ATS Vice Chairman, Dr. Orapin Dawson, represented the Society in welcoming the Thai Paralympians to London recently. The Thai Embassy hosted a welcome party at the Busara Eat Thai at Westfield , Stratford for the athletes. The ATS congratulates all the athletes on their achievements.
H.E. Mr Mark Kent took up his post as British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand in August 2012, in succession to Mr. Asif Ahmed. This is Mr. Kent’s first posting to Thailand, but he spent the year prior to his appointment learning the Thai language and is no stranger to SE Asia, having served as British Ambassador to Vietnam from 2007 to 2010. He is accompanied by his wife Martine.
H.E. Mr Pasan Teparak took up his appointment as Thai Ambassador to the Court of St. James in October 2012, in succession to Mr. Kitti Wasinondh. Khun Pasan joined the Thai Foreign Service in 1984. He was Consul-General in Dubai from 2006 to 2011 and after a short tour as Minister at the Thai Embassy in Canberra and then Ambassador attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, was appointed to his present post. H.E. Khun Pasan is accompanied by his wife, Khun Paradee. For more details please go to www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk or to “Links” on this website.
The Anglo-Thai Society sends its congratulations to both new Ambassadors on their respective appointments and wishes them and their spouses every success.
Thai Olympic team arrives in London
On Wednesday, July 25th, Orapin Dawson, ATS Vice Chair, represented the ATS at a welcome dinner for the Thai Olympic Team who had recently arrived in London. Also in attendance were H.E. Kitti Wasinondh, the Thai Ambassador and his wife, Khun Nutchnart Wasinodh. Good luck to all the competitors!
Sunday 24th June, 2012
In 2010, representatives of the Thai community in the UK, including ATS Vice-Chair Dr. Orapin Dawson, visited Thailand under a project lead by H.E. Kitti Wasinondh, the Thai Ambassador. While they were visiting some of the King's initiative projects, a group member asked the King's Principle Private Secretary if the King would kindly allow his Water Turbine invention to be granted to the Temple at Wimbledon to help aerate the lake. On June 24th 2012 the King's famous invention, the "Water Turbine" or " Gunghun -Nam" has finally been granted to the Thai Temple for the Thai community in London. Dr. Sumet Tantivegkul, Honorary Secretary of the Chaipatana Foundation of which King Bhumibol is the President, as well as a team of engineers, brought the machine for installation in the Lake at Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon.
A ceremony and presentation took place, presided over by H.E. Kitti and Team Thailand from the Thai Embassy as well as members of the Thai Community in the UK. Dr Orapin Dawson, ATS Vice Chair, was present on behalf of the Anglo-Thai Society. This is the 3rd machine that has been requested for use outside of Thailand, the first one being in Brussels and the second at Kotamala in India. On Sunday 25th November, there will be a Loy Kratong Festival at the Temple where people can float candles and see this special invention.
Calendar of Events
Tuesday 12th April
Talk by Dr. Martin Seeger of the Thai Studies Centre, Leeds University. For more information and booking details, please click here
Tuesday, 10th May
7:00 pm. Talk by former Ambassador David Fall, 'Released into the Community - Recollections of an Ex-Excellency' at The Royal Over-Seas League. For more details and booking information please click here
Monday, 20th June
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Summer Reception in the Cholmondeley Room, House of Lords. Booking details coming soon