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Dorset County Show 2016: A true celebration of Dorset countryside

PUBLISHED: 15:40 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 24 August 2016

Let your taste buds run riot in the Dorset Food Hall © Helen Jones

Let your taste buds run riot in the Dorset Food Hall © Helen Jones

© 2015 Helen Jones and Stephen Jones

From award-winning local food and drink to the crème de la crème of regional arts and crafts, this month’s County Show is a true celebration of the Dorset countryside

Bishop urges Churches to move to a low carbon future

Churches across the county will be urged to move to a low carbon future to combat climate change and enhance the environment. The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, will touch on two key areas of work taking place both nationally and in Dorset when he speaks at the traditional Harvest Service held in the Sheep Shearer’s Arena.

“Dorset County Show is an opportunity for us to celebrate, think and pray about the life and work of our very beautiful but nevertheless fragile and precious home,” said Bishop Nick, who will talk about the Eco Church Initiative, which encourages churches to care for creation, as well as the Living Churchyards project designed to provide sanctuary for flora and fauna.

Never too old to win

As 94-year-old Cyril Treviss will testify, you’re never too old to enter homecraft categories at the Dorset County Show. Cyril, from Dorchester, only started exhibiting at the ripe age of 82 following his wife’s death. “You’re never too old to cook and I am always learning new things,” said Cyril, who has picked up three first prizes, two seconds, a third and four highly commended, mainly for his legendary Victoria sponges. “Entering my Victoria sponges in the Dorset County Show has always brought me a lot of pleasure.”

Long-service award for Merv

Veteran stockman Mervin Wills, who has looked after livestock at Launceston Farm, Tarrant Launceston, near Blandford, for 55 years, is to receive a Dorchester Agricultural Society long-service award medal. Mr Wills, who began work in 1965, helps run the 500-head beef herd on the 2,000 acre organic farm in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Dorset/Wiltshire border.

Education fund sows seeds for next generation

Pupils from Puddletown First School have been learning about agriculture, horticulture and rural life thanks to a new education fund set up by the Dorchester Agricultural Society. Wakely Cox, Chairman of the Dorchester Agricultural Society, said the Fund’s vision was to help children, from across the county, to understand about rural life and farming through a hands-on approach.

“You cannot beat the experience of getting children out on a farm and see them feeding baby calves and lambs and handling wheat and barley,” said Wakely. “We hope the Fund will help sow the seeds to the next generation about the importance of farming.”

Love blossoms in the run-up to this year’s Show

Pet lambs were among the surprise guests when Dorset County Show’s Secretary Richard Cuzens married Jo Grassby, a Senior Steward of the Homecraft tent. The wedding at St Martin’s Church in Martinstown, took place in front of 140 guests and Jo’s three pet lambs. It was planned between lambing on Richard’s farm at Litton Cheney and his duties as Show Secretary for the County Show in early September. Mrs Cuzens said: “After the honeymoon, I shan’t see him much until late September, when the Show is over.” 

5 things to see

• Bag a bargain: There are plenty of tempting goodies at our new shopping@theavenue marquee

• Artisan excellence: From bespoke furniture and wood sculptures to buttons and decorative pots, you’ll find the crème de la crème of crafts in our Dorset Artisan Craft Tent

• Pat a gentle giant: Don’t miss our Heavy Horse Village

• Local foodie heaven: Let your taste buds run riot in the Dorset Food Hall with its dazzling array of award-winning local food and drink

• Forging a champion: Watch the finale of the National Blacksmiths Competition

Tickets please

Advance tickets are available from Tourist Information Centres in Dorchester, Bridport, Wimborne Minster, Purbeck, Lyme Regis, Swanage, Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury, Christchurch and Poole. Pre-Show tickets cost £13 until midnight 27 August and then £16 for the Show Days, which take place on 3 and 4 September.

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