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Joint Fund Raising Dinner with Thai Children's Trust
Thursday, 23rd April.  
To benefit the children of Baan Namchai Orphanage affected by the Tsunami Details coming soon  
ATS Spring Reception
Wednesday, 18th March at The Oriental Club, London


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Dinner and talk on 'Tai Magic' by Susan Conway
21st May at Suda Restaurant, Covent Garden, London

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Thursday March 05 , 2015
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2012

Co-operation with other societies

The ATS Committee has been exploring co-operation with similar societies.

Through the good offices of Justin Staples, who was British Ambassador in Thailand and Finland and is a member of the ATS and the Anglo-Finnish Society (AFS), members of the ATS Committee met their equivalents from the AFS on 31 October 2012 to discuss issues of mutual interest. Although Finland and Thailand are geographically far apart, there are similarities between the two societies and we shall be exploring the scope for some joint and reciprocal events. Details of the activities of the AFS are at http://www.anglofinnishsociety.org.uk.

In 2011, Robert Gordon, President of the Britain-Burma Society (BBS), was a guest at the ATS Educational Excellence Awards reception. This year, David Fall, Chairman of the ATS, was invited to attend the annual reception of the BBS. ATS Committee member Mike Springate, who is also a member of the BBS, is exploring the scope for co-operation between the two societies.

 

 

 

Members of ATS Executive Committee hold farewell lunch for Dr. Rutchabhoom, First Secretary of Royal Thai Embassy

On Friday 22nd June, 2012 members of the ATS Executive Committee held a small farewell lunch for Dr Rutchabhoom Boonrawd and his wife Kulisara, at Nipa Restaurant, Lancaster Hotel in London.  Dr Rutchabhoom, a First Secretary of the Royal Thai Embassy, has been Hon. Committee Representative from the Royal Thai Embassy for over 4 years.  During his term he has been a very supportive and effective liaison between the ATS and the RTE and has helped strengthen the relationship between both organisations.   Committee members who gathered to say farewell and show appreciation were David Fall (Chair) , Dr Orapin Dawson, Dr Mike Springate and Rongruja Dykers.  It was a very pleasant occasion and David Fall presented a token gift to Dr Rutchabhoom.

   

Former British Ambassadors to Thailand attend ATS 50th Anniversary gala dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five former British Ambassadors to Thailand including Sir James Hodge, Quinton Quayle, David Fall, Justin Staples and Derek Tonkin attended the recent ATS 50th Anniversary gala dinner on Monday June 11th, 2012.  Also in attendance (and pictured) were Kevin Thorne (former Chair of ATS);  Lord Geddes (Deputy Speaker of House of Lords and Patron of ATS); H.E. Mr. Kitti Wasinondh (Ambassador of Thailand to the UK and Patron of the ATS) and Bernard Coe (Honorary President ATS, former Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand and former Chairman ATS);

 

   

Former ATS member's award winning film premiers in London!

Former ATS Committee member Tom Waller, now living in Bangkok, had his recent award winning film 'Mindfulness and Murder' shown in London on April 12th, 2012 at the Apollo in Piccadilly Circus.

Tom is the director, co-producer, and co-writer and the film was part of the International Buddhist Film Festival 2012 world tour. Tom is also President of de Warrenne Pictures, based in London and Bangkok. The producer was Michael Pritchard, also a former ATS member.

Based on a novel by Bangkok resident Nick Wilgis, the film explores the intimate world of a Thai Buddhist monastery while following the lines of a classic whodunnit. The film was made in Bangkok and tackled sensitive subjects such as drugs and corruption amongst the police and monks.  As usual, not everything turned out to be what it at first seemed!

Eight ATS members attended the premier which opened to such a full house that they had to open a second screen in order for everyone to view the film.  After the film there was a Q & A with Tom & Michael and a reception was held at Thai Square in Trafalgar Square.  Tom very much appreciated the attendance by ATS members and sends his regards to members of the society.

   

March 2012 Letter to members from ATS Chairman, David Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear ATS Member

Following a varied programme of events in 2011, culminating in an enjoyable Christmas lunch at the Lancaster Hotel, your committee has been concentrating on organising events to celebrate the ATS’s 50th anniversary, which falls this year.

The major event, a Gala Dinner to be held at the House of Lords on 11 June, has proved so popular that tickets are already sold out. However, members who do not have confirmed places are invited to let Charlotte Pinder (Membership Secretary) know if they would like to be put on a waiting list. Members with confirmed places who find that they are unable to attend are asked to let Charlotte know as soon as possible. The cost can be refunded only if the places are taken by other members. Charlotte’s contact details are telephone 0207 908 9760 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other dates for your diaries are:  a visit to Taplow Court and Eton College on 12 May; the 50th Anniversary Educational Awards Reception to be held at the Oriental Club on 12 November; and the Christmas lunch to be held again at the Lancaster Hotel on 14 December. More details of these events can be found on this website.

Other events being planned in this anniversary year include: talks on Thai politics, the Thai film industry and the Thai novel; a Thai cooking demonstration at one of London’s leading Thai restaurants; a boat trip on the Thames; and a performance of classical music by leading Thai artists. Please watch the website for news and details. We’ll also let you know of events being organised by and for the Thai community in the UK, eg. over Songkran and Loy Krathong.  Please let us know if you have any ideas for events – especially if you would be prepared to help organise them.

There will be some changes on the committee this year. Details will be given at the Annual meeting (date yet to be arranged) and on the website. Anyone interested in joining the committee or in helping with the Society’s organisation and events should please contact our Hon. Secretary, Trevor Knox, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We should like to use our website as a forum for informing members about other members’ activities. We hope soon to publish a regular “Letter from Thailand”. If you have any news or articles you think may be of interest, please contact Angela Daniel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our active membership continues to grow, to around 200. Please encourage your friends who have an interest in maintaining and developing links between Thailand and the UK to join. Why not consider giving a gift of membership for birthday or Christmas? You can do this by contacting either Trevor Knox or Charlotte Pinder.

Members of the committee look forward to seeing you at ATS events throughout the year.

Best wishes,

David Fall
22 March, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

   

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, 18th March

ATS Spring Reception at the Oriental Club.  Click here for booking details

Thursday, 23rd April

Joint Fund Raising Dinner with Thai Children's Trust for Baan Namchai Orphanage.  More details coming soon.

Thursday, 21st May

Talk on 'Tai Magic' by Susan Conway at Suda Restaurant, Covent Garden. Click here for booking details.

 

 

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