Here Gill Borthwick explains Why She Loves Thornton Heath.

“I have lived in Thornton Heath since April 1982.

“My husband and I have lived in the same house all that time and have brought up our family here. As you can imagine, I have seen many changes over that time but I can genuinely say that it really is a place where people will meet you with a word of welcome or a smile.

“When we moved here, we also started attending St Paul’s Church.. Over the years I’ve become a Lay Minister (Reader) and a Parish Administrator/Community link, which is great as I get to meet some amazing people and help to provide some community activities to enhance the well-being of this community. Why not pop in a find out more – there will always be a warm welcome.

“There is a lot of green space. I remember learning to ride a bike on the slopes in Grangewood Park and mother and toddler picnics in Trumble Gardens and Thornton Heath Recreation Ground.  There are some good schools in the area and there are lots of activities going on for all ages.  

“There are great transport links by bus or train which I make full use of as I have never learnt to drive.  We are also blessed to have a thriving Arts Festival each year and the Festival in September.  

“Although sometimes the area gets some bad press, there is a real community spirit here. It’s great that it encompasses such diversity of ages and culture and that should be seen as a real blessing. “The improvements recently such as the regeneration, the murals and the general tidying up and planting have improved the look of the place. Although there is still much to be done if we all pull together with the help of the Councillors, the Thornton Heath Action Team, faith groups, the  local Safer Neighbourhood Team, Parchmore Social Prescribing and others  – it can only go from strength to strength.  

“Thornton Heath will always hold a special place in my heart.”