The Third Policeman – A review by our theatre critic


What a joy! The Miracle theatre created another brilliant performance in the most wonderful setting on a beautiful evening! Of course, many of us had feared the worst. We weren’t convinced that even the Miracle Theatre Company could magic a miracle out of Flann O’Brien’s impenetrable book, The Third Policeman. Even Marion, our supremely optimistic host and patron of both charity and the arts, gave us some preemptive advice beforehand. “Don’t try to make sense of it”, she said”Just let it all wash over you”.

As it turned out, the advice was totally superfluous. From the moment the anonymous narrator engaged us at the outset, to the moment Sergeant Pluck concluded the play with a cyclical request “Is it about a bicycle” we were enthralled and in stitches. I think Flann O’Brien was probably aiming at metaphysics rather than humour, but the cast played it unashamedly for humour and they certainly did not disappoint.

It was a brilliant performance which was greatly enjoyed by all. The audience numbered over 200 and a total of £1700 was raised for this year’s chosen charity, The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. Many thanks go to Ian and Marion Gordon-Finlayson for organising and hosting the evening in their beautiful garden. Thanks also to The Miracle Theatre Company for another fantastic evening’s entertainment and to the many friends and neighbours who helped out.

One question remains….was it about a bicycle?


Parish Council Election Results

A parish council election was held on 22nd June 2017. There were 75 votes cast. The successful candidates were:

Alan Brown, John Edmunds, Steven Heaven, John Hetherington, Nick Parsons, Yvonne Parsons and Sid Vincent. Jenni Clarke remains the clerk to the parish council. To find out more about your councillors and what they do, click on

Thank you to everyone who stood for election and to everyone who voted

Parish Charity

A charity exists within the parish, which is aimed at helping parishioners. It was originally set up to provide fuel for those in need in the village, but has been used for a variety of purposes in recent years. These have included contributions towards travel costs of a student studying in Swindon, providing books for student study and providing bibles for each leaver from Ogbourne Primary School. The total sum available for an award this year is about £100.

If you wish to apply for a grant, please contact Revd Roger Powell at any time on 01793 740369 or e-mail

If you would be interested in joining the Parish Charity committee,  we would be delighted to hear from you. We would especially welcome a new member who could provide a youthful input. Again, please contact Revd Roger Powell (contact details above).