CR7Culture aims to work alongside new and established arts, heritage and cultural organisations together with individuals and community groups to encourage, promote and enhance the diverse creative talent and to promote a vibrant community in Thornton Heath.

CR7Culture has been created after consultation with the local community, groups and individuals through workshops, social media and the Thornton Heath Chronicle. It is led by a committee of local volunteers with a passion for arts.

As a first step towards achieving its aim, CR7Culture is seeking to collect information to build a database of organisations, groups, creative people, for the purposes of compiling a cultural map of Thornton Heath.

If you are an organisation or individual with experience or interest in cultural and creative activities, whether established or not and would like to be included in the CR7Culture database then please follow the link and fill in your details. CR7Culture will contact you subsequently to find out more about you and explore how we might work together in the future.

Please note that any information volunteered by individuals will be treated with the strictest confidence and not be shared with any third party without express consent.

A steering group has been guiding and developing CR7Culture since a larger meeting in early September 2017 set out an agenda for a Thornton Heath Arts Vision. This in turn came out of a question time format event during Thornton Heath Arts Week. Membership is as follows:

Emmanuelle Waeckerle

Emmanuelle is a socially engaged artist and academic working with voice, language and experimental music. She has lived in South London for twenty years and Thornton Heath for the past four.

John Lawlor

John has taken part in various events and activities in central Croydon including the creation of the Croydon Arts Network; he has been involved with community arts and action in Thornton Heath since 2014. John is a mindfulness enthusiast with interests in well-being, community and (inter-)faith.

Paulette Long

Born in South London and a part of the CR7 community for the past 12 years, Paulette Long OBE has worked in the music industry for 32 years specialising in music publishing and is also an active advocate for diversity in that sector.

Chetna Kapacee

Chetna has over 18 years experience working in the creative and non profit sectors, working on a variety of projects nationally and internationally. Specialising in strategic development, events and marketing in the arts and education. She was once a judge for Croydon’s Got Talent and has been a CR7 resident for 14+ years.

Andrea Perry

Andrea, an award winning journalist has had a career spanning over two decades working on local as well as national newspapers. In her last job she covered crime and home affairs. She is the editor of the local newspaper the Thornton Heath Chronicle, is also Vice-Chair of Thornton Heath Community Action Team and Chair of The Friends of Grangewood Park.


Multi-disciplinary Artist