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Celebrate Loy Krathong at Budhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon

Sunday 2nd November

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ATS Day trip to Avebury World Heritage Site

Saturday, 4th October

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The Colours of Thailand Festival Westfield Mall Shepherds Bush
September 26th to 28th For details please click here
Sunday September 21 , 2014
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Forthcoming events

The three principal Anglo-Thai Society meetings in 2014 are:

  • Summer Reception at the House of Lords in June
  • Presentation of Educational Awards at the Oriental Club in November
  • ATS Christmas lunch in December


Visit to Avebury World Heritage Site

Saturday, 4th October

The ATS is offering members the opportunity to visit the World Heritage site of Avebury in Wiltshire, which is administered by the National Trust. It includes the largest stone circle in Europe, built some 4600 years ago, and a picturesque 16th century Manor House and Gardens. Members will also explore the historic market town of Marlborough and have tea in a village at the foot of the Wiltshire Downs.

Unlike at its better-known neighbour, Stonehenge, visitors are allowed unrestricted access to the Avebury stones and embankments. Uniquely, each of the Manor House rooms is furnished in the style of different periods in the house’s 550 years of history. Visitors are allowed to handle the artefacts, sit on the chairs, lie on the beds and even taste the wine on the dinner table (it may have been there some time).

In the afternoon, members will travel past the mysterious, prehistoric, man-made Silbury Hill to Marlborough, which has the second widest high street in Britain. From Marlborough, members will go for tea in the village of Milton Lilbourne in the Vale of Pewsey.

A coach will pick up members in central London, and also in Maidenhead, before proceeding to Wiltshire for the day’s programme, returning to London in the evening.

The tentative programme is:

0800 Pick up in Park Lane, Hyde Park, London (Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch)

0900 Pick up in Maidenhead (Braywick Park car park, free parking, Braywick Road  (A 308) Maidenhead SL6 1BN, near M4 Exit 8/9)
1040 Arrive Avebury
1100 - 1200 Group tour of Avebury Manor House
1215 - 1430 Individual visits to Manor House gardens, stone circle, museum, café, shop.
1430 Depart Avebury
1500 to 1600 Explore Marlborough
1630 to 1800 Tea in Milton Lilbourne
1930 Drop off in Maidenhead
2030 Drop off in Hyde Park.

The cost will be £32 for members and £37 for guests. This will include coach transport from and to London, and tea in Milton Lilbourne. Entry to the Manor House and gardens is free for members of the National Trust. Others will need to pay the standard entry fee of £9. Please note that the cost does not include refreshments in Avebury or entrance to the museum. Reductions will be available for members making their own way to and from Avebury. English Heritage members have free access to the museum. Access to the stone circle is free for all.

To book please download the booking form here

There will be a maximum of 20 places available on the coach. Members wishing to participate should contact the Hon Sec Trevor Knox, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by post to Trevor Knox, Hon Sec Anglo-Thai Society, 62a Dore Road, Sheffield, S17 3NE enclosing the booking form above.

The early autumn weather may be unpredictable. Members are advised to bring light rainwear and comfortable walking shoes as access to the stones may be muddy in parts.

Further information about the places to be visited may be found at (click on Milton Lilbourne in the index), Wikipedia entries for Avebury and Marlborough

Members who book on this tour will be notified closer to the day of details of the coach name and pick-up point, and if there are any changes to the itinerary.

Please note that the Society can accept no responsibility for injury, loss or damage incurred during this excursion, which is at members’ own risk.


ATS & TAT invite you to a Thames Up-River Cruise on the 'MV Georgian'

Sunday 31st August

Departing from “Jenners Wharf”, Windsor at 12.00 noon and returning at 4.00 pm.

Always a popular event, the Thames Cruise which the Anglo-Thai Society organises jointly with Thai Tourism will be held this year on Sunday 31st August and will travel “up-river” from Windsor to Maidenhead and Boulters Lock in Berkshire.

This is a splendid opportunity for ATS and TAT members and their guests to cruise along a part of the Thames with which they may not be so familiar – the Home County countryside outside London. In a relaxed and friendly smaller ship [100 passengers maximum] we will take you from Windsor Castle, passing Eton Chapel and village, Windsor race course, Eton Dorney Lake with its Olympic rowing course, historic Oakley Court, Bray village and its famous Waterside Inn Restaurant to Boulters Lock in Maidenhead.

