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The Milton Rooms Charity

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The Milton Rooms – the show must go on!

Yes, we are waiting in the wings – and with your help we can get back to centre stages.

We were delighted to reopen our doors in September, following nearly six months of closure, and received amazing feedback from our audiences. 

We welcomed back some familiar faces with Ryedale Blues Club and Craft & Chat, and worked within our community to assist local groups in being able to restart their events safely within our venue.

Sadly, at the beginning of November, we had to close our doors once more in the second lockdown and now, with the new tier system in place, our future is uncertain. Covid-19 restrictions mean we can run only a limited programme and consequently our income is only a fraction of what it would normally be.

Yet we still have to meet the considerable monthly costs of running the building and paying the bills and insurance.

The Milton Rooms is a vital community hub run almost entirely by volunteers and we are asking for your support to help us to survive this most challenging of times. 

We look forward to welcoming our audiences and users back in the very near future and are working on a diverse and dynamic programme of events for when we are able to fully reopen, so any help will be very much appreciated.

Some Testimonials from our Friends:

I have such happy memories dancing on stage at the Milton Rooms.  Dancing with all my friends and performing to an audience.  They were very special times being surrounded by passionate and hard working people on stage and off.

Samantha Raine, Senior Ballet Mistress of the Royal Ballet Company

Craft & Chat has now started again.  Friendships have been formed and those who live alone appreciate the opportunity to meet up once more.  Community groups are so important in this worrying time.

Margaret Lukey, Craft & Chat Co-ordinator

The Milton Rooms holds so many happy childhood memories of performing on stage! It gave me my first taste of theatre, I played my first leading role there and I think I was the first person to ever FLY there! (RYT production of Peter Pan) It was really special for me to come back to Malton and host my first concert in a venue where it all began. The Milton Rooms gave me the thrill of an audience as a child and I was lucky enough to turn my dreams into a career. 

Lauren Hood, West End & International Performer

We have had to cancel many events during lockdown including our Pop Up Shop and Dog Show at the Milton Rooms.  The team very kindly however, let us use the portico at the front of the building to hold a Saturday stall to raise some money.  Hopefully we can do this again soon!  Local businesses, venues and charities need to think local, work together and keep everybody safe.

Dianne Illingworth, Ryedale Dog Rescue

May I take this opportunity to thank the Milton Rooms for all their help during COVID-19 to allow us to return to Kirkham Henry safely.  When we were given the go ahead to return to the studios, providing that we followed all guidelines to be classed as COVID secure, Lisa at the Milton Rooms came to the rescue by allowing us to hire the Assembly Rooms and a few weeks later the Main Hall.  Due to classes having to have the two metre social distance spaces we have had to split classes up and we did not have the studio space and times to accommodate all children.  Starting with a two week timetable we were able to accommodate the majority of pupils even though not all classes they attended pre COVID.  This has pleased the parents of the children involved due their well being and we have been congratulated by many.  This couldn’t have been achieved on a Saturday without our second campus ‘The Milton Rooms’.

Thanks again for helping us out!  As a Community Interest Company our aim is to keep fees as low as possible so as not to exclude anyone from attending, and as we had to fundraise for our recovery, the Milton Rooms have allowed re-opening with their generosity to help the community which is what we, as a CIC aim to do ourselves.

Angela Kirkham, Principal

The Swinton & District Band would like to thank the Milton Rooms for enabling us to get back to a little bit of normality.  Due to COVID, back in March we had to suspend our rehearsals and for several months have not been allowed to meet.  Following guidance from the Government, the Department of DCMS and Brass Band England, and also following strict guidelines and risk assessments it has become possible for us to get back together again to rehearse.

However in our own band room this was not possible due to the need to be socially distanced.  We needed to find a space that would be large enough for up to 30 musicians to be sat 2 metres apart.  We contacted a number of local venues and the Milton Rooms came back to us with a very generous offer with regards to hire charges.  This provides us with a really safe place to rehearse and it also enabled us to audition for a new Musical Director who we have now been able to appoint.  Being able to get back together, even though we are unable to socialise at these practices, is really good for the mental health of our members and it has also helped to ensure the future of our organisation.  We feel very fortunate to have a resource like the Milton Rooms in our town.

Tracy Popham, Swinton Brass Band

The Milton Rooms has been ‘home’ to Ryedale Youth Theatre for our annual shows since our fist show in 1991.  To see our shows brought to life on the stage at the Milton Rooms is exciting every year and the RYT cast of approximately 70 young people always look forward to performing there.  We are very lucky to have this venue in Malton bringing so many different forms of entertainment to the town and its surrounding community.

Teri Aldous, Ryedale Youth Theatre Trustee

I will forever owe a huge debt to the Milton Rooms and the people who work so tirelessly to ensure this wonderful community building is still a key part of Malton and the surrounding area.  It was my first experience of ‘theatre’ being lucky enough to perform with a diverse group of ages, cultures and life experiences.  I enjoyed dancing with friends at their many discos and found gifts attending art and craft fairs.  I feel lucky to have grown up where a community building, such as the Milton Rooms, played such a vital and important role in mine, and many other people’s lives.  Long may it continue.

Scott Garnham, Award winning singer, actor and theatrical producer.  Creator of The Barricade Boys

Fundraising team (3)

Lisa Rich
Ray King
Sue Milburn
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Raised £10 from 1 donation
Kerry Ennis
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