A spot of bother.

Let’s help put a smile on your faces this morning.

Former founder member and artistic director of Bath’s Natural Theatre Company, Ralph Oswick was featured in these columns recently while l was talking about the ‘tin tabernacle’ on Bailbrook Lane.


A corrugated iron former chapel that came flat-pack more than a century ago and has a national Grade 11 ‘listing’ – although it’s now sadly falling to pieces.

Its future is uncertain but Ralph reminded us of how – as his alter-ego Lady Margaret – he once opened a dog show and fete in the lane – organised by Graham Boys who lived in the former church.

Dog show

Ralph had to climb on the roof to cut a ribbon and let off balloons. Needless to say, he got stuck.


His appearance on Bath Newseum resulted in some new photographic evidence of that hilarious event.

They are all very friendly really.


Some from Nick Steel – who is the Director of the Bath Comedy Festival – and an anonymous donor!

Ralph on the roof.

Ralph said:

‘Someone forwarded me these pics of Lady Margaret’s chaotic dog show at Bailbrook Tin Church Fete plus balloon release. 

What a place to cut a ribbon?  A pinnacle in Lady M’s career.

Loads of people have said things like ‘I didn’t know Lady M was a steeplejack’ so thanks for the coverage!

Easy does it Lady Margaret.

My goodness, even as I was writing to you, these came in from Nick Steel (Director, Bath Comedy Festival).’

What you could call The End?

Thanks Ralph