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There are many ways to Sponsor the Melplash Show and with 17,000 visitors and competitors attending in 2019 it is a great way to promote your business.


Sponsors of Main Ring – Bradfords

Bradfords have become one of the leading independent Builders Merchants within the UK, but we will always remain proud of our 250-year heritage and local history. With an extensive range of services to offer our customers including Tool Hire, Plumbing Supplies and Kitchens & Bathrooms, it is our professional service and expert knowledge within the trade industry that has enabled us to expand our branch locations throughout the South West, including Bridport and beyond!


Welcome to our brand of new British style. We’ve got a thing for print, colour and contradictions – like polished looks left messy or heritage made modern. We’re big on detail, obsessed with quality and we live to make those dance-in-the-mirror moments happen.

Chedington Court Estate

Luxury Experiences. Sustainable Rural Enterprise.

The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation

We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for their financial support towards our Bursary Scheme and Discover Farming project.

GF Eyre Charitable Trust 

We are extremely grateful to the Trust for their financial support towards our Discover Farming project.

Cornish Mutual

Cornish Mutual has been insuring farms homes and businesses in the South West since 1903.  As the first mutual insurer in the UK to have Chartered Status we are committed to offering our Members high standards of professionalism and customer service.  For more information visit: or call 0345 900 1288.

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NFU Mutual Beaminster agency, based in West Dorset, where we pride ourselves that our business is based upon local knowledge and personal service.  Our Beaminster office offers insurance, investments, pensions, life cover, risk management services and financial advice.


Kitson & Trotman

Kitson & Trotman Solicitors provide legal advice and services to business and private clients throughout the South West, nationally and internationally. Our offices are in Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis – Dorset.

LUNA and me

LUNA & me are the UK’s highest rated pet food company creating perfectly portioned raw food for dogs & cats, right here in beautiful West Dorset.  Based in Bridport, our mission is to help pets and pet-parents enjoy more years of healthy companionship together. To do that, we make feeding the healthiest diet possible for pets convenient and cost-effective.  Delivered directly to your doorstep or available to collect at our distribution centre in Beaminster.  Contact us today and give the gift of health to your pet.

Porter Dodson

Porter Dodson is a law firm based across Somerset and Dorset. We are all about delivering great legal advice when and where it is convenient to our clients, whether they be a private individual or a company with an international dimension.

Our focus is on our clients and our people. We have a simple philosophy that trusted advice is key to those long term client relationships, along with meticulous planning and attention to detail. Adding great value for money solutions to uncompromised quality and advice, we offer a highly effective service.


A.G. Down

Dignified, Professional & Caring Funeral Directors.  A family owned and run business serving Devon and Dorset.


A J Wakely & Sons

logoThe Wakely family have been providing personal, caring and sensitive help to the bereaved for four generations. Since the company started in rural West Dorset more than 90 years ago it has successfully grown to be the well respected family business that exists today. Because of their strong presence in the local community and their policy of providing the right advice, assistance and expertise with sensitivity and dignity, the Wakely family has built up a reputation as a leading independent funeral director.

Albert Goodman, Yeovil

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Chartered Accountants with eight offices in Weymouth, Yeovil, Taunton, Weston, Sedgemoor, Chard, Burnham-on-Sea and Wedmore. They deliver top quality accounting, tax and business advice on the full range of financial, commercial and other matters that our clients face.  The Melplash Agricultural Society are extremely grateful to Albert Goodman for the work they carry out for us as the Society examiners.

Chesters Harcourt

Chesters Harcourt was established in 2020 out of a merger between Chesters Commercial and Harcourt Kerr and is a company of Chartered Surveyors and Valuers based in Yeovil & Taunton, Somerset. We have expertise in all areas of the commercial property market including property agency, valuation, and planning & development. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge and our extensive client list and long-established reputation allows us to provide a UK wide service, particularly in our specialist field of development land consultancy.

CG Fry & Son Limited

C G Fry and Son is a family owned and managed company established by Charles George Fry in the 1920’s and now operated by his grandson. It has built on its reputation for producing a high-quality build by maintaining traditional values combined with a modern and forward-thinking ethos.  It is renowned for its extensive portfolio of high-quality projects ranging from private individual houses, commercial and educational projects to major housing developments across the Southwest.  The Contracting team undertake major new build and refurbishment projects as well as delivering small works and maintenance projects. This is complemented by a traditional in-house joinery workshop producing a wide range of bespoke joinery.  We recognise and understand the significance of the local community within which we operate across our activities. Aiming to enhance our contribution to these communities by adding value to their economic, social and environmental wellbeing.

