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, 19 March 2015

Celebration of Northwood Sculpture Project – Friday 20th March 2015...

Venue: Slindon Parish Church, Church Hill, Slindon, Friday 20th March

Dear Singers,

Please be at the church by 18.30 to give plenty of time for us to settle into the choir stalls, remember your surplices! No really, dress optional but anything green or blue would be an extra.

Parking is possible outside but the road is narrow, so I for one am going to the top of the hill, turn left at the junction, and park alongside the Slindon College wall on the left.

We have a loosely timed clear ‘running order’ with cues for the various songs on the night as below.

After an introduction to the evening, perhaps 5-7 minutes in:

• The Life of a Man

Then about 7-10 minutes later after a reading about the circumstances in which Belloc wrote the song:

Ha’nacker Mill

Then just before the interval (to raise the energy before a drink):

• Twanky Dillo
• West Sussex Drinking Song

In the second half...

About 10 minutes in, after a reading:

• Rosebuds in June

To end, again after a reading:

• On Sussex Hills

If you have not volunteered to sing to date and want to come, please email me so that I can identify you on the door.


John C.

Editor’s notes:
1. The time being advertised by the organisers for this event is 7.30 to 9.30pm, further details here.
2. On the spelling of “Halnaker”: various spellings have been used over the years, with the modern-day spelling of course being “Halnaker”. If you search the internet for the lyrics to the song, invariably the spelling used is “Ha’nacker” and I must presume that this is the spelling that Belloc chose to use.

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