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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Wednesday 12 March 2014

An appraisal of our Sussex outing...

Chris in full flow

The annual Belloc Society Sussex talk, and day, passed off very successfully earlier in the month. Initially, the London contingent couldn't find their driver but, eventually, he was found in an unlikely location. We arrived late, but this heightened the anticipation.

The afternoon started off with Sussex folk music (at the The George and Dragon), progressing through to Scots Gaelic songs. Following a well lubricated lunch we moved off to the Downs: the view of the Wildbrooks from the top was quite stunning.

Back at the ranch Chris Hare treated us to a brief introduction to Belloc (highlighting his prescient observations on the rise of Islam and the pernicious nature of the modern Banking system) and a fulsome appraisal of his poetic outpourings.

The day continued, thereafter, an an informal basis. A good time was had by all!

I would like to thank Chris, once again, for his help. I would also like to say how delighted I was to see the former Chairman of the Hilaire Belloc Society (after a long interlude). I do hope that Grahame Clough can attend future events as he has so much to offer the cause of Belloc.

William with his Bob Copper book. The chorus being: 'His hide is covered with hair.' 

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