We have a host of interesting and fun events planned for 2017, so please mark your calendars now. More information, including booking details, will be coming soon.
Thursday 9th March
Talk on " Siamese Tears" by the author Claire Keefe-Fox at Thai Tho Restaurant, Soho. For more details and how to book, please click here
Sunday 9th April
Songkran Festival at Buddhapadipa Thai Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage. Free entry, all welcome.
Tuesday 16th May
Talk by David Hallmark on The Travels and Trials of an English adventurer Advocate in Thailand 1970-1971. Venue to be confirmed, booking details coming soon.
Sunday 15th July
Summer Reception at Taplow Court, Taplow. Time 2 -5 pm. Free admission. Picnics in the grounds, prior to the reception, are welcome. Booking details coming soon.
Please note that this event will replace the annual Summer Reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of when King Chulalongkorn of Siam visited UK and stayed at Taplow Court in 1897
Friday 28th September
A talk by Professor Duncan on " Contemporary Political Development in Thailand" postponed from 2016, at Royal Over-Seas League.
Friday 20th October
TS Gala Dinner Dance to celebrate our 55th Anniversary at Royal Lancaster Hotel. Tickets are now on sale. To book please click here.
Friday 17th November
Educational Awards Presentation. Venue and booking details coming soon.
Tuesday 12th December
Annual Christmas Lunch at Royal Lancaster Hotel
Thursday 9th March at 6:00 pm at Thai Tho Restaurant, Soho
“…History books recount the facts but historical fiction recounts the emotions: Siamese tears, blending fact and fiction, gives an overview of daily life in Bangkok during the last years of the 19th century.
As Paris and London play global colonial chess with South-East Asia as one of their pawns; Frenchwoman Julie Gallet and British diplomat Michael Crawford live through every moment of the harrowing times, culminating in the Pak-nam incident and watch as Siam fears for its fate.”
Entry to this event will be by pre-paid ticket. The cost will be £20 for ATS member, and £25 for guest. As we have booked a private room, places are limited, so please book early.
Friday 20th October, 2017 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, W2 2TY
Come and celebrate this significant occasion by joining us for a fabulous evening of food, dance, music and entertainment. Special performances by the Thai Music Circle, Thai Dance Academy and Helen Orford.
Dress code: Black Tie with a Touch of Thai. Adorn your evening attire with a Thai-syle scarf, tie, waistcoat, hat or whichever fashion accessory you prefer.
To view the Gala Dinner Dance flyer, please click here
To book please click here
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.
This event has now SOLD OUT
Tuesday, 10th May - 7:00 pm at The Royal Over-Seas League
David Fall CMG, former British Ambassador to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, will give a talk entitled “Released into the Community - recollections of an ex-Excellency”. The venue will be the Royal Over-Seas League, Park Place, off St James’s Street, London, SW1A. Doors will open at 7.00pm. A pay-bar will be available before and after the talk, which will begin at 7.30pm.
The talk will be a light-hearted examination of the more pantomime aspects of British diplomacy and will focus mainly, but not exclusively, upon David’s time as Ambassador in Thailand from 2003 to 2007. It will cover such burning issues as prominent Ambassadors in the 1970s and their dragon wives, over-blown egos, not climbing the Kremlin Wall, the country with the least respect for Excellencies, the perils of diplomatic uniform, dressing up a a wizard, living in a former brothel, unpredictable interpreters, Battersea Dogs’ Home and the end of a Golden Age.
The cost will be £15 for members of the Anglo-Thai Society and affiliated organisations, £18 for non-members, and £10 for students.
Khunying Damrongthammasan: Thailand's Remarkable Female Dhamma Practitioner (in Thai with English subtitles)
at The Royal Thai Embassy 29-30 Queen's Gate, London from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Based on his long-term research on the remarkable life and literary work of Khunying Damrongthammasan (1882-1944), together with a Thai team Dr Seeger has produced a 60 minute documentary film that will be shown to the public for the first time. This film is about the wrongful authorship attribution of an important Buddhist treatise, which was formerly believed to have been written by one of Thailands most famous and influential monks. Dr Seeger and his Thai colleague have recently demonstrated that this treatise was in fact authored by the hitherto little-known devout Buddhist woman, Khunying Damrongthammasan (Yai Wisetsiri). The film tells the story of Khunying Yais inspiring Buddhist practice and her Buddhist texts, which are widely regarded as masterpieces of Buddhist scholarship. (The BBC reported on Dr Seegers findings on the wrongful authorship attribution of Khunying Yais texts: see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21936656)
About Dr Martin Seeger
Dr Seeger is Associate Professor of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds. From 1997-2000 he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in northern Thailand and subsequently earned his MA and doctorate in Thai Studies at the University of Hamburg. He has done research on the biographies and veneration of Thai female Buddhist practitioners, Thai Buddhism and environmentalism, Human Rights in Thai Theravada Buddhism and development monks in the northeastern region of Thailand.
The film will take approximately 60 mins followed by a Q & A and light finger food. Entry charge £15.00, Students £10.00.
Tuesday, 29th March 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Following the successful event last year, the Spring Reception will take place in the convivial surroundings of the Oriental Club (Tel: 020 7629 5126). This is located in Stratford House, at the far end of Stratford Place, which leads off Oxford Street (North side), immediately opposite Bond Street underground station.
The event will provide an opportunity for you to meet members of the Committee and to hear about events planned for 2016. We also hope that there will be an opportunity to show some slides and talk about the highlights of the February tour of N E Thailand and Laos.
The cost of the Reception, to include drinks and a light buffet, is £30 for Members, £35 for Guests and £25 for Junior Members and members of Samaggi Samagom. NO TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED. Entry will be restricted to Members and their nominated Guests.
Please note that Gentlemen should wear a jacket and tie, and the Club has a strict rule that mobile telephones must be switched off. Cameras may only be used in the room of the Reception.
Final date for booking is 24th March. Please note that tickets must be paid for in advance of the Reception, and are not refundable.
Last year's winners
Friday, 27th November
ATS members are warmly invited to attend the presentation of the 2015 Education Awards, followed by refreshments and canapés. The event will be held at the Office of EducationalAffairs 28 Prince’s Gate London SW7 1QF at 6:30 pm is no charge, but reservation is essential. Please click here for more details.
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Calendar of Events
Thursday 9th March
Monday 20th March
'Searching for Ali Wallace' a docu-drama film at the Overseas League. For more details please click here
Sunday 9th April
Songkran Festival at Buddhpadipa Thai Temple, Calonne Road, Wimbledon. Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage. Free entry, all welcome.
Tuesday, 16th May
Talk by David Hallmark on The Travels and Trials of an English adventurer Advocate in Thailand 1970-1971. Venue and booking details coming soon.