May 2020

RYDA Newsletter                       No. 03/2020

We are aware that at the moment you are probably being bombarded with e mails from not only us, but also the parish council, if you are registered on their list.


To save you the bother of reading all of these, to see if you have already received it, all of our forwarded e mails will be prefixed Fw: so you may identify them.

Although library buildings are closed, there are still lots of services you can access whilst you’re at home. 

Plymouth Digital Library is always open, take a look at their eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. Share this information with your families and friends and if they don’t already have a library card they can join online here

During these uncertain times they've made a few changes to make things easier for you. Due to the temporary closure of all library buildings the renewal period has been increased from 3 weeks to 14 weeks and they've also stopped any new charges from occurring. They’ve also temporarily had to close their book bins and letterboxes so it would be really helpful if you could keep hold of your books, or other items, until they reopen.

You can view your account using the Plymouth Library App or via their website where you're able to see current return dates and renew your books. For more information please see below.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for some reading suggestions and ideas.

Please contact them via their social media pages or by emailing

Keep reading and stay safe.

Puffy Sidewalk Chalk Paint

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon dish soap – just about any dish soap will work.
5-10 drops food colouring or washable paint

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

In a large mixing bowl stir together the flour and water until there are no lumps.
Stir in the dish soap to the flour mixture.
Add food colouring of your choice of colour until the desired colour is achieved.
Pour the mixture into your squeeze bottle.
Give the kids their new sidewalk paint and let them have fun!

Use up the paint on the same day you make it, this recipe doesn’t save well… it will explode if you leave it closed.

If you are making multiple colours, make each colour in a different bowl or one at a time and pour into the bottles and then make the next colour.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Newton Ferrers school who were looking after the children of key workers during the Easter holidays.

The wet fish man will deliver pre-booked orders, once a week after his catch. Tel 220293 early in the week to order.  Please note the catch is weather dependant

From West End musicals to yoga and dance classes.

FREE ways you can enjoy lockdown

Yoga With Adriene is enormously popular, while Yoga With Tim offers a 30-day challenge that's perfect for quarantine. For beginners, try the shorter SarahBethYoga sessions.

Learn to dance on YouTube. Passion4dancing teaches styles such as salsa, rumba and tango. It helps if your partner lives in the same house, of course.

Joe Wicks, aka 'The Body Coach', has recently shot to fame with his popular 30-minute PE lessons for kids at 9am on weekdays. Visit to get started.


Or sign up to the Fitness Blender which boasts 600 free workout videos, including Pilates and kickboxing.


Davina McCall is also offering 30 days of free High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), cardio and boxing classes online at, which usually cost £9.99 per month.



The National Theatre announced it would be streaming plays on YouTube, starting with One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden. 

A new play will be available every Thursday at 7pm for seven days.

Shakespeare's Globe is also sharing free plays online — including 37 short films and six filmed performances. The Royal Opera House is streaming performances every Friday on Facebook and YouTube.


Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals will also be released once a week on YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On


Flowers For Mrs Harris  - (Chichester Festival Theatre,

Treasure Island = (National Theatre at Home, YouTube)



Asian restaurant Wagamama is uploading free virtual cooking lessons called Wok From Home from today on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

Bakery Bread Ahead offers baking tutorials on its Instagram page every day at 2pm. 



If you're missing your weekly pub quiz, sign up to spectacular and test your knowledge from your sofa. You will be emailed a link to the quiz a few hours before it starts.

The Big Drop Brewing Co is running its Living Room Pub Quiz every Tuesday at 7pm from its YouTube channel.

KIDS... listen up

Audible has made more than 200 audiobooks free for 'as long as schools are closed'. The range includes options for younger children as well as teenagers.

Puppet show

I Want My Hat Back - (Little Angel Theatre, YouTube)

The RYDA would like to thank our Parish Council, Coordinators and Volunteers helping within Newton and Noss while we all try to cope during the emergency.

It’s quite amazing that you have been able to create a Network of Coordinators and Volunteers that cover the whole of Newton, Noss, Membland and Collaton in less than 2 weeks.

Many of you will have noticed that the majority of the Yealm Hotel site has been closed down in order to protect the contractors and visitors to the site. A small security presence will remain on site as will a very small workforce to work on the 3 flats that have been sold and are due for completion in a couple of months.

Yealm Community Energy committed £2,000 from its upcoming community fund payment to each of the five parishes for measures relating to COVID-19. 


Applications can be made using the form available on the YCE website.

Road Verges for Wildflower Corridors – let’s make a difference!


We are very fortunate where we live, that in the present ‘Lock down’ we can take our daily permissible exercise in lovely walks from our front doors, without driving anywhere and able to maintain distancing from others.

I would like to encourage you to think about enhancing our road verges, if you are not already planning wildflower seeding along the road verges where safe to do so. I say 'safe to do so’ because the vision from driving a car must not be obscured at corners and road junctions. But there is no need to have these potential wildlife corridors mown flat or worse, sprayed, as has often been the custom of late. Just think how lovely it is along the road from Collaton Cross to Puslinch in the spring, first with the mass of yellow Primroses, then the fragrant white Wild Garlic.

If you, or your group, want to take on a section of road verge, first find out who owns it - it may be the adjacent landowner or Parish or District Council (South Hams) and you will need ‘Line of Vision’ advice from the Highways Authority (Nick Colton ). Then get agreement and permission to a change of management plan or even to do the work yourselves.

Plant Life are running a Road verge Campaign (roadvergecampaign) and they give good advice on what to do.

The seed may already be there in the soil, and only needs to be given a chance to develop by avoiding spraying and not cutting until after the new flowers have set seed and it has dispersed (late summer). The cuttings need to be removed after they have dried out, as they would enrich the soil, and wildflowers flourish better in a low nitrogen soil. If seeding is required then the seed should be locally sourced to conserve the local flora.

Such management should cost less as it usually results in fewer cuts per year. Dorset Council adopted a nature conservation strategy for its road verges in 2014 and in the 5 years since then they estimate they have saved £100,000. This saving could be even greater if a community adopted a verge and ‘cut and collected’ themselves.

Within our membership are professional biologists who could advise if you wish to take on such a project.

Someone with the knowledge is also useful so that invasive or problematic invaders such as Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed or Ragwort, and be identified and dealt with appropriately – contact Peter Brown for names (561771).

And if funding is required, the local solar farms Community Fund is keen to consider well thought out applications – forms available on

The Newton and Noss WI have already planted 1,000 snowdrops this year at The Green in Newton Ferrers and the Community Orchard Group are seeding wild grasses at the Community Orchard in Noss.

Yealmpton Flowers ( ) have plans for some road verges in their parish, and they are trying to create a network and forum for similar projects in the 5-parishes (Wembury, Brixton, Yealmpton, Holbeton and Newton and Noss).

Here is an opportunity for sharing ideas, expertise and local wild flower seed, and to try to link up Bee Lines that cross parish boundaries.

The River Yealm and District


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