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2019 DIARY

In November 21 2019 it will be the 125 year of Max Miller’s birthday and the 20th. year of the founding of the Max Miller Appreciation Society. The Society plans to celebrate these with major events

Saturday
26 January
1 pm

Brighton Palace Pier Restaurant

Victoria Bar

Fish and chips lunch to celebrate the Max Miller Appreciation Society’s 20th anniversary

Thursday
28 February
7 pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

Guest speaker Neil Sean

Thursday
30 May 7pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

Guest speaker Sheila Mathews

Thursday
25 July 7pm

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

TBA

Sunday
18 August

The Cheeky Chappie Annual ChariTea Party in the Royal Pavilion Gardens


Thursday
26 September

Queen’s Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

TBA

Sunday
17 November

From 11 am

Old Ship Hotel, King’s Road, Brighton

Sunday lunch and gala cabaret to celebrate Max Miller’s 125 date of birth and 20 years since the Max Miller Appreciation Society was founded





PAST MAJOR EVENTS

CONVENTION SUNDAY
25 November 2018
a
t the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

The Convention Day held in the Old Ship Hotel Brighton commenced with Sunday Morning at the London Palladium, a film show featuring clips from acts at that great theatre and others. Presented by Gerry Oxley it was a great start to the day.

After an interval when members and guests could enjoy a drink at the bar, it was time to be seated in the famous Paganini  Room for a three course lunch followed by a cabaret. Long time member and professional entertainer Pat Nearney performed. In the first half he gave us his impersonation of Max Miller and in the second and final half came out as the Norfolk Nut. During his two acts Sheilah Olley recited a hilarious “recipe”.

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Sir Ken Dodd, OBE


Sir Ken Dodd OBE who passed away on 11 March 2018 at the age of 90 was a patron of the Max Miller Appreciation Society. He was more than generous with his time. He honoured the Society with three visits to its events. The first, when he unveiled the blue commemorative plaque on Max Miller’s former home Ashcroft in Shoreham-by-Sea (22 July, 2000); the second, when he unveiled the relocated Max Miller statue in New Road, Brighton (12 August, 2007) and the third, when he visited the Society’s exhibition in Bardsley’s Restaurant Brighton (3 August, 2009).  At each event he brought laughter, happiness and fun to us all. He took delight in talking to every one of us, signing autographs and having his photo taken. He would stay at the event until the very last person was left happy.

KEN DODD IN BARDSLEY'S

John Fisher

The Society invited John Fisher to become a patron. To its delight he accepted.

John Fisher has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a television producer and executive, working for both the BBC and ITV. A recognised authority on magic and magicians, he shares with Tommy Cooper the distinction of being a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle.

John is a great Max Miller fan and has a large collection of Max memorabilia including the costume and hat.He produced the Heros of Comedy series including the one on Max Miller.





ANNUAL CHEEKY CHAPPIE CHARITEA PARTY

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTea Party in the Royal Pavilion Grounds. Tea with delectable sandwiches, delicious cakes, were provided by David and Vanessa Sewell of the Pavilion Gardens Café. £2,065 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK.

During the afternoon Michael Aspel presented John Fisher with a scroll marking John’s investiture as a patron of the Max Miller Appreciation Society.

TEA PARTY





BRIGHTON PALACE PIER
Wednesdays in June 2017

Wednesdays on the Brighton Palace Pier when the Society celebrated the special relationship Max had with Brighton's Palace Pier.

June 14th. John Henty gave an fascinating talk on Spike Milligan who he interviewed on the Pier in the 1980s

June 21st. Gerry Oxley presented a film show of artistes who appeared in the Palace Pier Theatre

June 28th. Juggling by Susi Oddball, magic by Peter Wentworth, the Mile High magician and at:

2:30 The Big Show with the remarkable Ida Barr with support provided by the Encore Duo.

Ida Barr with the Max cut-out on the Pier

An eventful three Wednesdays which raised funds for BAG the Battle Against Glioblastoma and the Mayor’s Charities

DORA BRYAN BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING
5th. March, 2016

The MMAS honoured Dora Bryan by erecting a blue commemorative plaque on her former home: Clarges Mansions in 117-119 Marine Parade, Brighton.

The plaque was unveiled by president of the Society Roy Hudd at noon on Saturday, 5th. March. The ceremony was witnessed by a large crowd and, in addition to Roy Hudd, speeches were made by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr. Lynda Hyde, Wyn Calvin, Michael Aspel, Andrew Robley, Steve Hewlett accompanied by ‘Simon Cowell’ alongside him.

Invited guests adjourned to the Bristol Pub where food was provided for free by the landlords. A painting of Dora Bryan was auctioned. The lucky bidder presented the painting to the pub where it now hangs. The plaque was funded by donations and all money left over was given to the Alzheimer’s Society.


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