MELPLASH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY’S BURSARY SCHEME BENEFITS STUDENTS PLANNING TO STUDY SUBJECTS CONNECTED TO AGRICULTURE Each year the Melplash Agricultural Society offers bursaries to students aged 18 years and over who are planning to pursue courses in subjects connected to agriculture. Students of agriculture, forestry, horticulture or any closely allied topic could be eligible for up to £1000 per annum. The […] Continue Reading
The Melplash Agricultural Society’s aim is to support and promote local farming and the annual Farms competitions is in place to give local farmers a chance to gain recognition for their good husbandry and dedication. There are 3 categories: small (up to 300 acres), Mixed Large and Large Dairy.
For the first time a Dorset Class was included in the 35th National Hedgelaying Championships held this year at Waddesdon Manor in Buckingham by kind permission of the Honourable Lord and Lady Rothschild. This has been achieved as a result of the commitment and lobbying by a group of local hedgers lead by Tim Frampton, Russell Woodham, Nigel Dowding and Kevin […] Continue Reading
The Melplash Agricultural Show takes place at the Showground, West Bay, Bridport on Thursday 21st August 2014. Attracting around 18,000 visitors a year from town and country, it is no surprise that it is regarded as the South West’s Premier one day Agricultural Show, and is known by regular visitors as the ‘friendly’ Show. Having not lost its original roots, […] Continue Reading
The annual Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedge Laying & Ploughing Match will be held on Saturday 21st September 2013 at Higher Langdon, near Beaminster (DT8 3NN) by kind permission of Mrs Tessa Mackenzie-Green. We will also be offering our free hedge laying training course again on Saturday 14th September, 1.30-5.30pm at Corscombe. The training day is completely free and open to Novices and Young Farmers’ Club members. If you are interested in attending either of these events please contact the office on 01308 423 337. A schedule can be dowloaded by clicking here, entry forms can be printed from the entry forms section of our website.
The annual Hedging & Ploughing Match is an important day in the Melplash Agricultural Society calendar and has been so since the Society’s inception in 1847. The aim is to promote and showcase the traditional skills of hedge laying and ploughing, to recognise the local experts in the area through the competitions whilst encouraging more people to keep these skills going in the locality.
Each year the Hedging & Ploughing Match takes place on a different farm in West Dorset. Click on Read below to learn more about the history of our Society and heding & ploughing
Check out this video taken of the 2013 Melplash Show. Thanks to Watershed PR for producing it.
On Saturday 10th August, Marshwood Vale Young Farmers Club are pulling a one ton 1964 Massey Ferguson tractor 8 miles from Melplash, the site of the original Melplash Agricultural Show to the current showground at West Bay in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Starting at 10:30 am at the Half Moon in Melplash, a twenty-strong group made up […] Continue Reading
Heavy Horses in all their finery at the Melplash Agricultural Show are always a popular sight and are going to be even more so this year as visitors to the Show are going be able to enjoy a very rare treat. As well as being able to see these magnificent horses in the Show classes, the Melplash Agricultural Society is […] Continue Reading
The fantastic luck the Melplash Agricultural Society has enjoyed in having fine weather for the annual Melplash Show continued this year. “Despite the torrential rain prior to the Show, we once again managed to pull off a very successful and enjoyable day.” Said Melplash Agricultural Society’s 2010 Chairman, Nigel Jones. “The many committee members and volunteers worked tirelessly in drenched conditions to prepare the site for the exhibitors, competitors and trade stands. Although the Show Ground was muddy in places on the whole it was relatively dry, and the many visitors were well kitted out with a colourful array of wellingtons!! Everyone was determined to have a great time and although threatening at times the weather treated us well.
The 2012 Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedging and Ploughing matches took place in glorious sunshine and with spectacular views of the West Dorset countryside. The match was held at Yondover, near Bridport by kind permission of Crutchley Estates Limited. Tim Frampton, Melplash Agricultural Society’s Hedging and Ploughing Chairman said ‘”The turnout was excellent and well supported by the local young farmers. We […] Continue Reading