2015 Hedge Laying & Ploughing Match Results

2015_0928ploughingmatch0039The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedge Laying and Ploughing Match took place at Bilshay Farm, Dottery in glorious sunshine with the iconic Colmers Hill and spectacular West Dorset countryside as a backdrop.   With a record number of competitors, 47 ploughman and 50 hedge layers, the many spectators who turned out to watch these traditional rural skills enjoyed a fabulous day’s free entertainment.

To get youngsters involved the Society’s Discover Farming team ran a scarecrow competition alongside which was very well supported.  The spectators on the day were given the task of judging the competition.  The team also put on a Discover Farming display as well as giving youngsters a chance to ride on a tractor and if over 13 years old a chance to have a go at ploughing.

Charlie Vickery with his winning scarecrow
Charlie Vickery with his winning scarecrow

Results of the Scarecrow competition (over 90 people voted)

1st – Charlie Vickery

2nd – Tom Baker

3rd – Alfred & Roland Ross

 

Richard Campbell, President of the Melplash Agricultural Society offered many thanks to Sir Philip Colfox and Symondsbury Estate for allowing us to use this excellent venue, and to all the organisers, helpers and of course the competitors and judges who have made this such a wonderful day.

The section chairman, Tim Frampton, praised everyone who participated.  In particular, the many Young Farmers, male and female, who competed.   A special mention was also given to the ‘Learn How to Lay a Hedge’ event that was held a couple of weeks before.  It was very well subscribed and a number of attendees also entered the novice hedge laying class on the day.

Overall Hedge laying champion : Willow Drew

Best lady hedge layer : Isobel Minshall

Best Young Farmer hedge layer: Isobel Minshall

Overall Ploughing Champion:  Barry Dennett

Champion Vintage Ploughman: Trevor Miles

Young Farmer Ploughing Champions: Beaminster YFC

FULL RESULTS

Hedgelaying Judges

Mr Roger Parris

Mr Henry Selway

Ms Rachel Goodfellow

Mrs Sharon Murphy

CLASS 1 – HEDGING LOCAL

tim frampton winner laying hedge dorset style
Tim Frampton, winner of the Local Hedgelaying class

1st   Tim Frampton

2nd Martin Vickery

3rd   Russell Woodham

Cecil A Marsh Memorial Perpetual Trophy awarded to Tim Frampton

CLASS 2 – HEDGING NOVICE

1st   Alan Bailey

2nd  Isobel Minshall

3rd   Roly Boughton

Marcus Beresford Trophy awarded to Alan Bailey

CLASS 3 – HEDGING OPEN

1st   Willow Drew

2nd  Martin Turner

3rd   Steven McCulloch

Elizabeth Lady Williams Perpetual Challenge Cup awarded to Willow Drew

CLASS 4 – LADIES CLASS

1st   Isobel Minshall

2nd  Lynda Cregan

3rd   Katie Maber & Libby Barnes

CLASS 5 – PAIRS OPEN

1st   Malcolm Dowling & Duncan Fraser

2nd  Jen Newman & Jill Exton

CLASS 6 – PAIRS NOVICE

1st   William Baker & Leo Bonning

2nd  Dan Phelps & Zak Torode

3rd   Alan Martin & Steve Martin

Bartletts (Dorset) Limited Cup awarded to Malcom Dowling & Duncan Fraser

Overall Hedgelaying Champion awarded a Silver Perpetual Cup presented by Cleeves & Edwina Palmer awarded to  Willow Drew

The Bill Hook Trophy for Best Lady Hedgelayer awarded to Isobel Minshall

Philip Hardwill Cup awarded to Highest Placed Young Farmer: Isobel Minshall

Tidiest Kept Site: Desktop Henry Hoover sponsored by Pneumatic:  Isobel Minshall

Cleanest Cut:  Terry Coombe

PLOUGHING

Ploughing Judges

Mr David Ashdown

Mr Michael Hole

Mr Roy French

Mr Malcolm White

CLASS 7 – VINTAGE TRAILED

1st   Trevor Miles

2nd  Brian Johnston

3rd   Malcolm Trott

4th   Peter Legg

CLASS 8 – VINTAGE HYDRAULIC

1st   Michael Symonds

2nd  Scott Symonds

3rd   Peter Symonds

4th   Roly Collett

Jack Dare Memorial Trophy for Champion Vintage Ploughman awarded to Trevor Miles

CLASS 9 – MATCH PLOUGHING

1st   John Harris

BEST STRIKE OUT in Classes 7, 8 & 9 – Prize Card – Winner Trevor Miles

BEST FINISH in Classes 7, 8 & 9 – Prize Card – Winner John Harris

CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN (CLASSES 7, 8 & 9) –THE BLANDFORD & WEBB  PERPETUAL  CHALLENGE CUP

Champion           John Harris

Reserve Champion   Trevor Miles

CLASS 11 – CLASSIC TRACTOR & PLOUGH

1st   David Rae

2nd  Tony Ascott

3rd   Bruce Carter

4th  Rodney Atyeo

CLASS 12 – TO PLOUGH 1 OR 1.5 ACRES OF LAND, 2 or 3 Furrow Plough

1st   Michael Fooks

2nd  Edward Yarde

3rd   Simon Cullingford

4th  Rick Cook

President Richard Campbell with Champion Ploughman Barry  Dennett
President Richard Campbell with Champion Ploughman Barry Dennett

CLASS 13 – TO PLOUGH 2 OR MORE ACRES OF LAND, 4 or more furrow Plough

1st   Barry Dennett

2nd  Robert Fooks

3rd   John Shute

4th   Andy Shute

CLASS 14 – CONTRACTORS CHALLENGE

1st   Will Doble

2nd  George Doble

3rd   Will Fooks

4th  Sam Symes

CREED BROTHERS SILVER PERPERTUAL CHALLENGE TRAY awarded to winner of class 14 – Will Doble

CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN OPEN – SIR STUART MALLINSON PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP

Champion – Barry Dennett

Reserve Champion – Michael Fooks

CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN LOCAL – MAS SILVER PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP

Champion – Barry Dennett

Reserve Champion – Michael Fooks

Best Strike Out (except Classes 7, 8 & 9) Winner Michael Fooks

Best Finish (except Classes 7, 8 & 9) Winner Barry Dennett

Silver Perpetual Challenge Cup for Best Ploughing using a Case or David Brown tractor using a KV plough.  Silver Perpetual Challenge Cup kindly sponsored by GSC Ltd., Dorchester – Simon Cullingford

Prize kindly donated by Francis Bugler Ltd of Beaminster for Best Ploughing by a Ford Tractor – John Harris

NOVICE PLOUGHMAN

1st   David Rae

2nd  George Doble

Prize kindly donated by Smart Agricultural Services of Dorchester for Best Ploughing with a John Deere Tractor – Will Childs & George Doble

Best In’s & Outs Winner – John Harris

Sam Dennett Perpetual Memorial Trophy – Best Finish with 4 or 5 furrow plough – Winner Barry Dennett

JRB Bowditch Perpetual Challenge Trophy awarded to YFC club with highest score – Winner Beaminster YFC

The annual Hedging & Ploughing Match is an important day in the Melplash Agricultural Society calendar and has been so since the Society’s inception in 1847.  The aim is to promote and showcase the traditional skills of hedge laying and ploughing, to recognise the local experts in the area through the competitions whilst encouraging more people to keep these skills going in the locality.

Lucy