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

Results of the 2016 Hedgelaying & Ploughing Match

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match promotes and celebrates local agriculture and farming skills.   This year the contest took place at Higher Langdon Farm, Beaminster DT8 3NA by kind permission of Mrs Tessa McKenzie-Green.   Standing high above Beaminster it really was a sight to see.  40 ploughman and 40 hedgelayers of all ages and abilities took part. […] Continue Reading

Photographs of the 2016 Show by Tim Russ

Photographs of the 2016 Melplash Show taken by Tim Russ. If you would like copies of any of them make a note of the file name(s) of the photograph(s) and contact Footeprints to get your copies. If you have any queries call Tim on 07733 519367

Photographs of the 2016 Show by Mac

Photographs of the 2016 Melplash Show taken by Alan McNamee (Mac). If you would like copies of any of them make a note of the file name(s) of the photograph(s) and contact Footeprints to get your copies. If you have any problems please contact Images Photography on  07787 761368

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

2016 Garden Competition Results

Despite challenging weather conditions for gardeners this year, the Melplash Agricultural Society annual garden competition was once again very well supported.  Over two days the judges travelled across West Dorset visiting seventeen gardens in and around Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chideock, Beaminster, Mosterton and of course Bridport.   (Entries have to live within 15 miles of Melplash Village Church).   The judges this […] 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