The Max Miller Appreciation Society's
~ DIARY FOR 2022 ~
We hope to see you
Tuesday mornings (when dry): 11am.
Coffee and rock cakes at the Pavilion Gardens Café, Brighton. All welcome
Thursday 28th. July
Social meeting at the Friends' Meeting House, Ship Street,, Brighton
Andy Hollingworth presents Little Tich
Sunday 14th. August
Annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTEA Party at the Pavilion Café, New Road, Brighton raising money for the Macmillan Horizon Centre, Brighton.
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Thursday 29th. September
Social meeting at the Friends' Meeting House, Ship Street,, Brighton
Richard Norman & Keith Fawkes on Life of Duggie Bing.
Sunday 20th. November
Annual Convention Day including AGM/Film Show/Luncheon/Cabaret in the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton (bookings commence in August)
Please note these dates are provisional and subject to change. More events may be added and further details when known will be given.
Care to assist with a whole new project?
The Max Miller Appreciation Society is curating an interesting and informative film in partnership with LATEST TV BRIGHTON celebrating the many connections between the City of Brighton & Hove, the Variety Theatre and Max Miller.
The film provisionally titled Finding a Home for Max will seek to establish a permanent location in the city for all the society’s archive material which has rarely been seen and deserves a wider audience.
Filming has commenced , and we are inviting donations at our Justgiving page – where all amounts will be gratefully received.
If you can help, then please do donate at:
Autumn edition of TNBA . Fun packed 24 pages of reading
FILMING "FINDING A HOME FOR MAX!"
Filming has proceeded well with Mike Mendoza presenting the programme. A start was made at last year's annual luncheon when president John Fisher, the Mayor, patron Michael Aspel all of whom are supporting a home for Max were interviewed.
The cameras have been rolling at the statue and dipping into our archive collection where valuables including Max's dressing gown, costume and bust have been featured.
The exhibition at Bardsley's Fish restaurant will be featured under the watchful eyes of patron Steve Hewlett together with Arthur Lager.
The final location was the Brighton Hippodrome where Max appeared in variety from 1931 to 1958 over a total of 29 weeks. John Henty and Gerry Oxley met the new owners with the suggestion that when the present refurbishment is completed, a space could be found for a Max Miller exhibition.
~ PAST EVENTS ~
Sunday, 21 November 2021
AGM, Film Show, Luncheon and Cabaret at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton
STEVE HEWLETT'S LUNCH & SHOW IN EASTBOURNE 2021
On Sunday, 3rd. October, Steve invited members of the society to a lunch at the Langham Hotel in Estbourne. The three course luncheon and coffee was followed by excellent entertainment with Nina providing music and song and Steve Hewlett with Arthur Lager and friends.
During the afternoon Steve was handed a scroll investing him into the society as patron.
CHEEKY CHAPPIE CHARITEA PARTY 2021
The annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTea Party was held at the Pavilion Cafe in the Pavilion Grounds on Sunday, 15 August 2021. Its special guest was Cllr. Alan Robins , Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove and his consort Val Cawley . The sum of £1,753 was raised for the Team Domenica. To date over £28,000 was donated to various charities through these annual events.
Steve Hewlett Patron from 2021
The Society is proud to announce that Steve Hewlett has become its newest patron. He has been an admirer and a fan of Max since childhood and remembers participating in the first unveiling of the statue. Steve is a great supporter of the Society and has produced and appeared in two variety shows for the Society (2011 and 2012).
Steve now in his 35th year in show-business, is an innovator who has breathed life into a once dying art of ventriloquism. He has several loveable characters who he calls his friends as well as a box that talks and recently, he provided the voice for the 1950s dummy Archie Andrews which he brought to the Society’s Cheeky Chappie ChariTEA Party (2012). He has performed worldwide, in major theatres, in cabaret and on cruise ships and is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats.
In Britain’s Got Talent in 2013, Steve won the public vote to become the Wild Card Finalist in the show. He memorably surprised a certain Mr. Simon Cowell when he brought Little Simon and Little Sinitta – creating huge cheers from sitting rooms all over the UK!
