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Ken Kingham

I am very sorry and sad to advise you that Ken Kingham passed away on Saturday the 2nd March 2019. Ken was a very enthusiastic fencer and fencing coach. He was the club coach for Swavesey Fencing club as well as Huntingdonshire in the 1980`s He was also County Captain in the early 1980`s Ken was my coach nearly all the way the the 80`s but we would also fence against each other at the club. There was many a good tussle on club nights at sabre, in those days you could fleche at sabre plus it was long before electric sabre came about. Happy memory`s. Ken decided to involve himself in coaching in a big way and changed the face of young peoples fencing in Cambridge. He started many fencing clubs in schools, 6th form colleges and village colleges in & around Cambridge. Some that I remember, Parkside, Longroad, Perse, Leys, Comberton, Cambridge Cadets Escrime, Kings Ely & Bottisham. At the moment I do not have the full details of when the funeral will be but was told its likely to be Friday the 15th and at Cambridge Crematorium just off the A14 but will let you know when I have details confirmed. With sadness Mike Ellis

AGM 2018

Notice of the county AGM to be held on November 28th at One Leisure St Ives Outdoor California Road St Ives Cambridgeshire PE27 6SJ at 7pm


  • 1. Minutes of the last AGM to be approved - Matters arising
  • 2. Chairman's report
  • 3. Treasurer's report
  • 4. Captain's report
  • 5. Secretary
  • 6. Armourer/Publicity/ER rep
  • 7. Election of committee
  • 8. Club affiliation and competition fees
  • 9. New BFA competition regulations
  • 10. County competition dates
  • 11. CWT
  • 12. Any Other Business

    Megafoil 2017 Report

    14 members of Huntingdonshire Fencing Club went to Sawston Village College on Sunday to fence in the county foil championships, members picked up a number of medals..

    I think everyone one had a good days fencing and we should all thank Dan Tozer for organising the event, well done Dan.

    Women`s foil
  • 1st Gold medal Hannah Smyth*
  • 2nd Silver medal Tracey Coates
  • Joint 3rd bronze medal Imogen Sutherland* with Kelda Smith of Dragon

    Men`s foil
  • 1st Gold medal Dan Summerfield*
  • 2nd Silver medal Richard Sage*
  • Joint 3rd bronze medal Jacque Portal* with Phil West of Dragon

    There was some great fencing battles but the bout of the day was in one of the semi finals when Dan Summerfield meet last years winner Phil West. This was a very close fight with some excellent fencing, Phil was counter attacking very successfully in to Dan`s attacks and went in to the first period rest ahead of Dan. Dan then fought back with some lightning riposte`s. Phil picked up a yellow card for turning his back when trying to counter attack and getting his target out of line but went too far. Then it was a hit for hit run and it got to 13-14 to Phil when Phil tried the same counter attack and again ended up turning his back but as this was his 2nd offence he picked a red card and gave a penalty hit to Dan making it 14-14 all. Now the heat was really on both fencers, they could afford any errors. Dan went for a very fast attack but Phil parried it, then we got an exchange at extreme high speed of Phil parry riposte, Dan parries the riposte and hits with his counter riposte. The whole action from Dan`s initial attack until his hit with the counter riposte must have been well under 1 second. This great hit gave Dan the match and his place in the final against Richard Sage who had beaten Jacque Portal in his semi final. The final was at different pace with Richard with many years of experience knowing Dan was the faster fencer not engaging him in fast fencing phases. Richard looked for counter attacks and attaches in to preparations, all worked well for the early part of the bout but Dan then used distance and very fast attacks and riposte to come out the victor at 15 -10. All went home having a great day fencing and watching some excellent bouts. It should be noted that many of HFC members and also members of other clubs and I have marked them with a * Mike

    County AGM 2016

    The county AGM, was held at 7.15 on Friday 21st October at:-
  • Cherry Hinton Village Hall
  • The 2015 county AGM, was held at 7.15 on Friday 25th September at Cherry Hinton Village Hall.

    Minutes and Secretary's Report

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    Two Photos from the Cambridge open c1970s

    Hunts FC awarded Swordmark Accreditation

    Huntingdonshire Fencing Club has been awarded the Swordmark Accreditation for it's club management. The award team was lead by Chris Convine and Mike Ellis. The club Chairman Ian Coates stated "I am pleased that after the hard work in changing our procedures to ensure we managed our club in a structured way we received the accreditation"
    SwordMark fully complements the Sport England Clubmark Accreditation Programme and includes all Clubmark criteria. The accreditation means that the club is nationally recognised by British Fencing and other organisations as a SwordMark club that is committed to high standards and is a child friendly, safe and efficient club.

    World Championship Medals for County fencers

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    Hunts FC have two Bronze medal winners from the Veterans World Championships in Bulgaria in October 2013, Silvia in Sabre and Jon Nottingham for his place in the British Team who came third in the team event.

    Richard Sage from Huntingdon FC wins medals in Commonwealth Games

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    Richard was part of an England team who came second in the Commonwealth Games in Singapore in September 2012, he also won silver medal in the individual foil and gold for best fencer in his age group. Congratulations to Richard.

    Mike Ellis received award from Bury St Edmunds club

    Mike Ellis received an ornate basket handled rapier from the club upon his retirement as coach and for his work in founding and chairing the club for many years.

    The sword was was presented by Robin Parkes (Club Armourer), who is the longest serving club member and one of the original members. Mike was the coach who originally taught Robin to fence and has remained his coach since then.

    The Sword is engraved
    To Mike Ellis
    Founder, Coach, Chairman and Mentor
    With Grateful Thanks

    County Age Group Foil - U13, U16

    Results - December 2010

    Under 16 --
  • 1st Cambridge Sword A
  • 2nd Cambridge Sword B
  • equal 3rd Dragon Fencing A and Dragon Fencing B
  • Under 13 --

  • 1st Dragon Fencing A
  • 2nd Cambridge Sword A
  • equal 3rd Saffron Walden A and Cambridge Sword B
  • It was an excellent mornings fencing with 10 teams in the under 13 and 6 in the under 16, unfortunately we lost the equivalent of two teams on the day through illness. The level of fencing at under 13 was particularly good considering the limited amount of experience, for many it was their first competition.

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