Friends of Milton Mausoleum

by | 30 November 2023 | Community facility, Heritage, Retford

This year has been a busy one for Milton Mausoleum, beginning with a Sunday Lunch at the West Retford Hotel when the Friends were able to meet in the courtyard beforehand in glorious sunshine.

In May they could not resist taking up the challenge of organising a special event at East Markham Village Hall. The Eurovision Song Contest came to England, and the Friends invited some Ukrainian families, who have settled in the Retford area. They provided a buffet, games and music which helped to create a special evening for the Ukrainian guests. The local village communities were very generous and helped to create a Grand Prize Draw.

In August the group was Putting on the Ritz, a concert featuring an outstanding performance by the hugely talented Lucy Campbell. Her repertoire provided a variety of songs; something for everyone. Her standing ovations were truly deserved. Wine and canapes were served on the lawn at the interval.

A special first-time event for the Friends was the Open Gardens Day, suggested by the owners of Lound Hall Estate to contribute to funds. This event exceeded expectations in that over 450 people attended on the day. The group really enjoyed working with the family to provide an interesting day for everyone.

The third Christmas Gifts and Craft Fayre was held on 11th November, brought back by popular demand with a return of popular stallholders and some new ones added this year.

The final event of the year is the hugely popular Carols by Candlelight on Saturday 2nd December. It is already fully booked and is a great way to welcome the festive season.

The Friends thank you all very much for your generosity and support for their events this year and, as it’s nearly that time of year, they would like to wish all friends and supporters a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Milton Mausoleum, in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, is at The Avenue, Milton NG22 0PW. For more information email