Category Archives: General News

Winter Novice and Intermediate Competition 28th January 2018

The next London Region N&I Competition will take place at St Benedicts School, Ealing on Sunday 9th 28th January 2018.

Open to all fencers over the age of 15 there will be Men’s and Women’s Foil, Sabre & Epee events at Novice and Intermediate level.

Please note the definition of intermediate has changed slightly since the last N&I competition.  Full details are on the competitions page Entry via Sport80 now open

London Region Annual General Meeting 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the London Region of England Fencing will be held on Monday 20th November 2017 at 7:15pm in The Sharp Suite, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Lanark Road, Maida Vale, London W9 1DF.

The Meeting will be held for the following purposes:

  • to consider of the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 21th November 2016,
  • to receive the Report from the Chairman,
  • to receive the Accounts of the Region for the financial period ended on 30th June 2017,
  • to elect or re-elect Officers and Members of the Committee to replace those who retire, and
  • to consider any other appropriate business.


*London Region is defined to embrace the City of London and all other areas covered by the 32 Boroughs represented on the London Assembly.

Any fencer, coach, parent of a fencer, or others involved in, or interested in Fencing in the London Region may attend the AGM. However, the only persons entitled to vote and, unless invited by the Chairman, to speak at the Meeting are those individual members of British Fencing who are formally affiliated to London Region, who are at least 18 years old at the time of the Meeting, and who have been a registered member of British Fencing for at least three months prior to the date of the Meeting.

Tea/coffee will be available after the meeting. If you would like to attend, please let us know by sending your name and BF Membership Number to the London Region Secretary, James Kneller, whose details appear at the foot of this notice.

If you wish to put yourself forward for election to the duties of any committee post that might fall vacant, you must provide the London Region Secretary with written notice of such by no later than Monday 13th November 2017

If you wish to vote by proxy, you must use the Form of Proxy which is available on the London Region Website 2017 London Region 2017 AGM Form of Proxy It must be completed as instructed thereon and received by the Secretary not less than 48 hours before the meeting.

The London Region Fencing AGM and elections are subject to the provisions of the London Region Fencing Constitution, a copy of which is available on our Web site.

James Kneller Secretary London Region

London Region’s CAPITAL OPEN – Saturday 2nd December 2017

A date for your diary for London Region’ first CAPITAL OPEN. A 6 weapon contest open to fencers throughout the UK and beyond. Saturday 2nd December 2017 at SportsDock. Full details here . Entry now open.

Winter Novice and Intermediate Results

The results of the Winter Novice and Intermediate Competition on 29th January are now available here
The Summer N&I will be on 9th July. Full details available soon

London’s teams for the 2015 Cadet Winton


The competition organisers do not seem to have published the results so we are unable to tell you exactly who came where in what weapon! We do know that London came 8th out of the 11 regions who entered. (2014, 4th)

Whilst we seek to get hold of them below is a report by Neil Hutchison, one of our Team Captains, and also a link to some photographs taken by Arash Farmanfarmian, our on site correspondent that weekend.

You can download any pics you like. They will remain available for a couple of months.

The London Region teams had a great weekend at the Cadet Winton on 19/20 December 2015. All 15 rounds went smoothly but our teams needed to secure 28 individual wins against any other region in order to beat them.

 We had slightly weaker teams than last year with many high ranked London Region fencers not able to accept their selections due to other commitments, however it was a great opportunity for some of our other fencers to compete and enjoy the experience of taking part in this prestigious and fun team event. 

The Team Captains, Neil Hutchison (Cobra Swords) and Denis Cranwell (St Benedict’s) were very impressed with the team camaraderie displayed and the exemplary behaviour of the fencers. They really fought hard for every fight, which was very impressive. London Region finished down from 2014’s 4th place to finish 8th overall, but we did beat three other regions: Yorkshire, Eastern (with very strong foil teams), and East Midlands. 

Our fencers really pushed to win as they understood that every fight counted. On occasion, our fencers would win one or two matches only but on two occasions these were the fights which clinched us victory in those matches.

It was great having Kathy O’Sullivan and Arash Farmanfarmian as our parent chaperones as they showed a real interest and supported all our fencers throughout the event (& took thousands of photos!). Our London Region fencers went home happy after a great weekend of fencing and we look forward taking part in the Cadet Winton in 2016! 

From a report by Team Captain Neil Hutchison


London Region is looking forward to joining the 28th Cadet Winton with a full squad of fencers from clubs across London competing for their region.

This prestigious event, established by Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, brings together selected foilists, sabreurs and epeeists from across the regions to compete at Millfield School in Somerset.  The 2015 competition is being held over the weekend of 19/20 December.

Fencers were selected, subject to their availability, by London Region from GB Cadet (U17) and England rankings.

Six teams of boys and girls in three weapons will be travelling together on the team bus, with Team Captains Neil Hutchison of Cobra Swords and Denis Cranwell of St Benedict’s.  Over the years, many of our top GB fencers have competed at the Cadet Winton and, as well as being a very enjoyable event, it is great for these young fencers to have their London Region selection on their fencing CVs.

Historical Note: Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE was a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. He and his brother were keen fencers and founded the Winton Cup in 1959, long before we knew of his famous exploits. The Cadet Winton and Veteran Winton team competitions followed later and are still held every year. Sir Nicholas died, aged 105, in July 2015, and we continue these competitions in his memory.

Neil and Denis will be doubling up as referees, coaches and team captains and would welcome some extra assistance. You can reach us via the Contact page

You are welcome to leave a message of support, or on Facebook, and we will try and post regular updates from the competition.

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Ladies Foil Costanza Russo Salle Boston
Aglaia Russo Salle Boston
Fernanda da Silva St Benedicts
Anna Curtis St Benedicts
Men’s Foil Matthew Jerome Salle Boston
Danny Martin FCL
Rupert Thomas Salle Paul
David Cuss St Benedicts
Ladies Sabre Lumeng Yang Camden
Sophia Yang Camden
Celeste Bergne Cobra Swords
Mens Sabre Lucas Achkar Escrime
Andrea Zotiades Camden
Asim Pujic Camden
Ladies Epee Ariana Farmanfarmaian Brixton
Anastasia Kipiani Brixton
Patrycja Krzyzaniak Chelsea
Mens Epee David Farmanfarmaian Brixton
Edisher Kipiani Brixton
Tariq Roach Brixton

Dates for 2016 LYC Competitions

The annual London Youth Championships, qualifier for the British Youth Championships (BYC), will be held over the weekend of 13th (foil) and 14th (epee and sabre) February.  Get the dates in your calendar today! #gbfencing