Nottingham City Fencing Club
NCFC aims to provide an attractive social calendar for its members in addition to the training and competitive fencing activities on offer. Ideas from members for new event/trips are always welcome and some examples of past events are given below:
|Club Competition ||TBC Dec 2012|
|Club Walk ||Christmas time |
|Club party ||Spring 2013|
|Club holiday||Half term 2013|
party ||Spring 2013|
BBQ ||Summer 2013|
Owing to the Paralympics 2012 has to date been a quiet year.
The post of social secretary was created at the annual AGM with a view to providing a number of social events for club members. The first of these the xmas club walk organisation has been delegated and agreed at the AGM.
Several of the club members are helping run the BDFA wheelchair national championships.
A year of parties with a BBQ at the head coaches and an open house at the club secretaries.
Team GB at Lonato: including four members of Nottingham City Fencing Club.
2008 ended with a walk around Colliers Wood and a hearty meal at the pub round the corner.
Thank you to our hosts at Wingerworth for a great nights fencing. Notts City took five fencers and with a ringer from Wingerworth made up two teams to compete with the four put up by the home side.
Anyone in this area who likes Epee should drop in on a vibrant and welcoming club (with a fantastic post match pub).
Three social events were undertook to keep the weekends interesting
Very good indian food in a nice setting tucked away in Nottingham City Centre.
Excellent quality Italian food with good size portions. Book a table as it was heaving when we visited.
Surprisingly good food, cheap drinks (coke & lemonade one pound) and a bustling setting made this a fun night. Photos of the club head coach doing his thing are rumoured to exist!
Below are a couple of images from the impressive ice sculpture exhibition on show near Rostock.
Several members of the club and a couple of invitees from Derby way spent the weekend in Paris supporting the clubs entrant and the GB team.
Though some incredible feat of planning (involving a blindfold and a map of Paris) the club was housed about two minutes walk from the event. In addition to its convenient location the hotel owners on hearing of our arrival undertook some last minute decoration but unfortunately were unable to finish the street upgrades.
In addition to watching some excellent fencing the club was able to enjoy the delights of Paris. This was undertaken at a leisurly walking pace as the metro was not running due to the on going strike. Attractions visited included the usual highlights (Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower etc), some retail therapy and naturally sampling of the local cuisine.
Click on the thumbnails below for images of and from the Eiffel Tower at night:
This year for a change the club spent a week in a holiday home in Ashbourne. Numerous games of Uno and the Shrovetide football provided entertainment.
2007 saw the new year club walk take place around Southwell to the east of Nottingham. The walk ran along the Southwell Trail which has a long history dating back to 1842. That was the year that Midland Railway first proposed running a line from Rolleston via Southwell to Mansfield. By 1847 only the section from Rolleston to Southwell (not including the present Southwell Trail) had been completed. However, threats by others to complete the line and the knowledge of coal deposits around Mansfield spurred Midland Railway on to completion. Opened in April 1871 the line became renowned for slow services and passenger services were few, although goods trains carrying coal etc were more common. In 1968 the line was closed, a casualty of British Rail modernisation.
Nottingham's largest outdoor festival, the Riverside Festival attracts 100,000 visitors to Victoria Embankment every year, embracing the city's communities in three days of colourful entertainment.
Throughout the weekend two large stages present local, national and international roots and world music artists. Children's entertainment is also provided and there are a host of street performers. The Embankment is also home to a street fair with both old and new attractions, including steam organs, funfair rides, river activities and craft stalls.
On Saturday evening there is a procession of illuminated boats on the river, followed by a superb firework display.
Following the success of the 2005 holiday at Hopton house the club chose to return in 2006. This time the murder mystery took on a wild west theme and the club extended its stay to a full week with members dropping in throughout the week. Special mention goes to Mallard Brewery of Nottingham which provided some of the weeks refreshment.
The club outing this time was to Watermead Park just off the A46 near to Leicester. Originally a quarry for sand Watermead park mainly consists of lakes of varying sizes. The sand "pits" were linked to the river Soar, to enable them to be supplied with water, and now provides a habitat for wildlife, and a watersports centre. Watermead Country Park is a peaceful stretch of countryside and easily accessible for many people.
The cornhill canal boat turned into a floating restaurant for this event as the club members decended onto the unsuspecting canal boat owners moored up at the festival. As usual the festival provided all sorts of entertainment in addition to the fantastic fayre served up onboard!
The club chose to visit Hopton house near carsington water for its 2005 spring holiday. Activities included strolling round the reservoir which was opened by the queen in 1992, squash and swimming at the Ashbourne leisure centre and a themed murder mystery evening. The murder mystery was set in a theatre troupe in the 1920s with some interesting atire on show (see above).
Center Parcs provided the setting for an energetic 2004 club holiday. Activities included swimming, badminton, aerobics, cards, and what turned out to be a near lethal round of mini golf!