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Melplash Show.

The Melplash Agricultural Society Show is the South West's premier agricultural exhibition and is held at The West Bay Showground's, Bridport, Dorset on last Thursday before the August Bank holiday. The first show was held in 1847.

Origins of Melplash Show

Whilst the exact details may be uncertain, the origins of the Society and the Melplash Show go back to the day that the church was consecrated on 20th October 1846. The Church had been built by Mr James Bandinell of Melplash Court, a well known benefactor, and a new parish was carved out of the parish of Netherbury

On the same day a ploughing match, was held to resolve a dispute between two farmers as to whose ploughman was the better. Each staked 5, a not inconsiderable sum in those days, and in the celebrations put on for the consecration of the church and at the feast that was held in the Melplash Inn, now the Half Moon, the assembled farmers and landowners agreed to form the Melplash Agricultural Society and hold a ploughing competition open to all comers on 20th October 1847. So began the association between Church, Village, Society, Ploughing Match and Show.

Bridport Classic Bike Club were invited to display our bikes in 2006 and since then, we have tried to show the diversity of bikes that are within our club.

Melplash Show 2006

Not many pics for this year,

if any one has some please send them in.

Melplash Show August 2007. sunshine-sunshine-sunshine

 

 2 new members signed up

Melplash Show August 2008

Melplash Show August 2009
 
"Photo courtesy of Western Gazette"  
Melplash Show August 2011

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