GUSSAGE All Saints villagers fought to keep their traditional red phone box - and won! At a time when BT are removing the iconic 1936 King George V kiosks throughout the country through lack of use ours at All Saints stays as a working box thanks to the efforts of villagers and Lynda King of East Dorset District Council.
EDDC and the village objected when BT wanted to take the box away because a mobile signal is far from reliable in the Gussage Valley and in case of emergency the use of a phone box could be vital not so much for residents but for anyone passing through.
The objection was upheld and though the coin box has been withdrawn calls can still be made via transfer charge or to the emergency services.
Times were when the box was regularly painted but it had been neglected for several years and residents were organising a working party to restore its original splendour. However, no sooner had permission been requested from BT to give it a facelift than two Polish painters arrived to do the job for us - and renew the night light.