Welsh Veterans Fencing Association Older, Sneakier, Wiser.....
Welsh Veterans Fencing Association       Older, Sneakier, Wiser.....

Welcome to the Welsh Veterans:                                        Croeso i y cyn-filwyr Cymru Cleddyfa Cymdeithas.

Whether you're a recent recruit to the sport or a seasoned fencer; Welsh Veteran Fencing Association is delighted to welcome you to our growing ranks.


We are sure that you will have a very positive experience fencing for the Welsh Veterans in our annual Welsh Veterans Championships; competing for one of the places on the Welsh Veteran Regional or National Veteran Teams.  Enjoying the banter between the regions during the exhausting, but exhilarating, two day regional annual Veterans Winton Cup event. Competing in the hard fought, but none-the-less friendly rivalry against the Scots, Irish and English Teams at the Annual Veterans Home Nations. Competing for Wales at the Celtic Challenge, as an individual and part of the team, which takes place every two years and at the Veterans Commonwealth Fencing Championships, as an individual and gaining a place in the team event, which also take place every two years. Many of our Welsh Veterans represent GBR at the World and European Fencing championships and are serious competitors on the Senior fencing circuit.

Fun, Friendship and Fencing, what more could you ask for.

We hope to welcome you into the growing ranks of the Welsh Veterans Fencing Association.

General Information

Subscription is due on January 1st and is valid through to December 31st.

Membership is open to Men and Women aged 40 or over or who become 40 in the current calendar year Your membership will start when we have received payment.

Your details will be held on a computer database and will be used by WVFA to send information to you about fencing matters.

Your details will not be passed to a third party. 

Please see the Policy section.



Membership of the Welsh Veterans Fencing Association is subject to the current criteria: 

Born in/ Parent(s) Grandparent(s) born in Wales. 

Current Resident/past residency in Wales for a minimum of 2 years continuously. (Must be supported by electoral registry)

Veterans Commonwealth Fencing Championships: - please see the Veteran's Commonwealth page.

Have a minimum of recreational/ full compete British Fencing membership. Apply through British Fencing.

Current membership of the WVFA.  

Veterans fencing is subdivided into the following age categories:

Cat 1: 40 - 49       Cat 2: 50-59    Cat 3: 60-69     Cat 4: 70-79 : Grand Veterans


Membership Renewal- BVF, WVFA & BF


Members are tactfully reminded that they should indicate Wales as their Region and Country on their BVF & BF membership applications and renewals.  

If not indicated, this will mean that you will be unable to represent Wales for the Welsh Veterans (or even Seniors) at Regional (Vets Winton), National (Home Nations) or International level (Commonwealths).

Check current status with the appropriate membership body and alter accordingly.

Please list Welsh Veterans as one of your subsidiary clubs.

Renewals can be made at any time of the year.

Annual BVF membership  1st Jan - 31st Dec - Cost £15; Compete BF license is required to fence in BVF organised events, Age Groups, BVF Championships, Veterans Winton, European and World championships.

Annual WVFA membership 1st Jan - 31st Dec - Cost £15 

BF membership- Compete membership is required to compete at Opens, BVF events, European, World & Commonwealth events.

FIE membership is also required to compete at cerrtain events, e,g, Commonwealths, Veteran European Individuals.

Please cancel any standing order/direct debit payments to the old WVFA account as we are in the process of having a new account and cannot access the old account.

 Please complete and forward the WV membership form (not the SO attached) and forward to the membership secretary as when New standing order/direct debit mandates will be available online soon they can then be completed.

WV_membership-form 2019 2020.doc
Microsoft Word document [171.5 KB]

Information Re. Veterans Commonwealths 2020 & Covid-19

Recieved from MArk Ballard, Re. the Veterans Age Group Commonwealths, Markham, Toronto, July 2020.


The Organizing Committee of the CVFC 2020 is continuously monitoring the situation in Canada as well as globally regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The priority of the Organizing Committee is the safety and well-being of all fencers, officials and accompanying persons intending to participate in the CVFC 2020, July 23-26, Markham, Ontario, Canada.

