Friends of Milton Mausoleum- October Newsletter

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

On Sat. 12th we held a cabaret-style evening welcoming guests with a complimentary drink.  The entertainer for the evening was a superb, international female vocalist, Lucy Campbell.  She held the audience with a stunning repertoire of songs from musicals and classical numbers.  Lucy enthralled us all with her performances and received standing ovations. In the interval guests enjoyed wine and canapes on the lawn and a superb prize draw completed a beautiful evening.

On Tues. 22nd we were delighted to be involved in an event which surpassed all our expectations.  We 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 about 

1993-4. 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 to us 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. 



Sat 11th November from 10am – 4pm    Christmas Gift and Crafts Fayre at Milton Mausoleum   Free Entry

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 featuring hot and cold food with a welcome seating area.  Please come along and show your support for these local businesses. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sat. 2nd December 3pm    Carols by Candlelight in the Mausoleum

Please reserve your seat for this fabulous start to the Christmas season when this year we will be joined by Village Harmony so come along and join us.  With a festive look and refreshments this event has proved to be extremely popular and attracts a full house.  Together with a Festive Prize Draw this is an event not to be missed.

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