Prior to 29th May 1969, British women in Bangkok had no organised way of meeting one another. They only saw each other at social functions, or shared the rather dubious thrills of coping with children and shopping in a city that might have been quieter than today, but which was certainly not as convenient and much more of a challenge. As usually happens, groups would gather for informal coffee mornings at each other’s homes. It was suggested that a meeting should be held to discuss the possibility of establishing a permanent group along more formal lines, which would present opportunities for British women to meet each other on a more regular basis. This meeting took place at The British Club on May 29th 1969, when the Chairwoman of the temporary committee, Mrs. Lily Milne, introduced her fellow temporary committee members.
They presented a constitution to the assembled ladies who were then invited to vote. The constitution was accepted unanimously, the temporary committee was elected en bloc and by the end of the meeting all 57 ladies had signed on as members. The British Women’s Group was born! Thus the reason that 29th May 2019 was chosen for our Anniversary Lunch. Lady Pritchard, The Ambassador’s
These have expanded, as BWG fundraising has broadened in scope to meet the changing demands placed upon it. Today the British Women’s Group is a continuing success story – thanks to the support, commitment and effort of its members both past and present.