bell2St. Mary’s has had a peal of bells since 1732. These have been recast and added to, making up the current ring of 8 bells, installed in 1910. The bearings that the bells turn on have become worn after over 100 years. In order to keep the bells ringing out over Ilkeston for future generations the bearings need replacing and work on the frames, wheels and clappers are urgently required. We have to raise £30,000 to complete this work.

Any donations would be very much appreciated and should be sent to Mr John Bell, Treasurer, St Mary’s Church, Market Place, ILKESTON. DE7 5JA.




(or James New’s News!)

The Cantelupe Centre has had a bit of a face-lift in the form of some new chairs…

We are extremely grateful to the ‘Stanton Benevolent Fund’ which has provided the funding for all the upholstered chairs in the Flamstead Room and also the ones in the Main Hall to be replaced. Many of you will have already seen them and appreciate that they are a massive improvement on what was there as the existing ones were very old, worn and stained. Many different local groups, and charities, regularly use the Cantelupe Centre over the course of a week and the building is also hired out for private parties so lots of different people will have the benefit of them.

Thanks go to James who has organised the changes and liaised with the Benevolent Fund.

If you have any booking, or general queries regarding the Centre, please give James a ring on 932 1329 or email



Gift Aid enables the Church to reclaim tax which has been paid on any gift to the Church. If you do not already take part in this please consider whether you can help in this way.

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