Renfrewshire Council

Effie McGachie and Provost Cameron

A fond farewell to one of Renfrew's best

After 33 years in the hotseat, Renfrew bids farewell to Effie McGachie as she retires from the role of Community Council Chair.

Effie McGachie A stalwart of the local community in Renfrew, her drive and enthusiasm to make the town a better place has made an immeasurable difference to the area over the past three decades.

A well-known face in Renfrew and beyond, we wish her a long and happy retirement - although we're not so sure she'll be able to stay quiet for too long!

Here's what just a few of her well-wishers had to say...

Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron said: "What a fantastic asset Effie has been to the town of Renfrew in her 33 years as Chair of the Community Council.

"Through her passion and dedication, she's made such a positive difference to the area and I was delighted to be able to present her with some tokens of our appreciation.

"I hope she enjoys a well-deserved retirement but I'm sure she'll find it difficult to sit and twiddle her thumbs after all these years!"

Effie McGachie and Callum Reid Newly elected Chair of Renfrew Community Council, Callum Reid said: "Renfrew has come far because of Effie.

"Everyone you meet will have a story to tell you about Effie and her passion for the town. 

"These are stories of inclusion, opportunity and love, and those 3 words are the values of our town because of our friend Effie put them at the very heart of everything she did for us.

Local Councillor for Renfrew North and Braehead, John Shaw said: "I was delighted to be able to attend Effie McGachie's retirement presentation, a wonderful occasion shared with her friends, family and colleagues past and present.

"There can't be many who have given more to Renfrew than Effie and for that we all owe her a very special thanks.

"I wish her well in her retirement, we all have huge shoes to fill now!"

Published 5 June 2019.