October 2020 newsletter

RYDA Newsletter        11/2020



The Yealm Branch Royal British Legion have asked us to notify you of the very significant changes to how Remembrance will be marked this year because of Covid regulations

The traditional Remembrance Sunday Service will NOT be held on Sunday 8th November. 

Instead, there will be brief commemorations at both Holy Cross and St Peter’s at 10.50am Wednesday 11th  November. 

Just 6 active participants are allowed at each. 

Both will only take place around the war memorials and probably be restricted to the Exhortation, Two Minute Silence and the laying of wreaths. 

Each Service will be for no more than 15 minutes. 

Social distancing strictly limits attendance and so regrettably you are encouraged to mark Remembrance in your own way for this year.

A date for your diary please.  Next year’s Harbour Clean Up will be on Saturday 13th March.

Because this year’s clean up was cancelled due to Covid, it is even more important than usual that there is a great turn out next year.

More volunteers are always needed and so, if you can offer, you should contact Andrew Beveridge on 873351 or beveridgeandy@gmail.com. He is short of at least one team leader and so he would be particularly pleased to hear from you if you could put yourself forward.



As you know, we have instituted a rotational Chairman for the RYDA.  Alan Lomax has now taken over from Christopher Lunn until April 2021.

October Update

None of us can have been unaffected by Covid-19. The lockdown came at a particularly bad moment for YCE – just as the refunding negotiations got underway, a prerequisite to the transfer of shares from our majority partner, CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy), to YCE. Thank goodness for Zoom, as our present stage of development has required an awful lot of meetings, not only with people locally but also across the south of the UK.

We now have excellent expert financial experience on the Board. This was vital to understanding the risks and opportunities available in the complex structuring of the different levels of debt, including the share equity. Timing has been bad, not only because of the Covid emergency but also due to the associated world recession and severe drop in energy consumption with rock bottom wholesale electricity prices. This has slowed the process down, but progress is steady and the share offer should be launched in Q2 or Q3 of 2021. Part of the complexity relates to CORE putting together a partnership of 6 similar Community Benefit Societies to ourselves, so that our combined assets reduce the loan interest rate and therefore overhead costs considerably. But to gain this benefit we need to accept what is known as cross-collateralisation with our partners, giving us both added security and risk, …. and importantly allowing more to be paid into our local community fund. Fortunately, we recruited an excellent Operational Manager, who has been a vital addition to the otherwise volunteer local directors, all of whom are putting in more time to the project than I am sure any of them anticipated.

We responded early on to the Covid emergency by giving £10K from our Community Fund to the five parishes we cover around the Yealm, the £2K for N&N going into the Emergency Fund set up by Andrew Beveridge. In case we needed to donate more to this hardship fund, the usual round of grants has been delayed, but the board has decided that there should be a call for community applications soon as we have an obligation to our members to deliver our core objectives - which is basically to address the climate and ecological emergency within our community. We understand the difficulties for community groups putting plans together now, and there will only be £10K still available this year after the Covid donation and an s106 agreement payment yet to be made.

Finally, we have bought into our own Asset Management Company (Bright Renewables). This sharing of overheads within a group of community energy companies reduces the costs of maintaining the solar farms (Creacombe came on stream in December).

Peter Brown

Director YCE


As you may have read in the local press, the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has recently celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its designation. There are  a number of activities planned during the coming year thanks to a modest Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

They have also decided to raise some funds for Young Carers from South Devon to have some respite days out on the coast next summer. They are asking people to walk the 60 miles of the South West Coast Path in the AONB to celebrate the 60th Anniversary. The timescale is between now and April 2021 and people can do this as individuals or groups, collecting sponsorship for their efforts. Their target is £6000.

Full details of the campaign can be found here:


We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed so generously to our fund raising project to address the essential repairs to the village hall. We have recently updated our website, and if you would like to use your donation to sponsor a picture of a stone on the façade, please email us at info@nnvh.org.uk


If you haven’t yet donated and would like to do so, please do email us, or go to our website at http://www.nnvh.org.uk/donations.php  

where you can make a secure payment online (paypal, credit/debit card), and if you wish to, you can add your own (or someone else’s name) to your chosen stone.