At this time, the upcoming CVFC 2020 Markham, Canada will remain as scheduled. Any changes will be communicated through this site, our Facebook group and directly to Commonwealth Fencing National Federations and associations.

We will continue to follow guidelines from Health Canada and Public Health Ontario, as well as municipal authorities and, are monitoring announcements from  Federation Internationale d’Escrime, in order to create a safe environment for all participants.


Mark Ballard

Wynford Seymour

Wynford Seymour 1931-2020


Eulogy from Kel Brundle, Swansea Fencing Club.


Wynford was born in the Swansea valley and moved to Swansea where he pursued his fencing career.

He established the Swansea School of Fencing in 1957, and also gave private lessons at his home. He had a concrete strip in the front garden and a large room indoors when the weather was inclement.

Fencing was Wynford's passion. He dedicated his life to coaching and inspiring youngsters to enjoy the sport and achieve a high standard.

Wynford specialised in all three weapons, foil, épée and sabre.
He produced club members who have represented Wales and Great Britain, a testament to the great man who had tirelessly given so much to so many.
Respected on the fencing scene near and far by fencers young and old.

After retirement from his nursing career at British Steel, he was able to spend more time fencing at his own level, subsequently taking part in Welsh and British Veterans competitions.

Even at the grand age of 87 he would put his students though their paces during training on club nights, wearing them out one by one with his vigorous coaching and training, and he was as fit as a fiddle and a force to be reckoned with. Take him for granted or let your guard down for a split second and he would hit you before you saw it coming.
It just goes to show how good a healthy life of fencing kept him fit and active.

Swansea Fencing Club is still active and thriving with a strong membership, and we all appreciate the part that Wynford has played in this.


Welsh Fencing Closed Team Championships

The Grand, Grand Veterans of the MF Team.

Welsh Veteran members were well represented on Sunday 26th January 2020 whether fencing under the banner of WVFA almagamated club teams or their own clubs, with WVFA members in many teams, retaining many of the places WVFA held in last years event.


There was a decline in the number of teams entering this year due to prior commitments.

Thank you to all WVFA members who attended making it an enjoyable day for all.


BVF International, Jan 4th & 5th 2020

Nominated for EFC Veteran Epee Circuit.

WVFA members were in attendance at the inaugural BVF European Epee/Internal event which took place in Guildford on the weekend of 4th/5th January 2020.


Cat 1 ME: 25th David Victory

Cat 3 ME: 27th Rob Brooks

Cat 4 ME: Silver Robin Davenport

8th Rob Phelps

Cat 2 WE: 8th Cath Bowd

Cat 4 WE: 6th Margaret Myers

7th Pat Shepherd-Foster

Cat 2 MF: 12th Nigel Betterton

Cat 2 WF: Gold Marion Thomas

Cat 4 WF: Bronze Margaret Myers

Cat 2 MS: Silver Neil Bowd

5th Ceri Thomas

Cat 3 MS: Gold Carl Morris

Cat 4 WS: 6th Pat Shepherd-Foster

7th Margaret Myers


This was the first BVF Ranking Event for selection for the European and World Veteran Teams for 2020.


Home Nations April 2020

WVFA Veterans Home Nations Squad

The Home Nations will take place on Saturday April 18th in Bristol.


MS: Neil Bowd, Ceri Thomas, David Terrar, James Longton.

ME: Jeff Conover, Rob Brooks, Paul Cooper, Oliver Massey.

MF: Richard Thomas, Kel Brindle, Nigel Betterton, Simon Curling

WS: Emma Waller, Lisa De Luca, Pat Shepherd-Foster, Lyn Robinson

WE: Cath Bowd, Clare King, Pam Fairweather, Saskia Russell

WF: Marion Thomas, Margaret Myers, Cathering Fisher, Lyn Robinson


Details to follow.

