Salisbury Fencing Club

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14th Apr 2016 Unfortunately the club session on Wednesday the 27th of April will not be going ahead. The Sea Cadets require the use of the centre on that particular evening and we have no say in the matter. All other sessions, including on the 26th, will go ahead as planned. Please spread the word to any club members who might not be aware of this notice. Thank you.

5th Aug 2015 We are delighted to announce that our new venue for the 2015-16 season will be the Salisbury Sea Cadets in Churchill Gardens. Everyone at the club is looking forward to our new home and our friends at the Sea Cadets have been very welcoming. We look forward to seeing everyone in these new surroundings soon and for a long time to come.

25th Nov 2014 All club members along with parents, guardians and friends are invited to the end-of-term Christmas get-together on Wednesday the 17th of December. There will be fencing for everyone from 7pm and then we will move upstairs to the coffee area at 8:30pm for drinks and nibbles. Please talk to Geoffrey in advance of this date to let him know what you will be bringing in the way of food. It would be great to see you all there.

18th Jan 2014 Attention junior fencers! The date for the County Youth Championships has now been set as the 24th of March. All are encouraged to attend for an exciting and enjoyable day of fencing. Download the entry form now and return it as soon as possible to ensure that you don't miss out. Good luck.

21st Dec 2013 Having been assured by Sarum Academy that the building work really is complete this time, we have arranged to move back to the refurbished venue from January 2014. The new days will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in coming along.

4th Sep 2013 The club nights have had to be rearranged this year at extremely short notice because the construction work at Sarum Academy has fallen way behind schedule which has been entirely beyond the club's control. For the Autumn 2013 term at least we shall be meeting at Five Rivers on Wednesdays and Fridays. See the club page for full details and accept our apologies for the late notice. Our new season is about to begin and importantly the times of the sessions have changed. The Monday sessions now run from 7:30 to 9:30 and the Thursday sessions from 8:00 to 10:00. The hall has also apparently been refurbished again - we wait with baited breath to find out what lurid colour they have painted it this time. The first session back is the 9th of September but please see the main club page for all the up-to-date details.

17th Mar 2013 Congratulations to Miranda Carins who has become the County Champion at under-16 foil. Well done also to Grace Brown, Catriona Richards, Freddie Morris and Zaid Husseini-Eyre who all placed in the top 3 of their respective events.

25th Jan 2013 The County Junior Championships which were scheduled to be held on the 3rd of February have been put back to the 17th of March. The new deadline for entries is the 3rd of March - no entries will be accepted after this date.

12th Nov 2011 Salisbury F.C. fencers had a highly respectable showing at the Wiltshire County Championships this year. Pride of place goes to our 2 new county champions: Michael Ford in the Men's Epée and Devon Ling in the Ladies' Foil. Other trophy winners were Arianna Carrington who came second to Devon in the very closely-fought foil final and Alix Dawson who came third in the Men's foil. Alix, Michael and Devon also collected awards for the best under-20 fencer in their weapon. Very well done to all of you.

10th Oct 2011 The entry forms for the Wiltshire County Championships are now available for the Men's and Ladies' competitions. Note that there will be a special award for the best under-20 fencer in each weapon. The championships will be on Sunday the 13th of November. Directions to Nationwide House are also available.

7th May 2011 Congratulations to Alix Dawson on being selected to represent Wiltshire for this weekend's Excalibur competition in Bath. The Excalibur is a prestigious (and demanding!) inter-county competition and this selection is a reward for Alix's hard work and clear progress throughout the season. All the representative fencers are listed on the county site.

2nd May 2011 Two of our fencers qualified to compete in the British Youth Championships at the start of May, which is a fantastic achievement in itself. Both Michael Ford and Arianna Carrington have done very well this season and continued to do so at this national event. Arianna came 21st in the Under 18 Girls Foil, while Michael came 33rd in the Under 18 Boys Foil and a very creditable 7th in the Under 18 Boys Epée.

21st October 2010 The two selected teams to compete in the Southern Region Junior Foil Team competition on the 21st of November are:

  • Phoebe Luther
  • Devon Ling
  • Arianna Carrington
  • Michael Ford
  • Josh Reid
  • Alix Dawson

The reserve foilist is Stacey Bryant. Full details of this competition are listed on the fixtures page.

14th October 2010 Please note that the club will continue to meet throughout the half-term as normal on both Monday and Thursday. We hope to see you all then.

14th October 2010 The next coached Development Day for Wiltshire fencers will be held on the 7th of November at Dauntsey's School. Please contact Gary Taylor of the WFU on 01985 220110 for registration or further details.

13th May 2010 There will be no fencing on the 17th, 20th and 24th of May due to refurbishment works at the Westwood Sports Centre. The match against Swindon on the 27th will proceed as planned. Please remember to bring your contribution for the buffet afterwards.

7th January 2010 There will be no fencing tonight because of the bad weather.

7th December 2009 We are delighted to announce that we have received full Clubmark Accreditation. A very big thank-you must go to all those on the committee who have put in all the work to achieve this. Well done!

30th October 2009 Concratulations to John Routledge on passing the FIE foil coaching course! The club are looking forward to benefitting from John's newly-acquired insights on his return to the UK.

5th October 2009 John Routledge, one of the club's coaches was selected by British Fencing to attend a two month FIE run foil coaching course in Bucharest, Romania. The course is six hours a day, six days a week and is taught by three time Olympian Petru Kuki, 1994 World Champion Dimitri Chevchenko and Professor Alec Moloshkovic who has written two books on fencing theory. The course will qualify John at level 5, National Coach level for foil fencing.

