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toolstation_logoSponsors of Main Ring – Toolstation  For the 11th year running, Toolstation are delighted to be sponsoring the main ring at the Melplash Show. Commercial Development Director, Neil Carroll, says “The Melplash Show is a great family day out, whatever the weather, it is a pleasure to be involved and supporting the local agricultural community.” Toolstation is one of Britain’s fastest growing suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies to the trade, home improvers and self-builders. With over 11,000 everyday trade essentials, including electrical, plumbing, screws, fixings, adhesives and sealants, all at low prices. Available online, at over 200 branches across the UK, through a dedicated UK call centre or a mobile website. Visit where you can check stock in your local branch and Click & Collect 1 hour later or order online and get free next business day delivery when you spend over £10.

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.

Bradfords Building Supplies

Bradfords Building Supplies has been trading since 1770 and is one of the largest independent Builders Merchants in the UK. There are currently 49 branches throughout the South West, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Bradfords has a wide range of great quality products at competitive prices. Over the years, we have developed extensive knowledge and can provide support across many specialised areas such as: roofing, drainage, timber, doors and windows, bricks, ironmongery, kitchens and bathrooms.

A H Warren Trust Group

Since 1943, we have been at the forefront of pioneering farming principles. We have identified organic farming as our chance to diversify and specialise.  Our 2,000 acres of Soil Association, Certified Organic Farmland, has allowed us the opportunity to launch, partner with and support many other rural enterprises. It is our ambition to continue developing our estate and portfolio of businesses and partnerships.  As well as several commercial tenants on the estate, we have Milk Pool, Storage, Retail, Solar and Mail Order businesses that benefit directly from our financial and managerial support.


Porter Dodson

Sometimes you get service and understanding from a law firm – and its people – that stand out from the rest. We aim to demonstrate how uncomplicated even the most challenging legal matter can be, if made with the correct approach. We are solicitors who listen, take time to identify what you want and how we can help you achieve it. We then give clear, expert legal advice on your options while being positive in recommending the right solution for you.

Kitson & TrotmanKitson and 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.

GF Eyre Charitable Trust – we are extremely grateful to the Trust for their financial support towards our Discover Farming project.


The Redlynch Charitable Trust

Cremfields Limited

Cremfields Limited is dedicated to supporting the cheese industry by providing the best and most innovative solutions, whilst not forgetting that the solution must be the most appropriate to your process.   We have tended to specialise in the packaging of hard and semi-hard cheese for maturation. However we offer complete cheese making solutions from milk reception to cold storage. We also deliver cheese cutting, slicing and shredding equipment.  In addition we represent Scherjon Dairy Equipment Holland for smaller scale semi hard cheese lines, and Etscheid Anlagen GmbH for small cheese vats and batch pasteurisers.

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, Merlo, Joskin, Schuitemaker, Claydon, 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

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.

phhardwillPH Hardwill Limited

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

Creative Solutions

At Creative Solutions their mission is simple: to help you put on a bigger, better and brighter show. Their specialist team have professional expertise in printing, signage, exhibitions and design.  Their business is about helping your brand shine, attracting new customers and delighting existing ones.  Based in Axminster, Devon but covering all of the UK.

cg-fry_builders_logoCG Fry & Son Limited

The vision at CG Fry & Son is to provide a quality service to their customers across a range of services. Whether it is a domestic or commercial construction contract, they know it is essential that their service and products meet or exceed expectations. The company’s ethos has always been the same: to combine traditional craftsmanship and harmonious design with the best of contemporary building techniques.


Handelsbanken is a full-service bank with a decentralised way of working, a strong local presence due to a nationwide network of over 200 branches and a long-term approach to customer relations.  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 nine years running. (EPSI, Oct 2009-2017).

Nations Farmers Union

The National Farmers Union is the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales.  We are here to give farmers and growers a voice: locally, nationally and internationally; and to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for our members.  With a network of over 300 local offices, supported by the NFU Mutual, the local Group Secretaries are there to help local members; Dorset has six NFU offices, with Beaminster serving the Melplash and West Dorset area.

Ford Farm Cheesemakers, Dorchester

Ford Farm is a West Country Farmhouse Cheesemaker idyllically located in the rolling Dorset Downs, overlooking the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

AG Main Logo CMYKAlbert Goodman, Yeovil 

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.

