Bustard Productions


Welcome to the Bustard Productions web site.  The unfortunate brainchild of Graham Cooke and the late (and much lamented) Bob Browning, Bustard Productions is a publishing, web site creation and content management and archive organisation based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire (United Kingdom).

Having spent a number of years recording activities in and around Malmesbury, including the annual Carnival, Bustard Productions has now branched out: publishing a series of books (see the Books pull down menu above); DVDs of Minety Rugby Club fixtures (for coaching and entertainment purposes); the creation of numerous websites for various organisations; and graphics and publicity for the cinema in Malmesbury.

Always on the look out for new challenges and projects, our latest works are: biographies of Captain Gilbert Mapplebeck, a First World War fighter pilot, and his brother Thomas Mapplebeck, who was made a prisoner of war in World War 1, having been shot down over enemy lines; and a new book about Minety Rugby Club covering the 2018/9 and 2019/20 seasons.  Details of all our books can be found in the “Books” section.

Please feel free to contact us via email at admin@bustardproductions.co.uk for further information.

This site has been created and is maintained by CCS Web Designs.

The Green and Purple

There wasn’t supposed to be a follow up book to the “Three Years Behind the Camera” volume that covered the years 2015 – 2018 at Minety RFC, but with the curtailment of all rugby because of the COVID-19 virus, I suddenly had time on my hands and plenty from the last two seasons to celebrate.

When I left the club house at Minety on Saturday 14th March I had no idea that I wouldn’t be back for some weeks, months or even ever.  It was the end of a supremely successful day, for the 1st XV at least.

The victory over Frome II was possibly the best Minety performance in all the years that I have been following and documenting the club, and the future looked bright.  A reasonably settled side had comprehensively beaten a team much higher up in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North league and prospects for the rest of the season looked good, with matches predominantly against teams in the lower echelons of the division.

But that is now just a memory.  The RFU, in line with government guidelines and other major sports in the England, suspended all rugby across all levels and has just recently announced that the leagues are finished for the season, with only the possibility of the Premiership continuing if the virus pandemic disappears quickly.

So, the record will show that Minety RFC ended their 2019 – 2020 campaign with a 38-0 home win over Frome II and secured 8th place in D&W1N with 36 league points from their 18 matches.

But it was so much more than that, hence this book.

Three Years Behind the Camera

Our latest publication is a book about Minety Rugby Club in Wiltshire, specifically concentrating on the last three years (2015 – 2018) in the life of an extraordinary rugby club.  Reputedly, the highest ranked village rugby club in the country (according to the RFU), Minety continue to punch significally above their weight against teams with much larger playing squads, considerably more resources and much better facilities.  Having followed the club to all bar one of their matches over the last three seasons and reported their matches to the local press, this book brings all of that material together.  It’s over 250 pages long and has been published in our usual A4 format, with a full colour cover and black and white insides.

For more information either click on the picture on the right or on this link.

The Malmesbury Archive

Now that Carnival is out of the way we are beginning to upload the Bustard archive to the website.  If you click on the “Malmesbury Archive” link above you will see that we have uploaded a fraction of the materials that we have garnered over the years.  New materials will be uploaded on a weekly (possibly even daily basis).

The Carnival presentation film has been uploaded under the “2017” menu item .  This features one complete film (on the artist Peter Harris) and short excerpts of the other films we’ve made over the last year.  The full versions of each film can be found underneath.

Items produced in previous years can be found under the appropriate menu item.

In response to numerous requests, the edited version of the Bob Browning tribute from 2016 has been uploaded in two parts.  This features film of the event with the actual films shown placed in situ.

2017 Malmesbury Carnival

Bustard Productions will be taking a much reduced role in this year’s carnival, taking up a small part of the event scheduled for the 23rd August in the Town Hall.

We have been busy preparing all manner of materials for the Carnival but late changes in arrangements mean that we will only get a chance to show a fraction of what we have been working on.

So far we have produced films on :

The Eclipse Balloon attempt
The Malmesbury Felting Group and their work
Malmesbury’s Cinema and all that goes into putting on a film or event
Peter Harris MBE, one of Malmesbury most famous and influential artists of the 20th century
The Hare trail and two of our local “Hare” artists, Sian Stinchcome and Sue Steel
The Sealed Knot and their English Civil War re-enactment at Charlton Park
Clive King, the Malmesbury Potter, and the creation of a mug from bag of clay to finished article
Robin Tanner, the famous etcher and educationalist who lived locally
The Malmesbury Lacemakers
Local musician Barney Kenny and his latest ensemble, “Tamar”, captured in concert recently
2016 Carnival Procession
2016 WOMAD highlights
and every match that Minety RFC played in 2016 and 2017
We will be at WOMAD 2017 once again.

Bustard Productions continues to produce all of the posters for Movies@Malmesbury in addition to the pre show screen in the Town hall.


Thank you so much for the enormous number of emails and messages about the recent Bob Browning Tribute night – it seems as if we got it right; Bob would have approved.  Click here for more information.