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.
In 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
On Saturday 18th May both Rusper and Worthing groups will meet together at St. Mary’s, Rusper, to practice all the songs we have learned. Our activities on the day will be filmed and recorded so that we have a record and something to upload onto the website. Please let us know if you would prefer not to be filmed and we will make sure you are not included in the filming.
During the day Mike Hennessy, Chairman of the Hilaire Belloc Society will be giving a talk entitled, ‘Hilaire Belloc: the world in a glass.’
Mike is a great speaker and very knowledgeable about both Belloc and wine! His talk will start after our lunch break at 2pm.
Then on Saturday 1st June both Rusper and Worthing groups will meet again at St. Mary’s, Rusper to record the songs. The times will be the same as for the workshops, 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Please bring a packed lunch with you on both days or food for sharing. We will eat in the church as there will be far too many of us (up to 100) to try and get served in the pub. We hope that the CD and booklet will be ready either for the anniversary of Belloc’s birthday on 27th July, or Broadwood’s on 9th August. We will also be arranging a launch concert at around this time but we cannot fix a time and date until we have a delivery date for the CDs