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.

WV_membership-form 2019 2020.doc
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Due to the exceptional circumstances relating to the pandemic the WVFA AGM has been scheduled for Sunday 1st November at 19:30 via ZOOM ( as we have a time limit on this meeting a continuation meeting has been scheduled for 20:15 on the same day) Please contact the secretary for an email with the meeting ID and password, treasurers report and selection policy amendments. See attached AGM Minutes 2019, combined Chair & Secretary report for 2019/2020, AGM Agenda 2020.

WVFA AGM minutes 2019
AGM Minutes Oct 2019.doc
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WVFA AGM Agenda 2020
AGM Agenda 2020.doc
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WVFA Chairman & Secretary combined report Annual report 2019/2020
Chairman and Secretary report 2020 updat[...]
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Wynford Seymour 1931 -2020

Eulogy by 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.

Winton Cup September 28th - 29th 2020


It is with deep regret that the organising committee of the Veterans Winton Cup  have cancelled the event this year due to the current restrictions placed on the country due to the Covid 19 pandemic.


WVFA supports this decision and members are looking forward to the event recommencing in 2021. 

WVFA Championships 2020


Due to the current onögoing situation with the Covid 19 pandemic that the WVFA committee has taken the hard decision to cancel the WVFA Championship due to be hosted by Gwent Sword Club on the weekend of 3rd - 4th October. 

The committee will contact members with details of if/when we are able to reschedule the event.

Veterans Commonwealth Age Group Championships 22nd - 26th July 2020

Status of the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championship 2020

C2020 will not take place on 23 – 26 July 202ell-being of all fencers, officials and accompanying p

CVFC2020 will not take place on 23 – 26 July 2020.

The priority of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation (CFF) and the Canadian Fencing Federation (CANFF) is the safety and well-being of all fencers, officials and accompanying persons intending to participate in CVFC2020 on 23 – 26 July 2020, in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing restrictions (including a ban on all sporting events) have come into force in Canada and in many other countries. There are also significant restrictions on international air travel. Consequently, CVFC2020 will not take place on 23 – 26 July 2020.

The CVFC2020 Organising Committee (comprising representatives of CFF and CANFF) will meet to discuss the definitive cancellation or possible rescheduling of the event at a future time.

Members will be informed of any relevant decisions as soon as they are madetion or possible rescheduling of the event at a future time.

Members will be informed of any relevant de

Veteran Home Nations April 2021

Men's Foil Team 2019

Hosted by England Fencing, April 2021.


Details to be confirmed.


Due to this event having been rescheduled from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision by the selectors and the WVFA Committee has been made that the team selected for 2020 will represent Wales, subject to availability and health.


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

Celtic Challenge 2021

Celtic Challenge 2021

The 2021 Celtic Challenge is due to be hosted by Galacia in 2021.

Details will follow when information is available.

European Veteran Individual Championships 2021

Thionville, France, May 12th - 16th

The 2021 European IndividualChampionships are due to be held in Thionville in France from 12th - 16th May 2021.


Weapons control is usually the day before the individual event, therefore weapons control for some weapons may take place on May 11th.


Details including venue, which weapon and age category are TBC.


Please note an FIE licence is required in addition to BF compete membership.

WVFA Championships 2021

Older, sneakier, wiser.

Members of Welsh Veteran Fencing are invited to host the WVFA Championships for 2021.

The WVFA Championships are normally held in October, however, dates can be negotiated.

Assistance will be given by the WVFA Committee but clubs are primarily responsible for acquiring, transportation of conductive pistes, scoring sets, medals, venue, etc.

Please send your expression of interest to the secretary WVFA.

Veteran Commonwealth Championships 2022

2022 Senior and Veteran Championships

An expression of interest was received from England Fencing.

England Fencing are currently organising staff/volunteers for the Senior event.

There is currently no update on the organisation/timetable/venue for the Veteran event. The WVFA Committee will keep our members informed as to decisions made.

Please visit the Commonwealth Fencing page for details.

WVFA Committee 2019-2020

Committe members and selectors

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:


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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