07 February 2017
07 March 2017
04 April 2017
Informal EYTA Gathering
First Tuesday every Month
14:00 - 16:00
Royal Albert Memorial Museum,
If you are a newcomer, please ask the counter staff to direct you to us. Better still tell us that you plan to attend so we can look out for you.
8 February 2017
19:00 - 21:30
06 February 2017
Russian Language Conversation Group
14:45 - 16:45
Activity: "Role Plays: at the airport or in a shop etc."
Group supported by Russian members Elena Coles, Larisa Lyons or Nataliya Gubina
Provision Date 6 April 2017
General Meeting followed by Spring Cultural Event and Social Get-together
Approval of Annual Accounts followed by guest speaker and discussions re inward and outward visits from and to Russia
1 - 10 May 2017
Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Association visit Exeter
22 - 31 May 2017
We visit Yaroslavl
Exeter City Council
Irina Peneva, Chairperson Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society has written an interesting article about the photo exhibition which was part of the 2016 Year of Friendship announced by the Yaroslavl Mayor’s Office. It was called 'Devon in Summer: People and Places’, featuring photos taken by Irina Efimova, YEFS member and English teacher in Tutaev School № 6. It proved to be long-running and popular. It opened at Exeter House during the visit of the Exeter City Council delegation and members of Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. It is the second time Irina has presented her Devon photos to the public and it is now traditional that her pictures are exhibited in Yaroslavl and Yaroslavl Region schools.
приглашает к участию в конкурсе творческих работ учащихся средних школ, педагогических колледжей, ВУЗов г. Ярославля и Ярославской области
о проведении в 2017 году XX конкурса творческих работ на тему «Красота спасет мир - Beauty will save the world»
Note for English language speakers:
Announcement of the 2017 Competition for English language students in Yaroslavl. The competition has been held for the past 20 years by Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society, with support from Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. This year's theme is "Beauty will save the world". Closing date 30th April 2017
Yaroslavl City Council have announced a special International Creative Contest for Children It is open to young 12-15 from Yaroslavl and partner and twin cities of Yaroslavl, including Exeter
Entrants simply need to create an articistic work of A5 postcard format 210x148 mm, on thick paper, coloured in any artistic technique. Any artistic tools can be used.
Theme of the artistic work: “Yaroslavl through the Eyes of Children of Twin-Cities”. Any sights of Yaroslavl, symbols of the city, key-places of the city, famous people connected with Yaroslavl (writers preferably), literary characters, etc., maybe pictured on a postcard. On the back side of a postcard please write a message to Yaroslavl in English, German, Italian or French. Each participant may submit only one artistic work.
Deadline for sending artistic works is February 20, 2017. Announcement of results will be in April 2017, awarding ceremony will be at the end of May 2017.
If you want any ideas, suggestions or further information contact us
Our friends in the International Relations Divisional at Yaroslavl City Hall have sent us a seasonal greeting.
Отдел международных связей Мэрия города Ярославля
Our Russian Xmas Fayre at Exeter Guildhall was a grand sucess, the result of excellent team work by many members. We were very pleased and encouraged by other members and friends who dropped in to see us, as well all those busy Exeter shoppers. Takings were substantially up on last year's. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a pleasant and successful event.
Express and Echo, our local newspaper reported on the event as follows:
The Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association held its annual Christmas Fair in the Guildhall on Saturday. The atmosphere was enlivended by Russian Music and the singing and ukelele playing of local groups who were performing to raise money for the Lord Mayor's Charity, the Devon Freewheelers. The event was a chance for people to buy Christmas presents and learn more about the association, which organises an annual visit to Exeter's twin town of Yaroslavl. More information can be found at www.eyta.org.uk
We have received a Christmas card from the Lord Mayor:
Elena Coles led a workshop at her home, giving us the opportunity to make Russian "Bereginya Dolls". These are traditional talisman dolls which were made by women from scraps of worn out fabric to amuse and protect their children, bring prosperity, happiness and joy to the life of the family, protect and heal their folk and home and get “magical” help with house chores, crafts and harvest. Traditionally the dolls are made without the use of scissors or needles . The red thread is used magically for protection and the number of knots and ties have symbolic meaning. The dolls haven’t got facial features, so that evil spirits cannot enter them through eyes or mouth, but each one of them has its own character, purpose and story.
We plan to hold further sessions soon. If you are interested in attending, please let us know. It may be possible to arrange lifts, please ask - Contact us
Annual General Meeting was held at Heavitree Sports and Social Centre, Wingfield Park, 2 East Wonford Hill, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 3BS, on 24 October 2016
There were a couple of committee changes - details of our new committe are here
A change to constitution to introduce a new officer role "Vice-Chairperson" was approved unanimously by all present. Under our rules that must be put to the whole membership. This will be notified to everyone shortly and if 1/3 of those voting approve we will be able to introduce the change.
We were very pleased that John Street of Exeter City Council was able to attend and he spoke encouragingly about the Council's wish to maintain and develop links between us and Yaroslavl and of course, the other twin cities.
Alexei Lobanov was another welcome guest. He is a member of Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Association. He is working on photography project; we hope that members of Exeter Camera Club will be able to participate. Our accounts were presented in draft form, but they have now been approved by our Independent Financial Examiner. The finalised figures are here.
After the business meeting we had an exceptionally substantial buffet of light refreshments.If you have any questions about the AGM or related matters please contact us
Our friends from Yaroslavl were with us in Exeter 11 - 20 July. They were great company. Yulia Samsonenko and Maxim Korobovhey have written an interesting report on behalf of the group about the visit. We have many photographs and are uploading them daily.
Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association facilitated a visit to Yaroslavl for a group of Exeter teachers who are involved with the Olive Tree Association. The visit was mutually beneficial. Our teachers and their Russian counterparts really valued the opportunity to exchange ideas particularly about language teaching. You can learn more about the Olive Tree Association via this link You can also read an interesting report on the visit written by Bruce Freeman, one of the participants.
On Saturday 7 May we participated in the European Flag Raising Ceremony at Exeter Guildhall. This was also Coffee Morning for the Lord Mayor's Charity, as well as an opportunity to have an EYTA Display, featuring our new banner.
Elena Coles has written an interesting article in English for us about Russian cuisine. Elena is one of our Russian members and you can read her article on Russian food here.
We have now uploaded our report on Vespers «всенощная» in English and talk at Exeter Orthodox Church.
It was a beautiful service and we then went on the Globe Inn for good conversation over a nice meal