Hilaire Belloc bought King's Land (in Shipley, Sussex), 5 acres and a working windmill for £1000 in 1907 and it was his home for the rest of his life. Belloc loved Sussex as few other writers have loved her: he lived there for most of his 83 years, he tramped the length and breadth of the county, slept under her hedgerows, drank in her inns, sailed her coast and her rivers and wrote several incomparable books about her. "He does not die that can bequeath Some influence to the land he knows, Or dares, persistent, interwreath Love permanent with the wild hedgerows; He does not die, but still remains Substantiate with his darling plains."

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Monday, 3 February 2020

Never before seen letter sent by Belloc from the Reform Club...




The letter, above, was kindly sent to me by a reader of the Blog in South America.


Alceu Amoroso Lima (1893-1983) was a Brazilian literary critic, professor and journalist.

Xikito Ferreira writes:

''Before converting to Catholicism Alceu was already a fond reader of G K Chesterton’s essays.Chesterton’s enthusiasm for life somehow was absorbed by his young admirer. In fact several other Brazilian intellectuals, like Gilberto Freire, were deeply influenced by GK. One of the topics that interested Alceu was distributism, much to do with a difficulty Alceu was undergoing:he had been admitted to the management of Tecidos Cometa, the family mills in Petropolis. Many of the 1.000 workers at the factory struggled to sustain their families, and the young man tended to take their side, what naturally became an issue with his father. So Alceu wrote to Chesterton and to Hilaire Belloc asking for their orientation....''

Xikito is hoping to visit England this Summer. We look forward to seeing him.


Sunday, 26 January 2020

Hilaire Belloc Society AGM. 30th of November 2019.




Sarah Maitland-Jones and Chris Hare (the vice-chairman of the Hilaire Belloc Society). Sarah is displaying an illustration by her distant cousin Donald Maxwell. 


The AGM of The Hilaire Belloc Society took place on Saturday the 30th of November at 5.15Pm. It was held at at the Sidney Walter Centre in Worthing. All the existing officers, of the Society, were re-elected.

During the meeting we had the pleasure of listening to Sarah Maitland-Jones. Sarah's relative, Donald Maxwell, illustrated one of Belloc's books and she kindly brought one of his illustrations to the AGM. Most of Maxwell's thirty or more self-illustrated books were about voyages in (Europe, 
Mesopotamia, Palestine, and India) and later about the sights of Southern England. He also illustrated books by many other authors. including Rudyard Kipling.

In the evening much fun was had at the end of Belloc, Broadwood and Beyond end of project celebration!







Monday, 13 January 2020

SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES....



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ST MARY DE HAURA CHURCH, SHOREHAM BY SEA, West Sussex BN43 5DQ.

11.30AM SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 2020.

An opportunity to raise your voices and to raise funds for Olly's Future & RNLI Lifeboats.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The Hilaire Belloc Society AGM 2019

Belloc in Brighton 1935



The AGM of The Hilaire Belloc Society will be taking place on Saturday the 30th of November at 5.15Pm. It will be held at at the Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Rd, Worthing BN11 1DS. It will be followed, from 7.00 PM onwards, by the Belloc, Broadwood and Beyond end of project celebration. This will be an evening of song, feasting and fun There will be a Bar, but please bring your own soft drinks and food.


The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:

Item 1) Meeting to be opened by our distinguished Vice Chairman Chris Hare.

Item 2) Apologies for absence.

Item 3) Round up of the year (and a bit!) with Chris. 

Item 4) Possible activities for next year.

Item 3) Treasurer's report. 

Item 4) Election of Officers. 

Item 5) AOB. 

Retreat to the Bar!


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

John Julius Norwich on Belloc...







I can remember John Julius Norwich giving a talk on Belloc at Saint Paul's Girls' school, in Hammersmith, just before he died. I loved his story about Belloc transforming the dinner table into a historical European battle scene at the end of the evening. Seemingly, his favourite one was Crecy.















Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The Chairman's recent talk can now be viewed online: 'Belloc and Wine'!



As previously advised, our meeting at Rusper Parish church, on the 18th of May, was a great success. Bellocians may recall that Mike Hennessy (our Chairman) gave a presentation on 'Belloc and Wine', from the pulpit, and it can now be viewed online.