Midlands Meander celebrates 30 years “in a good place” advertorial

2015-09-29 06:00
Some of the founding members.

Some of the founding members.

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THE year was 1985 – a handful of Midlands-based artists and crafters gathered at Caversham Mill to find an original way to market their work. They put their creative heads together, and the concept of the Midlands Meander was born.

2015 thus marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Midlands Meander Association. While much has changed since the days of the hand-drawn, brown paper Midlands Meander map, the Midlands Meander continues to delight visitors with exceptional, world-renowned art and craft.

In fact, some of the original founders are still part of the Midlands Meander family: Lindsay Scott’s unique, oil-fired stoneware and porcelain can still be found at Hillfold Pottery in the Lidgetton Valley; potter Ian Glenny is still creating popular Mexican Fireplaces at Dargle Valley Pottery; and Rob Shuttleworth, the son of original members Helen and Andy, has taken over the family business of spinning, dying and weaving wool and mohair into a glorious range of throws, carpets and scarves. And Caversham Mill, the place where it all began, is now a thriving manor house, function venue and restaurant, thanks to current owners Di and Terry Acres.

While these original members are still part of the Midlands Meander family, the Meander has become one of South Africa’s most sought-after and beloved tourism routes – the oldest self-drive route in South Africa. Today, the Midlands Meander is proud to feature almost 150 members, offering a variety of accommodation, country cuisine, conference and wedding venues, handmade arts and crafts and plenty of fun for the whole family.

The Midlands Meander may offer more than exclusively arts and crafts, but the values of the Midlands Meander have remained the same, as expressed by the late Justin McCarthy, founder of long-time member Groundcover Leather Company: “Itand#039;s the slow pace of life, the clean country environment, old fashioned family values, creative and meaningful work, and the opportunity to make a difference in our communities that makes the Midlands Meander a good place.I wouldnand#039;t choose to live anywhere else.”

Introducing… the Guide on the Go! A 30


anniversary celebration:

The Midlands Meander is celebrating 30 years “in a good place” by giving YOU a gift – the FREE Midlands Meander Mobile App. This App condenses the information from the much-loved A3 Midlands Meander into a user-friendly app, the ‘Guide on the Go’.

App users can look forward to realtime navigation using Google maps, a page for each of the 150 establishments with contact details, description and a photo, and user-friendly search capability.

Watch this space – the app is launching on Android on 1 October, and on iOs soon thereafter, just in time for the December holiday season. - supplied.


Midlands Meander - www.midlandsmeander.co.za; info@midlandsmeander.co.za

; 033 330 8195

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