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 put 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.

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
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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
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AGM Minutes Oct 2018.doc
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Veterans World Championships, Cairo, 5th to 11th October.

Congratulations to all the Welsh Veterans on their results acheived at the Veterans World Championship, Cairo, Egypt from October 5th to 11th - the first time some of whom have been selected to represent GBR


Congratulations to Marion Thomas on the Women's foil Team Silver on her first foray into the World's to Ceri Thomas (also a first timer) on the Men's Sabre team finishing 7th and Margaret Myers on the Women's Epee team finishing 7th.


ndividual Results:

MS: Ceri Thomas Cat A 23rd.

Neil Bowd Cat A 39th (His first World's, an excellent finish given his leg injury during the poule which caused considerable pain and restricted his movement)

Carl Morris Cat B 19th

WS: Lyn Robinson Cat B 27 (First time at the World's)

Patricia Shepherd-Foster Cat C 14th

WF: Marion Thomas Cat A 14th Margaret Myers Cat C 13th

WE: Margaret Myers Cat C 21st


Team Manager & GBR Team Delegate: Gillian Aghajan

Live Commentary by Karim Bashir.


European Veteran Individual Championships, Cognac, 29th May to 2nd June.

Cognac 2019 European Veteran Championship results:

A number of Welsh Veterans journeyed to Cognac, France, to compete in the European Veteran Individual Championships against fencers from around Europe from 22nd May to 2nd June during one of the hottest weeks of the year.

Special mention goes to Gillian Aghajan acting tirelessly as Team Manger and GBR Delegation official and unofficial photographer.


Results as follows:


WF Cat 2: Marion Thomas 20th            WF: Cat 4: Margaret Myers 6th            WF Cat 3: Lyn Robinson 17th

WE: Cat 2: Catherine Bowd 80th          WE: Cat 3: Janet Baron 14th

WE: Cat 3: Lyn Robinson 45th             

WE: Cat 4: Margaret Myers 9th

WE: Cat 4: Pat Shepherd-Foster 12th

WS: Cat 3: Lyn Robinson 17th              WS: Cat 4: Pat Shepherd-Foster 6th

MS: Cat 2: Neil Bowd 50th                    MS: Cat 3: Carl Morris 20th

ME: Cat 3: Rob Brooks 93rd                ME: Cat 4: Robin Davenport 17th        ME: Cat 5: Rob Phelps 19th

BVF Championships 10th to 12 May 2019

Held over 3 days at the Manchester Fencing Centre, a small cadre of WVFA Members competed at the BVF Championships, with Catherine Bowd and Neil Bowd (Celtic Fencing Club) celebrating their double 12th places: Cath in the Women's epee and Neil in the Men's sabre. No arguments in their house.....


Other results:


WF: Marion Thomas Bronze

MS: Ceri Thomas 6th and Highest placed Cat 2 Age group medallist.

MS: Carl Morris 30th

ME: Rob Brooks 21st

ME: David Victory 37th

ME: Paul Cooper 38th

ME: Rikki Howdle 42nd

WE: Margaret Myers 23rd

WS: Margaret Myers 19th

WF: Margaret Myers 17th

WS: Lyn Robinson 17th

Wales retain the Celtic Challenge Trophy 2019

The culmination of a fun filled Pirate themed weekends fencing for the Celtic Challenge Trophy, hosted by Cornwall on the weekend of 27th - 28th July saw Wales top the points tableby a slim margin against Cornwall, closely followed by Ireland.

This is the third consecutive time that Wales has retained the Dragon trophy and 5 times out of the 8 times that this event has been held. 



Master of Arms: Jenny Morris.

WF: Gold: Marion Thomas

WF: Bronze: Jenny Morris

WE: Silver: Jenny Morris

WE: Bronze: Janet Baron

WS: Bronze: Jenny Morris

MS: Bronze: Neil Bowd

MF: Bronze: Nigel Betterton


"Team" results:

WF: First

WE: First

WS: Third

MF: Second

MS: Second

ME: Third


A huge Thankyou to everyone who came to fence or support.

Thank you to Truro for hosting the event, especially to Vanessa Hendra, Keith Rogerson & Jon Salfield for the excellent organisation and the entertaining evening get together.

Veteran Winton Cup 28th & 29th September 2019

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

Venue: RAF Cosford.

