 8DN more information to follow. Click here for more information about this Free event:



7.30pm Monday November 3


Jonathan will be speaking at Supper at Esher Green Baptiste Church, 6 Park Road, Surrey K10 8NP



2-3pm Saturday November 1


Jonathan will be making an appearance at the Buxton Festival, Pavillion Arts Centre, Pavillion Gardens, St John's Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE to book please click here for booking information:



7pm Friday October 31


Jonathan will be speaking for Chessington Evangelical Church, Reeds School, Sandy Ln, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES  for Men's Curry Night click here for more information:



8pm Wednesday September 24 2014


Jonathan will be speaking on the subject of 'Christianity - Untrue, Boring and Irrelevant' at St Dunstan's Church, , Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, NW10 5HX for directions please click on the website:



Wednesday 17th September 7.30.p.m


Jonathan will be speaking about From Power to Prison to Peace at Godalming United Church Bridge Rd, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3DU Click here: 



7pm Thursday June 26 2014


 Jonathan will be speaking at Wycliffe Church, 233 Kings Road, Reading RG1 4LS on the subject 'From Power to Prison to Peace'


More information:



 7pm Wednesday June 11 2014


 Jonathan will be speaking at Songs and Words for Freedom on the subject 'From Power to Prison to Peace' at St Mark's Church, Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise NW10 5HX


St Mark's Kensal Rise is situated on the corner of All Soul's Avenue and Bathurst Gardens.

Bus 187 stops directly outside

Tube/Train: Kensal Green and Kensal Rise are 5-10 mins walk


7pm Saturday May 17th 2014


Jonathan will be speaking at Chipping Norton Methodist Church on the subject 'From Power to Prison to Peace' Drinks and Canapes - Free tickets available from Mairi Radcliffe 01993 831 472 or Stephen Bywater 01608 646 877 at Chipping Norton Church as part of Revival


The Church is situated in West Street Chipping Norton, between the Old Mill Cafe and Corbetts Electrical Shop OX7 5LH


Click on here for link for the full programme of Revival



7pm Monday May 12 2014


 Jonathan will be speaking at Mayfest in Notting Hill on the subject 'From Power to Prison to Peace' at St John’s Church Notting Hill Lansdowne Crescent London W11 2NN

(opposite Ladbroke Park Gardens, on Ladbroke Grove)




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