St George's Ball 2016


Many thanks to all Bangkok St. George’s Society members, friends and supporters who attended our 2016 Annual Ball held on St. George’s Day, Saturday 23rd April, at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel on the Chao Praya. Not only were we celebrating St. George’s Day but also this year we commemorated the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and also celebrated the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


From feedback we received, everyone who attended had a fantastic evening, enjoying the whole event from the Sparkling Reception accompanied by the Royal Thai Army Quartet, the traditional Baron of Beef Ceremony, the Three Witches performance from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the very rousing sing-a-long of ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘They’ll always be an England’ accompanied as always by the brilliant Royal Thai Army Band. The evening was rounded off by dancing to Peter Driscoll and the Cruisers with some very familiar rock and roll favourites and finally Paul Jackson provided some great music which kept the dance floor busy till 1am.


We held a very successful raffle during the evening and thanks to everyone’s very generous support, we raised a significant sum for Thai charities. Amounts have already been distributed to the Gift of Happiness Foundation and to the Fatima Centre Mother and Baby Unit, run by Sister Louise and the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Without the very generous support of our sponsors, this event could not of course take place and we would especially like to thank the following:


Platinum Sponsors - Cornerstone and Broadgate Investment Advisory
Gold Sponsors - Harrow International School, Peter Banner, British Airways Thailand and Oriental and Eastern Express
Silver Sponsors (Central Food & TOPS, MG (SAIC Motor-CP Ltd.) Vitallife Corporation and Boots


I would also like to extend our great thanks to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel for providing us with such delicious food and wonderful service and for their enormous help and support in organizing the event. Thank you also to Hendricks Gin for providing the gin and to Tenderloins for the Cocktail Bar during the welcome reception.


Sincere thanks also to the many raffle prize donors who so kindly donated vouchers and goods which helped sell so many tickets and especially to British Airways for the 2 return tickets to London and to the Eastern & Oriental Express for the wonderful prize of a luxurious 3-night train journey to Singapore. Your generous donations have allowed us to make a difference to some of the most needy in Thailand


Finally and by no means least, I would like to thank the Bangkok St. George’s Society Committee for all their tremendous help and support in organizing the event, especially Gale Bailey MBE, John Hocking, Paul Jackson, Hasan Khan, Sue Steel, Ghaff Khan, Robert Rose, Helen Couldrey, Carole-Ann Eastgate, Kevin Hellon, Ann Hellon, Ray Bloom and Andy Lewis and last (but by no means least) my wonderful husband Martin. In addition, whilst they are not Committee members, a huge thank you also to the Glaze Family who jointly contributed so much, as they have generously done for so many years. It really was a true team effort and thank you one and all!


Please enjoy some of the evening’s photos below and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year for the 2017 Ball!

Laura Smith (President)


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