Obituary: Malcolm Bernard Priest

Malcolm Priest
Malcolm Priest

The funeral service for Malcolm Bernard Priest, aged 81 years of Holton le Moor, was held in the parish church.

The Rev Canon Ian Robinson officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.

Malcolm was born at Riddlesworth, near Thetford in Norfolk, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Bernard Priest.

In 1969, Malcolm lost his younger brother Tony tragically following a severe asthma attack.

In the 1930s and 40s, Malcolm’s father was Land Agent to Lord Glanely, running his estate at Exning, near Newmarket, and his childhood friends were the children of Newmarket training families - George Colling, Geoffrey Wragg, Bob Cowell, and Manny Mercer to name but a few.

While living there, Malcolm rode to hounds with the Newmarket and Thurlow Hunt, the Cambridgeshire Harriers and occasionally the Suffolk Hunt.

From Exning, Malcolm moved to Stanfield in Norfolk, where his parents farmed.

He was educated at King’s School, Ely and went on to read Zoology at Reading University.

In 1953, while at Reading, he lost his father, which resulted in him going home to run the family farm, until its sale in 1959.

In 1964, Malcolm married Maureen in Tonbridge, Kent, and their first married home was at Farnsfield near Southwell in Nottinghamshire.

Working first for the Vitamealo and then the Pig Development Company, they spent eight years there, before moving to Colsterworth near Grantham.

In 1974, Malcolm joined the Cotswold Pig Development Company.

Initially based in Gloucestershire, the company was purchased by Sir Joseph Nickerson and was moved to Rothwell.

In 1976, Malcolm moved to Holton-le-Moor. Initially, in the early years as part of the small executive team, Malcolm travelled extensively both at home and abroad, but as Cotswold Pigs grew to become one of the most successful pig breeding companies in the world, he eventually became Transport Manager and thrived on the involvement.

Malcolm was an active member of the Holton le Moor village community, helping to run village events for many years - gymkhanas in Holton Park, fetes, auctions, bonfire night, barbeques etc.

He was also the first treasurer and then chairman of the Moot Hall Committee, as well as chairman of Holton-le-Moor, C of E Primary School until its closure. And for more than 30 years, Malcolm was organist at St Luke’s Church in Holton-le-Moor.

Retiring in 1995, Malcolm became a good cook and was an exceptional gardener - the vegetable garden like an illustration from an Edwardian text book.

He enjoyed clay pigeon shooting at Nettleton Lodge, together with the occasional driven or walked up shoot.

Malcolm and Maureen also took the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and the UK with the Friends of the Lincoln Museums and Art Gallery, becoming culture vultures. Sadly, in 2008, Malcolm lost his wife Maureen to cancer.

Malcolm is survived by son Joseph, daughter Catherine and granddaughter Hannah.

Family mourners were: Joseph Priest (son); Hannah Priest (granddaughter); Mr T J Chapman; Mr and Mrs F A Hunt; Mr A W J Hunt; Mr P Procter; Mr and Mrs J Young (also rep Mr and Mrs K Betton, Mrs B Betton).

Friends at the service were: Mrs S Heath (also rep Andrew and Nicola); John Moody and Mrs Moody (organist and wife); Mr Ware; Mr D Smith; Mrs K Palmer; Mr and Mrs Jackson; Mr R Wright; Mr A Scott; Dr P Carter (also rep Mrs R A Carter); Mrs J Critchlow; Mr and Mrs P Chapman; Hugh and Penny Nott (also rep Trish and Ken Cordel); Mr and Mrs P Appleyard; Mr and Mrs Florence; Mrs J Hayton (also rep Mrs B Smith); Mr R Pitt; Mrs G Oakes (also rep Mr G Chapman); Mr M Inglis; Mr and Mrs B Dunn (also rep Amanda, Lisa and Matthew); Mrs H Clayton; Mrs L Houlden; Mr and Mrs Robinson (also rep Mrs M Plewes); Miss J Beeson; Mr S Perry (also rep Lisa, Mike, Sue and Nicola); Mr and Mrs J Foster; Mr and Mrs R Byatt; Mr T Thomas; Mrs C Perry; Sam and Judith Barker; Mr and Mrs Gibbons; Mrs V Gibbons; Mrs J Barker; Mr and Mrs A Pywell (also rep Mr and Mrs G White, Mary Siddall); Mr K Barr (also rep the family); Mr and Mrs C Fawcett (also rep Mrs F Styles); Mr J Fawcett (also rep Vanda and family); Mr Shannon; Mrs N Perkins; Mr and Mrs N Hutchins; Mr L Brown (also rep Kate and Emily); Mr J Hayton (also rep M Edmundson); Mrs M Horton (also rep Trevor and Diane); Mrs K Spittle; Mrs M Blackburn; Mrs F Staves; Mrs F Gleadell; Mr M Perkins; Mrs S Lewis; Mrs G Bennett; Mrs S Clark; Mr A Sharp (also rep Anna and Ania Sharp).