Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
As you may recall the Club’s venue, Reading Blue Coat School, remains closed to external hires until the end of October half term at the very earliest.
Meanwhile fencing has resumed in less than half of clubs across the country – unfortunately with some in the other half folding altogether. For Clubs that have re-opened there are strict restrictions in place in a number of areas of operation including social distancing, group sizes of no more than six, track and trace, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitisation and cleaning of equipment.
Given these restrictions, and the ongoing uncertainties with Covid-19 more generally, the Club committee has taken the difficult decision to continue our hiatus until January 2021.
Colin, our Treasurer, will continue to issue membership subscription refunds.
We’re keen to return to fencing and will reconvene as a committee at the end of November to resume discussions with RBCS and update you again; in the meantime, please do try to stay fit and healthy and you can check British Fencing’s website and its Activity Finder for upcoming live stream events and podcasts.
We have recently been informed that the sports hall at Reading Blue Coats School will be unavailable for hire during the summer period.
Unfortunately the Club will therefore not reconvene until September at the earliest; we are keeping abreast of British Fencing’s guidance on resuming activities and will revisit this as summer nears its end and communicate with members again nearer the time - hopefully with better news!
We are conscious that this remains a difficult time for many. Colin our Treasurer has been reversing any subscription payments made by PayPal since lockdown began, but as a reminder if you are due a refund for subs then please do contact us - if you usually pay by Standing Order, Colin will need to know your bank details (account number and sort code) in order to do the honours.
In the meantime, as a reminder the BFA have a calendar of online training - click here to view it and keep your skills ticking over.
We will hope to (virtually) see you at our AGM on Wednesday 29 July.
We are waiting to hear from Reading Blue Coat School as to when the hall will be available for us to hire again and, in the meantime, the Club committee is working to ensure that everything is in place when the time does come.
In the meantime, usually we hold our Annual General Meeting in mid-June but clearly events have meant that this has not been possible. Therefore we would like to notify you that we will be holding the meeting virtually, via Zoom, at 7:30pm on Wednesday 29 July.
All Club members should have received the meeting details already by email, but if you haven’t then please contact us and we will re-send.
Whilst sports halls remain closed many clubs are gearing up to reopening as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
As such we would like to gauge what our members’ appetites are in terms of returning and any potential concerns about doing so.
If you have a few minutes please do this via the Google Form - click here.
We are sad to report that Peter Whiteside - who used to coach at RFC for many years as some will know - passed away yesterday.
He had been unwell for some time, unfortunately he recently contracted Covid-19 and it was to be his last battle. Those of you who will have known Pete would know he made an important contribution to RFC, without whom, the club would not be what it is now.
RIP Pete, our condolences go out to his family.
As you will have seen from elsewhere on our website, we are currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus, so we do not know when we can re-start our popular beginners’ courses. We are still open ‘virtually’ though for enquiries and would be pleased to provide information to anyone that is interested in fencing and would like information on our courses.
We are running a waiting list for when the courses resume and we can add your name if you are interested, so just email us and we will be in touch.
Following advice from British Fencing, RFC will be closed until further notice.
For the latest BFA advice please click here.
We do not know for how long the suspension will last for, but if it goes on for a while then RFC will reimburse subscription payments made via PayPal. For those members paying by online banking, please provide us with your bank details so we can also reimburse you.
For those people on the current beginner’s course, we will contact you when we are able to resume your course.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but hope you appreciate that we have no control over the circumstances.
A number of events have been recently announced by SR Fencing as follows: