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APPRECIATION SOCIETY

MMAS

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FOUNDED JANUARY 1999 IN BRIGHTON

ROY HUDD

O.B.E.

PRESIDENT

Worked with Max in variety

WYN CALVIN  WYN

CALVIN

  M.B.E., OStJ
VICE-PRESIDENT

Welsh Prince of Laughter

KEN DODDKEN DODD

       O.B.E.
PATRON

Makes them laugh more times a minute than any other

MICHAEL ASPEL MICHAEL

ASPEL

            O.B.E.
PATRON

Great Max Miller fan

MAX

 TYLER

HONORARY MEMBER

British Music Hall Historian

PETER

 WEBSTER

HONORARY MEMBER

Sculptor of the
Max Miller statue 

ADAM 

TRIMINGHAM

HONORARY MEMBER

Brighton's ace journalist and Freeman of the City of Brighton & Hove

ROBERT

 ROSS

HONORARY MEMBER

Writer of books from the Carry On films to Doctor Who plays

PATRICK WATERS  IRENE DAVIES
FRANK SARGENT 
DARREN SARGENT

HONORARY MEMBERS

Max's family

JOHN 

RIPLEY

HONORARY MEMBER

Top Max
 impressionist

 

JOHN

HENTY

HONORARY MEMBER

Chairman of MMAS from 2002 to 2011

MICK TONER 

&

CHRISTINE JONES

 

HONORARY MEMBERS

Founders of the MMAS

~   CHAIRMAN  - Averil Older ~

Wow, what a cast. If it were the 1950s, there would be a queue round the block to see Roy Hudd, Ken Dodd, Michael Aspel and  Wyn Calvin on the same variety bill.

The rise in membership has been dramatic since the establishment of the Society which has attracted a number of showbiz personalities. Lord Grade, Sir Peter Blake, Des Lynam, Ronnie Ronalde, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Perry are just some of the faithful celebrity supporters.

The Society helps to keep our memory of Max alive in various ways:

  • Social evenings - Meets on the last Thurdsay of alternative months in Brighton

  • Special events - annual conventions, gala dinners, stages shows,  ceremonies, garden parties

  • Memorabilia - collects and exhibits Max's original suit, photographs, song sheets, posters and programmes

  • Commemorative plaques - erection of blue plaques on homes owned by Max

  • Journal - four issues a year; worth the annual membership fee alone!

  • Publication - The Max Miller Appreciation Society's Blue Book and the New Max Miller Blue Book

  • Merchandise - sells a variety of items, see SHOPPING page

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monday, May 6: joint event in Brighton with the British Music Hall Society - celebrating 50 years of British Music Hall Society and commemorating 50 years since Max Miller died.

    Unveiling of the MAX MILLER WALK street sign followed by:
    Celebration fish & chip luncheon and cabaret at the Carousel with Ida Barr and the Swingtime Sweethearts. To see a video of the day, click here.

  • Sunday, 4 August: The Cheeky Chappie Charity Garden Party at the Pavilion Gardens Café,  Brighton. A delicious afternoon tea was provided and several well-known celebrities attended. £2,500 was raised and shared between two charities The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove and the Martlets Hospice.
  • National Festival of Music Hall and Variety: Friday to Sunday, September 20 to 22 to celebrate 50 years of the British Music Hall Society in the newly renovated Wilton Music Hall, London.
  • Max Miller Appreciation Society's Annual Convention weekend: November 15 to 17
  • Friday: A Bit of Rolly Polly and an  'alf a Pint of Ale: vintage film clips presented by Gerry from his own collection. 
  • Saturday: Annual dinner & Cabaret in the historic Paganini Room at the Old Ship Hotel. Hosted by vice-presient Wyn Calvin who introduced Joey Howard in cabaret.
  • Sunday: STRICTLY SHOWTIME in the Komedia. On the bill two members of the Grand Order of the Water Rats, Adger Brown and Andrew Van Buren with his assistant Allyson who amazed. Tucker, who was in our show a couple of years ago, made a return visit. Julia Birkinshaw providing the vocal touch, singing songs of the 1940s and 50's , the Brighton Lindyhopper dancers opened the show hosted by Pat Nearney.

FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS

  • Thursday, 27 March at 7 pm in the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton: we welcome guest speaker Wayne Shaw with his presentation on 'comedians'.
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  • Sunday, 13 April at 2 pm. The World Famous GRAND ORDER OF THE WATER RATS are proud to host THE MAX MILLER Special Event including Celebrity Encounters, the History of the GOWR, Past President Ken Joy recalling the great days of music hall entertainment, Dec Cluskey 'The Batchelors' presenting My Extraordinary Life and a very special Water Rats Cabaret with Don Shearman at the Piano, plus other attractions and including a Buffet Tea. GOWR, 328 Gray's Inn Road, London. Tickets £35.00

    Thursday, 29 May at 7 pm in the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton: with guest speaker

    Thursday, 31 July at 7 pm in the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton: with guest speaker 
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  • Sunday, 3 August from 2 to 5 pm The Cheeky Chappie's Charity Garden Party at the Pavilion Gardens Cafe. All proceeds to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Thursday, 25 September at 7 pm in the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton: with guest speaker.
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  • Friday to Sunday, 21 to 23 November: Convention Weekend
If you have enjoyed this website, why not join THE MAX MILLER APPRECIATION SOCIETY. As a member you will receive the journal There'll Never Be Another issued quarterly packed with information, be able to attend meetings and special events, make contact with other members and keep those memories of Max, music hall and variety alive

For an Membership Application Form in PDF, click here

If you have memories of Max, questions or just wish to comment on this website, we would be delighted to hear from you, Just e-mail us on:

CLICK HERE

 

Alternatively you may wish to write to the Membership Secretary: 

Jack Strutt, 
111 Brentwood Road, 
Brighton, 
BN1 7ET, England  
   

John Ripley, brilliant Max Miller impersonator and all round entertainer extraordinaire, will entertain you (within 50 miles of Gravesend, Kent) at your special function.

John who has made stage and TV appearances as Max, does other impersonations including Howard Keel, Elvis Presley, Frankie Vaughan, Al Jolson, Dean Martin ... and can do a full show.

John Ripley can be contacted through the Society or directly on 01474 564507

Click HERE to see John performing at the Grosvenor Hotel