Welcome to the Anglo-Thai Society (ATS) and thank you for visiting our website.
The Anglo-Thai Society (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 in November. ATS is extremely grateful to our society patrons, H.E. The Thai Ambassador and The Lord Gedddes.
A portrait of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej is displayed in front of the symbolic Royal Urn in the Dusit Palace, Bangkok.
The talk on recent developments in Thai politics scheduled to be given on Tuesday 1st November 2016 by Professor Duncan McCargo has been postponed until after the initial period of mourning for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Members will be notified in due course of a new date for the talk. Members who have already paid for their tickets will be contacted individually about a refund.
The Anglo-Thai society would like to express its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the Thai people on the passing of His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His Majesty the King, who ruled the Kingdom for 70 years, was a great king, a compassionate leader and very much loved by his people. The world’s longest reigning monarch, he was a symbol of unity and strength and ruled with wisdom, dedication and dignity. He consistently lived up to his name which meant ’strength of the land’ and he was highly respected around the world.
His Majesty was devoted to improving the living standards of Thai people and travelled extensively throughout the country learning first hand about the country’s problems and conditions. He promoted the philosophy of sustainable farming and self-sufficiency and initiated and implemented hundreds of development projects, improving the living conditions of his people particularly those in the remote rural areas.
A Book of Condolences has been opened for the public at the Royal Thai Embassy 29-30 Queens Gate from 9.30 am - 16.30 pm every day, including weekends. The Buddhist ritual services will be held at the Bhuddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon at 7:00 pm for a week commencing 14th October.
We mourn along with all Thai people at the passing of His Majesty. He will be long remembered and deeply missed.
ATS is delighted to announce that the eminent film producer, Mr Iain Smith, will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 ATS Education Award Ceremony to be held on Friday, 25th November at The Oriental Club.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he is one of the UKs most experienced film producers. In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film. He was made an OBE by HM the Queen in 2008, and has recently (2016) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Edinburgh Napier University.
Iain Smith has produced many successful and award winning films around the world, including Thailand where he filmed ‘The Killing Fields’ and also ‘Alexander the Great’. His most recent film (2015) is the six times Oscar winning “Mad Max: Fury Road”.
In 2013 he was presented with an award in recognition for promoting Thailand as an International Film Making Destination. He has served on the boards of the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, the Joint board of Creative Scotland and the Children's Film and Television Foundation. He has been a Governor of the National Film and Television School and Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is currently Chair of the British Film Commission, the Film Industry Training Board, and the Creative Skillset Film Skills Council.
Iain is a patron of the London Film School and sits on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Screen Media Academy, the Media Academy Wales and is a board member of the Production Guild of Great Britain.
It is a great honour and privilege to have him as a keynote speaker at this year's Award Ceremony. More details on the event coming soon.
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Calendar of Events
There are no events planned for October
Tuesday, 1st November
Talk on 'Contemporary Political Developments in Thailand' This event has been postponed until after the initial period of mourning for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Members will be notified in due course of a new date for the talk.
Friday, 25th November 6:30 pm
ATS Education Awards Presentation at The Oriental Club
Wednesday, 14th December
ATS Christmas Lunch at Thai Tho Restaurant Soho - 12:30 pm