Bute resident Bobby Reid received a presentation from Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes recently in recognition of more than half a century’s service to social housing on the island and beyond.
Bobby joined the committee of the William Woodhouse Strain Housing Association in 1961 and remained a member until and after the association merged with Bute Housing Association in 2002 to become Fyne Homes Ltd.
The association now owns and rents social housing in Cowal, Kintyre and mid Argyll as well as on Bute.
Bobby decided to step down from Fyne Homes’ management committee following the association’s AGM in September - but as the longest serving committee member the association has ever had, and quite possibly the longest serving committee member of any registered social landlord, his colleagues decided to present him with a Rotary watch in recognition of his efforts.
Fyne Homes’ chief executive, Colin Renfrew, expressed his gratitude to Bobby for his dedicated service and said Bobby would be missed by the association’s management committee for the wealth of knowledge he has in relation to community and housing matters.
Bobby will, however, retain his interest in the subsidiary boards of Fyne Futures and Fyne Initiatives, and as a trustee of the William Woodhouse Strain Trust.