Having introduced Hartpury supporters to the Galloping Barista recently, it’s time to talk about another long-serving RFC-man who is bringing his produce to the club on match-days.
‘Boults Burgers’ and ‘Boults Bangers’ are now available at home games and the meat is all supplied from the family farm of centre George Boulton. Having studied and taught at the College in recent years, George is now back in the family business and combining his profession with the sport he loves.
“We are small family-run beef farm in South Gloucestershire, located between Bath and Bristol,” he told us. “I originally came to Hartpury when I was sixteen to do A-Levels. I really wanted to do agriculture, but my mum said I had to do A-Levels to keep my options open!
After that I did a three year Agriculture degree, which I absolutely loved, and then two years working here as a lecturer in agriculture, which was another amazing experience and something completely different for me.
I’m now back on the farm, full time, and perhaps one day I’ll take over from the old man, but for now I’m really enjoying working with him. We’re building up the herd and trying to get a bit more land when we can – it’s good fun working together and I think Dad likes having me about.
Lorraine Cornwell (Hartpury Commercial Manager) spoke to me back in the Spring and asked if I could help out with the catering this year, which I was happy to have a crack at.
Our first game was the pre-season fixture with Rosslyn Park. We didn’t know how it would work out, but in the end it went really well. Then we had another good event when Jersey came here for our first Championship game, so we’re looking forward to the visit of Yorkshire Carnegie this week.
Customer feed-back has been really positive, but we know that the product is excellent because we’re always using top quality produce.”
Boulton has featured in all of Hartpury’s Championship fixtures so far and, like the rest of the squad, is enjoying life at the higher level.
“We didn’t really know what to expect this season – yes, you think that’s going to be higher intensity, greater physicality and a generally better standard – but until you actually get out there it’s hard to judge. So far, though, I think that we’ve shown that we are worthy of a place in this league,” he said.
“Although we’ve just got the one win so far, the performances have been close to where we want them to be. We just need to ‘wise up’ a little bit – we felt that we could have won against Jersey, but they are a well-established Championship team and showed that when we make a mistake we are going to get punished. We need to add that clinical edge to our game as well.
The mood in the camp is great, especially after winning at the weekend. Now we can look forward to Yorkshire Carnegie, this weekend, and the opportunity to go again.”
George is very much a one-club man when it comes to his rugby and, despite not being 24 until November, has been playing rugby at Hartpury for more than seven years.
“I played AASE for two years, then BUCS for three years, during which we were the champions in 2014. In that same year I was involved in the promotion to National One and then, last season to the Championship. I’ve definitely been here for a while!
I absolutely feel that Hartpury is ‘my club’. I’ve played all of my senior rugby here and I really hope it will stay that way. My Dad’s view is that I should give rugby my best shot while I’m still young enough to play and enjoy it! Maybe I need to stick around long enough for a testimonial season!”
‘Boults Burgers and Bangers’ will be available at all RFC and BUCS home matches this season, starting with Saturday’s clash with Yorkshire Carnegie (Kick off 2.30-pm).