Symonds & Sampson

Symonds & Sampson LLP is a long-established firm of estate agents, auctioneers and property surveyors serving Hampshire, Wiltshire, Symonds and SampsonDorset, Somerset and Devon from 11 regional offices – Axminster, Beaminster, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Frome Market, Poundbury, Salisbury, Sturminster Newton, Wimborne and Yeovil – together with The London Office.  Services include the sale of houses, cottages, farms, land, equestrian property, smallholdings, leisure and commercial property; residential lettings and property management; property auctions; building surveys and general valuations; machinery and livestock auctions; sale and lease of quotas; farm finance; estate management; planning and professional advice.  Symonds & Sampson are Joint Auctioneers at Frome Market

Mole Valley Farmers 

MVFMole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers around South Molton who were concerned by the discriminatory practices and the large margins being taken by many of their input suppliers. From the outset it was decided to treat all members equally, subject only to quantity allowance and that the Company would operate on the minimum margin to allow continuity and growth.

Palmers Brewery, Bridport

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.

untitledDorset County Council

We are extremely grateful to Dorset County Council for their support towards our Discover Farming project.  In 2015 they very kindly donated a classroom to the Society which is now located at Washingpoolpool Farm just outside Bridport and will become an Educational Centre.


  • Lord & Lady Wynford
  • Mr Adam Fenwick
  • Bridport Town Council (Grant)
  • The Hon. Mrs Annie Crutchley
  • Mr & Mrs Marcus and Jean Beresford
  • Mr & Mrs Howard Coates
  • Dr & Mrs Elwes
  • Mr Tim Clarke
  • Mr & Mrs Ralph Newman
  • Mr Robert Froy

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.

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.

Dorset Equine Vets

Dorset Equine has a modern, purpose built equine clinic with excellent surgical and hospitalisation facilities.  Our ambulatory first opinion equine practice provides a 24 hour veterinary service within our catchment area of Dorset and South Somerset.  Our team of highly experienced veterinary surgeons are able to provide care to horses either at their own premises or at our clinic.

Simon Scott Electrical Limited

Simon Scott & his team have been providing reliable, high quality, electrical services in the Bridport and West Dorset area for over 45 years.  Everything is covered, from small domestic wiring jobs to complete new electrical installations. As well as re-wiring, electrical repairs, electrical testing & inspection (condition reports) and PATS.  Simon Scott Electrical is an independent family business with a team of highly trained electricians. We have built a loyal customer base in the area over the years, alongside a reputation for personal service and high standards, delivered at a fair price.


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.

Forde Abbey House & Gardens

From 1141 to the present day, Forde Abbey is a stunning example of history preserved but not petrified. Visitors will always receive a warm welcome.

Moore Scarrott

Taunton based Moore Scarrott Chartered Accountants deliver proactive accountancy, taxation, legal and business development services to farming and rural based businesses throughout the south west.

DDLogoHighResDelamere Dairy

Delamere Dairy is a company based in Cheshire, which specialises in producing high quality, scrumptious dairy products including delicious Goats’, Cows’ and Soya products – cheeses, milk, yoghurt and butter.

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.

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.

Battens Solicitors, Yeovil

With offices in Yeovil, Sherborne, Dorchester and Weymouth, Battens are one of the largest law firms in the South West.

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.


Childhay Farming Limited

Mr Christopher Loder, Ryalls Farm, Sherborne 

Sir Howard and Lady Davies

Mr & Mrs DJH Parry, Higher Wraxall Farm

Mr Brian Liddell, in memory of Fiona Burkeman

Mr & Mrs Henry and Rebecca Knox

Mr & Mrs Alan Peck

Dr Alan J Taylor

Mr James Bartos

Mr Edward Burt

Mr & Mrs Matthew Taylor

Mr Richard Strang

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.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Greenslade Taylor Hunt offers an extensive range of property services covering the residential and commercial markets, equestrian properties, farms and new homes in the South West.

