Local man wins an award for work as a minister in Erskine

Local man gets award
Local man gets award

A Church of Scotland minister, who used to live in both Bearsden and Milngavie, has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament for his award winning community work.

Rev Jonathan Fleming (33), of Erskine Parish Church, was described as a “great asset to the town” by 14 Labour and SNP MSPs after he was named Citizen of the Year 2015.

Mr Fleming, who is married to Karyn with whom he has two daughters, Rachel, 7, and Hollie, 2, said he was “shocked and surprised” to win the Erskine Community Council award.

He has organised a wide variety of community initiatives like film nights and lunch clubs since 2012 when he took up what is his first charge.

The church also provided free child care when local primary schools were used as polling stations on the day of the independence referendum last September and the General Election in May.

He also organised holiday clubs for children, screened the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, hosted a community barbecue and last Christmas held two singalong screenings of the Disney animated film Frozen.