WVFA Championships 2019

Huge Thanks go to Jeff Conover and Peter Davies of Mold Fencing club who organised the WVFA Championships 2019.

Thank you to Gillian Aghajan for her support and taking photographs of the day to her usual high standard.


Thanks also to those who fenced,  reffed whilst fencing and supporting, without you all being there this would not have been possible.


It was a pleasure to see and catch up with old friends and new, fencers, friends and family at the fun packed, friendly but fiercely contested annual Championships, with the usual banter, cakes and a smattering of injuries which took place at Plas Madoc Leisure center, Wrexham with all weapons contested over ONE day; a busy day for Mike manning DT, keeping everything moving along and lots of energy expended by those souls brave enough to fence multiple weapons. With the AGM taking place immediately afterwards and an impromtu meal at a local hostelry providing a relaxing end to the day. 


Congratulations to Rob Brooks on his award for demonstrating "The Spirit of the Veterans" given in memory of Bob Turner:  during the year Rob has demonstrated his staunch support  of veterans fencing, offering sensible advice and fierce support for his team mates.


Congratulations to the following:

Oliver Massey (Aberystwyth Fencing Club) Master of Arms (Gold Foil, Gold Epee, Silver Sabre)

Marion Thomas (Cobham Fencing Club) Master of Arms Gold Foil, Gold Epee, Bronze Sabre.


MF: Gold: Oliver Massey, Silver: Richard Thomas, Bronze: Kel Brundle, Simon Curling.

ME: Gold: Oliver Massey, Silver: Jeff Conover, Bronze; Rob Brooks, Paul Cooper.

MS: Gold: Ceri Thomas, Silver: Oliver Massey, Bronze: David Terrar and James Longton.

WF: Gold: Marion Thomas, Silver: Maggie Myers, Bronze: CAtherine Fisher, Clare King.

WE: Gold: Marion Thomas, Silver: Catherine Bowd, Bronze: Pam Fairweather, Clare King.

Sabre: Gold: Emma Waller, Silver; Clare King, Bronze: Lisa De Luca, Marion Thomas.


Full results are available via Fencing time.com (competition name: WVFA championships)

WVFA Committee 2019-2020

The committee for 2019-2020 has been ratified as:

Chairman: Lyn Robinson

Vice Chair: Eddie Cooper

Treasurer/Membership: James Selby

Secretary: Mike Robinson

Member: Gillian Aghajan

Member: Patricia Shepherd-Foster

Co-opted members: 

Welfare: Matt Russell

Medical: Saskia Blair


Foil: Margaret Myers

Epee: Catherine Bowd

Sabre: Ceri Thomas


To contact the Secretary:



To contact the Chairman:


Veteran Winton Cup 28th & 29th September 2019


The Veterans Winton Cup, in commemoration of Sir Bobby Winton took place on the weekend of 28th & 29th September 2019.

Venue: RAF Cosford.

Team Manager: Gillian Aghajan.


MS: Neil Bowd, James Longton, Steve Ellwood, Jim Crawfurd

ME: Jeff Conover , Rupert Nute, Rob Brooks, Rob Phelps (Sun. only)

MF: Kel Brundle, Richard Thomas, Nigel Betterton, William David Thomas

WS: Emma Waller, Lisa De Luca, Lyn Robinson, Patricia Shepherd-Foster.

WE: Catherine Bowd, Pam Fairweather, Angela Jackson, Saskia Russell.

WF: Margaret Myers, Catherine Fisher (SAT only), Clare King. 

A fun packed weekend at RAF Cosford culmiated in the Welsh team finishing 8th overall. The teams were wracked with illness and injuries over the weekend leading to last minute team changes with people fencing in unfamiliar weapons and doing a sterling job; but this did not daunt them, with Jeff Conover and Angela Jackson having to pull out due to Achilles problems, Neil Bowd favouring his previously leg, Clare battling through malaise. Our thanks go to the stalwarts of the teams Rob Brooks (ME) and Maggie Myers (WF) 

WVFA AGM Sat 19th October

The WVFA AGM will take place immediately after the Men's sabre concludes at the venue: Plas Madog Leisure Center.

