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. Competition schedules will soon be available. Spectators are very welcome to come along and watch the event for […] Continue Reading

2017 Garden Competition

With all this lovely 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 their creative skills and passion for gardening.   The competition is open to everyone […] Continue Reading

Best Bridport Banger

In 2013 we launched a new competition, Best Bridport Banger!  The competition is open to anyone who makes their own pork sausages and will be judged by Alex and Lou Webb of Webbs Butchers of Ferndown, Dorset.  In the UK we love our sausages – in fact five million of us eat them every day! Sausages or ‘Bangers’ as they are affectionately known are […] 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 2017.  In order to compete at Melplash Show riders need to qualify at one of the regional shows throughout the year.  Shows which have confirmed they will be holding a qualifying class are listed below: Cattistock […] Continue Reading

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

Scarecrow Competition

At our annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match we also hold 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.  […] Continue Reading