Cutlers’ Hall, home to The Worshipful Company of Cutlers who were awarded their Charter by Henry V in 1416, has been home to London Region Fencing’s quarterly ‘board’ meetings for the last 3 years too. It’s given us a great sense of stability, endorsement, and focus for what we try to do. And when the Cutlers invited us to be a part of their ‘London Open House’ event on 21 September we jumped at the chance. It offered us the rare opportunity to promote fencing to people who’ve never experienced, maybe never even thought about, fencing before.
We built our story round fencing “In Our History & Culture”, “In Our Fantasy & Fiction”, and “In Our Community”. Three screens of PowerPoint and video presentations were backed up with ‘touch and try’ kit and weapons, and ‘poster’ displays of some of London’s many successful fencers on the British, European, and World stage. This led on to the opportunity for visitors to experience a mini have-a-go session or watch a splendid fencing display by coach Andrew Nisbet and one of London’s up and coming young fencers, Harry Roberts. And to round everything off, a London Region ‘flyer’ explaining what we do, why fencing’s a brilliant sport and who it’s for, and giving access details and QR codes for ‘Find a Club’ facilities on the LRF and BF websites.
We were in great company throughout and across the day the footfall was fantastic, with over 1200 members of the public getting exposure to our sport. Interest and engagement were high. Even Cutlers’ Assistant Clerk had a go. And feedback was positive. So let’s hope over time it converts to some new faces at London club’s beginner sessions. In the meantime, you might like to have a look below at some of the ‘snaps’ we shot in our spare moments (which weren’t very many!). Or go to the Worshipful Company of Cutlers’ website to get their take on the whole day.
This year’s All Weapon Team Competition will be held on 27th October at St Benedicts School Ealing. Open to fencers across the UK, British or foreign, who are compete members of BF and over 15 on 1st October 2019. Teams of 3 or 4, Epee, Foil, Sabre, Mens, Womens and Mixed Teams. Full details are here. Entries via Sport80 are now open
Why not make up a team with club-mates, family or friends? We can’t guarantee you’ll win, but we can guarantee some fencing fun.
We hope you all had everything you hoped for over the Christmas and wish everyone a Happy and Successful 2019.
December was a pretty busy month on the Fencing front too, so here’s a brief update of some news items.
The CAPITAL OPEN 2018
Our second ever CAPITAL OPEN went ahead as planned on 1st December at the Jean Brown Arena in Redbridge. Over 100 fencers entered this year, the most far-flung entries being one from Germany and one from Switzerland. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and we’re already looking forward to the first Saturday in December this year. We published the results soon after the event, but for photos of winners, medallists, and some of the action see below.
New Club Opens in London
Always good to hear of new clubs opening: this one’s in South London. It’s a sabre club based in Brixton and called, appropriately enough, Brixton Sabre. For anyone from beginners to internationals, it takes members or accepts people for one-off sessions, meets on Tuesday evenings, and is very close to Brixton tube and rail stations. Details can be found at www.brixtonsabre.com .
London Region Team Wins Cadet Winton 2018
Congratulations to the 24 young fencers who represented the London Region at the 2018 Cadet Winton Competition. Held at Millfield School on 15/16 December, the event featured teams of boy and girl foilists, épéeists, and sabreurs, from each of the ten English regions. Everyone involved had a fantastic weekend, and the fencers performed tremendously well throughout, delivering a splendid victory for London as overall winners. Below is a photo of the winning Team and their trophy. And plenty more photos can be found on the Cadet Winton London facebook page
The 2018 All Weapon Team Competition was held on 21st October. 23 teams took part, Foil and Epee fighting 2 rounds of poules short format while Sabre fought long format team matches, Full results can now be seen here .