Team Selection.

MS: Neil Bowd, James Longton, Steve Ellwood, Matt Russell.

ME: Jeff Conover , Rupert Nute, Rob Brooks, Richard Roberts (Sat), 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, Allyson Hazell. 

As agreed the entry fees for this event will be subsidised.

WVFA Championships Saturday 19th October 2019

.Jeff Conover and Peter Davies of Mold Fencing club are organising the WVFA Championships 2019.


Details: This year all weapons will be contested over ONE day.

Entry form: See attached below

.Please submit by email on the form.

Venue: Plas Madoc Leisure Centre, Wrexham

Schedule: See entry form below

Format: As agreed at the previous AGM the format will be poules and DE. 


Cost: One weapon, £25.00, two £35.00 and three £45.00

Entry via Paypal shop or BACS ONLY, no cheques can be accepted at this time.


It may be possible to fence all three weapons, however,due to time restrictions/ entry numbers, if we cannot run three weapons, a refund for the third weapon will given. 

Once recieved the current entry can be viewed at www.fencingtimelive.com and navigating to the relevant section


AGM will probably be at the venue immediately after the competition.


Live results are available via Fencing time.com (competition name: WVFA champiosnhips)


Nationals entry form 2019.doc
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Entry Fees

Please select your preferred entry from the drop down menu below

Entry Fees

Bronze for Cath Bowd at WMO

Catherine Bowd made made it a "Family affair" at the WMO by adding to the "Team Bowd" medal collection by taking Bronze in the epee, building on her 4th in the Cat 2 Age groups.

ME Team Gold, Welsh Team Championships

At the Welsh Closed Team Championships on 27th January, the wiley Welsh Veteran Team of Rob Brooks, Neale Thomas and Rupert Nute  took Team Gold against strong teams from around Wales.

Other results can be seen below. With full Welsh Veteran teams and teams with Welsh Veteran members taking 10 of the 15 medal placings. Well done all.


Welsh Sabreurs Victorious Triple Medallists!

At the recent BVF Age groups Carl Morris taking Gold in the Cat 3, with Ceri Thomas taking Silver in the Cat2 and Neil 4th, the three did it again at the WM Open, with Carl again taking Gold, Ceri & Neil Bronze, this in addition to the Silver at the Home Nations, this group of sabreurs are becoming a team to be reckoned with


Emma Waller, Bronze medallist, Fencing Commonwealths, Canberra, Australia November 2018

Welsh Veterans were represented at the Veterans Commonwealth fencing Championships in Canberra, Australia by a band of five WVFA members, all of whom fenced admirably in the face of stiff opposition from other Commonwealth countries.


WS: Emma Waller, Bronze

MS: Jim Crawfurd 15th

ME: Neale Thomas 20th

WF: Lyn Robinson 7th WE: 38   WS:18

WS: Patricia Shepherd-Foster 21  WE: 43

WS Team: 4th.


Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championships 2020 (CVFC 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.

WVFA Committee 2019

Lyn Robinson: Chairman.

Eddie Cooper: Vice Chair

James Selby: Treasurer/membership

Mike Robinson: Secretary

Gillian Aghajan: member/ Team Manager

Patricia Shepherd-Foster: Member

Co-opted members:

Jeff Conover, Kel Brundle, Mark Robertson - Selectors.

Matt Russell: Welfare

Saskia Russell: Medical

To contact the chairman please use: chairmanwvfa@yahoo.com

BVF Age Groups, March 2019

BVF Age Groups: Leon Paul Center March 2019.

Congratulations to all the Welsh Vets attending the BVF age groups on their results. 

Marion Thomas Gold Cat 2 WF

Ceri Thomas Silver Cat 2 MS,

Carl Morris Bronze Cat 3 MS,

Robin Davenport Bronze Cat 4 ME, 

Margaret Myers Bronze Cat 4 WS also 4th WE & 5th WF.

