Friends of Milton Mausoleum

by | 6 October 2023 | Community Event, Heritage, Retford

August was a very busy and enjoyable month for The Friends of the Mausoleum and their supporters.

On Saturday 12th they held a cabaret-style evening welcoming guests with a complimentary drink. The entertainer for the evening was superb, international female vocalist Lucy Campbell. She held the audience with a stunning repertoire of songs from musicals and classical numbers.

On Tuesday 22nd the Friends were delighted to be involved in an event which surpassed all expectations. They were invited by the owners of the Lound Hall Estate to join them in an Open Gardens event at their home, as they wished to raise funds for the Milton Mausoleum. This event attracted over 450 visitors who enjoyed delicious refreshments in the grounds, woodland walks by the River Maun and visiting the croquet lawn.

Informative talks were presented by historian Adrian Gray regarding the history of Lound Hall, where a manor house originally stood on this site in the 1700s. It was rebuilt and renovated in the 1930s as a family home for local businessman Sir Harald Peake, a prominent mining company director and once Chairman of Rolls Royce. During WWII the Hall served as an RAF base before converting into a military hospital to care for injured soldiers. The Hall was then sold to the National Coal Board to be a further education college in 1955 which finally closed in 1994. The Hall returned to private ownership and was renovated back to its former glory in 2010 by the present family.

There was a plants and herbs stall in the grounds and incidental music was presented by Stephanie Leather and Liam Brown. The weather was very kind on a wonderful day. The Friends Committee and the family at Lound Hall would like to thank everyone for making this such a memorable day.

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 11th November, 10.00am to 4.00pm: Christmas Gift and Crafts Fayre at Milton Mausoleum
    Back by popular demand! A great mixture of stalls presenting many choices of quality gifts and crafts by local companies, with some new additions this year. There will also be a raffle, tours of the Monument room and a refreshments marquee. Entry is free.
  • Saturday 2nd December, 3.00pm: Carols by Candlelight in the Mausoleum
    Please reserve your seat for this fabulous start to the Christmas season which this year will feature Village Harmony. With a festive look and refreshments and a Festive Prize Draw, this event has proved to be extremely popular and attracts a full house.

For all enquiries and bookings email or call Bobby on 01777 870300 or Jenny on 01777 871706.