Volunteers make costumes for university production

As one of the members of Transition Chichester's local economy scheme, Tchi, Sarah Clark has been busily sewing costumes needed for the University of Chichester's production of the Pirates of Penzance
As one of the members of Transition Chichester's local economy scheme, Tchi, Sarah Clark has been busily sewing costumes needed for the University of Chichester's production of the Pirates of Penzance

VOLUNTEERS have been busy stitching and sewing costumes for the University of Chichester’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, which took place this week.

Members of Transition Chichester’s local economy scheme helped to make the period costumes needed for the production in return for Tchi, the city’s currency.

Volunteer Prue Sokell said: “I love being involved in the scheme; so far I’ve made an 18th-century gown, and converted a number of gowns I’d made for previous university performances.”

The university has worked with the local environmental organisation on previous productions, including the Marriage of Figaro.

Ben Hall, head of music at Chichester University, said: “The union between the University of Chichester and Transition Chichester worked so well in 2012, we didn’t hesitate to use the scheme again. Paying volunteers in Tchi means they are able to support the local community.”

The Tchi is a currency scheme designed for members to exchange skills.