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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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Celebrating Belloc's birthday - all welcome...

Following on from the successful Belloc supper, that was held last year, the Worthing Downlanders (www.worthingdownlanders.org.uk) are holding another supper this year on Friday the 27th of July (Belloc's birthday) at 7.30 PM. This will be an evening of 'live' culture: namely, prose, poetry, beer and song. In other words a sort of Sussex Burns Night. About forty members attended, last year, and a good time was had by all. The event will be held at the Beechwood Hotel in Worthing. I would imagine that because it is being held on a Friday there will be a larger attendance this time around.

Members £3, Non-Members, £5.

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