Melplash Show on the BBC

Over the Summer in 2016 we took part in a new BBC series ‘The Farmers Country Showdown’.   The 15 episode BBC1 series features inspirational farming families showcasing their dedication and passion for their farms, animals and produce.  The series will be shown every week day from Monday 13th February, 15.45 on BBC1.  Our show along with some of our exhibitors will […] Continue Reading

New President for 2017

In January we held our Annual General Meeting and voted in our new President for 2017.  Incoming President, Ralph Newman takes over from Rebecca Knox.  Rebecca Knox welcomed Mr Newman saying, “I’m delighted to be handing over to Ralph.  I know he is going to be an enormous asset to the Society and is going to have a wonderful time.  I have […] Continue Reading

Live Lamb Results 2016

The first on site competition at the 2016 Melplash Show was judged on Tuesday 23rd August at the Show Ground – The Live Lamb Pairs competition. The judge for the evening was John Studley from Hinton St George.  There were 39 pairs in total entered in the four categories: Continental Sired lightweight (under 75 kilos) and heavyweight (over 75 kilos),  Native Siredn lightweight (under 75 […] Continue Reading

Bursary Student – Ashley Ball

Ashley received the Melplash Agricultural Society Bursary for three years whilst studying Horticulture at Bicton College finishing in 2014.   He studied and gained RHS Level 2 Horticulture Practical & Plant Taxonomy and RHS Level 3 Horticulture Practical & Propagation.  The bursary awarded went towards the course fees, travelling, equipment, tools, reference books, etc Ashley is now a self-employed gardener working […] Continue Reading

38th National Hedgelaying Championships

The Dorset flag was flying high again for the 38th National Hedgelaying Championships, this year held in Aldford, Cheshire. Seven competitors from Dorset made the long drive to the hotel, to be greeted in the morning with perfect hedging weather of an autumnal chill and sunshine. A total of 106 competitors took part in 14 classes showcasing 10 regional styles. They […] Continue Reading

2016 Young Farmers Dairy Stock Judging

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual Young Farmers Stock Judging competition took place this year at Higher Sturthill Farm, Shipton Gorge by kind permission of Andrew and Helen Fry.  It was attended by Young Farmers from Marshwood Vale, Beaminster, Ilminster, Sherborne and Puddletown YFC’s.   The judge for the evening was farmer Mr David Sayer from Cannington near Bridgewater.  David had a […] Continue Reading

Food & Drink at the Melplash Show

The Melplash Agricultural Society has been serving up some of the best food in the area for generations at our annual Melplash Show.    The Show is the Society’s showcase for local farmers and food producers and as such has always had a mission to inform and education the general public on where their food comes from whilst giving them an enjoyable day […] Continue Reading

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Discover Farming News

It has certainly been a busy start to the year for the Discover Farming team.  Our new classroom at Washingpool Farm has hosted a number of school visits but we are keen to encourage more local schools to visit the outside classroom and learn about what is growing and happening at Washingpool.  At the 2016 Melplash Show we will once again […] Continue Reading

Children go FREE at this year’s Melplash Show!

The Melplash Agricultural Society is very pleased to announce that all children aged 16 years and under will go FREE to this year’s Melplash Show taking place on Thursday 25 August 2016.  The annual Show is a great day out for all the family and now with all children being able to attend for free it really is a day […] Continue Reading