Adult Beginner Training Classes – Summer Term

Due to unexpected building works we are not sure when our next Adult Beginners courses will start

Please register on our email list and we will send you updates


All tasters and courses start at 7.30 and will finish around 9.30. We will have you fencing by the end of the evening!

Bring trainers, loose fitting trousers/trackies or stretch leggings, T-Shirt and a drink

Please check our when and where page for details of entering the school

We look forward to meeting you.

Blackheath takes medals at London Region Competition

Blackheath past and present members made a good showing at England Fencing – London Region’s  Novice and Intermediate Competition at St Benedict’s School Ealing on 10th July.

With five fencers competing and four taking medals out of a total entry of 46 fencers on this day of the Euro16 and Wimbledon finals that’s quite an impressive result!

Mable Chambers, an ex Musketeer now at Kent University, took Gold in the Women’s Novice Epee. Having come 5th of 6 in the poules she says her best position is to be 7-10 down in the DE to motivate her to win! And she did!

Gurlal Jagdev took silver in the Mens Intermediate Epee

Stephen Wood took Silver in the Mens Intermediate Foil, under the Morley Blades flag but also a Blackheath Fencer in recent months.

Valerio Radolovich, a beginner in September 2015, took Silver in Mens Novice foil (fencing under Morley Blades but now back at Blackheath after moving closer).

And last but not least

Decordoba Mitchell-Rowe, also a beginner in September 2015, came 5th in the Mens Novice Epee in his first competition

Well done all of you!

(Click pic for larger image)

@FenceBlackheath #Greenwich #Lewisham

Blackheath result in battle with Gravesham

On 22 March Blackheath epeeists took on Gravesham in a friendly club match for the first time in a couple of years sending two teams from its growing group of epeeists.

The A team comprising Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith won 45:41 and James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger formed a B team which narrowly lost 41:42 after running out of time.

All enjoyed their visit and thank Gravesham for the invite and hospitality. A return match will be arranged soon!

A team: Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith and B Team James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger
A team: Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith and B Team James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger [Click image for larger pic]

Changes to the Club Shop and payment of fees

For the last 3 years We have been using an eCommerce package to help sell training courses, take payment for Club fees and list typical costs and suppliers of fencing equipment.

For technical reasons and increased software licence costs, this will be decommissioned by Easter and will be replaced by a simpler set of pages with Pay Now buttons linking directly to online payment providers.

Paypal will be retained as a payment provider but it has become a victim of its own success, taking 50% of fees, and we are now paying £350 per year in bank charges.

We are therefore introducing a new payment provider called GoCardLess. This is the same system being used by British Fencing’s new membership system, and other major companies, to take payments using the UK Direct Debit system.  It works in much the same way as a debit card, taking payment directly from a bank account. It is all done online with no paperwork needed.

Charges to the club for the service are only one quarter those of Paypal! (1% v 4%). and members are encouraged to use this method of payment.

The new screens are already active for the Adult Training Classes starting in April

Fencing Kit for sale – New and Used

Latest list of items for sale (4Jan16)

All are new, at cost, or slightly used (mentioned in description). New items


weresimply the wrong size and too expensive/troublesome to send back. Used items are from lapsed fencers or out grown by the previous owner. All items are clean and in good condition!

The list has been moved to a page to keep it in view permanently Click here

Collection at the club. Contact Andrew or 07887 821443

If you have something to sell let me know.

Payment: Cash, cheque or by Paypal

Christmas Raffle 2015 Prizes and Winners

Thanks to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets, especially those that did both! And to those who sold tickets, it has been a great effort. We raised a little more than last year, £130 which, together with last year’s contributions gives us a fund of around £200.

The existing trophies have gone in for assessment and estimate for repair but we will be getting a couple of estimates over the next few weeks.

The winning tickets were drawn at the Club Christmas Dinner (If you weren’t there you missed a very pleasant evening!) at Davys Wine Cellars where each diner pulled a ticket from a bag. Duplicate winners were not allowed, only one prize each!

Each winner picks in order, so first winner gets first pick of the prizes, last winner gets the last prize remaining! 15 tickets were drawn for the 15 prizes.


William Hopkinson (adults) Taken
James Cross (adults) Taken
Giacomo Raggi (juniors) Taken
Phillipa McCormack (juniors)  Chosen
James Williamson (adults)  Chosen
Alister Smith (adults)  Chosen
Mael Zoungrana (adults)
Alex Orme (juniors)
Alex Harris (juniors)
Alan Jackaman (adults)
Sandesh (juniors)
Helen Causley (juniors)
Ben Warner (adults)
Frank Baxter (adults)
Hettie Thorneycroft (adults)
 Prizes can be collected from the Club
Bottle of Whisky (Bottle of good wine subsituted)  Claimed
Plastic Bag Monster maker
Leon Paul sports drink bottle
Playing card set, dice and games book
6 placemats and coasters in seasonal style
The Why? Encyclopaedia
Harry Potter and the Philiosphers Stone
Da Vinci Catapult model  Claimed
Lindt Master Chocolatier collection
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Bottle Prosecco  Claimed
Bottle Spanish Cabanero Red 2013  Claimed
Bottle Pedesclaux Red 2004 Claimed
Jar of Church Terrace Apple Chutney 2015  Clained
Flying Scotsman 3d puzzle
Cailler Swiss Chocolates Signature selection

Chairman Ben Warner standing down

Ben, our Chairman for 5 years, is planning to move to Ireland early in the new year. He will be standing down as Chairman in December.

Ben has been an invaluable member of the club acting as foil to me and keeping control of the Committee meetings!

A new Chairperson will be appointed at an EGM in December and stand for re-election at the AGM in February ’16. Any full member interested in this post should contact James, Club Secretary

We are also looking for a new Parents Representative for the Committee. As Musketeers cannot vote at an AGM a parent is appointed to act on their behalf. Anyone interested in this important role please contact Andrew.