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 hardworking people on stage and off.

Samantha Raine, Senior Ballet Mistress of the Royal Ballet Company 

Craft & Chat has provided the opportunity for those who live alone to meet up once more and create friendships. 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 

I was involved in a careers event held at The Milton Rooms in partnership with the Job Centre, local employers and colleges. It was a fantastic set up with so many local employers in attendance. It was great to see people of all ages coming to see what opportunities were available in Ryedale. I look forward to being involved with similar events in the future.

Nathan Garbutt-Moore, Learning and Employment Professional and RDC Councillor.

I’d like to 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, we did not have the space and times to accommodate all children in a COVID secure setting, so the Milton Rooms came to the rescue by allowing us to hire the Assembly Rooms and a few weeks later the Main Hall. As a result, we have been able to accommodate the majority of pupils which has been fantastic for the well being of the children and their parents! This couldn’t have been achieved on a Saturday without our ‘second campus’ at The Milton Rooms. Thanks again for helping us out!

Angela Kirkham, Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre

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 had not been allowed to meet.  

Following guidance from the Government, 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, two 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 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 first 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 and Patron of the Milton Rooms. 

Musical Memories has enjoyed many, many hours of fun, laughter, music and reminiscence at the Milton Rooms since we started in 2016.  Most of our time has been spent in the Studio Bar where we have delivered over 100 happy sessions with an average attendance of 28 people to each session – two that’s more than 2,800 attendances over the period.

In addition, The Milton Rooms has been the perfect venue for our annual Big Sing every July.  No other venue could accommodate over 150 guests all sitting down to an afternoon singalong accompanied by a scrumptious vintage afternoon tea.  We held Big Sings in the main hall every year for four years from 2016 onwards.  Our fifth Big Sing in 2020 was stopped by the pandemic – but we hope to be back when it is safe to do so.

The team at the Milton Rooms have always been such a help to us in staging these events – we will be back!

Neil Hannah, Musical Memories

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