2016 welcomes a new President and Chairman for the Society

Rebecca and Richard Presidents 2016 AGM
New President Rebecca Knox pictured with retiring President Richard Campbell

The Melplash Agricultural Society is pleased to announce Rebecca Knox as the new President for 2016. Rebecca takes over from Richard Campbell who completed his year’s tenure as President at the recent Annual General Meeting.

Rebecca was brought up at Pilsdon Pen overlooking the Marshwood Vale.  She is actively involved with local issues as a Councilor and is a School Governor for two schools in Beaminster.  She is a long term supporter of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute (RABI) and Marie Curie and has helped with many of the local fund raising events.  Last year Rebecca played a major part in acquiring a classroom from Dorset County Council for the Society’s Discover Farming project.   The classroom is now resident at Washingpool Farm near Dottery, and is available for local schools to use to learn about farming and where their food comes from.

Rebecca said “I am thrilled to become the President of the Society and to have the opportunity to help spread the word.   Countryside is at the core of our community, a thriving natural environment providing the everyday needs of us all, locally produced food, healthy and happy livestock with the welfare of all at its heart.   The Melplash Agricultural Society, and in particular the Melplash Show, celebrates all that is good about rural life in West Dorset.  It gives farmers and food producers a platform for showcasing their skills and expertise and allows us, the general public, chance to enjoy and gain an understanding of what farming is about and how it continually evolves to meet our needs and that of the economy.. I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Will and John 2016 AGM
New Chairman Will Frost presenting retiring Chairman, John Dean with a photo album of his year.

The Society also has a new Chairman, Will Frost.   Will takes over the role from Brigadier John Dean who he has been working alongside for the last two years as Vice Chairman.  Will, farms with his father Tim, and manages the Forde Grange Goat Dairy at Thorncombe.  They moved out of Holstein Friesian cows in the 1990s and switched to dairy goats; they now have 2500 milking goats.   Using the latest rotary milking machine all the goats can be milked by two people in just under three hours!

Will said “As a farmer the Melplash Show and the annual ploughing and hedgelaying match are always important dates in the diary, I feel very proud to be the new Chairman.   My intentions are to work hard promoting what the Society does and to carry on the good work that John Dean has championed during his time as Chairman, namely increasing the membership of the Society and encouraging more young people to attend the Show and take part in all the wonderful activities and experiences it has to offer.”

The Society also welcomes Mrs Jo sage as Vice Chairman.  Jo will work alongside Will over the next two years before becoming Chairman of the Society in 2018.