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

West Sussex Record Office visit

Last summer people from the Rusper and Worthing workshops visited West Sussex Record Office to research the material conserved there about Hilaire Belloc. This little film shows what they discovered.  …
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Online talk about Hilaire Belloc to the Steyning Society

Chris was asked to give an online talk about Hilaire Belloc to the Steyning Society. So rather than create a Powerpoint, he thought it would be more interesting to go out on ‘location’ and film in the places that Belloc knew and loved the most. Tom Aubrey, chair of the Steyning Society was very pleased with the presentation and wrote: …
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Tarantella for the 21st Century

How to make Hilaire Belloc relevant to the younger generations? That is a question to ponder, when even the Cautionary Verses are unknown to most people under 40. Chris has often thought that some of Belloc’s poems, given their unusual rhythm would lend themselves rather well to a Rap/ Hip-Hop style of presentation. Otis Kirby-Dunkley, 26, took up the challenge, …
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Remembering Hilaire Belloc

Last year Chris interviewed Bob Phillips, who has lived in Shipley since 1939, when he came to the village as an evacuee. Bob is well known in Shipley as a past chairman of the parish council,and for his work with the Scouts and Cubs. In the interview, Bob recalls, how he, and his older brother, Tom, interacted with Belloc and …
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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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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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