Members and their guests should arrive to start boarding by 11.45 am at Jenner’s Wharf, Windsor (SL4 1PX – near the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Eton Bridge). The boat will leave promptly at 12 noon and return by 4 pm.   There are several convenient car parks – River Street and Castle – and also free street parking on Sunday. Windsor has two train stations - Windsor and Eton Riverside served from London Waterloo; Windsor and Eton Central served from Paddington via Slough.  Current timetables are below but do check with First Great Western beforehand (03457-000-125 or


From London Waterloo station arrives at Windsor & Eton Riverside station - 5 minute walk to Jenners Wharf

Depart: 10.25 Arrive: 11.16; Depart: 10.44 Arrive: 11.44; Depart 16.34 Arrive: 17.29; Depart: 17.01 Arrive: 18.05
Return fares: £11.50 - £17.90

From Paddington station, change at Slough for Windsor & Eton Central station - 10 minute walk to Jenners Wharf

Depart 10.42 Arrive: 11.18; Depart: 11.04 Arrive: 11.38; Depart: 16.22 Arrive: 17.04; Depart: 16.42 Arrive: 17.11
Return fares:  £10.20 - £ 13.60

The tickets are  £40  per head, which will include a welcome drink, Hot buffet and live music. Tickets for Sammaggi Samagom members and Thai Students are £30 per head and £15 for children under 14 years. Spaces are limited for comfort, 100 max. To avoid disappointment please reserve your tickets early to guarantee your place. Deadline for booking is 24th August 2014.

To reserve tickets, please fill out the booking form below and send it in a stamped address envelope with a cheque, payable to the Anglo-Thai Society, to Trevor Knox , Hon. Secretary, at 62A Dore Road, Sheffield S17 3N

Download booking form here


ATS has more events planned for the rest of the year, so please mark your diaries.

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.


Presentation of Educational Awards - date to be confirmed

Friday 12th December

Christmas Lunch at Nipa Restaurant

More details on all these events coming soon




2014 Annual Summer Reception and Annual Meeting

Thursday, 19th June 6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Cholmondeley Room. House of Lords, London  (Entry through Black Rod’s Garden Entrance)

The Lord Geddes is once again kindly hosting a Summer Reception for the Society, which will be held in the Cholmondeley Room from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.  This will be preceded by the Annual Meeting, starting at 5.30 in the Lords Committee Room No. 3. The Society is again indebted to the Lord Geddes for hosting the Reception.

Light refreshments and drinks will be included in the ticket price of £30 for Members. Guests will be welcome at £35 each, and Junior Members, and Members of Samaggi Samagom at £15 per person.  The Society has been pleased to welcome a considerable number of new members during the past year, and we hope that any guests you may bring will also consider membership. Members are also invited to sponsor a member of Samaggi Samagom to attend the reception.

During the Reception His Excellency Mr Pasan Terapak, the Thai Ambassador, will give a short address. We will also enjoy Thai music played on traditional instruments by the Thai Music Circle.

Admission to the House of Lords for this event is strictly by ticket, which must be obtained in advance. Please complete the Application Form below

2014 Summer Reception Ticket Request Form

We hope that members will come to the Annual meeting, as well as to the Reception, as it is a chance to meet your Committee, and give us your views about any future events you would like to have.

The cost will be unchanged from the previous two years, £30 for members and £35 for guests.


2014 Annual Meeting of the Anglo-Thai Society

Thursday 19th June, 2014 - 5:30 pm
The House of Lords, Committee Room CR3 (Entry through St. Stephen's Entrance)

The  Annual Meeting of the Society will be held to consider Reports of last year's activities, to elect an Executive Committee for the following year, and to consider any Resolutions submitted.

This is quite an informal meeting, and it does give you an opportunity to meet with all members of the Committee and to make suggestions for future activities.  Guests who are accompanied by Members are welcome to attend the meeting, but may not vote


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Calendar of Events

Saturday 4th October

Visit to Avebury World Heritage Site Click here for more details and how to book

Sun. 2nd November

Loy Kratong Festival at Buddhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon.

Date & Venue to be confirmed:

Educational Awards Presentation




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