Four years ago this month The Thornton Heath Chronicle began its life in print. The newspaperwas born with the aim of providing good quality local journalism. It was set up with the intention of giving the Thornton Heath community a voice.

Since 2016 we have covered hundreds of stories reflecting the cultural diversity, wealth of artists, talent and amazing volunteers living among us.

We have covered the many struggles of the area and championed causes most notably housing, equality and provided accountability.

In July 2018 working with Palace for Life we produced a youth edition of The Chronicle giving a chance to the next generation of writers.

We were delighted recently to learn that Crystal Palace football club had offered paid work experience with the club’s communications team to Sabirina Mohamed and Dinesh Sanassee, who both worked on the youth edition.

The Chronicle has always been funded on a shoestring with support from Community ward budgets and a Thornton Heath Community Action Team People’s Heath Trust bid paying the print costs. Advertising, especially with Covid, has dwindled and the paper is more and more reliant on volunteers.

Volunteer Editor Andrea Perry, a journalist of more than 30 years said: “I think what we have achieved with such limited resources has been remarkable and I am proud of how we have been able to produce a local paper that I hope Thornton Heath can be proud of.

Sadly without continued financial support it will be difficult for The Chronicle to continue in the long term.”

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