The Max Miller Appreciation Society's
We hope to meet again at the following functions
Every Tuesday mornings from 13 April: coffee at the Pavilion Gardens Café
Thursday, 29 July: Social get together in the Queen's Hotel,
Sunday, 15 August: The Cheeky Chappie's ChariTEA Party at the Pavilion Gardens Café from 2 to 5pm.
Thursday, 30th September: Social get together in the Queen's Hotel
Sunday, 21 November: Gala luncheon and cabaret in the Old Ship Hotel
Steve Hewlett Patron 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 Arthur Lager
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."
John Fisher President 2020-
What’s Happening NOW
Unfortunately we have had to cancel all our popular events including the annual Cheeky Chappie ChariTea Party and the Convention weekend. When restrictions are lifted, we plan to hold a major event to celebrate.
Members have been meeting every Tuesday at 11am for coffee and rock cakes at the Pavilion Café, Pavilion Gardens, Brighton with social distancing during the Summer and Autumn months. (photo 14-July-2020)
Dame Vera Lynn
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.
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
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 in November in the Paganini Room of the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton. In cabaret Brandyn Shaw & His ‘Radio’ Rhythm Makers. Special guests included Roy Hudd OBE President; John Fisher Patron of the Society, Adam Borzone Chairman of the British Music Hall Society and the Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr. Dee Simpson.
125/21 ANNIVERSARY DINNER/CABARET 2019
The annual dinner/cabaret was held on Saturday, 16 November in 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 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
CHEEKY CHAPPIE CHARITEA PARTY 1999
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.
in the Jubilee Library, Brighton.
For a week commencing 4 November, 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!"