Salisbury Fencing Club

About Salisbury FC

The club is now on the summer break. Fencing will resume in early September. Watch this space for details.

Come and join us for a demonstration of fencing at the Salisbury Summer Fair on the 3rd of August.

Getting There

The club meets at Sarum Academy, which is located off Westwood Road in Bemerton Heath. Postcode: SP2 9HS.

Directions

From Wilton: Approach Salisbury along the A36. Just after Skew Bridge turn left into Roman Road. At the mini roundabout take the first left into Pembroke Road. As the road bears right, turn left again into Pembroke Road. Continue to the T-junction and there turn left into Rawlence Road (which becomes Westwood Road). Follow Westwood Road and turn left into the school grounds (after the fourth speed bump, opposite the bus shelter).

From Devizes/A360: Approach Salisbury along the A360. Turn right into Queen Alexandra Road. At the mini roundabout at the bottom of the hill turn right into Pembroke Road. Follow directions from Wilton (above). Please note that for the whole of the summer term the A360 between the Avenue roundabout and the A303 will be closed to all traffic.

From Amesbury/A345: Approach Salisbury along the A345. At the ring road junction turn right onto the A36. At the next junction take the A36 towards Wilton. Just before Skew Bridge turn right into Roman Road. Follow directions from Wilton (above).

From London/A30: Approach Salisbury along the A30. At the ring road junction turn right onto the A36. From the next junction follow directions from Amesbury (above).

From Southampton/A36: Approach Salisbury along the A36. At the ring road junction turn right onto the A36. From the next junction follow directions from London (above).

From Bournemouth/A338: Approach Salisbury along the A338. At the ring road junction with the A36, take the first exit onto the A36 and follow directions from Southampton (above).

Term Dates

This year the club running dates are as follows:

Term Commencing Finishing
Autumn Wednesday 6th Sep 2023 Wednesday 20th Dec 2023 (extra date!)
Spring Wednesday 10th Jan 2024 Wednesday 27th Mar 2024
Summer Wednesday 17th Apr 2024 Wednesday 26th Jun 2024

Beginners' Information

The club offers intensive 6-week courses for the complete novice to introduce the sport and get you up to speed. The course is very popular, costing just £50 in total for the full 6 weeks (and includes a club T-shirt!). Please ensure that you book your place well in advance of the start date to secure your place.

TermCommencingStart Time
AutumnWed 13th Sep 20237:30pm
AutumnWed 22nd Nov 20237:30pm
SpringWed 17th Jan 20247:30pm
SummerWed 17th Apr 20247:30pm

All potential fencers attending on a beginners' course and also established junior fencers must arrive at 7:30pm. Established junior and adult fencers and adult beginners then have the option of continuing to fence and having coaching up until 9:30pm. Payment will be due on the first evening of the course. All payments should be made by BACS or in cash on the first day before commencing a course. This course fee covers the loan of all necessary fencing equipment, coaching, the Club's insurance and a club T-shirt.

Membership fees for the 2023-24 season

The membership fees for this season are as follows.

Full SeasonTermlyNightly
AutumnSpringSummer
Juniors (under 20) £260.00 £120.00 £100.00 £90.00 £10.00
Senior Citizens (over 60) £260.00 £120.00 £100.00 £90.00 £10.00
Students at College/University £260.00 £120.00 £100.00 £90.00 £10.00
Adults£300.00 £130.00 £110.00 £100.00 £10.00

Paying for the full season in one payment in advance saves each fencer at least £40 over the three terms. The £10 session fee is payable by guests or visiting fencers who are not paid-up members of the club.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Salisbury Fencing Club is proud to support the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. Participants in the scheme working towards their bronze or silver awards can receive credit by undertaking a training programme provided by the club. If you would like to take advantage of this, please contact the club for more detail.

Club Rules

Safety

Swords can be dangerous to you, your opponent and any spectators, so please abide by the following rules:

  • No-one is to carry their sword in such a manner that it is dangerous to anyone else (eg. waving it around or walking with the blade in the air or outstretched)
  • No sword fencing is allowed at all unless a mask is being worn
  • Hard hitting with any weapon when fencing will not be tolerated
  • Please ensure that a glove is worn - it can be painful if you do not
  • Beginners must wear a club under-plastron and all established fencers should purchase their own.
  • Shorts are not permitted when fencing a bout.

COVID protection

Please be aware of the following procedures which must be followed to help reduce the risk of transmission.

  • You must not attend the club sessions if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You must notify the club of a positive test if one occurs within 48 hours of attending a session.

Breakages

The cost of replacing broken equipment has now become an expensive thing and it is something the club cannot really afford. Therefore for any breakages which occur it is asked that a small percentage of the cost of the broken item is met by the fencer who was using it. Current costs are £5.00 for a non-electric blade and £10.00 for an electric blade. Cost of damage to other equipment by negotiation. Please give all money of this nature to the club equipment officer, or pay by BACS to the Salisbury Fencing Club bank account.

Equipment

Members can use any of the club's equipment free of charge on normal club evenings or if representing the club in a team event, but with the proviso that the club's electrical equipment can only be used when fencing an actual electrical bout.

Members would be expected to begin purchasing come of their own kit after six months in order to release club equipment for other beginners, and also to reduce excessive wear and tear of the club's equipment

To ensure that all fencers have the opportunity and equal use of all our electrical equipment, no-one should use the electrics for more than fifteen minutes at a time. Please be fair to others and keep a check on the time that you spend on the piste.

Hire of Equipment

A club member can hire club equipment for an individual competition at an overall cost of £10 prior to the event with any loss or breakages being met by the hirer. A refundable deposit of £10 is required prior to taking the equipment.

Jackets

Please ensure that all jackets used by yourself are returned to the racks after use and are hung and zip/buttoned on a hanger. As a jacket costs between £60 - £70 we ask that they not be just thrown on the floor or in any of the cupboards.

Weapons

Again, please return all weapons that are used to the appropriate weapon bag or rack after use in a neat and tidy way. Please report any breakages as soon as they happen to the equipment officer. Please do not put broken weapons back in the rack. Any malfunctioning electrical weapons can also be handed in for checking.

British Fencing Association Membership

All fencers serious in their sport should become individual members of this association for all the benefits that are gained and information received. It is also a compulsory requirement when competing in all the major competitions which are outside of the club situation. Application forms can be obtained from Terri Westlake. It is also possible to join online at the BFA website.

Club Documents

The following documents are available for the perusal of club members.