Details can be found on the British Fencing Association web site.

18th February 2009 The programme for the Wiltshire County Youth Trophies presentation evening has now been finalised. The event will take place at Salisbury Fencing Club on Monday the 18th of May, starting at 6pm. The timetable is as follows.

6:00 - 8:30Fencing in all weapons will take place and the club will make its equipment available for all to use. Past and present Salisbury F.C. members and guests from other clubs will be most welcome.
8:30 - 9:00Presentation of the awards
9:00 - 9:45Light buffet for all members and guests will be provided free of charge for which we thank members and friends of Salisbury F.C. for their interest and help once again at this annual event

In order that the catering requirements can be roughly calculated, please let Geoffrey Russell know as soon as possible if you plan to attend the event. Thank you.

19th January 2009 Geoffrey Russell, the club chairman, has been admitted to hospital for surgery. Everyone at the club wishes Geoff a speedy recovery and we all look forward to seeing him return to action at the club in the very near future.

9th October 2008 The visit of Newbury F.C. to the club this Thursday to fence a highly enjoyable friendly match was much appreciated, especially with the final fight being decided with the very last hit. We will very much look forward to the return fixture in the summer and forging closer ties with Newbury in the future.

24th March 2008 Please note the altered dates for the Summer Term 2008 and the associated Beginners course. Summer term begins on the 27th of March (Thursday) and the Beginners course starts on the following Monday. The county awards presentation evening has moved from the 1st to the 19th of May. Fencing the Bank Holiday 5th of May will proceed as normal.

6th May 2007 The Wiltshire Fencing Union Awards Evening will be held on Thursday the 31st of May 2007 at Salisbury Fencing Club. The programme for the evening will be:

6:00 - 8:30pm

Normal fencing in all weapons will take place with club equipment being available for all to use. Past and present Salisbury F.C. members, and guests from other clubs, will be most welcome. So come along to make this an active, lively and friendly evening of fencing.

8:30 - 9:00pm

Presentation of awards will take place. Bring your cameras along.

9:00 - 9:45pm

Light buffet for all members and guests will be provided free of charge for which we thank members and friends of Salisbury F.C. for their interest and help once again at this annual event.

In order that the catering requirements can be roughly calculated, please can you let Geoffrey know as soon as possible whether you plan to attend or not. Thank you.

26th Mar 2007 During the Easter break, the sports centre will be closed. This means that the club will not meet on the following dates: 2nd, 5th, 9th and 12th of April. The normal schedule will resume on the 16th of April.

15th Feb 2007 Two of our fencers, Mary Andrews and James Hardman, were awarded a scholarship by the Mike Slade Sports Scholarships Fund towards their training. The presentation was covered by Vision News, so if you have access to Flash v9, you can see their coverage of the event. Congratulations to both James and Mary.

20th May 2006 Please note that this Thursday (the 25th of May) will be the annual awards presentation evening, so fencing will begin at 6pm and the presentation will start at 8:30pm.

10th Apr 2006 As the forthcoming few months are full of bank holidays etc., here is a complete schedule of club sessions between now and the end of the year.


10 Apr: Normal session
17 Apr: No fencing (Easter Monday)
24 Apr: Normal session
1 May: No fencing (May Day)
8 May: Normal session
15 May: Normal session
22 May: Normal session
29 May: No fencing (Spring Bank Holiday)
5 Jun: No fencing (School Exams)
12 Jun: No fencing (School Exams)
19 Jun: Normal session
26 Jun: Normal session


13 Apr: Normal session
20 Apr: Normal session
27 Apr: Normal session
4 May: Normal session
11 May: Normal session
18 May: Normal session
25 May: Normal session + Awards Presentation
1 Jun: Normal session
8 Jun: No fencing (School Exams)
15 Jun: No fencing (School Exams)
22 Jun: Normal session
29 Jun: Normal session

1st Sep 2005 A new term is about to begin, with the first session on the 5th of September 2005. A new beginners course will also be run this term. Please contact Mr. Geoffrey Russell for details of this course.

13th Mar 2005 There will be no fencing on the following days during the summer term:
March: 31st
April: 4th
May: 2nd, 30th
June: 6th, 9th, 13th, 16th

29th Jan 2005 There will be a special practical introduction to sword fencing for a local scout group on Thursday the 3rd of February between 8pm and 9:30pm coached by club members Geoffrey Russell, Richard Howell and John Carins.

29th Jan 2005 The County Youth Championships will be held on Sunday the 6th of February at Dauntsey's School, West Lavington. This competition is open to boys and girls of ages calculated as follows:

Age for competitionYear of birth
Under 101995/96 or after
Under 121993/94
Under 141991/92
Under 161989/90
Under 181987/88

Latest reporting times are:

FoilAll9:15 am
EpéeU16/182:00 pm

All competitors must be individual members of the BFA. For application forms for the competition and for BFA membership, please contact Mr. Geoffrey Russell.

14th Dec 2004 The last meeting for 2004 will be on Thusday the 16th of December at the usual time. Fencing will recommence after the Christmas and new year break on the 6th of January.

1st Sep 2004 A new term is about to begin, with the first session on the 6th of September 2004. A new beginners course will also be run this term. The course will be split in two, with adults attending on Mondays from the 20th of September and juniors (under 18) on Thursdays from the 23rd of September. Both courses will last for 10 weeks and will be taught by the club's own BFA-qualified coaches.