Onion Collective

Onion Collective CIC was set up in 2012, when plans for a major development of flats on the marina quayside in Watchet had just fallen through. Rather than witness more commercial development that had no community benefit, we realised that by pooling our skills and resources we could help empower our community to make the decisions about what developments take place themselves.

Watchet Boat Museum

We worked with our local community, asking people 'What does Watchet need for a stronger future?'  From that consultation, we built a purpose built Visitor Centre and restored Boat Museum, restored a derelict field to a community garden, built a pavilion with 50 volunteers and started a project called Watchet Community Makers. The experience we have gained from these projects mean that we can now help other communities achieve the same.

Watchet Pleasure Garden Pavilion. Image: Glyn Jarrett


Kara Wood
Front of house, East Quay Kitchen
Stuart Booker
Project Assistant, East Quay
Billy Malone
Assistant, East Quay Kitchen
Rachel Drakeley
Assistant, East Quay Kitchen
Taylor Harris
Assistant, East Quay Kitchen
Izzi Binding
Assistant, East Quay Kitchen
Ellis Marie
Kitchen Assistant, East Quay Kitchen
Terri Hancock
Restaurant Lead, East Quay Kitchen
Sean Goswell
Assistant Chef, East Quay Kitchen
Richard Pettitt
Head Chef, East Quay Kitchen
Rebecca Tonkinson
Retail and Admin Assistant
Chris Spink
Production Manager
Fiona Payne
Visitor Centre Manager
Tim Lyddon
Bio Technician
George Harwood Smith
Curator/ Producer
Tim Robb
Finance Manager
Rachel Kelly
Director (Capital Build and Project Management)
Jess Prendergrast
Director (Culture, Arts & Economics)
Naomi Griffith
Director (General Manager)
Georgie Grant
Director (PR and Community Engagement)
Sally Lowndes
Director (Sustainability Champion)
Kiri Carter
Office Manager
Alison Jane Hoare
Creative Assistant
Cat Smith
Head of Education