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 24 November 2015

Chris Hare is folk singing in Shipley on Thursday...

Chris Hare addressing the Belloc Society in Sussex

One doesn't need an excuse to drive down to Sussex, but here is a good one anyway.

Despite the fact this is ridiculously short notice I'm going to mention that the Sussex folk-musician Chris Hare, and his delightful wife Ann, are singing in Shipley Village Hall this Thursday at 7.30pm. Chris tells me that he 'will doing all the traditional stuff including Belloc songs.' If you haven't heard Chris sing, not forgetting his better half, he's certainly worth a diversion to Shipley on Thursday evening.

The event is organised by the Shipley Local History Society.