New Society President for 2018

Retiring President, Ralph Newman pictured with 2018 President, Richard King

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 in 1984 and became a Partner at Kitson & Trotman in 1998.  Richard lives in Netherbury, is married to Ros and has two grown up children.  He has been actively involved in the Melplash Agricultural Society for more than 20 years.  After learning how to lay a hedge Dorset style on the Society’s free training day and then entering the Society’s Annual Hedge Laying competition he was interviewed for a feature on Radio 4’s Farming Today programme.  Richard is a Director of the Society and Kitson & Trotman are the Society’s Honorary Solicitors as well as the main sponsor of the annual Hedge Laying and Ploughing Match.

Commenting on his new role as President, Mr King said ‘The Melplash Agricultural Society is a big part of life here in West Dorset.  Over the years it has played a significant role in my life.  Through the annual Hedge Laying Competition I’ve learned how to lay a hedge – although I’ve still not managed to get out of the Novice section!   Due to the encouragement of the people I have met through the Society I now have a flock of Dorset Down sheep and I am currently renovating (slowly) a 1961 David Brown tractor which I use most weekends.  I am looking forward immensely to my forthcoming year as President and having the opportunity to contribute further to the Society’s continued success’.