Photograph of Steve with past president Roy Hudd OBE and Arthur Lager (2019)
Photograph of Steve at the ChariTEA party with Patron Michael Aspel OBE and Archie Andrews (2012)
John Fisher President from 2020
The Society is proud to have as its new president John Fisher. John is a great fan of Max Miller and has collected a wealth of Max memorabilia including an original Max Miller costume, hat and tie. He attended the last annual dinner in November 2019 which was also attended by past president Roy Hudd.
John has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in television. He produced shows as diverse as Parkinson, Wogan, The Bob Monkhouse Show, The Ken Dodd Show, Des O’Connor Tonight, The Best of Magic, This Is Your Life, The Paul Daniels Show and the definitive documentary series on British comedians, Heroes of Comedy which he wrote as well as producing. The series of course included a Max edition regarded as the best documentary on the Chappie ever made. A recognized authority on magic and magicians, he shares with Tommy Cooper the distinction of being a Gold Star member of the Magic Circle.
John wrote a number of books including A Funny Way to Be a Hero (1973). A completely new edition was published in 2013. The Times reviewer wrote, "The best book about twentieth-century British entertainers I have ever read."
~ IN MEMORANDUM ~
Wyn Calvin MBE 1925-2022
Wyn Calvin our vice-president passed away on February 2022 at the age of 96. He was billed as "The Welsh Prince of Laughter" and sometimes "The Clown Prince of Wales" but he was also acclaimed "the Laurence Olivier of pantomime dames".
Wyn attended many of the society's events and at one, acted as the MC at its annual dinners. He did not need a microphone, his booming Welsh voice was heard by everyone. He will be sadly missed.
Dame Vera Lynn 1917-2020
Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed-away on 18 June 2020 aged 103 surrounded by her close family. The Society sends its deepest condolences to her family
Dame Vera appeared in the revue Apple Sauce with Max which commenced on 22 August at the Holborn Empire to 9 September. Its run was curtailed due to a bomb destroying the theatre. The revue continued at the London Palladium from 5 March 1941 and ended on 29 November that year.
Roy Hudd 1936-2020
We were devastated to hear that our president, Roy Hudd OBE had passed away after a short illness on 15 March 2020.
When the Society was formed twenty years ago in Brighton, everyone agreed, there was only one man to take on the President’s role and that was ‘Our Roy’! And like everyone else too, we did regard him as “Ours”!!
We knew his enormous affection for all things music hall, his love of real stand-up comedy and his oft-stated and life-long appreciation of the Cheeky Chappie. SNAP!!
When Roy immediately accepted our invitation, it was curtain-up time for the newly formed society! A lively magazine was created. A statue was erected, charitable events flourished and we have never ever looked back!
Roy and Debbie were always there for us too at many of the colourful events. If he couldn’t make it, a hand-written verse would arrive – to be read out with glee. In that spirit, we offer this with love and respect.
There’ll Never Be Another
Of Max we know that’s true
Now Roy has gone to join him
To share a joke or two!
Dear ‘Uddy – Thanks for all the joy
You gave us through the years
We’re left with happy memories
To wipe away the tears
~ 2019 ~
125/21 ANNIVERSARY DINNER/CABARET 2019
November 21 2019 marked the 125 year of Max Miller’s birth and the 20th year of the founding of the Max Miller Appreciation Society. These events were celebrated with a special anniversary dinner and cabaret at the Paganini Room in the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton. Special guests were Roy Hudd and his wife Debbie Flitcroft, Adam Borzone chairman of the British Music Hall Society, John Fisher then Patron and the deputy mayor of the City Cllr. Dee Simpson.
Brandyn Shaw & His 'Radio' Rhythm Makers with hits of the 1920s and 30s provided the cabaret
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CHEEKY CHAPPIE CHARITEA PARTY 2019
The Annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTea Party was held at the Pavilion Cafe in the Pavilion Grounds on Sunday, 18 August 2019. Its special guest was Cllr. Alexander Phillips, Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove. The sum of £1,639 was raised for the Sussex Heart Charity. To date over £25,000 was donated to various charities through these annual events.
Pop-up Exhibition 2019
in the Jubilee Library, Brighton.
For a week commencing 4 November, 2019 the Society held an exhibition of memorabilia in Brighton's central library. It was a great opportunity to meet the public and spread the news of the Society's purpose.
The permanent exhibition of Max Miller memorabilia continues at Bardsley's Fish Restaurant, Baker's Street, Brighton.
Max would say, "It's all clever stuff, no rubbish!"