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


Review in the London Magazine

Recent review of Hilaire Belloc, the politics of living in the London Magazine …


The Four Men, a dramatic reading

The Four Men, a dramatic reading. Sullington Tithe Barn, October 28th and 29th October 2023. Two performances of Hilaire Belloc’s, ‘The Four Men’ took place on the afternoons of the 28th and 29th of October to capacity audiences. Music was provided by the Sussex Folk Orchestra, and refreshments of hot drinks and cake were provided in the interval. There was …


‘The Four Men’ by Hilaire Belloc

Stage Adaptation by Ann Feloy Celebrating Hilaire Belloc and ‘The Four Men’ as part of the Friends of the South Downs Centenary ‘The Four Men’ performances take place at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 28th and 29th at the Sullington Tithe Barn, Storrington, RH20 4AE. For those who wish, there is a walk beforehand up onto the downs …


Fake News/ Fake History?

We read a lot these days about ‘fake new’ and ‘disinformation,’ and even ‘conspiracy theories.’ These phrases are banded about in the media and seem to have the intention of damning an idea or opinion without the need to discuss its merits or failings in detail. The use of these epithets seems sufficient to damn a person and their opinions …


Bury School Trip

Lift Up Your Hearts in Gumber! Gumber Farm was a place of delight for Sussex writer, Hilaire Belloc. As a child, growing up in Slindon, he loved to walk to this quiet and secluded spot, and he frequently returned to find solitude here as an adult. He wrote a poem in celebration of Gumber and the importance he attached to …


Interview: “The Politics of Living”

Richard Vobes interviews Chris Hare about his new book, ‘Hilaire Belloc, the politics of living. + …


Hilaire Belloc – The Politics of Living

Hilaire Belloc (1870 – 1953) was a controversial figure in his day: a man of many talents but also apparent contradictions too. In this timely assessment of Belloc’s career, Chris Hare examines Belloc’s attitude towards religion, politics, war, the natural environment, and old age and dying. He also looks into the claims that Belloc was anti-Semitic. Here was a man, …


Sussex Day Songs

On Thursday 16th June 2022 – The Duck Pond Sailors gave a ‘moving concert’ around the little streets and woodlands of Slindon. In this video, they sing the ‘Sussex Song’, written by Chris Hare, as a sort of national anthem for the county, including all it’s great moments in history and folklore. The other song is G.K.Chesterton’s poem ‘The Rolling …





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 .