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.
Thank you so much for making your contribution to this year’s garden party so special. The exhibition put on by Malcolm Fare was very much appreciated as were the two taster sessions and I am so pleased they were well attended. It was also good to hear that your main event well attended throughout the afternoon. The commentary in particular was very much appreciated by those that I spoke to about the event and I am delighted that the position in front of the Club house was to your liking.
With warmest regards.
Martin Bishop. Chairman of the 150th Anniversary Committee.
A busy weekend! Saturday saw our AGM and Dinner which saw us return to the Oriental Club after a number of years. We were 18 in number and were joined by Hilary Philbin, President of British Fencing.
Pat Casey, Brian Hill and Steve Lennox were elected to the committee, with Lawrence Burr providing an update on the CIO
After the meeting concluded we moved next door to the Library, which was a lovely setting for what was a most enjoyable (and tasty) meal.
Today the temperature dial had been mercifully set lower than Saturday’s, with a great turnout on the lawns of the Hurlingham Club which was celebrating its 150th year.
Before the pools started we ran a couple of taster sessions for Hurlingham the Hurlingham’s members, using plastic MiniFence kit. Malcolm Fare was also on hand, too, with a great selection of memorabilia – including a great range of weapons – from the National Fencing Museum.
The Ranelagh Cup started at 2:30pm, and with 10 fencers in all we split into two pools which ran concurrently. In Pool A we had Greg Allen, Andrew Brannon, Rob Brooks, David Partridge and guest Laurie Laschetti; Pool B comprised of Phil Barbasiewicz, Sue Brooks, Lawrence Burr, guest Tim Richardson and myself.
Greg and Phil won their semi-final fights against myself and Andrew respectively, before Greg went on to claim the trophy in spectacular fashion.
Thanks also to Pat Casey for refereeing, Steve Lennox for his fantastic compèring, and the great number of other members and their guests who lent their support throughout.
A small but perfectly formed group of fencers met at the Hurlingham Club to contest the Lefroy Cup; we were ably assisted by Andrew Brannon in his capacity as President.
The pool comprised of Philippe Barbasiewicz, Rob & Sue Brooks, guest Dave Hillier and myself. We had a number of Hurlingham members spectating at various points as well as Alex Brooks, Lizzie Stack and Verity Hillier.
After some closely fought matches Rob and Phil emerged with 3 victories apiece; it was Phil who won the barrage, though, before being presented with the Cup. Perfectly timed, as just after the last fight finished the light drizzle stopped and the sun came out!