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

Results of the 2016 Hedgelaying & Ploughing Match

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s Annual Hedgelaying and Ploughing match promotes and celebrates local agriculture and farming skills.   This year the contest took place at Higher Langdon Farm, Beaminster DT8 3NA by kind permission of Mrs Tessa McKenzie-Green.   Standing high above Beaminster it really was a sight to see.  40 ploughman and 40 hedgelayers of all ages and abilities took part. […] Continue Reading

Photographs of the 2016 Show by Tim Russ

Photographs of the 2016 Melplash Show taken by Tim Russ. If you would like copies of any of them make a note of the file name(s) of the photograph(s) and contact Footeprints to get your copies. If you have any queries call Tim on 07733 519367

Photographs of the 2016 Show by Mac

Photographs of the 2016 Melplash Show taken by Alan McNamee (Mac). If you would like copies of any of them make a note of the file name(s) of the photograph(s) and contact Footeprints to get your copies. If you have any problems please contact Images Photography on  07787 761368

2016 Young Farmers Dairy Stock Judging

The Melplash Agricultural Society’s annual Young Farmers Stock Judging competition took place this year at Higher Sturthill Farm, Shipton Gorge by kind permission of Andrew and Helen Fry.  It was attended by Young Farmers from Marshwood Vale, Beaminster, Ilminster, Sherborne and Puddletown YFC’s.   The judge for the evening was farmer Mr David Sayer from Cannington near Bridgewater.  David had a […] Continue Reading

Food & Drink at the Melplash Show

The Melplash Agricultural Society has been serving up some of the best food in the area for generations at our annual Melplash Show.    The Show is the Society’s showcase for local farmers and food producers and as such has always had a mission to inform and education the general public on where their food comes from whilst giving them an enjoyable day […] Continue Reading

2016 Garden Competition Results

Despite challenging weather conditions for gardeners this year, the Melplash Agricultural Society annual garden competition was once again very well supported.  Over two days the judges travelled across West Dorset visiting seventeen gardens in and around Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chideock, Beaminster, Mosterton and of course Bridport.   (Entries have to live within 15 miles of Melplash Village Church).   The judges this […] Continue Reading