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.




The Cantelupe Centre now has a new Administrator –
James New
Most of you will know James, as he has been the Centre’s ‘Handyman’, part-time, for some time now and works tirelessly to keep the building clean and tidy and in a good state of repair. He can often be found painting or floor buffing!

His familiarity with all that goes on in the Centre, and its regular users, will be a big help in enabling him to keep things running smoothly. He will be working in this new capacity Monday to Friday between 9am and 12 noon.

He will also be carrying on with the maintenance side of things too.

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

Good Luck James!



The Cantelupe Centre are now collecting scrap metal to help in their effort to raise funds for the work needed on the centre.

cable‘Can’ you help? (sorry – couldn’t resist!) They are particularly interested in aluminium cans and any old wire or cables you may have lying around, but they will accept most metal things (old sinks, cutlery, metal legs or chairs etc.), and will also collect it from you if it is awkward for you to deliver it.



playEight babies and toddlers arrived with their mums and grandmas to our first Play and Praise session in church. (Wednesday mornings 10.15 – 11.30am)

The children enjoyed meeting each other and playing with the toys, whilst the adults chatted. We sang songs with actions and played some games using little toy monkeys e.g. Put little monkey on your head. This caused great hilarity. Simple prayers followed.

The children then enjoyed playing musical instruments as they marched around the church. It was very noisy! We marched to the Peter chapel for a Bible story and quiet time.

The toddlers finished with a drink and a biscuit.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the session. I know Rachel and I did. Hopefully they will all return over the coming weeks to do it all again!

Sue Baker


Thank you to everyone who puts items of food in the box for the King’s Cupboard. It is a very worthwhile thing to do. The food is taken regularly to the food bank and really appreciated. There are leaflets available explaining more about the work that they are doing at the Foodbank and how people can get involved.

King's Cupboard Occasionally someone has left a bag of food outside the vestry door which is presumably for the King’s Cupboard. However, many of the items have been past their use-by date and have had to be thrown away. Please could all food donated be in date and brought into the church or the Cantelupe Centre, and handed into the office, and not left outside. Thank you.



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.


Trevor Beighton would like to thank everyone who has brought their used stamps and put them in the box in the church foyer over the past year. These are passed on to the Church Mission Society and help to fund their work. Please continue to support the CMS in this way over the coming year, and please remember to leave a good margin around the stamps. Many thanks.


When the church boiler stopped working in January 2008, it seemed that the 70 year old boiler had reached the end of its economical life and would need to be replaced at a cost of in the region of £35,000. In addition, the boiler experts could not guarantee that any new high-pressure boiler would be compatible with the existing heating pipes which were anything up to 100 years old. This would necessitate the expenditure of an additional £35,000 and would completely wipe out our capital reserves. So an enormous debt of gratitude is owed to Peter Hodson who has spent many hours in discussion with the experts and even more in the boiler house. His hard work and dedication has brought the old boiler back to life with a few minor adjustments but the solution to the problem has only been deferred and not solved completely. What is certain though is that eventually the expenditure of something in the region of £70,000 will be necessary so every member of the church is extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who presented our Treasurer with a cheque for £20,000 as a starter for the “Church Boiler Fund”. Whilst we cannot expect donations like everyday, if you are able to help in any way and with any amount, please speak to Churchwarden Peter Hodson.

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