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Football Club Fixtures – October With Arlesey Town playing qualifying matches in the FA Cup again this season as well as league fixtures there is a busy schedule of games both home and away. Date Tues 02/10/12 Sat  06/10/12 Sun 07/10/12 Tues 09/10/12 Sat 13/10/12 Sun 14/10/12 Tues 16/10/12 Sat 20/10/12 Sun 21/10/12 Tues 23/10/12 Sat 27/10/12 Sun 28/10/12 First Team (FAT poss replay) Brackley Town H FAC 3rd qual   (FAC poss replay) Chippenham A   Kettering Town A (Red Ins Cup) Bashley H     Banbury Utd A   Reserve Team   AFC Biggleswade A     Marston Shelton A     Wilshamstead A     Sharnbrook H   Women 1st       Chichester City H (cup)     Chesham H     Cambridge A     Ipswich Town H Local Swordsman wins Gold in Olympic year L ocal martial arts instructor Pete ‘Buzzsaw’ Holland from Arlesey attended the British Federation for Historical Swordplay’s annual UK Glorianna Cup Backsword championships held in Aberaeron in West Wales on Sunday the 16th of September. The Glorianna Cup is the UK’s longest running authentic steel sword tournament and attracts the best swordsmen and women from across the UK. Pete had to fight through 5 qualifying rounds to get in to this years final where he faced off against the 2011 winner and defending champion David Rudd from Sheffield. Mr. Holland managed to take the Gold medal and win the cup, after what was an extremely impressive exchange of skilled swordplay from both fighters. Accompanying Pete were two of his students, Keith Deans and Jed Pascoe both from Sandy. Both reached the finals and fought each other for the bronze medal position, which was won by Jed Pascoe. Pete said after the tournament “It was an honour to fight such skilled swordsman from across the UK. The fighting was hard and fast and pushed me all the way. The AOBC has produced some great swordsmen and women over the years and we have currently won the cup 4 times and have had several medal winners which goes to show the quality of the club and its students. This is the second time I have won, I won the cup in 2008 when it was held in Edinburgh which was a great accomplishment, however on a personal level for me the greatest feeling I have at this exact moment is to win the UK championship at the steel Backsword in this the Olympic year which is also the 400th anniversary of the original English Olimpick games held in 1612. That will be an achievement that will stay with me for the rest of my life” Pete runs a local Traditional English Martial Arts (TE-MA) club called The Aisle O’var Backswording Clubbe. As an accomplished martial arts instructor Pete has taught TE-MA for over 12 years in the local Bed’s and Hert’s area. The club is not only about learning the art of real swordsmanship but also hand to hand combat. If you would like to know more about the club go to www.backswording.co.uk A Brief History of PILATES M y name is Margaret Brabrook. I have lived in Arlesey for over 30 years and, in that time, have taught a great many people all different aspects of health and fitness including aerobics, exercise in pregnancy and for the over fifties. Over the past few years I have concentrated more on remedial sports massage and I treat injuries using both massage and exercise techniques. This led me towards Pilates as a form of exercise therapy for all sorts of injuries, in particular back problems. I have learnt