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After 10 years of serving not only meals but also the community through charity events, Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba sadly farewelled their contract caterer Craig Spackman and his wife Kate last week. Image: Lynne Mowbray.

Bowlo farewells its master chef

Lynne Mowbray


Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba sadly farewelled their contract caterers Craig Spackman and his wife Kate last week, after 10 years with the club.

Club Manager Phil Boughton said that they wanted to recognise Craig and his wife Kate for all the great work that they’ve done over the last 10 years.

“It was very upsetting for Craig to have to come into the office and tell me that he was finishing up,” Phil said.

“We had a fantastic relationship over that time and we’ve both grown our businesses, but Craig tells me that he’s going to have his first Christmas off in 50 years so I guess I have to be happy for him.

“It starts a whole new era (for the club), but I just wanted to let our members know so that they could thank Craig and his team for all the work they’ve done over the last 10 years.

“We’ve employed a head chef, Bill Fenby of Orange Ex-Services Club; he wanted to have a bit of a coastal change and move up here. He has more than 40 years’ experience, so we look forward to him taking over on Wednesday, December 2.

“I think that Craig and his team got on so well was because they were really part of our club community and the broader community.

“I know that any time any charity group came along and wanted some assistance, Craig would always be forthcoming with meals or financial assistance whenever he could, so that’s what made him really part of the Bowlo team,” he said.

Craig said that he and Kate came here in July 2010.

“We were contract caterers within the club and worked closely together with the club.

“It’s been a good stint and we’ve had a good run and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Craig said.

“If it wasn’t for COVID knocking the heck out of any hospitality business, it’s been difficult just trying to trade and the uncertainty as to what’s going to happen with borders being open and then shutting and you don’t know what’s going on.

“But things are turning around now and we’re getting busier so its just one of those decisions that we made, and we have to run with it,” he said.

Craig said that he is retiring from his hectic life in catering.

“I think that I’ll be sleeping for the next week; I need to slow up a bit and rest a while,” Craig said.

“It’s a seven day a week business here, so it’s pretty big. It will be nice to just put my feet up for a bit,” he said.

Craig said that it’s been great to work in with the Bowlo on charity events over the years.

“We’ve done fundraisers for the Drought Relief and the Bushfires and the community came on board, so it’s about working together to give back to the community, so it’s worked really well,” he said.