 Anna Hollingberry Gold Cat 1 (Our latest and youngest member) WS,

David Victory Silver Cat 1 MF (Also a new member), also 7th ME & 5th MS;

Just missing out on the medals as the age groups do not award joint Bronze

 Neil Bowd 4th Cat 2 MS (3 indicators!), 

Catherine Bowd 4th Cat 2 WE,

 Lyn Robinson 4th Cat 3 WS,

Rob Phelps 4th Cat 4 ME,

ME Cat 3 Rob Brooks 8th

ME Cat 3:  Richard Howdle (Rikki) 10th,

 Patricia Shepherd-Foster5th WS, 7th WE, 

David Thomas MF 13th...

not a bad day at the office everyone, and last but by no means least to Mike Robinson on manning DT with John Mason & John Crouch, well done.


Welsh Fencing Closed Individual championships 2019

A smaller number of experienced and newer fencers of veteran age competed at the Welsh Fencing Closed Individual Championships in March 2019 acquitting themselves well against the younger Welsh competitors.


New WVFA member David Victory, ME 6th and the "Best Vet"

Pam Fairweather, WE 8th and "Best Vet"

Nigel Betterton, MF 7th and "Best Vet"

Kel Brundle, MF 9th.

New WVFA member Simon Ashley, MS 6th and "Best Vet"

David Terrarr, MS 10th

New member Matt Russell, MS 12th

Welsh Fencing Closed Team Championships, Sunday Jan 27th 2019.

WVFA  entered teams in all weapons for the Welsh Fencing Team event on Sunday 27th January 2019.

It was a day of fun, laughter, fencing and well deserved medals for the Welsh Veteran members who were part of most of the teams at the WF Team event and performed well against the youth and vigour of the younger generations, gaining a lot of respect from the younger generation.

Last minute work commitments and illness necessitated altering some teams, members of those teams were missed.

Results: Welsh Vets Teams

WE: WVFA 1: Clare King, Catherine Bowd, Pamela Fairweather.Bronze

WE: WVFA 2: Angela Jackson, Saskia Russell, Andrea Steele 4th.

WE: WVFA 3: Meg Shepherd-Foster, Isobel Martin, Amelie Russell Silver

WS: WVFA 1: Emma Waller, Lisa DeLuca, Pat Shepherd-Foster, the only WS sabre in the event they fought valiently against the other teams of MS.

MS: WVFA 1: Neil Bowd, Ceri Thomas, James Longton, Silver

MS: WVFA 2: James Selby,  David Terrar, Steve Ellwood 

ME: Mold/WVFA 1: Jeff Conover, Peter Davies, Richie Roberts, Ken Roberts Bronze

ME: WVFA 2: Neale Thomas, Rupert Nute, Rob Brooks. Gold 

MF: WVFA 1: Kel Brundle, Nigel Betterton, Celyn Lewis Bronze

MF: WVFA 2 (The Grand Veterans): William David Thomas, Glyn Davies, Eddie Cooper.8th

Teams from other clubs with Welsh Vets members:

ME: Cardiff, Silver, ME: Aberystwyth 4th

MF:Gwent A, Silver, Gwent D, 6th, Gwent D,7th

WF: Gwent A, Silver Cardiff, Bronze

MS: Cardiff A & Cardiff B Bronze 

Some images from the weekend..Thankyou to all who gave permission for these to be used.

There are vets and then there are Grand Vets: the MF team of Glyn Davies, Eddie Cooper and William David Thomas demonstrating that age is no barrier to showing the youngsters (they could give the youngsters about 45 years) that experience counts as well as youthful vigour.

 A well deserved Silver to welcome Isobel Martin back into the WVFA fold after a long absence, Isobel brought along her mum for the day and both were delighted at the Silver medal the team won. 

There was even time for a quick reunion at the WF closed Team championships for the former members of Ddraig Wern Fencing club. L to R: Steve Ellwood,Pat Shepherd-Foster, Isobel Martin, Lisa De Luca, Pam Fairweather, James Longton and Meg Shepherd-Foster.

The ladies from Celtic Sword even though in differnt teams supporting each other and strategising.

Bronze team medallists Cath Bowd and Pam Fairweather with Silver medal team member Isobel and one of our newest members, a force to be reckoned with Angela Jackson.

A combination of experience and expertise with a dash of youthfulness in the WVFA Silver medal team of Isobel Martin, Meg Shepherd-Foster and Amelie Russell.

A welcome return to competition for James Longton, with Neil Bowd and new WVFA member Ceri Thomas, showing that age and experience, quick hands and feet and a strong parry are a mark of the Veterans Mens sabre team.

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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