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

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

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.

Building Works from 3/11/15

The school is embarking on another long term building project!

The front entrance on Vanbrugh Park will be PEDESTRIAN ONLY. There will be no drop off or pick up inside the gates. We strongly advise to drop off and pick up on school side of Vanbrugh Park ONLY to avoid crossing the road if you do NOT want to park. You can also drop off and pickup outside the gate in Mycenae Road. Mycenae Road can only be accessed from Westcombe Park. You CAN park in the marked bays and then go through the side gate to enter the back of the gym right around the corner. Park as close to Westcombe Park as possible. In the event of an evacuation eg fire alarm, you can collect your children from the common on Vanbrugh Park near the bus stop on Beaconsfield Rd Check out the roads in the area on Google Maps

Access during Building Works at the school

From 3rd November extensive building works will be carried out at the school. There will be pedestrian access only at the front of the school (from Vanbrugh Park). There will be NO parking or drop off inside the school gates. Parents Please drop off and pick up at the rear gates in Mycenae Road. This is only accessible from Westcombe Park Road but it is a two way road. You can park in vacant marked spaces. Otherwise PLEASE LEAVE ROOM FOR OTHER CARS TO PASS WHILE YOU WAIT. Drop off and pickup at the Vanbrugh Park entrance is not recommended except, perhaps, if travelling west to east (towards Blackheath Standard) so that the road does not have to be crossed. Adult Members There is limited parking on Mycenae Road but you can use the marked bays. You can park on the single yellow line in Vanbrugh Park after 6.30pm

Fencing 2015/16 season starts soon!

Our Club reopens the second week of September (8/10th). It’s time to think ahead. How will you be spending your winter evenings? Sign up to our Adult training course at a discount or get our free taster evening on 8th Sept into your calendar. More info here #greenwich #lewisham #southwark  

Severndroog Castle

A Victorian folly in memory of the British Commander William James at the battle of Suvarnadurg – the ‘Golden Fort’ just south of Mumbai in India in 1755 It is at the top of Shooters Hill in lovely ancient woodlands very close to the Club. It was opened, following restoration, in 2014 and well worth a visit with brilliant views in all directions. With cafeteria on the ground floor and only £2.50 to climb the 86 steps to the top it’s worth a visit. It is mentioned here as one of our members is Chair of the Trustees and we are planning an event there in September