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.
Our penultimate meeting of the 2019-20 season saw a good number of us convene at the Lansdowne Club yesterday, for the rescheduled Lavradio Cup.
We ran a pool unique which was comprised of Phil Barbasiewicz, Steve Bateman, Tony Bowran, Rob and Sue Brooks, Anton Pollard, myself, and then Laurie Laschetti and Neal Skinner of the Lansdowne. We were also joined by John Glasswell and Steve Lennox.
With 9 fencers we limited fight to 3 hits in 2 minutes and rattled through the pool relatively quickly, after which Steve, Tony and myself were left with 1 defeat apiece.
The ensuing three-way barrage was closely fought and left me with the trophy, before 8 of us then decamped to the nearby Market Tavern for a convivial meal.
Our last meeting of 2019 saw us at the Lansdowne Club earlier in the week for the Colonel Hay One Hit and Christmas dinner. A number of last-minute withdrawals resulted in a small but perfectly formed pool of 5: Andrew Brannon, Lawrence Burr, Mariette Mason, David Partridge and myself.
Andrew and David shared 2 victories apiece but it was Lawrence who reigned supreme without dropping a fight. On a personal note, the only thing I managed to hit was my opponents’ guards at the beginning of each fight!
We were then joined for dinner by Teddy Bourne, Fiona Brannon, Pat Casey, John Glasswell, Brian Hill, Steve Lennox, Howard West and David Worsfield.
In other news there are a couple of amendments to next season’s calendar. First, unfortunately the Hurlingham Club have informed us that they will not be holding their annual garden party which usually coincides with the Ranelagh Cup, therefore we have decided to move from our fixture from the Sunday to the Saturday - i.e. it will now take place on Saturday 27 June.
Finally, our venue is confirmed for the 2020 Annual General Meeting and dinner on Friday 1 May. We will be at the Naval Club - https://www.navalclub.co.uk/.
That’s all from me for 2019. I hope that whatever you’re up to you have a good festive break and wish you the very best for the New Year.
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.