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The BVF committee are proposing a new competition, ranking and selection scheme for next season.

The aim is two-fold. First to improve the quality of the British squad at the European team and World Championships, increasing our chances of Great Britain winning medals, and secondly to increase participation. The scheme is also designed to retain the original social aim of the association of all veterans fencing together.

Under the scheme fencers will be able to score ranking points at domestic and international events, including the European and World Championships. The total counting ranking points is the sum of the best five events, with no more than three being international competitions. Details of the scheme, and some Frequently Asked Questions, can be viewed via the links below.

The committee believes that the proposals will be beneficial to the development of veterans fencing in this country. If the new scheme is adopted the committee will conduct a review of how well it worked at the end of the season.


Before introducing this scheme the committee has given the membership the opportunity to comment on the proposal via a survey monkey poll.

The report on the responses received in the survey on the proposed competition / ranking / selection scheme can be viewed here: Survey Report. (You may have to hold down the CTRL key when clicking on this link)

The committee will consider the responses, and how it should implement the views expressed, at its next meeting on 28 May 2016.

Duncan Rowlands
BVF Development Officer

Age Groups 2016

Entry Form     Closing date is May 27th.


Details and Timetable

Recommended hotel is the Premier Inn, Furzton Lake, Milton Keynes


Maps for Venue and Hotel

Route between Hotel and Venue

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Gordon Coombs 1930- 2016

We are very sad to report the passing of Gordon Coombs at the age of 85.

Gordon was an outstanding servant of Truro Fencing Club and a great ambassador for the sport of fencing. He served on the club's committee for many years, and also as a trustee of the TFC Gold Foundation.

In his youth Gordon had been an accomplished international-level epeeist. Having given up fencing for many years, Gordon was inspired to start again by his grandson, and when he and his wife Joan moved to Cornwall they decided to take up sabre. They both applied themselves with great energy to acquiring the new skills, and Gordon went on to represent Great Britain at the World and European Veterans Championships.

Gordon will be remembered fondly by us all as a man of great wit, humanity and generosity, always warm and kind and ready to help new fencers and beginners at the club. A fierce opponent, great sportsman and an absolute gentleman, he will be greatly missed.

Our very best wishes go out to his wife Joan and to all his family.

His funeral will be on Thursday April 14th at 12.15pm at Haycombe Cenetery Crematorium Chapel, Whiteway Road, Bath BA2 2RQ.

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Carole Dixon 1941 - 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Carole Dixon after a long battle with cancer.

Carole was one of the founding members of the NVA, the forerunner of BVF, and has supported us since the beginning in 1987

ET16 - Appeal for Funds

The European Veterans Team Championships 2016 are almost here. Thank you for your help and support to date in helping to make this a memorable event on the BVF and European calendar.

Here is a last letter from me to ask whether you might be prepared to help BVF in one final push for funds. I would be very grateful if you would have a read of it and if you feel that you are able to help, then please follow the advice given.

Lawrence Burr

West Midlands Open 19-20 March


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Team selection

Appeals are now CLOSED

BVF Championships


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International vets calendar

Qualifying Age

Membership is open to Men and Women aged 40 or over or who become 40 in the current calendar year.
This is the same as saying if you are 40 or more on December 31st then you are a vet.
Vets events such as the European or World Championships have a similar rule: your qualifying age is your age on December 31st this year.

BVF Committee meetings

The next meeting is on May 28th.

If you have any matters that you wish the committee to consider please email Marcia Stretch

The minutes of meetings can be found on the Committee page.

Other Veterans Events

See the panel in the Home Page for veterans events around the world


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