Francis Bugler Limited

The Francis Bugler (now more affectionately known as “Buglers”) family business was formed in 1851 when Robert Bugler began trading as a wheelwright in Beaminster.  In addition to New Holland, Buglers holds several other leading franchises for agricultural, horticultural, ground-care and ATV off road equipment including Kuhn, Joskin, Stewart Trailers, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki.  The Joskin import & distribution agency is also a major part of our business and we have been the largest UK Joskin dealer since 2007.  ATV and Utility vehicles are important business, supplying farms, equestrian, woodland and many other businesses and private users.      01308 862239

Gavin Dixon Finance Solutions Ltd

Gavin Dixon Finance Solutions Ltd began trading on the 13th May 2013 and will support small, medium and large size business in finding the right finance solution to meet their individual requirement.  Gavin Dixon Finance Solutions will help you develop the right financial strategy to ensure the best management of your assets. Gavin Dixon has over 12 years’ experience in the business to business finance market. He has been an employee of two of the largest finance companies in the UK and has gained a wealth of experience in the business to business asset finance market place.


At Handelsbanken, relationship banking still lives up to its name. You deal with people you know, and decisions are made locally by your branch. Our simple aim is to provide the best possible service to our personal and business banking customers. This is perhaps just one of the reasons we have been voted top for customer satisfaction in an independent survey of British banks for fourteen years running. (EPSI, Oct 2009-2022)


Insurance Expertise.

As leading specialists in our field our experienced team provides risk solutions for private clients, trust companies and family offices with the expertise and discretion that are integral to protecting assets.

Nantes Solicitors

Nantes Solicitors is a leading law firm based in Dorset with a long established reputation for legal expertise and excellent customer care. The firm has been practicing since the 1800s and our heritage has helped us to develop considerable business and local knowledge that can benefit our clients. We have offices in Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, and deal with most areas of legal work. Each of our departments is led by one of our Directors who bring significant experience and knowledge to your matter. We pride ourselves on being forward-thinking and for providing advice that is as straightforward as possible. Our commitment to our clients is to provide a high quality, cost effective service that delivers the best outcome possible. We will listen to your objectives, help you to achieve them and we will resolve any problems that may arise along the way. To discuss your needs with no obligation please call one of our offices or email us.

Palmers Brewery

The original Old Brewery at Bridport in West Dorset is where Palmers work to traditional methods with the finest ingredients. Methods and ingredients that have built their reputation over 200 years. Today, they skilfully blend these best brewing rules with scientific systems, to create five quality ales for the 21st century.

PH Hardwill Limited


Steel Stockholders, Steel Fabricators, Building Contractors.  Steel framed buildings designed and erected for agricultural and industrial requirements.

Symondsbury Estate

Symondsbury Estate is set in the beautiful Dorset countryside but within a few miles of the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site with unspoilt beaches and fabulous coastal walks.  Beneath the local landmark of Colmers Hill, Symondsbury Village is a hidden gem with both residential and holiday cottages, a school and a local pub. The 1500 acre Estate consists mainly of farm land, both arable and pasture, some ancient woodland and both residential, holiday and commercial property. It has been owned by the Colfox family for over 100 years.

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Symonds & Sampson LLP is a long-established firm of Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Surveyors serving Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire from 14 regional offices – Axminster, Beaminster, Blandford Forum, Bridport, Dorchester, Frome Market, Ilminster, Poundbury, Salisbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Wimborne and Yeovil, together with The London Office.  Our qualified and experienced Agents can assist with all property matters including the sale, letting and management of homes, farms, land, equestrian property, smallholdings, leisure and commercial property; farm finance; surveys and valuations; live and deadstock sales; BPS and grant schemes; planning, development and diversification.  We hold regular collective auctions of residential, commercial, and agricultural property throughout the year, and are the region’s leading property auctioneers for the 14th successive year.

WBW Solicitors LLP

WBW Solicitors incorporating Beviss & Beckingsale is one of the largest legal practices in the South West, with offices based in Torquay, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Exeter, Bovey Tracey, Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Launceston, Axminster, Chard and Seaton. With clearly defined divisions catering for business and private clients, our teams are able to offer the very best legal advice through a full range of legal services, across a wide range of areas and commercial sectors.

