Milton Tenant Forum celebrates with second community fun day

Friday 15 July 2016

Following the success of last year’s 30th anniversary event, the Milton Tenant Forum hosted its second fun day celebration for the whole community on the weekend of 25 June.

To open the event, local piper, Willie MacLean, and members of Alness Air Cadets marched from Milton Primary School to the playing fields where they joined Kilmuir and Logie Easter Community Council, residents and visitors for an afternoon of stalls, games and demonstrations from the local Kempo club.

Miton’s oldest resident, Mrs Esme Munro, was also presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark her 95th birthday, whilst children at Milton Primary school received prizes for the posters they created to promote the gathering.

Speaking of the event, Isabell MacLaughlan, Vice Chair and founding member of Milton Tenant Forum, commented: “Our Committee is made up entirely of unpaid volunteers, and has been throughout its 31 year history. Everyone has worked so hard over the years to ensure Milton remains a thriving and happy community, and now we believe we are the longest running forum in the Highlands.

“This is definitely cause to bring everyone together to celebrate and we hope to make the fun day an annual event. We’d like to thank everyone for their support today and helping to make it such as success.”

Formed in 1985, the forum was established to ensure local people had a say in how homes in the village were allocated and managed by landlords.

We took over as landlord in 1993 after we were approached by the forum, who feared for the sustainability of their community after the closure of the smelter, the relocation of the RAF and the pending departure of their then landlord, Scottish Homes.

Since then we have worked closely with the forum to drive improvements within the local community, including enhancements to properties and the village environment.

Calum Macaulay, our Chief Executive, added: “Tenant forums play a hugely important role in supporting housing associations like Albyn Housing Society to drive improvements locally, and ensure tenants receive the best service possible.

“I’d like to congratulate the Forum on yet another successful Fun Day – it’s fantastic to see the village come together to celebrate their achievements as a community.”