Welcome to the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) and thank you for visiting our website.
The ATS was founded in 1962 to help promote good relations between the UK and Thailand. It currently has around 300 members with an interest in Thailand's people, culture and its business relations. Throughout the year the society organises various events and activities of interest to our members. The two principal Anglo-Thai Society events each year are the Summer Reception at the House of Lords in June and The Presentation of Educational Awards at the Oriental Club in November.
Thursday, 19th June
ATS 2014 Summer Reception and Annual Meeting at The House of Lords. The Annual Meeting will commence at 5:30 pm and the Reception at 6:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting as well as the Reception. More details can be found here
Monday, 21st July
The Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) will hold a joint event with the Discussion Group of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) at the ROSL headquarters in Park Lane, St James's, London. David Fall, fomer British Ambassador to Thailand, will give a talk on "The historical roots of the current political divide in Thailand" (which he previously gave at the University of Leeds on 14 March 2014). Details to follow.
Saturday, 4th October
ATS is planning a visit to Avebury Stone Circle and Avebury Manor in Wiltshire. Transport will be by coach from and to London, with other possible pick-up points on the way. In addition to Avebury, the day is likely to include a visit to the historic market town of Marlborough, where the broad High Street will be taken over by the traditional Mop Fair, and tea in a village near Marlborough. Details to follow.
Mike Weatherley MP, ChaIrman of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for ASEAN, held two meetings recently at the House of Common. ATS Executive members were invited to attend together with representatives from ASEAN London Council (ALC) and a delegation from British Chambers of Commerce from ASEAN Countries:
APPG-ASEAN - Wed 26th March
Meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Head of ASEAN Department Tom Dodd : who gave a brief summary and informative policy for the business investment in ASEAN.
Photo: Mike Weatherley MP in centre, H.E Pasan Teaprak Thai Ambassador, Vietnam Ambassador, Representatives from Indonesia and Philippines , Orapin Dawson and Ekachai Thapthimthong from ATS
APPG-ASEAN - Tue 1st April
Meeting with a delegation of representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce BiSEA group (Britain in South East Asia) : Greg Watkins, Director was a key speaker. There were several BCC ASEAN members from Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, Thailand etc.
Photo: APPG-BiASEAN meeting & reception : BCC Thai Team from left : Barry Nicholson BCCT/UKTI, Ben Raby UKTI Thailand, Orapin Dawson Chair ATS, Mike Weatherley MP Chairman APPG, Andrew McBean, BCCT and Nutthapol Na Sonhgkhla First Secretary Royal Thai Embassy.
The discussion on how to promote BiASEAN more effectively went very well with several input from various BCC countries. It was agreed that APPG will host the Launch event at the House of Common during the week commencing 23rd June 2104 (more details to follow). We were then all invited to have a pint & light lunch at the House of Common Terrace. Representatives from ATS were, Orapin Dawson, Steve Buckley and Greg Watkins.
Monday 31st March
The BBC tour was a great success. The Portland Place headquarters is such a bustling venue, with lots of other tours coming and going, school parties working on quizzes and studios being prepared for a variety of programmes, including the World Services Freedom Day debate.
The tour started with an explanation of how various programmes are made and our group would soon have some very hands on experience of this themselves. However, before that, the first port of call was the gallery that looks out onto the vast newsroom where editors and researchers, divided into domestic and international halves, provide the very considerable back up to the news readers. When ‘on air’ the familiar people who deliver the news sit in a small studio of their own, where cameras wielded by unseen editors glide eerily back and forth. The weather presenters are in a class all of their own, all meteorologists and, unlike the newsreaders, they work without any scripts. They must not only know the weather prospects for the day by heart, but also bow to the greater importance of the news, so that if it is a heavy news day, they must deliver the weather in record time, and if it is a slow news day, they must extend their report to fill time.
From here the ATS group were led to the ‘do it yourself’ bit where three ATS brave souls read the news and gave the weather report to camera and were rewarded with the fame of being seen on screen. Then it was on to the newly set up ONE show studio, complete with green sofas and a backdrop of a picture window looking out over the piazza from which passers by could stop and stare.
After a visit to another studio which was being prepared for a debate on Europe, the group were invited to try their luck at recording a bit of drama in which the participants were eventually eaten for dinner. It was a really fun filled outing.
Friday 14th March, 2014
In an effort to broaden and extend its activities outside the London area, ATS recently organised a talk in co-operation with Thai Forum at Leeds University. The Talk, by David Fall CMG, former British Ambassador to Thailand, was entitled "The historical roots of current political divisions in Thailand: a farang's perspective." Based upon his experiences during three postings in Bangkok, over a period of 36 years (during each of which there was a coup d'etat) David gave a very insightful and well-informed perspective on the historical roots of the current political problems in Thailand. Jointly organised by ATS and the Thai Studies Centre at Leeds University, who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, the talk was extremely well received by all who attended. Over 60 people attended the talk including, H.E. Mr Pasan Theparak The Thai Ambassador, Embassy staff and ATS Committee members as well as both English and Thai students at Leeds University, academic staff and representatives from other organisations such as UKTI Yorkshire . After the talk a reception was held, jointly sponsored by the royal Thai Embassy and Thai Children's Trust.
The ATS would like to thank Dr Martin Seeger, Associate Professor of Thai Studies and Rebecca Iszatt, fourth year student of Thai Studies at Leeds University for their hospitality and for organising the event; and the Thai Children’s Trust and the Royal Thai Embassy for sponsoring the post-talk reception.
The ATS hopes to make arrangements for David Fall to repeat his talk later in the year in London. More details and photographs of the Leeds event can be found at www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125199/thai_studies/2294/thai_forum.
Following the talk, ATS members and guests were invited to dinner at Chaophraya Restaurant in Leeds by Khun Saipin Lee to celebrate the launch of another activity in the north and welcome a new ATS corporate member, Chaophraya Thai Restaurant group.
Congratulations are also extended to Khun Saipin for her new post as Director of the Chaophraya Thai Restaurant group.
Calendar of Events
Sunday, April 13th
Songkran Festival at Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon. See more details here
Wednesday, 21st May 6:30 pm
Thursday, June 19th
Annual Meeting at the House of Lords
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Summer Reception in the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords. Details and how to book tickets coming soon