Coronavirus Update

CLUB SESSIONS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

17 March 2020

Because of new government guidance designed to reduce the spread of the current coronavirus pandemic, the school has cancelled all lettings for clubs. This means that there will be no club sessions until the regulations are eased. We haven’t been given any indication of when that will be.

My apologies to everyone who wants to fence,
Tim Stephens
Chair, Oxford Fencing Club

Coronavirus Update

I’m aware that many people are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak that is currently happening. Here’s what the club’s position is as I write.

We’re following Public Health England guidance, so until that changes we’re planning to go ahead with the sessions as normal (which includes the beginners course that is planned to start on 20th March). As far as measures to minimise the risks from the coronavirus outbreak, we have:

  • Wet wipes to clean out the club masks before use. Once a mask is issued to course participants, it’s theirs for the duration of the course; no-one else will be using it and all kit is stored in a numbered bag so you can find it easily each session. We will make some of the spare beginners bags available to regular club members who don’t have their own masks so that they can keep their chosen mask separate and reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Hand-washing is available in the toilets and in the “kitchen” area adjacent to the sports hall entrance. Please make sure that you wash your hands on arrival and departure.
  • One of the traditions in the rules of Fencing is that competitors shake hands after a bout. British Fencing have suspended this rule and advise that fencers avoid handshakes — we have implemented this in the club.
  • We have a relatively large space in the hall, so please try to make the most of this to help everyone stay a reasonable distance apart.

If the government guidance changes (e.g. regarding gatherings of people, or school closings), the school have told me that they will cancel our bookings and the club will not be able to run. If this happens, we will post updates by email, on the club website and on Facebook. Please check before you head out.

Finally, Mark is keeping tally of who’ll be at a particular session using the Facebook group, so if you’re planning to come please let us know there so that we can be confident that there are some others to fence.
Tim Stephens
Chair, Oxford Fencing Club

Epee Course – 6th March

By popular demand, we’re holding an introductory Epee course starting on 6th March for 4 weeks. This should be enough to get a regular foilist or sabreur up to speed with the differences between their usual weapon and the epee. Malcolm will lead the course, and tickets are available here.

Christmas 2019

Friday Sessions

There will be no fencing on Friday 13th December because Rye has an event which will require the use of the hall. Instead, we’re going to meet at the Jam Factory in the city centre for a bit of festive cheer. All over 18s welcome (including parents/guardians of our junior members).

Friday sessions will restart on 10th January 2020.

Tuesday Sessions

Tuesday sessions will run as normal until Tuesday 17th December.

We will restart Tuesday sessions on 7th January 2020.

London Region Teams Competition, 20 October

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OFC had two teams at this event in Ealing, the foillist Forketeers of Nicole, Idalina, Martina and Liza, and the less inventively named Oxford Epee of Mark, Tim and Shaz.

The Forketeers were up against some very tough opposition all day. Meanwhile, the epeeists repeated their result of a few years ago, taking the gold medal.

 

Photo – Martina Zagaria

 

 

 

OFC at Blenheim Palace, August

OFC was invited to help set the scene for performances of Shakespeare at the reconstruction of the Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace this summer.

Young and older fencers all participated with great enthusiasm, and it was a great opportunity to introduce a new audience to our sport.

Thanks to the actors and production team at the Rose for their support, and to all the fencers who took part.

Photos: Mark Leech and Anne Tester

 

 

Master At Arms 2019

Congratulations to Justen, who is our Master at Arms this year. Justen finished second in both our Sabre and Foil competitions. These excellent results mean that he wins the handsome Ralph Evans trophy as our most successful member in the club competitions.

Justen with the Ralph Evans trophy

Junior Master at Arms

This year, for the first time in many, we have run junior Sabre and Epee competitions in addition to the regular Foil competition. This means that we have been able to award a Junior Master at Arms. This year, Xavier won the crown for his second place in both the Foil and Epee competitions. Well done Xavi!