We started The Chronicle because of a passion for Thornton Heath and its community, writes Editor ANDREA PERRY.

There’s always been a lot going on and we wanted to make sure you knew about it all. (The good and the bad!)

In September 2016 we launched a printed newspaper and now print 5,000 copies a month. The Chronicle has become a much-loved local news source. 

This month we have printed a 16-page edition with a 20,000 copies handing over the newspaper’s editorial content to local young people to produce a youth edition and we are keen to continue to encourage young people and the wider community to be creative  – and write for The Chronicle.

We’ve been influential in supporting Thornton Heath locals, through campaigns for their businesses and organisations. Thornton Heath is changing, so it’s all the more important we hold those who make the decisions about our local area  to account.

News is our bread and butter, but it’s not the only thing we do. We cover the arts, culture, sports, and provide insightful features in to our communities activities.

And now we are asking for your help.

We need to raise £10,000 for a budget for staffing costs. Up until now, we’ve just about scraped by, managing to cover news articles ourselves alongside full-time jobs. 

Our support from ad revenue is minimal  and the small grants we receive only covers the monthly costs of printing. As for the actual writing, sub-editing, and laying out of the paper, we’ve always relied on an amazing but small team of volunteers. To make sure we continue to give Thornton Heath it’s only truly local paper, we need be able to reimburse these volunters for some of their time.

We are asking you to help by making a contribution.  If everyone who read this edition of the Chronicle gave 50 pence we would meet our target.