HAVING been mildly enraged by a bill from Severn Trent, I found myself lying face down on the Guarlford Road common, peering into the dark recesses of the hole in which my water meter is located and struggling to make out the numbers on the dial.

After two or three minutes of squinting and cursing, I finally managed to get the digits into focus.

Rising triumphantly from the ground I was amazed and a little embarrassed to find that the drivers of four cars had stopped to check on the welfare of the figure they had spotted lying prone in the grass!

I would like to thank those good Samaritans who showed such concern for another and apologise for causing them to break their journeys.

It is good to know that many of our town's residents are not the types to simply walk on by.

Henry O'Brien