Newsletter September 2012

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Saturday, 1st September 2012

The new Boschberg Tourism Village in Somerset East is nearing completion, and Chris Wilken of the Blue Crane Development Agency plans the launch for late November. The Village, which will house an art gallery featuring local artists, a restaurant, craft workshops, and much more; looks most attractive nestling at the foot of the Boschberg, and will be even more so when the lawns are completed, and the many roses which have been planted become established. The prestige Mountain Bike routes, designed by Meurant Botha, are already proving a hit with the cycling fraternity; and these will be complemented by the Event Centre. This will bring a whole new dimension to Tourism in Somerset East. The trails will be available to hikers, walkers, birdwatchers and tree enthusiasts when they are not being utilised for Mountain Bike events.

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Several local functions, and a Mountain Bike gathering ending with a braai at the Event Centre have already taken place, and local enthusiasm is running high. A meeting has been held to co-ordinate all the local sports clubs, and to discuss the utilisation of the Event Centre. Local people are already finding employment and will be maintaining the trails, and guiding visitors on the Boschberg - a great example of job creation through Tourism.

The Agricultural Show, held on 7th and 8th September, had many top riders and beautiful horses, but the most elegant picture was definitely provided by Colette Botha, while winning the Welsh Pony Fine Harness Championship with Sundune Cracker Jack.

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Also looking particularly lovely this month was our Old Parsonage Museum, framed by flowering peaches. The Heritage roses in Paulet Street, and all over town, are coming into flower, and will provide a sight for rose lovers for some time to come.

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