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.


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


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

Blackheath Fencers take Cup and Medals in Kent Competition

Medal wiiners in Girls U12 Kent Foil Comp 2015
Amy Jenkins, Gold Medallist and Lilla Scott Bronze Kent U12 Girls Foil May 15

At the Kent County U14, U12 and U10 Foil competition on Sunday10th May Amy Jenkins took the Gold medal in the U12 Girls Foil coming back from 6:0 to win 6:10.  Lilla Scott landed the Bronze.

It was the first competition for both girls who have been fencing with Blackheath for 18 and 12 months respectively.

In the boys Giacomo Cose came 7th in the U12 with Nick McCormack and Jack Morrin coming 11th and 12th while Joezinho Savage  came 9th and Jakab Illes came 13th in the U10. Again all first competitions for these guys so valuable experience.

Blackheath Musketeer takes Bronze in SE Youth Champs

Blackheath Musketeer, Kathryn Bowers, took joint Bronze in the Under 14 Girls foil at the South East Region Youth Championships on 8th Feb.

South East Region Bronze Medallist
Coach Andy Pavaday, Kathryn Bowers, Andrew Nisbet, Coach and Youth Coordinator

This was the first competition for Kathryn, since she started fencing in April last year and

means she has qualified to enter the national British Youth Championships to be held in Sheffield in May.

“This is a tremendous achievement for someone so new to the sport and shows what can

be done with dedication and focus.” said Andy Pavaday, Head Coach at Blackheath Fencing Club.

Kathryn went on to compete in the British Youth Competition in Sheffield over the May bank holiday coming 47th in a field of 50 a good National level