(Registered Charity Number 262929)
The River Yealm and District Association is known locally as the RYDA.
The RYDA was founded in the mid 1950ís and is both a Residentsí Association and a Conservation Group. Membership is open to all who live in Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo and around the tidal waters of the River Yealm. Membership is by household. There are currently some 350 households which belong to the Association.
The Associations core aims, as expressed in its constitution, are as follows:-
The Association, by a policy of representation to Councils, other Authorities, Land Owners and Developers seeks to preserve the natural beauty of the tidal waters of the River Yealm, the surrounding countryside and villages and to protect the character of its architecture and points of historic interest.
In its time the RYDA has played a prominent role in the life of the two villages. The Association led a fight against proposals to have a Borstal Institution and subsequently an Airport at Collaton Cross. It championed the creation of the River Yealm Harbour Authority (RYHA), now an institution with its own offices and effective control over the Yealm Estuary. It also monitored the introduction of a television mast to improve reception and, through its examination of local Planning Applications, aims to ensure that new building and alterations to existing structures are in keeping with the character of the two villages.
The RYDA organises the annual River Clean-Up. This takes place in the early Spring when the tides are right and before the holiday season opens. It is a major operation during which up to 100 RYDA Volunteers gather up to two tonnes of rubbish from the estuary.
The RYDA supports Boatwatch, a volunteer group of people with boats who patrol the estuary after nightfall to discourage and deter theft and vandalism on the river. The level of such crime on the estuary here is minor compared with other local estuaries.
Noss Mayo is fortunate in having an excellent example of properly tended woodland close to the heart of the village. The RYDA is the Head Lessee of Brookings Down Wood, acquired by public subscription and of great benefit to the two villages and all who visit. In addition to maintaining and developing the flora and fauna of the wood, there are annual scientific studies of the birds, moths and mammals that have come into the wood as a result of its careful management.
We aim to support the Newton and Noss Parish Council but remain an independent body within the two villages. The RYDA has supported the development of Affordable Housing in the parish, a critical problem throughout the country but particularly so in the South Hams.
The day-to-day business of the Association is conducted by a Committee elected each year at the Annual General Meeting held in April. Its Members are as follows:-
Chairman: Christopher Lunn, 39 Court Road, Newton Ferrers
Secretary: Denise Marchant. Thorndean, Stoke Road, Noss Mayo
Treasurer: Alan Lomax, Suncroft, Noss Mayo - 872444
Member: Christopher Bradley, Shore Steps House, Noss Mayo
Member: Eric Rodmell, Rodmells, Newton Ferrers
Member: Kate Wood, 4, Higher Coombe Cottage, Noss Mayo
Member: Peter Pritchard, 85 Court Road, Newton Ferrers
Member: Suzanne Sparrow, 100 Yealm Road, Newton Ferrers
This committee publishes, roughly every three years, a local Telephone Directory. This is generally considered to be indispensable to life in the village by the majority who live here. The most recent edition was launched in May 2011 - and largely funded by Luscombe & Maye. Monthly amendments are published in the Parish Magazine. The privately printed Noss Mayo & Newton Ferrers Village Directory can be obtained by joining the RYDA or from the two village outlets listed below. Contributors should be aware of this should they have any privacy concerns.
This Directory is available free to all members. For non members a charge of £5 is made. This Directory can be obtained at Tubbs the Chemist and The Post Office.
The main aim of the RYDA is look out for and work towards the best interests of the two villages. We contribute wherever possible, not so much through cash injections but through volunteer commitment by the members. Good examples being the Annual Harbour Cleanup, Boatwatch and the management and maintenance of Brookings Down Wood, but also in working to keep the membership, and by definition, the local population of the two villages, briefed on those issues of concern to everyone.