2017 Hedgelaying & Ploughing match

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match promotes and celebrates local agriculture and farming skills. This year our event will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 in Chideock, near Bridport. There will be classes for hedglaying, vintage and commercial ploughing. Please click below to view the competition schedules. Spectators are very welcome to come along and watch the […] Continue Reading

Woodcraft at the Show!

Visitors to the woodcraft marquee at this year’s Melplash Show are in for a real treat.   There will be a variety of local craftsmen giving demonstrations throughout the day, including a wood turner, wood carver, walking stick maker, rocking horse maker, pole lathe turner, marquetry,  pyrography and a fret worker.   There will also be displays by members of the Yeovil […] Continue Reading

2017 Flock Competition Results

The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s flock competition rewards farmers in the area for their shepherding and flock management skills.   It is open to sheep farmers with large, medium and small flocks who keep sheep for breeding whether commercial, pedigree or rare breed, and live within 12 miles of Melplash village church.    The results this year are as follows:   Small […] Continue Reading

2017 Farms Competition Results

The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Farms competition gives farmers living within a 12 miles radius of Melplash village church, the opportunity to gain recognition for their business skills, good husbandry and dedication to looking after the countryside.  There are three categories – Small (up to 300 acres), Mixed Large and Large Dairy.  Each category is judged by a team of […] Continue Reading

2017 Garden Competition Results

The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Garden Competition, the most prestigious garden competition in the area, saw 19 gardens and allotments entered this year, stretching from Lyme Regis to Hinton St George.  The competition was judged over two days by last year’s large garden winners, Mr Jason Smith and Mrs Nic Darby from Mangerton, and the overall garden winner, Mrs Erika […] Continue Reading

Melplash Show on the BBC

Over the Summer in 2016 we took part in a new BBC series ‘The Farmers Country Showdown’.   The 15 episode BBC1 series features inspirational farming families showcasing their dedication and passion for their farms, animals and produce.  The series will be shown every week day from Monday 13th February, 15.45 on BBC1.  Our show along with some of our exhibitors will […] Continue Reading

New President for 2017

In January we held our Annual General Meeting and voted in our new President for 2017.  Incoming President, Ralph Newman takes over from Rebecca Knox.  Rebecca Knox welcomed Mr Newman saying, “I’m delighted to be handing over to Ralph.  I know he is going to be an enormous asset to the Society and is going to have a wonderful time.  I have […] Continue Reading

Live Lamb Results 2016

The first on site competition at the 2016 Melplash Show was judged on Tuesday 23rd August at the Show Ground – The Live Lamb Pairs competition. The judge for the evening was John Studley from Hinton St George.  There were 39 pairs in total entered in the four categories: Continental Sired lightweight (under 75 kilos) and heavyweight (over 75 kilos),  Native Siredn lightweight (under 75 […] Continue Reading

Bursary Student – Ashley Ball

Ashley received the Melplash Agricultural Society Bursary for three years whilst studying Horticulture at Bicton College finishing in 2014.   He studied and gained RHS Level 2 Horticulture Practical & Plant Taxonomy and RHS Level 3 Horticulture Practical & Propagation.  The bursary awarded went towards the course fees, travelling, equipment, tools, reference books, etc Ashley is now a self-employed gardener working […] Continue Reading

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