The Treasurer's, Chairman's and Secretary's reports, AGM Minutes 2018 and the AGM Agenda 2019 have been sent to members and are available to download below. Please read as we wish to conclude business in a timely manner at the AGM. Any AOB to be included in discussion must be sent to the Secretary by 17th October.


Chairman and Secretary report 2019.doc
Microsoft Word document [40.0 KB]
AGM Minutes Oct 2018.doc
Microsoft Word document [112.0 KB]

Upcoming Events 2020

Veteran Commonwealth Fencing Age Group Championships July 22nd -26th 2020

The CFF is pleased to announce that the next Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championships will be held in Canada in 2020.


Date of Event: July 23 – 26, 2020 (weapons control begins July 22)


Location: Markham Pan-Am Centre, Unionville, Ontario, Canada


Connections: Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada


Accommodation: Hilton Markham Suites, Markham, Ontario Full details (including schedule) will be announced shortly-


Please note that is the Age group event, This event consists of two rounds of poules followed by separate DEs for each age group

There is no overall individual champion.
There is NO selection process for the individual event, the Teams will be selected from individual rankings of those participating in the event.
All WVFA members who are intending to attend please inform Mike Robinson (Secretary WVFA) ASAP.
The amount of any subsidy to fencers/teams/towards referee costs will depend on numbers attending the event. 
Current details are available:

BVF Events 2020

To compete in the BVF events in 2020 iparticipants must have full compete BF membership and be members of the BVF.

Apply for BF membership via the Sports80 platform.

Apply for BVF membership via the BVF webpage.


Some events are still to be added:

West Midlands Open 2020

Hampshire Open 2020








Events 2020.

Jan 4 This is a BVF Ranking event
This is a European Ranking event
BVF International Open, Guildford
This a BVF Selection event
Feb 1-2 This is a European Ranking event
EVF Foil Circuit, Faches
Feb 28- Mar 1 This is a BVF Ranking event
BVF Championships 2020
Friday Sabre; Saturday Foil: Sunday Epee
This a BVF Selection event
Event Manager: Marcia Stretch
Mar 7-8 This is a European Ranking event
EVF Epee Circuit, Kiev
Mar 7-8 This is a European Ranking event
EVF Sabre Circuit, Bologna
Mar 21-22 This is a European Ranking event
EVF Foil Circuit, Graz
Mar 28-29 This is a BVF Ranking event
Age Groups 2020, Manchester Fencing Centre
This a BVF Selection event
Event Manager: Mike Swiffin
Apr 4-5 This is a European Ranking event
EVF Epee Circuit, Wroclaw
Apr 4-5 This is a European Ranking event
EVF Sabre Circuit, Liege
Apr 18 Veterans Home International 2020, Bristol - venue TBC Details  
May 21-24 European Team Championships, Brussels, Belgium    
Oct 5-11 ? Veterans World Championships, Zagreb, Croatia  

WVFA Championships 3rd/4th October 2020

Gwent Sword Club, Newport, S. Wales will be hosting the WVFA Championships on the weekend of 3rd/4th October 2020.


Venue: Cheptow Lesiure Center, Welsh Street. Monmouthshire,

NP16 5LR.

Fencing schedule TBC

It will be possible to fence multiple weapons.

AGM will take place on Saturday 3rd October 2020. 





Full details TBC.


Important Notice regarding First Aid and Welfare at Competitions.


Please note that First Aiders and designated Event Welfare Officers must be available and easily identifiable at all competitions.


All injuries should be reported to the British Fencing Medical Officer: Clare Halsted.


Incidences involving welfare issues should be reported in the first instance to the Welsh Fencing Regional Welfare Officer: Tania Craig and also to the British Fencing Welfare Officer: Liz Benkhe.

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