About the Project

Belloc, Broadwood and Beyond was a Heritage Lottery Fund project run through Rusper Parochial Church Council. The project researched the life and times of Lucy Broadwood (1858 – 1929), the folk song collector, who is buried in Rusper; and the writer and poet, Hilaire Belloc (1870 – 1953), who lived for most of his life at Kingsland in Shipley.

This is now a self-financing project and all donations are much appreciated!

 

Lucy Broadwood

 

Hillaire Belloc

The Four Men

News

The Chaunty of the Nona

Some of Hilaire Belloc’s songs survive in written form but without a musical accompaniment. Chris has put The Chaunty of the Nona to an old English folk song air. “The tune seemed to be in keeping with the words and the character of both Hilaire Belloc and his old boat, The Nona,” Chris explained. “You will see that I have …
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The Islands

Emily and Amaryllis recorded a beautiful version of Hilaire Belloc’s haunting song, The Islands. Unfortunately this song was missed off the CD. However we have uploaded it to the website, which you can find under ‘Songs’ on this website …
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New CD

Due to public demand, we have produced a CD of the Belloc, Broadwood songs. We have produced just 100 copies and have already sold 70, so you need to hurry if you would like your copy. The CD costs only £5 (including p & p) if you would like one please email Chris at sussexhistory.hare@gmail.com …
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Remembering Oliver Hare and his shanty singing

On 14th February 2017, Chris and Ann lost their wonderful son, Oliver, to suicide. A charity, Olly’s Future – www.ollysfuture.org.uk – has been set up in his memory. You can see Olly in happier times singing shanties from a boat on the River Ouse at Lewes in July 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwnyYWiBLBI Olly takes the lead in singing ‘A Rovin” at 5:35 …
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Belloc and the South Downs

One beautiful autumn day, myself and cameraman Chris Evans visited some beautiful spots on the South Downs associated with Hilaire Belloc. These three short films give you a flavour of what we discovered …
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‘Skeleton Army’ riots

Chris was interviewed by BBC News about the ‘Skeleton Army’ riots and the following article is available of the BBC News website …
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‘Beachcomber,’ Ferring’s resident joker

The Man who immortalised Hilaire Belloc. Picture the scene: an English town centre sometime in about 1930. It is a bright summer’s day and there are many people walking in all directions. Suddenly a man in early middle age stops abruptly by a pillar box, causing those behind him to halt in surprise. Greater still is their wonderment when the …
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Belloc, Chesterton and the USA

Boris Jonhson has declared July 4th “our independence day”, when people can return to pubs and restaurants. Leaving aside the advisability of the policy or indeed the character of the prime minister, his his light-hearted catchphrase does remind us how our fortunes are connected, root and branch with those of the USA, and have been so for at least one …
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Belloc the Ribald Believer

As mentioned in my last post, many of Hilaire Belloc’s intellectual left-wing friends could never understand how such an educated man as Belloc could believe in the teachings of the Catholic church, and moreover, believe in them in such a naive and childlike way. On one occasion an exasperated acquatenance demanded of Belloc, “How can you possibly believe the Jesuits …
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Belloc and the debate about empire, racism and inequality

What follows is controversial. I do not say it is true, only that it might be true; and true or not, it might be worth pondering on. The doings of recent weeks, both here and in the US, made me wonder what Belloc’s response might have been to the whole debate about empire, racism and inequality. He is not here …
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Lucy Broadwood celebration


To celebrate her life and to mark 91 years since her passing.

On Saturday 22nd August 2020 we gathered together in the grounds of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church at Rusper Church to celebrate Lucy Broadwood and to delight in picnicking together and revelling in some lovely singing and music.

We also unveiled the new information sign about Lucy as we did for Belloc at Shipley.

You can view some photos of the event here

Hilaire Belloc 150th Anniversary Event

Monday 27th July 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Hilaire Belloc. No one has written with greater love for the county of Sussex than he and it was right and proper we should celebrate the great man's centenary and a half! An all-weather information sign was 'unveiled' at Shipley .

 

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