West Dorset Leisure Holidays, Bridport

2010WDLH_LOGOBlueWest Dorset Leisure Holidays is one of the leading Holiday Park companies in Dorset.  They have five Holiday Parks all within West Dorset either on or near the Coastline.  All of the parks are dog friendly and have access to Highlands End leisure facilities which includes and indoor pool, sauna and gym, pitch and putt, Bar and Restaurant.  The Highlands End site houses the families magnificent display of fire engines, probably one of the largest private displays of Fire Service Memorabilia in the Country.  The collection includes Cap Badges, Helmets, Models, Pictures and Fire Service Equipment – it even includes a 1936 Leyland Fire Engine and a 1902 Merryweather Steam Fire Engine they can both be viewed from the bar which can be easily seen.


  • Mr James Bartos
  • Mr & Mrs Marcus and Jean Beresford
  • Lord John Bradbury
  • Bridport Town Council (Grant)
  • Mr Tim Clarke
  • Mr & Mrs Howard Coates
  • The Hon. Mrs Annie Crutchley
  • Mr John Norman
  • Mr & Mrs DJH Parry, Higher Wraxall Farm
  • Lord & Lady Wynford

Battens Solicitors

Established for over 300 years Battens Solicitors covers all areas of personal, business and agriculture law with 6 offices including Yeovil, Sherborne & Dorchester.

Since 1985, The Battens Charitable Trust has donated over £500,000 to local charities and charitable purposes in Somerset and Dorset including agricultural societies, helping young farmers in their communities

Bridport Building Supplies

Bridport Building Supplies is a locally owned Independent Timber and Builders Merchants, that commenced trading from its premises in Bridport in January 2012.   Thy stock a full range of timber and building materials that will suit the needs from a small DIY project, to a new house build.

David Upshall Insurance Services

Established in 1984 in Dorchester, Dorset – David Upshall Insurance Services are committed to providing their clients with quality insurance products at competitive premiums.  Both commercial and personal clients benefit from their own dedicated account manager who is supported by a quality administration team, and in the event of a claim you will be allotted a personal claims administrator who will work on your behalf.  01305 268883

Furleigh Estate

Furleigh Estate is 85 acres of vineyard, lakes and grazing land surrounded by woodland. The area is teaming with wildlife; buzzards fly overhead; deer, pheasants and partridge roam the vineyard, while heron fish regularly from the lakes to which our resident geese return each Spring.  Four years of careful planning and investment has transformed the former dairy farm into a modern and productive vineyard and winery.  Over 22,000 vines grow on the south facing slopes of the Estate. 15,000 of these are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meurnier used to produce our classic quality sparkling wines. Bacchus and Rondo are also grown to produce fine still wines.

Greig and Allen

We are a leading independent garage offering MOTs, servicing and repairs to the communities of Bridport and surrounding areas.  Our helpful and qualified members of staff are experienced in working with all makes and models of car and we pride ourselves in being able to give a high quality and cost effective alternative to main dealers and other national franchises.  By investing in the latest equipment and technology we provide outstanding value for money and our unbeatable customer service has earned us a first-class reputation for offering honest, innovative and proactive mechanical solutions to suit every vehicle and budget

Jurassic Fun Centre at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

Have a fun day for all the family at the Jurassic Fun Centre (JFC), situated at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, in the heart of the world famous Jurassic Coast. Whether it’s a relaxing dip in the pool or, for the kids, a good time in our fun pool area; enjoying a homemade burger whilst looking out over the Jurassic coast; or striking out on a full sized American 10-pin bowling lane; there’s always fun for everyone at the Jurassic Fun Centre.

Old Mill

We’re a unique group of industry leading financial experts working at the cutting edge of digital accounting, financial planning and tax advisory in a wide range of personal and business areas. We believe in supporting the ambition, drive and variety of the South West economy through a combination of expert advice and excellent client support.


VIP Marquees

VIP Marquees, Exeter

VIP Marquees have a comprehensive range of traditional and modern marquees allowing you to choose the right style and size for your event and budget.  They are happy to supply all the accessories from flooring to furniture, lighting to heating.  VIP are proud to supply Marquees for the annual Melplash Show.


William James & Co

For over 60 years William James & Co have been manufacturing fruit cages and garden netting at their Dorset factory. As more of us turn towards growing our own fruit and vegetables, our fruit cages, vegetable cages, garden netting and expanded range of garden equipment continue to offer reliability and great value for money.


Woolley & Wallis

Woolley & Wallis is a leading regional firm of estate agents, chartered surveyors and auctioneers with offices throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire, the New Forest and Dorset. Founded in 1884, Woolley & Wallis offers an extensive range of professional services covering all areas of residential sales and lettings, rural and commercial property.  The firm is well represented through their network of offices throughout Southern England.


