About the Project
Belloc, Broadwood and Beyond is a Heritage Lottery Fund project run through Rusper Parochial Church Council. The project is to research 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.
n 2013 during his sabbatical, the Reverend Nick Flint fulfilled a long cherished ambition to saunter across Sussex, inspired by the walk which inspired Belloc’s The Four Men. Nick wrote “Cautionary Pilgrim” based on his own walk and it was through the interest this generated that he got to know local historian Chris Hare and his wife Ann Feloy who has written a play based on The Four Men which was revived in 2018. Meanwhile family history research established that Nick and Charlotte Broadwood share common ancestry. Charlotte was the wife of the Reverend John Broadwood, the Godfather of the Folk Song Revival whose niece Lucy Broadwood continued his pioneering work into the audio recording age. It was through this shared love of Sussex tradition and of Belloc in particular that Chris and Nick conceived the project, Belloc, Broadwood and Beyond.
Belloc, wrote ‘Sussex songs’ in the folk style. During this project we will be running workshops, teaching some of these songs and also some of the songs that Lucy collected on the Sussex/ Hampshire border.
As this is a developing project this web site will evolve to reflect this.
The Four Men
You may like to read an essay by Chris Hare about Belloc’s book “The Four Men”
Starting in October 2018 we will be running monthly workshops teaching some of the songs collected by Lucy Broadwood and the songs written by Hilaire Belloc.
As well as the songs, we shall also be exploring the lives of these two colourful personalities with particular attention to their local connections.
The workshops will run from October 2018 until April 2019, from 10.30am till 4.30pm. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) these courses will be free and spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We will be running workshops in Rusper at St. Mary’s Church, and in Worthing at Broadwater Parish Rooms.
Details of dates can be viewed here