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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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

BBC South Today - Secret Shore Interview

I have blogged about this before, but it's certainly worth doing so again. 

Chris Hare's 'Secret Shore' project is taking off and beginning to attract significant publicity. It aims to revive the traditional songs, folklore and history of the coastal region of the South Downs.

The project  has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is now recruiting volunteers over a two year period to learn the folk songs once popular in the harbour and coastal towns of the region. There will also be workshops in which participants can learn about, and research, the folklore and superstitions that once played such an important role in the lives of everyday people.

Half-day workshops on local History and Folklore will be held in Worthing in the spring, followed later in the year with Songs Workshops in Littlehampton and Shoreham.

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