supplying locally sourced produce
to local customers
employing local staff
supporting the local community
As a local butcher with local customers, we understand the real meaning and importance of local community. Our customers and local support is the lifeline of our business, so we strive to get involved with our community as possible:
As a former Welsh Youth cap, Rob recognizes the contribution rugby, Aberystwyth Rugby Club, and being a member of a team, played not only in the development of his rugby skills but also in the formation of his strong character and his determination to succeed in whatever field of play. As a mark of appreciation, Rob has sponsored the Aberystwyth Rugby Club Youth Team for many years and is a regular supporter at the club. He is extremely proud of the achievements of the Aberystwyth RFC this year in clinching the League 2 West Championship. Good luck next season in the first Divison.
Both, Rob and Sheila, are former Young Farmers Club members and take an active role in supporting the work of the YFC movement. It was through the YFC movement that Rob was initially introduced to stockjudging and feels it is a skills that enrichens the knowledge of every stockman in identifying quality stock and expressing their reasons for doing so, giving them the confidence to stand behind their judgement. It gave him great pleasure in recent years to see the next generation succeeding at both county and Wales level.
May 2015 saw the “Butchers Boys” launch their own hand-crafted raft in the Glengower Charity Raft Race on the Promenade at Aberystwyth. In front of an audience of several hundred spectators, our very own coxswain and experienced rower, Gwilym Jones, led the team to disaster, when the heavily laden raft collapsed within 10 yards of leaving the shore.!! A lot of fun and all in aid of the RNLI.
When the Urdd National Eisteddfod visited Ceredigion we created the ‘Mr Urdd’, green, white and red sausage to celebrate. It was a product that grabbed the interest of the children, raised their awareness and knowledge of the product they eat, and these have since grown to be one of our most popular sausage. As avid rugby fans, we regularly make the ‘Six Nations’ sausage during the Six Nation Tournament as a tasty treat for hungry rugby fans.
We proudly support all local activities, far too numerous to list, and take pride in seeing the children of our own primary school at Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn school participating and succeeding at sporting festivals wearing the Rob Rattray sponsored sports kit!
The entire family are former pupils of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn School and Rob takes pride in seeing the schoolchildren participating at sporting festivals wearing the Rob Rattray sponsored kit. During a fabulous day of celebrations to mark the schools 175th birthday in 2013 we could proudly trace the family connection back to its origin in 1838, spanning 8 generations of the family having attended. A very comprehensive 130 page book recording the full history of the school was published and copies are available for sale.
Following the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, we host a Carcase Show at our Meat Unit, when breeders, exhibitors and customers can see our purchases from the Show in carcase form. Rob demonstrates the virtues of each carcase and explains what he seeks in an ideal carcase. Thus we feel, gives the producer an insight into the desired end-product enabling them to produce the ideal carcase for the butchers market. It gives customers the opportunity to see the quality of beef on offer for Christmas and to personally select their joints off the carcase. At the meat Unit we often host Carcase Cutting Demonstration for groups, including YFC; WI; Merched y Wawr; Discussion Groups; Grassland Societies; and Farm Women’s Clubs. Rob demonstrates cutting up a lamb, pork or beef carcase and discusses the various joints available.