M W Burrough & Co, Chartered Accountants

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

Old Mill Group

Old Mill are accountants and financial planners in the heart of the West Country. With offices in Wells, Yeovil, Melksham and Exeter they work with you, your family and your business. With over 280 staff, they specialise in agriculture and rural businesses, charities, food and drink and many more. An initial consultation is always free and with no obligation

KW Alternative Feeds

KW Feeds lead the development of alternative feeding in the UK, making it the natural choice on high performance livestock farms.  Today, the choice of alternative feeds is greater than ever and KW offer the widest possible range of dry, moist, liquid, blended and compounded feeds alongside more traditional straights, minerals, vitamins, protected fats, secure covers and silage additives.  Alternative feeding is important with farmers looking to reduce costs, raise yields or productivity, and improve herd health to meet the challenges of the future.

Marshwood Lettings & Property Management

Marshwood Lettings is an independent letting and property management company in Beaminster. We specialise in residential lettings and property management in Dorset, South Somerset and Devon. We understand the value of long-term relationships with our clients which is why our approach to business is one of friendly professionalism and flexibility to our clients’ requirements.

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 2018 rally will be held on the weekend of the 9th and 10th June at the Melplash Show ground.


Need to hire a coach? Damory have a range of great coaches to hire at very reasonable prices! They cover Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, so whether you’re just travelling locally or further afield Damory can cater for your needs

Stockwood Lettings & Property Management

topsmall-logo-335x90Stockwood 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.

Kennedys Estate Agents

Kennedys Estate Agents in Bridport is a long-established, busy independent estate agency specialising in property for sale in West Dorset. We are a long-term team with excellent local knowledge of the area and an emphasis on 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.

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.

SJ Normans & Sons, Bridport

logosjSupplying top quality fresh meat and produce locally and through the West Country.  SJ Norman and Sons are the abattoir and butchers in Bridport Dorset. With over 100 years experience in slaughtering and producing the finest quality meats available in the area. They work from field to table.

Cornish Mutual

Cornish_Mutual_CMYKYour_South_West_InsurerCornish Mutual has been insuring people, farms and businesses in the South West for over 100 years.  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 0845 900 1288.

Toller Trailers, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester

logoRob and T Masters came to Toller Porcorum in 1972. In 1980 they established the trailer business doing second hand trailers and agricultural machinery.  In 1985 they took over as Ifor Williams distributors in place of Tim Burgess. Since then the business has expanded to take over a lot of the redundant farm buildings allowing them to supply a wide range of specialised trailers from different suppliers to suit all customers needs.  Toller Trailers very kindly supply the horse ambulance for our show.

13001220_1430906696935386_2925986802367891285_nGirling & Bowditch Veterinary Surgeons

Girling and Bowditch Vets are a family owned Veterinary Practice providing a friendly, caring, high quality Vet service to pet owners, farmers and small holders in the area of Beaminster, Crewkerne and Maiden Newton near Dorchester

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

Commander and Mrs Gregson

Miss Jane Moss

Mr Andrew Bailey

Miss Anne Robertson

Mrs Verity Bengough

Mr & Mrs Alastair and Gina Cowen

Mrs Gill Pudenz

Powerstock Cider Festival – Cider classes

Mr & Mrs J Senior

Mrs Margaret Rowe

Mr Peter Ridler

Mr Peter Yeates

Mr D Winship, Moores Biscuits

Mrs Sara Gay

Mrs Charlotte Bradley

Mr RT Yeates

Mssrs RJ Maltby, Kingston Russell Farm, Dorchester

Mr & Mrs Bernard Newman

Mr & Mrs John Fairbairn

Batten Jewellers, Bridport

Mrs Elinor Frost

Pearce Seeds

Mrs E Bryan

Mr N H Best – Bread Classes

Mr & Mrs John and Jill Chase

Mr Dennis Dunford

West Dorset Beekeepers Association

Messrs C W Groves & Son

Washingpool Farm Shop

Mr & Mrs J Copas, Bourne End, Bucks

Mr CWW Dupont

Mr & Mrs Alan and Richenda Stocks

Mr & Mrs John and Patricia Dillon

Mrs Monica Cooper

Mr Charles Briscoe

Mr & Mrs A Bullivant


Kitson and Trotman SolicitorsPrincipal 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.


  • Tim Russ Photography, Bridport

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