One of the things we are promoting is the Solar Together scheme. We are working with West Sussex County Council and iChoosr again to offer businesses and residents in our district the opportunity to access affordable solar panels and batteries. We are busy contacting households that we think will be suitable for the scheme to invite them to take part, but if you're reading this and are interested in joining, you can register your interest for free at Solar Together Chichester until September 28. Solar panels are a brilliant way to reduce your carbon emissions while also reducing your energy bills. The scheme proved extremely popular last year which is why we are keen to promote it again this time. Do keep an eye on our social media pages for more information about Great Big Green Week - you can also find out more at Great Big Green Week .

I was pleased to learn that this week contractors have started work to install a commercial power supply in Priory Park, Chichester. This is to allow future event organisers the ability to run catering facilities, small scale music amps and other activities.

One of the huge benefits is that event organisers won't have to run generators, which will help reduce the carbon footprint of future events as well as reducing noise issues for local residents. The idea was put forward by councillors last year when we were approving the first ever events strategy for the district. As a result, our Cabinet agreed to invest £15,000 to provide the power supply and it's hoped that work will be finished by the beginning of October.  As part of the events strategy we hope to attract many more events to the district, which we see as a key factor in the economic recovery of our district following the pandemic.

While we are on the subject of events, The Novium Museum will be running a fantastic range of events and activities this autumn. The programme features a harvest themed Farming Fun Day for families this coming Saturday 25 September; an art for wellbeing workshop on 30 September; and, a talk by local historian Alan Green on the long history of livestock markets in Chichester. Half term events include a Halloween ghost walk, Make a Monster! drawing workshops with children's writer and illustrator, Aaron Blecha, and a space-themed sleepover. Half term will be upon us before we know it so please visit the museum's events pages at  The Novium Museum - What's On to find out more and book.

Over the past couple of months, I'm pleased to see that events have started to pick up again across the district following a very difficult 18 months. If you are looking to get out and about then do head to our council's What's On pages at to find out what's happening in the area.

Just before I sign off, I also wanted to let our district's faith groups know about some new Government funding that was announced very recently. It has set aside one million pounds as part of the Faith New Deal Pilot Fund to help faith groups with projects and initiatives that are supporting people in their communities.  The sorts of projects that would be eligible for a share of this money include those that help deal with food poverty and poor mental health as well as projects that combat issues such as loneliness and isolation or provide debt advice and support for people who became unemployed as a result of the pandemic. If you are a member or leader of a faith group and you are running similar projects, please do find out more about this fund on the  Government website .

Best wishes,

Councillor Eileen Lintill

Leader, Chichester District Council