This tribute should have been included in the Autumn Village News but for some reason it was omitted.
Izzy and Steve Bowles leave Hallbankgate.
Izzy and Steve Bowles have moved to the Peak District to be nearer their daughters and grandchildren. They will be very much missed as they each made enormous contributions to the life of us all in the area.
They have lived in Hallbankgate for over twenty years. Izzy joined the Hallbankgate school governors and was Chair for seven of the nine years she was there. Her contribution to the development of the school is really appreciated by both parents and staff.
Steve became involved in the Farlam Arts & Crafts Enterprise [FACE] which brought regular plays and musicians from the Highlights scheme to the Lacy Thompson Hall. From African dancers in wellington boots to classical musicians to the the Billy Goats Gruff puppetry those who saw these performances will remember them for many years to come
He joined the Hall committee to represent FACE and stayed on the committee becoming a vital and enthusiastic member for over ten years. He was Chair for some of that time and worked with the team to renew the Hall kitchen and run numerous events. He latterly prepared the schedule for the Flower Show and coordinated with the school in the preparation and selection of the children’s classes in the show. Steve also put on the best Burns night the village has ever experienced and he himself paraded the haggis followed by a piper with improvised bagpipes made from a tape recorder and an old vacuum cleaner !
Steve has been on the Farlam Parish Council since 2008, becoming Chair in 2016. When we were all told that the old Co-op was going to be closed it was Steve, as a FPC member, who rallied the village and chaired a meeting in the Hall attended by over 100 residents to look at the possibilities of ensuring some sort of shop continued in the parish. From this meeting in 2014 Hallbankgate Hub emerged - a shop, cafe, library and post office. Both Izzy and Steve have been heavily involved with the Hub both as volunteers and in its management. Steve was on the committee as treasurer for several years. The Hub cafe’s Victoria sponge cakes he made will be sorely missed !
We now have Steve’s booklet of round walks that can start in the village which is being published by Shelia Pinder. The range of walks in it reflect Steve and Izzy’s love of the hills that surround Hallbankgate which they loved exploring while they were here.
Both Steve and Izzy have contributed so much during their time here. We wish them every happiness in their new home and hope that their memories of Hallbankgate, its beauty, its people, and even its cold winters will stay with them.
Farlam PC will lots of collaboration from other villagers!