Southern Fencing Region

Southern Fencing Region (formerly known as “Southern Section”) represents the fencing communities of Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Southern Fencing holds regional competitions and organises training for fencers, referees and armourers, along with child protection and other relevant issues.

Look out for updates from around the region on the news page and on twitter @SouthernFencing

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Region Development & AGM

When: 17th November 2019

Where: St Gabriel’s, Sandleford Priory Newbury Berkshire RG20 9BD

Times:
9.45am – tea/coffee and the SFR reports made available for you to read
10 am
Armoury Workshop – till 3.45 (with noon lunch break)
Referee L1 Course – till 3.45  (with noon lunch break)
Fencing fitness/footwork – till 11.45  (anyone from 10 to 90 welcome)

noon – England Fencing AGM
have your lunch and be part of the EF AGM – your chance to question the board, to listen to their plans and have your say

as soon the AGM is finished everything gets going again, for fencers it will be social fencing with coaches on hand to take small groups and/or individuals as required

3.45 tea & coffee with cake will be available and the SFR AGM will start asap, we hope to be out by 5pm

We want to show the England Board that you care about your region – we trust you do and that you want it to thrive not disappear

As not enough want to do the HEMA, we are swapping it to 3 weapon fencing. Alan will bring some HEMA equipment in case there is a group on the day who would a go.

Please remember to email development@southernfencing.or.uk to let us know you are planning on attending, and what you are going to do

We will charge the same for fencing as for the HEMA, and will be making a contribution from this charge, to the Harry Jones fund for Marie Curie and Macmillian on behalf of everyone in the region

Details:

AGM

Our AGM is open to all BF members who are over 18 and who have Southern as their region.

Details went out to the SFR mail list, if you would like the information and did not receive it please request it from ‘secretary@southernfencing.org.uk

Development Opportunities, open to everyone aged from 14-99:

> Armoury workshop – We are lucky to have Andrew Goodier back to run the day for us.  If you have met Andy, you will know how good he is as an armourer and at sharing his knowledge.  He is one of our Master Armourers, has been part of the team at two Olympics and has lots of side stories to share. 

The first part will be very general.  But will move on to cover whatever equipment you care to bring along to investigate. 

So, if you just want an introduction you can do the morning – with or without the HEMA in the afternoon. 

For those with some experience, or those just happy to stick with it, Andy is planning to carry on all day.  Please bring your weapons, and your club equipment, along to work on

> Referee workshop – We are lucky to have Luke Deamer to run the day for us.  If you have met Luke, you will know how good he is as a referee and at sharing his knowledge.  Luke is one of our FIE (international) referees, and an established educator and examiner.  There will be an opportunity to do the L1 written exam, but the practical will have to be done on another occasion. Places are limited and going fast.

Fencers

> morning: fencersfootwork & fitness

> afternoon: A chance to try HEMA  –   Historical European Martial Arts is a linked sport.  If you would like to have a go, your fencing experience will be broadened.  SFR Fencing coach Alan Knowles will be heading this up with some colleagues from the association.  This is appearing at fencing clubs around the country so we thought you might like a fun afternoon to see what it is about.  Fencing kit is ideal to wear, if you have none let us know the week before – we will arrange some for you to borrow.  Non fencers also welcome to join this.              

For details on how to book in click on ‘Development

Harry Jones

Harry Jones peacefully passed away last week.  We are sure that many of you will know him, in his eighties, he had been a fencer who turned coach and armourer who was still working and being appreciated in both roles up to the very end. 

He always generous with his time, turning up and taking the role of armourer at many events, both in or put on by club, county and region.  Always happy to share his knowledge with those who wanted to learn.

A full obituary is being written and will be available next month, contributions welcome – send them to: chair@southernfencing.org.uk

Southern Region Database of Members

If you would like Southern Region to send you information about fencing events in the Region including training days, coaching, first aid training and competitions for children and adults. Please provide your details at the link below:

http://southernfencing.org.uk/southern-fencing-region/southern-region-database-of-members/