Malcolm Church Transcript of Interviews
Malcolm was born in Turvey in 1953 into a locally established (since the 1890s) farm working family. His grandfather, Horace Church, was gamekeeper for the Higgins family estate. Malcolm’s father was a champion sheep shearer, winning several competitions held at the Granada cinema in Bedford during the 1950s and 1960s. Malcolm recounts childhood memories of going fishing, rearing piglets, hand milking, plucking pheasants, being in charge of the rope during calving and occasionally having blackbird pie for a meal.
Malcolm became a bricklayer’s labourer and later gained qualifications to become a bricklayer. He and his friends, also bricklayers from Turvey, became two self-employed gangs for a time, working on sites locally and over a wider area. Malcolm moved to Bedford during the 1970s, returning to Turvey in 2002.