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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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Worthing Downlanders' 'Belloc Supper' - Chris Hare writes...

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Worthing Downlanders (www.worthingdownlanders.org.uk) held a very successful 'Belloc Supper' on Wednesday, 27th July (Belloc's birthday), at which there were Bellocian readings - both prose and poetry - and the singing of Belloc's songs. About 40 members attended and the evening was judged a great success. I was particularly pleased that several younger people joined us (in this context 'young' being under 35), which was very encouraging. The event was held at the Beechwood Hotel at Worthing, and many people expressed the view that it should become an annual event.


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