03.2018 Newsletter

RYDA Newsletter                                    No. 03/2018


We told you in May that there would be a break in our Newsletters because of changes within the Committee. The Newsletters have been an excellent way for us to keep in touch with you, and we know from your many plaudits that they are much appreciated. We are going to try and keep a rudimentary service going for as long as we can until we have a permanent solution.

We are on the lookout for an editor and so, if you are even the remotest bit interested in trying your hand at basic editorship, please get in touch. Perhaps you are doing a Journalism or media course at Uni, and want experience. It is not onerous as we aim to publish just 6 Newsletters a year. Each one may not need more than a few hours’ work and can all be done remotely by email etc. No need for endless editorial meetings! Very basic IT skills are all that are required as the task is mainly coordinating articles provided by others and making sure they are in a common format. If you can use Microsoft Word (or similar), you’ll be fine. Please contact a member of the committee for more details.

There are a few changes to the Committee to report to you. Christopher Lunn has stepped down as Chairman after 5 years although he will remain on the Committee. For the next 6 months he will be replaced by Chris Bradley who is an old hand at being Chairman as he has done 2 previous stints. The other change is that Peter Pritchard has left the Committee after several years as the Planning rep and, latterly, as the initiator and editor of these Newsletters. Peter revolutionised how we deal with planning issues and we are extremely grateful for all the work he did on behalf of all of us. Robin Forrester has now taken on our Planning responsibilities.

New committee members are always assured of a warm welcome.


You may already have read about GP90 in the Parish Magazine or heard about it from our local branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL). But if not, you may be interested to know what it is all about.

In 1928 many thousands of war widows and veterans from the First World War made a Great Pilgrimage to the battlefields of The Somme and to Ypres to remember the fallen. To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this event and to mark the centenary of the start of the last 100 days of the War, the RBL invited every Branch to take part in a Service of Remembrance in Ypres in August this year.

We are very proud that our local Yealm Branch will be one of the over 1,000 Branches that will be taking part. Each Branch is providing 2 representatives; a standard bearer and someone to lay a wreath on behalf of the entire community. The Yealm Branch will be represented by Jonathan Moore who is the Branch Standard Bearer and who served for 24 years in the Submarine Service, and Mrs Dee Jenkins who will lay the wreath. Dee is descended from four villagers who were killed in the First World War and one who was killed in the Second World War. All five are remembered in the Noss Roll of Honour and on the War Memorial at St Peter’s.

The photo to the Left was taken in July at the Memorial Garden on The Green outside the WI Hall before they went to provide a photographic record.

The ‘Silent Soldier’ is another RBL initiative to mark the end of the First World War and to remember the huge sacrifice that was made by so many. The Soldier is a silhouette of a First World War ‘Tommy’. The War Memorials at St Peter’s and Holy Cross record the names of the 45 villagers who gave their lives; 29 in the First World War and 16 in the Second World War.

Mrs Dee Jenkins, Jonathan Moore and ‘The Silent Soldier’

The RYDA has now launched its web site.

It has been a long time coming, but can be found at https://ryda.org.uk

The site is packed with information, including community diaries, sporting activities, footpaths, emergency contacts, lunch clubs, local history, and much, much more.

We are also now on Face book. Just type in RYDA. We welcome your comments.

If there is an item you think we should know about, please contact the web administrator    webadministrator@ryda.org.uk

Village Parking

Did you know your village has a working group looking at parking and traffic flow issues.


Please remember to park considerately and give way to emergency vehicles especially at pinch points.

And yes dear reader,………The incident in the photograph happened in a lane near here! Slow down ---Be Considerate

20mph is plenty due to the narrow roads, congestion and reduced visibility to emerging traffic.

Neighbourhood Plan Given the Green Light

South Hams District Council is delighted to see the formal adoption of the Neighbourhood plan for Newton and  Noss.

These documents are really important for the villages they represent, because they will play an important role in shaping the decisions that the District Council's planning committee will make in the future.

Cllr H Bastone, South Hams District Council's Executive Portfolio Holder for Customer First said: "A huge well done to Newton and Noss, this is a massive achievement by volunteers. Neighbourhood plans can be really powerful pieces of work, they give communities direct powers to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area."

"Our small rural communities like Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo have been able to choose where they want new homes, shops or offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided". To read more, go to:-


And speaking of Planning – Here are the latest proposals in our area ………...

The Neighbourhood Plan N3P, for which the RYDA campaigned long and hard, is now in force and we will be utilising its requirements wherever necessary by doing our utmost to ensure that its provisions are effective.

Such has been demonstrated by some recent decisions of our friends at South Hams District Council:

The refusal of a larger dwelling on land opposite Thorndean where the requirement of N3P in favour of small to medium houses was recognised (see link Land opposite Thorndean).

The condition requiring a Construction Management Plan for the extension and refurbishment of The Moorings on Newton Hill (see link The Mooring),to help control disruption of traffic and movement whilst the work progresses, which is also a requirement of N3P.

Things are otherwise relatively quiet on the Planning front where recent applications include a variation of conditions for Solar Panels on the roof of The Lookout, on Court Road (ex The Sheilings), which are claimed to be less reflective than the slate roof (see link: The Lookout) and at number 29, The Fairway, a two story, zinc clad extension with balcony, to the rear and conversion of the garage into a new entrance hall. (see link 29 The Fairway and below). Whilst we make no comment on these proposals, any that you have are very welcome.


29, The Fairway, Proposed North Elevation (view from the street).

Before you are lulled into a sense of relief at this reduction in Planning Applications over the last few weeks and the potential respite from the incessant rumble of builders lorries, we should warn you that a major development remains on the horizon. The outline approval for the 70 new houses at Collaton expires in September, this means that the developer will have to submit the detailed application by then and we understand that this is well on the way.

Congratulations to “Red Earth” for the excellent magazine celebrating our beautiful villages set in a true area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The photographs in “River Life” show how lucky we are to live here.

The RYDA exist to preserve the natural beauties of the tidal waters of the River Yealm and the surrounding countryside and villages, and to protect structures of architectural or historic interest and the character of areas of such interest.

And maintain and seek to improve the amenities and services of the district.

We were set up originally as partly an amenity group, partly a residents’ association and partly as a conservation group. Those broad aims continue to this day.

Membership is open to every adult resident of one of the Parishes in the immediate vicinity of the tidal waters of the Yealm. In practice, this means the Parishes of Newton and Noss, Wembury, Brixton and Yealmpton. Membership is by household not by individual. Our membership currently stands at over 300 households, most of which are in Newton and Noss.


If you are not a member and wish to join, go to Joining the RYDA

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