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This website provides information on the TCHI - a unique local currency scheme that operates in and around Chichester, West Sussex, England. On this site you can:

Facebook Forum

April 12, 2014

The TChi now has a Facebook Forum set-up by Simon Mouatt which is a public group. This has been done so that members can have an opportunity to advertise any particularly pressing requirements which may need one or more TChi members to help you with. For instance member SS32 was carrying out some earthworks (that’s posh for digging) and putting down a new driveway surface so we posted out a request for assistance with the e-mail updating the contact list for members and he was able to get someone to help straight away.

You do have to be a Facebook user to use the Forum of course so we know this won’t suit everyone but it is another channel of communication which might prove popular for many.


Seeking IT Upgrade

April 12, 2014

You may be looking at all the great stuff on this website and notice that the dates of posts are quite a while ago. We did have a founder member of the currency who was very keen on WordPress and worked hard to make this amazing website. Frankly I have no idea how to do something like this and I am only able to edit it, to some extent and hope that it doesn’t all go horribly wrong.

All the adverts have to be entered by administrator (currently only me) and any updates done in the same way. This is time consuming and we have long a vision to get a user updated website where everyone would have a login, a profile and could edit their own adverts. So far however this has appeared to be quite involved and has not got anywhere.

A user updated interface is essential really if we are to have much larger numbers of people using the TChi although as the TChi is a physical currency whatever we offer online does not stop people trading if they get in touch with other (contact lists are provided to members).

If you or someone you know would be keen to help and/or get involved with running the currency please e-mail or phone 01243 860170.

We do know that there is quite a bit of trading going on and there is certainly great potential for such a versatile currency. A member recently told me that he values his TChi to such an extent that he told his son to make sure he made use of them in the event of his untimely death (a very unlikely event I should hope!).

Chichester University Music Department ‘Tchi accepted’ concerts goes live!

October 1, 2012

TCHIs can now be used for a range of wonderful concerts and musical events.

The new Univerity of Chichester Music Department programme of events has just been published – the first to provide entry for many concerts and performances in exchange for TCHIs.

A wide range of events are marked ‘Tchi accepted’. You simply reserve you seat on-line (see links below) and then pay a TCHI at the door.

To make things easier, we have listed all of the ‘Tchi accepted’ concerts below. Note, however, that there are many other concerts and workshops in the programme, some free, some paying. There is a link at the bottom to see them all.

What’s On Sep 2012 – Mar 2013 Music Programme
 Download here, or pick up a copy at the Green Fair.

For Tchi accepted events click on one of the links below
To see the full range of event and workshop bookings click here 

‘ TChi Accepted’ concerts, info and booking

Click here to se the full programme of events – free, paying and Tchi accepted

TCHI Summer Party was a Blast!

July 18, 2012

On Sunday 15th July approximately 35 TCHI members and interested newbies (‘TCHI Curious’) gathered for an evening of  TCHI based fun activities and socialising, which included:

TCHI Speed Updating
Where members had two minutes to discuss their skills and services, before moving on to meet a new person – a fun way to make new contacts and stimulate trades.

Bring and TCHI sale
Incredibly popular – with many hand-made and home-made items for sale, including insect hotels, jams, elderflower champagne, pies, vegetable seedlings and eggs – all exchanged for TCHIs on the basis of the time it took to make them!

Prize draw
Members wrote down ideas for transactions on slips of paper and popped them in a hat – as they were drawn out the ideas were read out and the winner collected one of the eleven prizes which included a bottle of bubbly, a Moro cookbook, a boiled wool bag, organic chocolates and a pot of flowering chives.

The purpose of the evening was to help members meet, exchange ideas and stimulate trading, as well as to attract new members. All of these points were achieved with a good deal of fun and we have added seven new members to the scheme. The success of the evening will encourage us to hold further events in the future, so if you missed out on the fun this time round we look forward to seeing you next time!

Animal hutches anyone?

June 18, 2012

TCHI member SR57 is offering the following:

  • Rabbit or Guinea Pig Wooden Hutch in good condition. Run panels available. Ramp for access to hutch if hutched mounted above ground.
  • Chicken Coup available.  Forsham Chicken Ark for 2 birds.  Good condition. Run below, ramp, roosting and nesting area above.

