of Great Britian
Founded in 1900, the Epée Club pre-dates the British Fencing Association (BFA) and in the early years was left to organise épée fencing. In 1901 it held an international assault at arms at Steinway Hall and on the following Sunday held a team competition at the Hurlingham Club where the Club still holds its summer pools. The Épée Club has provided the cups (on loan to the BFA) for nearly all the major épée competitions held in the UK – including the art nouveau “Les Armes de France” men’s individual trophy, the Savage Shield (Dr George Savage, 1904), the Ranelagh Cup women’s individual, the Grose Hodge for the women’s team event. Alexander Miller-Hallett presented a cup for International Competition in 1928. The men’s international A Grade that was originally the Challenge Martini became the Épée Club Trophy, the Cup being given to the Épée Club by John Glasswell for loan to the BFA.
The Épée Club has been continuously active since its foundation.
A good turnout for our last summer poule of 2016 at the Hurlingham Club. Eight fencers competed in a poule unique - Malcolm Allton, Alain Barbasiewicz, Philippe Barbasiewicz, Andrew Brannon, Rob and Sue Brooks, Caryl Oliver and David Partridge. Pat Casey did a great job refereeing and Alain emerged the victor, having won all his fights.
Spectators included Sylvia Brown, and Fran and Ken Pearman before a lovely dinner.
A poule unique of seven, refereed by Pat Casey, was contested by Malcolm Allton, Rob and Sue Brooks, Edmund Gray, Neal Mallett, Ken Pearman and Alain Barbasiewicz – using wireless scoring equipment throughout.
The fencers were accompanied by a good number of partners and spectators in the form of Nick Bell, Sylvia Brown, Barberine Mallett, Fran Pearman and Sarah Barbasiewicz. After the poule, won by Alain, there was tea in Edmund’s beautiful garden; thanks again to Edmund for being the perfect host.
The weather held out for us yesterday on the sun-dappled lawns of the Hurlingham Club. We had four competitors – Rob and Sue Brooks, David Partridge and Alain Barbasiewicz – vying for the Lefroy Cup.
The bouche system was in operation and, after two poules unique, it was our President that emerged victorious!