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, 25 July 2013

Join us for the Worthing Downlanders' annual celebration of Hilaire Belloc...

Chris Hare, of the Worthing Downlanders, has asked me to remind everyone of their annual celebration of Hilaire Belloc this Saturday at The Parsonage Bar, Tarring (7 for 7.30pm) in Worthing:

''This year we would like to also include works from other Sussex based/inspired Poets and Writers, and as always we invite everyone to contribute their favourite readings.

The evening will include a Bread, Cheese & Pickle Supper, and The Parsonage Bar have agreed to put aside an area specifically for Worthing Downlanders.

Members £5, Non-Members £6.''

As they have to notify The Parsonage Bar of numbers in advance could those wishing to attend notify them as soon as possible: chrisharex@yahoo.co.uk

I will be driving down from London in the morning (as I will be walking around Elsted, in the South Downs, during the day). If anyone would like a lift, and would not mind a brisk walk in stunning countryside, it will be first come, first serve:


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