Contact her directly if you are interested or want more details.

Chichester University Music Department joins the TCHI

February 7, 2012

Exciting News and a Milestone for the TCHI!

Chichester University Music Department has become the latest member of the TCHI and our first independent partner.

The plan is that they will accept TCHIs for entry to many of their excellent and high quality productions. When the September edition of their What’s On  programme is published it will indicate which events can be paid for using TCHIs, and it will be possible to book seats online too.

To get a flavour of what’s on offer you can browse their current programme by clicking on the image. 

In the meantime the Music Department are offering the chance to earn TCHIs through assisting them with key tasks in the build-up to productions. We will email all Transition Chichester members specific requests in good time before each production, but to whet your appetite, here are some of the kinds of tasks that they often require:

  • Pattern cutting for costumes
  • Costume making
  • Costume alterations and repairs
  • Prop Making
  • Set building (Carpentry)
  • Scene painting (including simple priming/one colour painting)
  • Moving set, props, costumes from one location to another
  • Distributing flyers and posters
  • Photography

These productions will provide an ideal opportunity to get involved, develop your skills in a cooperative context and earn TCHIs. What’s more this is one of our level 3 developments – meaning non-TCHI-members will be able to participate in earning and spending TCHIs outside the circle of the private membership.

In fact one of our members, CW3, has already earned TCHIs providing a photography session for Chichester University Music Department – the result of which was used for the upcoming Marriage of Figaro poster shown above!

  • To learn more about TCHI partnerships visit our new Partnerships page.

Transition Chichester Green Library launched

February 4, 2012

At last night’s TC film showing the Green Library was launched – establishing a new TCHI partnership.

The library consists of over one hundred books generously donated by eco-shop Hidden Nature when, sadly, they closed down last year. The books cover a wide range of environmental and green issues, including permaculture, allotment management, climate change and so forth.

The books are housed in a mobile bookcase, converted from a recycled wardrobe, fitted out with new shelves, castors and handles to enable it to be easily moved around. The construction was lovingly carried out by TCHI member AG22. Last night he received an unexpected thank-you award of five TCHIs for his key contribution to the project.

The library will be available at the Bassil Shippham centre whenever Transition events are being held there.

If you wish to join the Green Library the cost is £5 (or 1 TCHI) per year, plus a £10 refundable deposit. This allows you to take out up to two books at a time. An online book list is soon to be available, and I will post a link here when it becomes available. In the meantime get along to one of the TC events at Bassil Shippham Centre and take a look for yourself!

The Kootenay Barter Buck – a forerunner of the TCHI

January 15, 2012

Over Christmas we had a guest from Canada, who brought with him a Kootenay Barter Buck – a note from a (once?) thriving local currency scheme in Nelson, British Columbia, that has many things in common with the TCHI.

It was set up in 1994, based on the famous New York  Icatha hour, and issued over 30, 000 hours worth of notes. It was exchanged for services just like the TCHI, but was also accepted by over 40 local businesses. They achieved that in just three years!

As well as hour notes they had half-hour and quater-hour notes (pictured here). Unlike the TCHI they had a direct cash transfer value of $10 per hour. I guess this made it easier to trade them for goods, and may have helped them be accepted more readily by local businesses.

I’m not sure if the scheme is still active or what its current status is but if you want to read more about it then click here to see their webpage – which I think is now defunct, unfortunately. Below you can click for an enlarged view of the front and back of the 1/4 hour note:

If any of our readers discovers anything more about this or any other time-backed currency, or think that the TCHI should adopt some of the Kootenay Barter Buck principles then please leave a comment or drop us an email.

Famous TCHI No.000036

November 30, 2011

Every TCHI tells a story! A unique feature of the TCHI is the facility to record transactions on the back creating a record of its social history.

TCHI No. 000036 has a great story to tell…

  • K helped C fix her bike and earned a TCHI
  • K spent his TCHI on one of M’s natty canvas bags
  • M used the TCHI to have a load of old pallets delivered for firewood by B
  • B spent his TCHI on a consultation about green building techniques from D
  • A few months later D used the TCHI for a consultation about his garden from B

So what do you do when all the boxes on a TCHI are full up? Simply send it back to us at TCHI Directory and we will issue you with a nice shiny new TCHI for free! Brilliant isn’t it?

