We are delighted to inform you that The Mausoleum will be open every Sunday in September 2 – 4pm.

Clear procedures are in place to ensure that we meet Government COVID 19 guidance on cleanliness, and social distancing.

To help us protect the health of our volunteers and members of the public, our Volunteer Stewards will be wearing PPE, and all visitors must wear a mask on entering the building.

We will be operating a one-way system, the stewards will guide you around the building to promote social distancing, and sanitising product will be available for your use.

The Milton Mausoleum – Covid-19 Update July 2020

Our stewards have certainly missed our visitors and supporters this year due to the present circumstances; however the Mausoleum will be open at the following times –

The month of September, on Sundays from 2pm – 4pm

Our volunteer stewards will be wearing PPE and all visitors must wear a mask on entering the building. Our stewards will guide you around the building to promote social distancing. Sanitising product will be available for your use.

Events 2020

We are so disappointed that we were unable to present our Summer Music event this year but a date for your 2021 diary is Summer Music Concert 26th June 2021. More details to follow in due course. We hope to have our wonderful Winter Music event in December and more details will be published later.


As I write the latest update to all our Friends and Supporters I am keenly aware of what a very different year this is for everyone.

Sunday, April 26th, should have been our Annual Lunch at the West Retford Hotel  – so a date for your 2021 diaries – please save the 25th April for the Friends Lunch. Our guest was to be Rob Smith, an historian whose specialism is the 1820 Nottinghamshire Settlers. They founded the village of “Clumber” in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, two hundred years ago on 25th July 1820. Our link to this southern hemisphere Clumber is the 4th Duke. Henry sponsored the “Nottingham party” who sailed from Liverpool on board the “Albury” on 13th February 1820. The Albury  arrived in Simon’s Bay (Cape Town) 2 hundred years ago today – 1st May. Sailing on to  Algoa Bay (Port Elizabeth) the Settler’s then trekked inland towards Grahamstown and founded Clumber village nearby. Rob has agreed to come along to next year’s lunch and tell us more of the story!

Our open season was set to begin on Sunday, 3rd May. Along with all CCT churches, the door to Milton Mausoleum is firmly locked and no visitors are allowed in until further notice.

The AGM will not be held at the beginning of June and the current committee will continue until June 2021. I hope no-one has any objections, given the present crisis. We will be looking for new members to join the committee, so don’t be shy, think about what you could offer to the team.

At this stage it is highly unlikely our Summer Music event will take place on 25th July. This date was chosen to coincidence with the day of celebration to be held at Clumber Church, South Africa. We are planning instead for 2021.

However there is good news and light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel! We have electricity! The installation was carried out by Steve Wade (Milton) just before the lock-down, with Steve very generously donating his labour. Along with all of you, our very generous supporters, we have achieved a significant milestone in the life of Milton Mausoleum. The celebratory “switch-on” will have to wait a while – I hope not as long as until our Winter Music (December 5th) – but who knows!

Thank you for your continued support. We will breathe life back into our beloved building and there will be great celebration when we meet again.

Good News!

I have some really good news for you all at last. If you have driven, rode or strolled past the Mausoleum in recent weeks you will have noticed things happening.

In November the trench was dug and conduit laid for electric cables, last week the cables were installed and this week the meter will be in place. Very soon after that Steve Wade, electrical contractor, will fix sockets and a light in the west end of the building.

This is our basic starter “kit” and although we will still need to run free-standing cables and lights, we will no longer require a generator! May I again express our thanks to you all for your support and patience during the lengthy time this has taken but we will soon be able to “switch on”. Huge thanks also to Alick Jones and Brian Smethurst who have made this final stage happen, to Steve for gifting his labour and the Cope family and “Trans-sport” for their loan of generators and equipment over the last 5 years.

2019 was indeed a golden year for the Mausoleum. The “On Golden Hill” weekend in June saw us celebrate 50 years of the CCT with a gala event featuring the super talented “Highly Strung” quartet and “The Williams Sisters”. To hear stringed instruments “sing” and feel shivers down the spine hearing the voices of Cerys and Grace was an amazing experience. Then the wonderful weather continued for the Midsummer Tea the following day. Prosecco works just as well as tea with cake!

In September we had the equally successful, but very different, “Hog Roast” with music provided by the very popular local band “Limited Ability”. The year was completed by the Winter Music event in December with handbells ringing out and lots of joyous carol singing!

The team work very hard to bring all the events to fruition and you show your support very generously.

Thank you.

Ringers and Singers

The Friends of Milton Mausoleum welcome you to our seasonal event of music on Saturday 7th December at 2.00pm.

Ringers and Singers

We will be serving mulled wine and mince pies and holding a raffle with the usual wonderful prizes.

Reserve a place in adavance by email to

There is no charge for this event, though donations would be most welcome.

Please dress warmly.

Thanks for all your interest in this event. It is now sold out.

We would also love to see you, at our stand at Retford Christmas Market on Saturday 1st December where you can take part in our Game of the Day.

Or come along to Tuxford Christmas Market on Sunday 8th December and try your luck on the Chocobola game.