When the fund raising is closed we will print and display a picture of the façade.


Newton and Noss Village Hall Renovation Project

When you want to make a purchase via Amazon, you simply use the link:   amazonsmile.co.uk  (which is a portal into the normal Amazon site) where you will find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience but with the added bonus of helping our cause.

You  need to follow the steps below to change or create your Amazon Smile charity, it’s on the bottom right in ’ Your Account’ under Shopping programmes !

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you're prompted to select a charitable organisation from our list of eligible organisations. You can change your selection at any time.

To change your charitable organisation:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.co.ukon your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your accountand select the option to Change your charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organisation to support.

Note: You can also hover over the supporting notice in the navigation at the top of any page and then select the Change link next to the name of the charity that you’re currently supporting.

For more information about the AmazonSmile programme, go to http://smile.amazon.co.uk/about.



And finally we have had some lovely Christmas cards printed (kindly painted for us by a local artist).

Another thing we are doing to help raise funds is that as a recognised Charity with the Charity Commission ‘ Newton and Noss Village Hall’ we have now registered with Amazon Smile https://smile.amazon.co.uk/


For any eligible purchases that people make, the Charity will receive 0.5% of the net purchase price.

All you have to do is select your chosen Charity (hopefully ours) and we can receive a donation, if appropriate, at no extra cost to us or you.



If you would like to purchase some NNVH Christmas cards all proceeds will go towards the Hall repairs.

Cards are available from:


Amanda Parry-Smith, Wayside, 10 Revelstoke Road, Noss Mayo (873057),

Carrie Story, Netton Farmhouse, Netton (873335)



We must learn to live with coronavirus -

like Samuel Pepys lived with the Great Plague

Humans have lived with infectious diseases for at least 15,000 years. Many of these are shared with animals. They infect us, we infect them and, from time to time, there is a new crossover, as with Covid-19.


When a novel infection appears, people are naturally fearful. Will this new virus or bacterium kill us all? Is it going to wipe out humanity? Yet, after a fairly short period of time it becomes clear that we are not trapped in science fiction, after all, and that humans will survive.

Bit by bit, societies get used to the infection, seeing it as a nuisance rather than something that should disrupt a whole way of life.

And when an epidemic of the same infection does come round again, people and institutions know how to deal with it. They get on with the business of living.

Bubonic plague – the Black Death – devastated 14th Century England. Yet by the Great Plague of 1665, which was essentially the same disease, the City of London authorities knew exactly what they were dealing with. 

In his diaries of the time, Samuel Pepys records how he went to work as normal, hung out in his favourite coffee houses and even found time to visit his mistress. 

Houses were boarded up around him, carts removed the corpses of the dead, yet life went on.

Humanity has a long history of dealing with these things, and what experience shows us is that the only practicable interventions are social and behavioural. 

Indeed, until the early 2000s when we started to vaccinate for flu, we accepted that outbreaks would kill 20,000 to 50,000 people every winter without much comment. 

It was a great number of deaths, but it was not considered so great that we should shut down the economy.

Lots of us would get flu, some of us would have a bad time, but almost all of us would get better.

Explore interactive 3D models of sites from Edinburgh Castle to the Easter Island statues using Google's new Search tool


Now you can have an eye-popping journey around the world and sate your wanderlust from the comfort of your armchair - thanks to Google Search's new augmented reality (AR) tool. Eventually 37 cultural heritage sites will be made available as interactive 3D models on smartphones.

See the wonders of the world without getting on a plane!

There are many free or reduced price on line concerts, ballets etc which we have listed on our Facebook page. They include:

There are also free talks by Wembury History Society &  The Arts Institute Plymouth

(All available at time of writing)

Lock down Entertainment

There is no planning to report this month.