2019 Hedgelaying & Ploughing match

Our 2019 Hedgelaying and Ploughing match will be held on Sunday 29th September on land off the A3066, near Melplash, DT6 3TU by kind permission of Mr Darren Cooper, Mr Kevin Groves and Mr John Warren. Please click below to view the competition schedules and to download an entry form: Ploughing Schedule Ploughing Entry Form Hedgelaying Schedule Hedgelaying Entry Form […] Continue Reading

2019 Garden & Allotment Competition Results

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual Gardens and Allotments Competition is the most prestigious garden competition in the West Dorset area.  It is open to all residents within a 12-mile radius of Melplash Village Church.  This year there were 25 gardens and allotments entered.  They were judged over 2 days by Mr & Mrs Tim and Gill Tarling, the 2018 Medium […] Continue Reading

Entries for our 2019 Farms Competition are now open!

  The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Farms Competition gives farmers that care for the land, reflected in the breath-taking scenery that we see around us every day, an opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and dedication as they grow and produce the food that we all eat.  The competition is open to all size farms and small holdings within […] 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 2019.  In order to compete at Melplash Show riders need to qualify at one of the regional shows throughout the year.  Not only will qualifiers win prizes at their qualifying show but they will also […] Continue Reading

2019 Farm Competition

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s  Farms competition takes place annually to give local farmers a chance to gain recognition for their good husbandry and dedication to looking after the countryside. There are four categories – Small Farm (199 acres or less), Medium Farm (200 – 599 acres) and Large Farm (600+ acres).  This year we will have a fourth class for […] Continue Reading

2019 Flock Competition

Entries for our annual flock competition  are now open and judging will take place week commencing 24th June 2019.  Our judges this year are Tanya Taylor from Crewkerne and Jonathan Barnard from Crediton.  Entry to the competition is free and is an opportunity for farmers to be rewarded for their shepherding skills and flock management.  There are three awards given: The Melplash […] Continue Reading

Society welcomes new President for 2019

The Melplash Agricultural Society has elected retired farmer, Mr Tim Frost,  as their new President for 2019.  Tim succeeds Mr Richard King who stepped down at the recently held Annual General Meeting after his year’s term in office. Tim and his family have been involved with the Society for many years.  Their association began when his father moved the family […] Continue Reading

2018 Best Burger Competition Results!

Our 2018 show saw the launch of our brand new Best Burger competition!  Richard Cooper of Swim in Lyme Regis very kindly judged the entries and offered great prizes for the winners. Entrants were asked to submit two burgers on a disposable plate for judging – one quartered with each quarter secured with a toothpick, this burger was used to […] Continue Reading

2018 Hedgelaying and Ploughing match results

The 171st Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual hedge laying and ploughing match took place on land near Corscombe with spectacular views over the West Dorset countryside, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Oliver Hemsley of Urless Farm.  Over 70 competitors including farmers, contractors, young farmers, vintage tractor and rural craft enthusiasts put their skills to the test in the hope […] Continue Reading

Melplash Agricultural Society’s free hedgelaying training day keeps traditional skills and craftmanship alive

To keep alive the skills and craftsmanship traditionally used in the conservation of hedgerows, the Melplash Agricultural Society each year runs a free hedgelaying training day for those interested in learning the skill of hedgelaying Dorset-Style .  The training is led by local skilled experts and professional hedgelayers who give us their time for free in order to pass on […] Continue Reading