2018 Garden Competition

Hopefully the snow is over and we can look forward to lighter evenings and warmer weather.  Now is the time to think about entering this year’s Melplash Agricultural Society’s garden competition.  The Society’s annual garden and allotment competition is the most prestigious amateur garden competition in the area.  It is a unique opportunity for local residents to be rewarded for […] Continue Reading

Battens Solicitors Limited Unaffiliated Show Jumping

We are delighted to announce that Battens Solicitors will once again be sponsoring our under 16’s show jumping at the Melplash Show again in 2018.  In order to compete at Melplash Show riders need to qualify at one of the regional shows throughout the year.  Not only will qualifiers win prizes at their qualifying show but they will also compete […] Continue Reading

New Society President for 2018

The Melplash Agricultural Society is pleased to welcome our new President for 2018, Mr Richard King, a Partner at Kitson and Trotman Solicitors.    Richard succeeds Mr Ralph Newman who stepped down at the Annual General Meeting after his year in office. Mr King was born and brought up in Derbyshire.  After qualifying as a Solicitor in London he moved to Bridport […] Continue Reading

Welcome to our new Chairman

The Melplash Agricultural Society is delighted to announce Mrs Jo Sage as the new Society Chairman for 2018 and 2019.   Jo has for the last two years undertaken the role of Vice Chairman for the Society and takes over from the current Chairman, Mr Will Frost, who has completed his two-year term. Mrs Jo Sage has lived in West Dorset […] Continue Reading

2017 Hedgelaying Results

Thank you to Honor Bank who wrote this report on the  Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedgelaying Contest.  Photos by Tim Russ. Nestled in the valley with far-reaching views over to Golden Cap, The National Trust’s Shedbush Farm, Chideock was this year’s picturesque venue for the Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual hedgelaying match.  For the first time in 18 years the hedging and ploughing competitions […] Continue Reading

2017 Ploughing Match results

This year’s annual ploughing match took place at Butt Lane, North Chideock by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Howard Coates of Chideock Manor.  Tim Frampton, Hedging and Ploughing chairman for the Society commented ‘All classes were well supported, and it was excellent to see a number of  new ploughmen competing.   The competition was fierce and the standard very high […] Continue Reading

Scarecrow Competition

At our annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match we held a scarecrow competition for children to take part in.  We once again saw a good number of entries and some really fabulous scarecrows!  The Scarecrow competition was just one of the activities organised by the Society’s Discover Farming team to get youngsters involved with and learning about farming and agriculture.  Other activities […] Continue Reading

2017 Show Photographs

You can add your photographs to this group, join here: flickr.com/groups/2912191@N23/ and see the photos by clicking on them below. If you would like to use any of these photographs you must ask the owner first.   Check back soon – there’s loads more to come. More Photos Click on the links below for more images from the official show photographers. Tim […] Continue Reading

2017 Hedgelaying & Ploughing match

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match promotes and celebrates local agriculture and farming skills. This year our event will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 in Chideock, near Bridport. There will be classes for hedglaying, vintage and commercial ploughing. Please click below to view the competition schedules. Spectators are very welcome to come along and watch the […] Continue Reading

Woodcraft at the Show!

Visitors to the woodcraft marquee at this year’s Melplash Show are in for a real treat.   There will be a variety of local craftsmen giving demonstrations throughout the day, including a wood turner, wood carver, walking stick maker, rocking horse maker, pole lathe turner, marquetry,  pyrography and a fret worker.   There will also be displays by members of the Yeovil […] Continue Reading