THE annual Melplash Show, due to take place in Bridport on August 27, has been cancelled.
The Meplash Agricultural Society board of directors have announced they have taken the “tough decision” to call off the popular show, as the coronavirus epidemic continues to grip the country.
The show’s office team has been working closely with the directors to assess, as best they can, the impact it will have on the traders, exhibitors, members, sponsors and visitors, should the situation not have completely eased by show day.
President Nigel Jones said: “It goes without saying that whilst everyone’s personal safety is the primary consideration, we have also considered the pressure that this situation is putting on both business and personal finances, together with concerns over the likely recovery of local tourism, the latter of which is of course vital to our visitor numbers.
“The financial and safety implications of organising a show and then cancelling at the last minute compared with cancelling much earlier were also a serious consideration.
“ollowing a detailed review of all these issues, we all agreed that cancelling the 2020 Melplash Show was the correct and most responsible decision.”
The society is totally focused on supporting the local farming and rural community. Although not running the show this year, the directors are extremely keen to ensure that other society activities go ahead.
They plan to reschedule the gardens and allotments competition, the farms and flocks’ competitions and the Young Farmers stock judging, which were due to take place during June and July.
The annual hedgelaying and ploughing match is still scheduled to run on Sunday, September 27.
The society’s bursary scheme, that offers grants to local students aged 17 years and over who are planning to pursue courses in subjects connected to agriculture, will continue.
The application form is available to down load from www.discoverfarming.co.uk/bursary/ and the closing date for applicants is July 1 2020. It is also hoped to continue the Discover Farming classroom for schools online.
The society is now looking towards planning next year’s Melplash Show, taking place on Thursday, August 26 2021, and vow to make it even more special – a true celebration of farming and rural life by the sea!
For details and updates visit www.melplashshow.co.uk