As October draws to a close, thoughts tend to the events of 100 yeas ago. Hartpury's most famous resident Lt F. W. Harvey DCM was in solitary confinement "No mortal comes to visit me to-day" in a German POW camp dreaming of home and of "Big glory mellowing on the mellowing hills And in the little valleys, thatch and dreams. "
Will Harvey joined up as a common soldier at the start of the war. His bravery marked him out and he was offered a commission. He had only jut returned to the front and was leading a raiding party when he got captured. Obviously he tried to escape, got recaptured and hence the solitary confinement. He wrote most of his poetry while in the POW camp, so his poetry is not of the horror of the front but of longing for home.
The small village of Hartpury nestles in one of those little valley in Gloucestershire on the edge of the Forest of Dean between the Cotswolds and the Mendips.
Hartpury College was founded after the Second War, when the Government decided that in order to increase food production the country needed a new breed of scientifically educated farmers. Since 1997 is has become an associated faculty of the University of the West of England enabling it to offer full degrees. As well as the graduate programme it also offers a further education programme of A levels and BTECs.
Sport has always played a large part of life at Hartpury and it offers a full programme at both U18 and graduate level. It offers Advanced Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence (AASE) in rugby for both boys and girls - many of the girls on the England Development Programme board there. The college has a Ladies XV and three Men's' XVs in the BUCS leagues as well as the National League side. Winning is a habit, as far as I can tell the 2nd XV has lost one fixture this season - and all their other sides are unbeaten.
Hartpury College RFC has close links with Gloucester, many of the Cherry and White's Academy players take courses at the college, with a number turning out for the club.
Hartpury College visited Volac Park once before in January 2014, the year they were promoted - Cambridge won that encounter 31-21. However, keeping our undefeated home record will be our hardest challenge this year and the support of the sixteenth man will be most welcome.
To add interest, there are four matches at home this weekend, with all three senior teams playing, the 2nds taking on the Univerity's XL club, the 3rds tackling Ely2 and a curtain raiser from the U14s aganst Shelford. Do come early and give support to everyone wearing Blood and Sand.
With only 9 weeks to go, we will soon be in festive season. Why not book your Christmas party at the Rugby Club?
There are still places available for our pre-match lunches, although they are selling out quickly.
Contact JJ Jeffrey for table bookings, or follow the links below for individual bookings.
|29 Oct||Hartpury College||Book Here|
|12 Nov||Fylde||Sold Out|
|26 Nov||Hull Ionians||Book Here|
|10 Dec||Ampthill||Sold Our|
|17 Dec||Rosslyn Park||Last Few Remaining|
|14 Jan||Darlington||Book Here|
|28 Jan||Moseley||Sold Out|
|11 Feb||Blackheath||Sold Out|
|4 Mar||Esher||Sold Out|
|25 Mar||Coventry||Sold Out|
|8 Apr||Blaydon||Book Here|
|29 Apr||Plymouth Albion||Last Few Remaining|
|1st XV Fixtures||Match Day Lunches|
|Sat 29 Oct 15:00||H||Hartpury College|
|Sat 05 Nov 15:00||A||Esher|
|Sat 12 Nov 14:00||H||Fylde|
|Sat 19 Nov 15:00||A||Coventry|
|Sat 26 Nov 14:00||H||Hull Ionians|
|Sat 03 Dec 14:00||A||Blaydon|
|Sat 10 Dec 14:00||H||Ampthill|
|Sat 17 Dec 14:00||H||Rosslyn Park|
|2nd XV Fixtures|
|Sat 29 Oct 14:00||H||Cambridge Uni XL Club|
|Sat 12 Nov 14:00||A||Newmarket|
|3rd XV Fixtures|
|Sat 05 Nov 14:30||A||Sawston|
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