cattleEach year the Melplash Agricultural Society offers grants to local students aged 17 years and over who are planning to pursue courses in subjects connected to agriculture.   Students of agriculture, forestry, horticulture or any closely allied topic who live within a 12 mile radius of Melplash could be eligible for a bursary up to £1500 per annum.  We were delighted to award the 2019 bursary to fourteen local students. Bursary applications for 2020 are now open.  Interviews are carried out in July and awards made in August each year and presented at our annual show.  The Bursary Scheme was established over ten years ago to benefit West Dorset based students who wish to further their education in the field of agriculture, horticultural and related subject areas.   Students who live within a 12 mile radius of the village of Melplash can apply for funding to help achieve their educational goals. Successful applicants will receive up to £2,000 per annum to help with their studies.

2019 Bursary Students with Society President, Tim Frost.

In 2019 we were pleased to support the following new students.  A total fund of £19,000 was awarded.

Lily Collier – studying veterinary at University of Liverpool.

Hannah Bowden – studying Plant Sciences at Bristol University.

Aaron Hughes – who will be starting a one year apprenticeship and studying at Kingston Maurward College.

Ben Churchill – who will be starting a two year apprenticeship and studying at Bicton College.

Jay Huxter – who will be starting a one year apprenticeship and studying at Kingston Maurward College.

Frederick Ransford – Studying Off Highway Engineering at Harper Adams University.

Emily Dear – who will be starting a one year apprenticeship and studying at Kingston Maurward College.

Corben Newman – who will be starting a one year apprenticeship and studying at Kingston Maurward College.

The Society will continue to support:

  • Jade Mowlem – Studying Veterinary Medicine at University of Surrey.
  • George Larcombe – Studying Level 3 Game Keeping at Sparsholt College.
  • Luke Johnson – Studying Veterinary Medicine and Science at Nottingham Vet School.
  • Catherine Carter – Level 3 Environmental conservation course based at Durleston Country Park as Apprentice Ranger.
  • Lindsey Johnson – studying for a BSc in Agriculture with Farm Business Management at Harper Adams University.
  • Isobel Farquarson – studying a FdSc in Agriculture at Royal Agricultural College.

George Rendell, Director, Melplash Agricultural Society said ”The Society sees encouraging youngsters into agriculture as a major responsibility.  The bursaries are offered as an incentive and to add a little impetus to students who might otherwise not elect to follow a path into this very competitive and financially challenging world.   We hope to help them go on to lead fulfilling careers and ultimately contribute to the local economy”. To apply for the Bursary Award please download the application form below or call the Society Office on 01308 423337.  The closing date for applicants is 1st July 2020.

Financial support will be extended throughout the successful student’s course, provided that he/she receives a satisfactory annual report from his/her college or university.  Those eligible to apply must live within a 12 mile radius of Melplash. Please click here to download an application form.  Completed forms should be returned to the Society Offices at 23 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NT.

Those candidates shortlisted will then be required to provide scholastic and personal references and will be interviewed in early Summer so that finance can be in place for the next academic year.  The successful candidate is presented with the Bursary Award at the annual Melplash Agricultural Society Show.

DCF_Full LogoFinancial support is also available from Dorset Community Foundation.  Dorset Community Foundation, through its Education Fund supports Dorset residents between the ages of 16-25 through bursaries of up to £1,000.  The applicants must be in looking to start or continue their education, apprenticeship and/or training. They will also need to fulfil certain eligibility criteria. Students must apply directly to the student finance department at the college or through their apprenticeship provider. For more details please visit

Thank you to all the companies and individuals who sponsor our bursary scheme:

The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation

Mr Tim Clarke

Mr & Mrs Marcus and Jean Beresford

The Redlynch Charitable Trust

Lord John Bradbury

Mr Henry Knox & County Councillor Mrs Rebecca Knox

Dr Alan Taylor

Dr & Mrs Robert Elwes

Mr & Mrs Howard Coates

Mr & Mrs DJH Parry

Mr Richard Strang

Cremfields Limited

Bradfords Building Supplies dponsor the main ring