Beautiful Hand Made Book

November 9, 2011

Keith is a skilled book-binder. His wonderful artisan craft transforms old books, replacing their damaged bindings using leather, stitching, embossed lettering and marbled paper in the traditional fashion – turning them into things of beauty.

Jenny used her TCHIs to commission Keith to create a new book which she wanted as a special gift for a family with a new born baby. The book was to act as a record of well-wishes and memories of that young life. Isn’t that a sweet idea?

Jenny was so pleased with the book (although it cost her several TCHIs as you might imagine) and says “I wanted it for my friend’s baby’s welcoming celebration. The book was used by a lot of the folk at the celebration to write down their wishes for the new baby. And although the photos doesn’t show it, each page was a different colour made from that lovely indian rag paper with the uncut edges.”

If you click on the photo you can get a better look at the book, and appreciate some of the quality craftmanship.

TCHIs for sore backs

November 7, 2011

Just had this nice story come in…

JS54 has been suffering from back pain…you can all guess why…she does too much of course. Anyway after some breathing practice and gentle back yoga, J says she is feeling significantly better. And AR25 has earned a TCHI. So two happy girls!

Isn’t that a nice TCHI story? What’s more I’ve just read in the news that Yoga has proved more efficient at relieving back pain than going to the doctors! (read Guardian article here)… Interesting!

TCHIs made the Earth move for Catherine!

November 6, 2011

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In the above slide show you can see a ‘gang’ of TCHI members spending a very sociable afternoon together helping Catherine move a load of topsoil four miles to her house. It took several trips, and lots of tea!

The idea of TCHI-Gangs is something we think can be developed. Now and then there are jobs where you just need a lot of hands at once – cleaning a new house, moving all the stuff out of the loft, clearing an area of garden etc. Working as a big team is great fun, and very social. To make it affordable the person hiring the gang can offer just 1 TCHI per gang member for a half day’s work, but makes it attractive by enhancing the social aspect by providing a meal, BBQ or an end-of-day party.

TCHI Tool Share goes live

September 25, 2011

A fantastic new development for TCHI members is now available – TCHI Tool Share – (Did you notice we’ve put a button to link straight to it at the top of the right hand column opposite, and an introductory page in the menu bar under the header image to help you get to it easily?)

The concept is simple, elegant and very Transition: TCHI members can now lend, borrow and share tools, gadgets and equipment as easily as they can share skills and services.

TCHI Tool Share is a new sister website to TCHI directory where members can immediately start posting adverts for any equipment they have sitting around that really needs to get out and be used. Now you can list it on the new website and hire it out for a TCHI. You know the saying “Reduce, reuse, recycle”? Well this is the ‘reuse’ bit, on a community level…

  • Gardening tools & DIY stuff…
  • Kitchen equipment & cleaning stuff…
  • Baby clothes, cots and buggies…
  • Audio-visual and reading materials…
  • Health and sports equipment…
  • plus lots more!

Take a look at the new site – it is user-friendly and colourful, and packed with interesting ideas for creating a really effective Community Tool Hire scheme. At the moment it is a little empty, but it’s ready to go…

…So what’s missing? You! What do we need? Your stuff! – We need you to help populate the listings with stuff that people are willing to lend and want to borrow, so please, take a look and post some items soon.

New members bring new services…

September 25, 2011

We’ve had three new members since our 50th celebration – so welcome to Miss SW51, Chichester; Miss MS52, Chichester and Mrs GR53 Gillian, Yapton!

As always, new members bring new opportunities and services:

  • Maths and Literacy Help for Children – Does your child need some extra help? I am encouraging and patient, and have good GCSE passes in Maths and English; I am currently studying for my ‘A’ levels. MS52, Chichester [Education]
  • Colour Therapy – One to one, or workshops on discovering your personality traits, and how to overcome challenges through the powerful medium of colour. GR53, Yapton [Health & Beauty]
  • Social Media – Ebay, Facebook and Amazon. Are you lost? Let me help you find your way! MS52, Chichester [Computer]

(Hey, Miss SW51 place an ad!)

Urgent help wanted…

September 23, 2011

We have just received this message from TCHI member SK23

I need urgent help to rebuild a pine bedstead – all parts present – and put up picture/hanging hooks confidently throughout newly decorated house. – Susie.K

If you think you can help, please contact SK23 ASAP.

