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

Subscriptions are currently not required for membership to WVFA.

Membership is open to Men and Women aged 40 or over or who become 40 in the current calendar year and commences when your membership application is received.

To comply with GDPR 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 (When we recommence subscriptions)

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

At the present time there is NO membership fee. Please cancel any standing order until further notice.
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Due in part to the success of the 2020 "Zoom" AGM and the current restrictions the WVFA AGM will be held online this year. Date to be arranged.

Please find attached AGM Minutes 2020-21, combined Chair & Secretary report for 2020-21, AGM Agenda 2021.


Chairman and Secretary report 2020.doc
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Nomination Form.doc
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WVFA AGM Agenda 2021
AGM Agenda 2021.doc
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AGM Minutes Oct 2020.doc
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WVFA Championship Entry Form
Nationals Entry Form 2021.doc
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Mike Norfolk OBE 1939-2021

Life President Welsh Veterans Fencing, Wrexham Fencing Club Senior Coach

Mike and Bunny Norfolk at the presentation of his OBE in 2010.


It was with great sadness that Welsh Veterans learnt of the death of our Life President Mr Mike Norfolk OBE on 3rd June 2021. Mike had been in ill health for some years.


Mike was a driving force and stalwart of Welsh Fencing and Welsh Veterans fencing, having founded and coached at the successful Wrexham fencing club for many years. Mike founded the Welsh Veterans fencing association with Prof. Peter Stewart and was always inordinately proud of each and every member of the Welsh Veterans, he always had an encouraging word, a cheeky grin and unfailing wicked sense of humour for everyone.

Mike was also a driving force in promoting and securing a separate Veterans Commonwealth Championship, he was honoured in 2014 at the Veterans Commonwealths in Largs for his contributions to Commonwealth and grass roots fencing. 

Mike was always a true gentleman and will be missed by all of us who knew him.

WVFA Championships 2021

September 4th & 5th 2021

Venue: Jubilee Hall, Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.


Sat 4th Sept: MS 0900, MF 1300

Sat 4th Sept: WE 0900 WS 1300

Sunday 5th Sept: ME 0900 WF 1000


Cost: 1 weapon £30, 2 weapons £35, 3 weapons £40


Download entry form above.

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2022

Veteran Events 15th to 20th August 2022

Hosted by England Fencing.

Veteran event dates:

15th to 20th August 2022


Venue: SportsDock, London.


Details for this event may be found at: 


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WVFA Commonwealth Team Selection 

Summary of selection for Individual and Team Events.


Individuals may enter the Veteran Commonwealths if they are 40 years of age in the year in which the event is held.


All entrants are responsible for their own accomodation, transport, kit, entry payments, BF & FIE licenses.



Team selection: For events at Veteran Commonwealth is based on the final results of the individual event, subject to their acceptance of that place, there is NO prior selection.


Teams are limited to a maximum of 4 places.

Entry fees for the Main Team event will be made by Welsh Fencing.

Entry fees for any auxillary/secondary team must be met by the fencers.


Veteran Home Nations April 2021-Postponed

Men's Foil Team 2019

Hosted by England Fencing, due to the ongoing current situation the event has been postponed until 2022 


Details to be confirmed as they become available.

Teams will be selected as per the Welsh Veteran selection criteria.



Celtic Challenge 2021-Postponed

Celtic Challenge 2021-Postponed

Due to the continuing current situation the 2021 Celtic Challenge due to be hosted by Galacia in 2021 has been postponed.


Scheduling will take into account the CFF Veterans and Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship in August 2022.

Details will follow when information is available.


WVFA Committee 2020-2021

Committe members and selectors

The committee for 2020-2021 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:


WVFA Championships 2019

Hosted by Mold Fencing Club

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 embodyying "The Spirit of the Veterans" , the award 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)

Veterans Winton Cup 2019

28th - 29th September 2019

he 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 injured leg, Clare battling through malaise. Massive thanks go to the stalwarts of the teams - Rob Brooks (ME) and Maggie Myers (WF) their unstinting hard work, encouragement and support of their teams was unflagging.



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. Photo: Ladies epee squad 2019

Due to the Covid 19 situation the Home Nations 2020 was cancelled until 2021. 


2020 Team Selections:


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 AGM Sat 19th October 2019

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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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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