Saturday 10th December 2016
Outside the gate on my way to Morning Prayer I found a bank card on the ground. My return to the Rectory was delayed by an impossibly difficult noticeboard which wouldn't open. I had to keep trying so that I could remove the out-of-date notice of church services and display the new one about tomorrow's Family Service during the Christmas Tree Festival. [See Events page.]
Back home, I rang the nearest hotel to ask if the owner of the bank card was staying there. No, said the manager, but our local policeman had called last night asking the same question. The gentleman had been drinking rather a lot and needed the policeman's guidance to find the way to where he was staying.
I rang the police on 101 for a non-emergency matter. They tracked down our local policeman who came and collected the bank card and drove off to give it to its owner who was due to leave Northumberland today to return home.
Where else could something like this have been sorted out by 9.15 in the morning?