Thanks TCHIers!


50th TCHI member celebration!

September 14, 2011

We have just signed our 50th TCHI member and have decided to mark the occasion with a celebration at the Green Drinks pub venue:

The Bull

4-5 Market Road, Chichester
8pm, Saturday 17th Sep

All TCHI members are invited to come and join the fun
as well as anyone who simply wants to know more about the TCHI

Look forward to seeing you all there!

The Economics Group

I spy transactions with a TCHI!

September 10, 2011

I’ve recently heard on the grapevine that TCHIers* have been up to no good…

One TCHIer reported helping another shift a load of junk out of her loft… Another was called on to give advice on planting and training fruit trees… Yet another has been paid to help plan the design of a garden… Another has sought help for problems with a new computer… Two TCHIers used a TCHI to attend an evening film showing… One of those lovely canvas bags has been bought in the last week or two… Book binding has been promised by one member for another…

…Are we witnessing a quiet revolution?

…is this a new economic paradigm?

You wouldn’t know it was going on if no one told you, would you? So… if you hear of any TCHI activities taking place please let us know – then we can SHOUT ABOUT IT!

*TCHIer: one who TCHIs; a person who exchanges kind deeds for an orange paper token known as a TCHI (Oxford Extended Dictionary)

Transition Chichester’s Reskilling Project

August 21, 2011

TCHIs are now being earned by plucky individuals willing to share their skills with the wider community through the Transition Chichester Reskilling Project.

Take a look at their new wordpress blog and consider taking part – this is a perfect example of the Transition ethos in action.

Taking the TCHI to the next level?

July 21, 2011

TCHI development plan (click to view)

The Economics Group are currently planning some great things for the TCHI.

The aim is that the TCHI develops value, acceptance and circulation. A currency is only worth what its users feel it is worth, so our task is to give it added value and extend the reach of its benefits.

Starting immediately, the Transition Chichester Re-skilling project will pay anyone who holds an event one TCHI. Anyone receiving a TCHI by this route could then become a member and trade skills and services via the TCHI directory. But what if they don’t want to join up? What value does their TCHI have then?

The next part of our plan is to approach local attractions (small cinemas, tourist attractions, museums etc) to see if they will accept TCHIs in place of an entrance fee (within certain limitations of course). We will only select attractions that depend on volunteers as part of their operation. Those volunteers will then receive the accumulated TCHIs, in the same way that restaurants share out tips among service staff.

This will increase the number of ways that TCHIs can be spent by members and non-members, increasing the perceived value of the TCHI, whilst at the same time extending its community currency role by supporting localism and volunteering – all very TC!

The ideas outlined above will lead to a new phenomenon: non-members who have only one or two TCHIs. How can they use them? Firstly, they may be inclined to join the TCHI scheme. If so, great! They will be very welcome, and no doubt bring new skills and services to the scheme for the benefit of all members. Alternatively, they may simply spend their TCHIs by using them to visit one of the other participating local attractions. Either way the TCHI maintains its role by circulating in the community as a support for voluntary work. But there is one more piece to the jigsaw…

The final idea in this public TCHI launch will be to invite existing TCHI scheme members to offer their services in public. Initially this will no doubt be fulfilled by members who already have a business and are happy for their contact details to be displayed on the TCHI directory web site. We have gained initial interest from TCHI members with businesses offering Garden Design consultations, Head Massage and Publishing Assistance.

A public member’s business page on the website will enable people who gain just a single TCHI, and who are not members, to spend their TCHI back into the private side of the scheme, ensuring TCHIs can circulate freely, and not end up stuck in someone’s pocket unable to be used.

I see this as the beginning of the TCHI as a fully fledged community currency. What do you think???

We would love to hear your views… Please contact us with any thoughts you have positive or negative!


New members bring great new services

February 20, 2011

We have some great new services being offered this month. Take a look at these adverts:


 The number of services in the TCHI directory is growing all the time, but many members have other talents – if you can’t find the service you really want there are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Place an advert in the wanted section (and make sure you look there often to see if you can help someone else).
  2. Look in the directory for a member who may have the skills you want, then contact them to explain what you need – TCHI members can be quite versatile!