Childhay Farming Limited

Mr & Mrs Alan Peck

Mr & Mrs Richard and Liz Strang

Dr Alan J Taylor

Mr & Mrs Matthew Taylor

Ackerman Engineering 

From our purpose built freehold premises, production throughout is well organised and highly efficient. Our ISO certified systems maintain that we record, analyse and continuously improve in what we do. Our capacity is vast yet we are small enough to care, attention to detail is paramount. Equipment reinvestment is vigorous, we are not shy and so actively embrace new techniques and technology.  Our team of dedicated contract engineers aim to provide quotations within 48 hours. They will work hard in getting to know you and your product. We build secure, professional lasting business to business relationships. Be your requirement a single sheet metal component or a complex fabricated assembly we are confident that for the long-term we are here for you.

CB Reid Business Support, Poundbury

One stop shop for all finance related business support and advice including credit control, business start ups, payroll, financial management advice and bookkeeping.


CHG South West

Specialists in Plumbing & Heating, Electrical and Renewables.  Our ethos and goals of CHG South West are to provide a select variety of services that complement each other, and by being true to what our Directors and team excel at, which is first class customer service and standards in our fields of expertise.

Groves Nurseries

Award winning garden centre and nursery based in the beautiful West Dorset.  Our main garden centre is in Bridport and can easily be found on the A35.  We were established in 1866 so we have been around a while and know a thing or two about gardening!  Our 5 acre site has a huge outdoor area selling a vast array of plants suited to any sized garden.  Our shop stocks everything you could need for the garden from garden sundries to garden furniture.  We have a café that is open for breakfast and serves up home cooked food all day long.  We also have Little Groves, a small but perfectly formed nursery in Beaminster.

Kennedy’s Estate Agents

Kennedys estate agents in Bridport is a long-established, busy independent estate agency specialising in property for sale in West Dorset. Our office is situated in the centre of the historic market town of Bridport, close to the Jurassic Coastline – a renowned World Heritage site.  We are a long-term team with the best local knowledge of the area and an emphasis on excellent personal service. We aim to ensure that moving is a pleasant rather than stressful experience and we are on hand for advice and guidance through the whole process of buying or selling.

M. W. Burrough & Co. Chartered Accountants

Self Assessment, Tax Returns, Accounts, Auditing, Payroll, Sage & Quick Book Specialists – based in Bridport.

RJ Balson & Son

Britain’s oldest family butchers.  The Balson family have been butchers since 1515 and deal in the highest quality meat, poultry & game and make a range of speciality foods including their award winning sausages and home cured bacon.

Stockwood Lettings & Property Management

Stockwood Lettings is an Independent Letting Agency.  They work closely with their landlords and tenants alike and make it their priority to match the right person to the right house.  Stockwood Lettings represents properties which range from smaller flats and annexes, to large family Homes, Farmhouses and Equestrian holdings.  Whether Town or Country they have a healthy selection of properties, to suit all requirements.

West Dorset Beekeepers’ Association

Local Beekeeping Association offering information and advice on keeping bees.  Visit their marquee on show day for more information and displays.

West Dorset Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Club Ltd

A small club of about 350 members, which meet once a month to socialize, share experiences and arrange club activities.  As a club they hold their own yearly rally and as a result of some very successful rallies in the recent years, the club has been able to donate over £62,500 to local charity and community Projects.  Their 2022 rally will be held on the weekend of the 11th and 12th June at the Melplash Show ground.


The Melplash Agricultural Society gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of the following donors:

Russell’s Mobile Catering, Southampton

Mr Brian Dodd

Mrs Elizabeth Gale

Powerstock Cider Festival – Cider classes

Mr D Winship, Moores Biscuits

Mssrs RJ Maltby, Kingston Russell Farm, Dorchester

Mr & Mrs Bernard Newman

Battens Jewellers, Bridport

Pearce Seeds

Mrs E Bryan

Mr N H Best

Washingpool Farm Shop

Mr CWW Dupont


Principal Sponsor – Kitson & Trotman Solicitors

Kitson & Trotman Solicitors provide legal advice and services to business and private clients throughout the South West, nationally and internationally. Our offices are in Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis – Dorset.

Bridport Radio Website Services

The Melplash Show website designed, built, hosted and maintained by Bridport Radio
Website design, build, hosting and email services for small to medium sized businesses.
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