We are a small group of volunteers with a big desire to see our community flourish in a sustainable way. We are always up for more people joining us, so we decided you might like to know a bit more about who we are and what we do. We meet monthly and discuss local concerns, projects we are involved in and how to work towards positive change.
Sandra Fryer: Co-chair
Sandra was an active member of HCCA back in the days of the Hope Centre. More recently she worked with Carol and others to try and secure Avon Quay House as a community arts venue. With a career in Town Planning all over the country including as director of BCC in Regeneration until 2005, Sandra is keen to work towards a zero net carbon community, explore ‘20 minute neighbourhoods’, help develop community response to Cumberland Basin development, support community festivals and events and work with local businesses to improve trade and the Hotwell Road environment.
Anna Haydock-Wilson: Co-chair & Trustee
Anna is an artist, filmmaker and producer, specialising in community engagement and facilitation. She has lived in Hotwells since 2004 and has been an active member of H&CCA since 2006 when she was employed as a Community Development Administrator until 2008. During this time she set up the West Bristol Arts Trail, facilitated the HCCA Community Traffic Strategy, enabled a community garden in Hillsborough Flats and provided administration and support to the management committee. Anna has led Cumberland Piazza improvements since 2015 & set up the current HCCA website and e-news letter. She is passionate about public space, inclusivity and social and environmental sustainability. https://annahaydockwilson.com
Brenda McLennan: Treasurer & Company Secretary
Brenda McLennan has served as treasurer and trustee of HCCA for nearly 20 years. She oversaw the transition from a Council funded organisation to the present independent charity status. She is responsible for maintaining the legal and financial administration of the HCCA and other groups that we support, ensuring its continuing viability. Brenda is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in the arts and charity sectors.
Christine Smart: Trustee
Chris Smart lived in Hotwells for 13 years, in 2017 she moved to Cleeve in North Somerset but retains close links with Hotwells and the surrounding area. She is a retired academic librarian with interests in local history, industrial archaeology, photography and travel. Chris is particularly interested in helping local communities to have a voice and raising awareness of local issues through community engagement.
"I love Hotwells and the harbour, but if there was one thing I could change about our area it would be the traffic - stop developing our roads without taking into account pedestrians and cyclists. I’m quite a task driven person so having things to do for HCCA is motivating and an opportunity for me to use my skills now I’m retired. Being part of the Community Association means I can contribute to change which might not happen if HCCA did not exist."
James Smith: Trustee
James Smith has served as a trustee of HCCA for nearly 20 years. He chaired the CHASE group which addressed traffic problems in the area, culminating in the production of the traffic strategy that was accepted as a consultation document by Bristol City Council.
Carol Walton: Trustee
"I got involved with HCCA because I’d been talking to people for years about the lack of a community centre locally and I wanted to help develop a group who could work together towards that aim. I enjoy meeting people who live in the area, and a feeling of having a stake and influencing change... It’s a very interesting area historically, but it does have issues that we can all help with".
Rachel McNally has lived in Cliftonwood for longer than anywhere else. In her professional life she is a Creative Producer. She was CEO at Puppet Place on Spike Island. Recently she has returned to freelance work. Rachel is interested in creating events and opportunities for local people to get to know each other. She has a long held wish to start a community cheese rolling competition on Church Lane using Babybels. She looks after the Twitter account for H&CCA.
Damian Rooney (Trustee)
"I moved to the area just ahead of the first lockdown in 2020 with my two primary-school aged children, and in between home schooling, I made use of some of the fantastic spaces that are only there due to the hard work of local volunteers and groups. I felt compelled to get involved and give something back to the community, whose efforts thus far gave my daughters and I great places to explore, play and exercise in".
Heather has lived in Bristol for over thirty years. She moved to the Harbourside area in 2012. With an interest in Bristol Green Capital she attended an event that brought her into contact with a few key people from the Jacobs Wells area. Heather was one of three key members who established the Jacobs Wells Community Hub. The group met in various locations. Until recently, they had access to Jacobs Wells Baths.
Heather is keen to see the Jacobs Wells Baths complex reused once again. She is keen to see the Hotwell Road developed in a positive way – bringing the village back to Hotwells.
Sibusiso has recently moved to Hotwells from Ashely, where he was an active community contributor and campaigner for the Ashley Ward Neighbourhood Plan. His interest in facilitating better engagement with developers, councillors and residents, so that people can influence area design. He is the founder of Cognitive Paths, a social enterprise that delivers the Black History Month Magazine, and works as a Business Support Coordinator for Black South West Network.
Sibusiso has a passion for supporting young people to gain work experience. He is currently working with the UWE architecture students on the Hotwells & Clifton Placemaking Project. He is keen to encourage resident participation in the area and work towards improving access to community facilities, housing and green spaces.