Welcome to Gussage Saint Michael
The Gussages - There are three Gussages in the triangle of land between Blandford, Wimborne and Cranborne. Gussage St Michael and Gussage All Saints are small villages, while Gussage St Andrew is a tiny hamlet on the other side of the Blandford-Salisbury road. The name Gussage comes from the Anglo-Saxon "Gwysych", which means a bourne stream (Gwy = water; sych = dry. A stream which dries up).
Ancient Histroy in the Gussages - The area is rich in pre-historic remains. The mysterious Dorset Cursus, a processional route about six miles long and terminated by a rectangular enclosure at each end, begins on Gussage Hill. It crosses the Ackling Dyke, one of the principal Roman Roads in southern England, whose well-marked course still forms the parish boundary between All Saints and St Michael.
To the north lies Bokerly Dyke, a fourth-century earthwork which is now the Hampshire-Dorset county boundary. In addition, there are many long and round barrows, tumuli and other ancient earthworks.
The advice regarding the Coronavirus at present* is for some to self-isolate. It has been suggested that we set up a group within the village to provide aid if you are forced to or choose to self-isolate. If you can’t rely on friends/family and you need help with basic shopping from supermarkets, or if you would be willing to offer assistance, please contact Chase Community Friends on 01258 841321 who will be co-ordinating the effort. Many thanks to them and the volunteers.
*At 18 March. The situation is likely to change before the end of April, so please keep up to date by watching the news or looking on the NHS website