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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.

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

Thursday
27 September

MMAS members meeting at the Queen’s Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton

Guest speaker Brian Freeland on his career in theatre management including the London Palladium

CABARET POSTER

Sunday
30 September


Raymond Brigg’s Sofa, a radio play adapted for the stage
Holiday Inn, King’s Road, Brighton
£10 in aid of Macmillan Cancer
Booking through Older People’s Festival; Pavilion Gardens Cafe or by ringing 01273 461082

Sunday, 25 November

** Convention weekend at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton**

11am   Annual General Meeting.

11:15  Film show presented by Gerald Oxley.

12:30  Bar opens

1:45    Three course lunch with half bottle of wine per person

3:30    Cabaret  We welcome the return of Pat Nearney ‘The Norfolk Nut’ in his own show

OTHER GOOD EVENTS

Saturday
20 October
at 7:30pm

Cecil Sharp House, London

Tickets £22

£10 under 26

Tickets click HERE

PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA

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MAJOR EVENTS IN 2017

BRIGHTON PALACE PIER
Wednesdays in June 7, 14 & 21

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

ANNUAL CHEEKY CHAPPIE CHARITEA PARTY

Sunday, 13 August

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. £1,402 was raised for The Orpheus Centre, a charity founded by Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE which maintains an independent specialist college in Surrey that increases the confidence and skills of young disabled adults through the performing arts. Sir Richard third from left.

www.orpheus.org.uk

SIR RICHARD STILGOE AT THE ORPHEUS CENTRE

CONVENTION SUNDAY
19 November
a
t the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

11am Annual General Meeting

11:15am  Gerry Oxley’s Film Show in the Regency Room. Fun on film Keep ‘em Laughing

1pm  Three course luncheon including wine, finished with tea or coffee and mints. On piano during lunch Mark Campbell

3pm  Cabaret with the Encore Duo and support from Leonora on flute and Susi clowning about.

PAGANINI ROOM

ENCORE DUO

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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Sir Ken in Bardsley’s
2009