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Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер
Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter, Exeter / Готический собор Святого Петра, ЭксетерEternal Flame, Yaroslavl, Russia / Вечный огонь, Ярославль, Россия Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter. We meet up in the Museum Cafe 14:00 - 16:00 first Tuesday of Each Month Gazebo on Volga - Kotorosl River Embankment, Yaroslavl, Russia / Беседка на Волге - Которосль набережной реки, Ярославль, Россия


Upcoming Events


04 July 2017

01 August 2017

05 September 2017

Informal EYTA Gathering

First Tuesday every Month

14:00 - 16:00

The Pantry Café

Royal Albert Memorial Museum,

Queen Street



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.

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05 July 2017

Committee Meeting

19:00 - 21:00

We welcome people who are willing to be co-opted onto our committee as additional members

Our Commmittee

31 July 2017

Russian Language Conversation Group

14:45 - 16:45

Discussion topic: Holidays or another topic of your choice, if you prefer

Group supported by Russian members Elena Coles, Larisa Lyons or Nataliya Gubina

Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group

October 2017

Annual General Meeting followed by Buffet

19:30 - 22:00

Heavitree Social Centre

2 East Wonford Hill


Exeter EX1 3BS

Date to be confirmed shortly

Enquire about our Annual General Meeting

9 December 2017

Date for your Diary

Russian Xmas Fayre


High Street



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Link to Devon Freewheelers Website, Lord Mayor's Charity 2017 - 2018



Exeter Yaroslavl News


Our Visit to Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017

Церковь Рождества Христова, ул. Кедрова, Ярославль, Россия / Church of the Nativity, Kedrova Street, Yaroslavl, Russia

We visited Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017. Our Russian hosts gave us a marvelleous time. We will be publishing a report shortly. In the meantime, but in the meantime we are posting photos to our site every day. You can see our photos of our visit here.


If you would like to come to Russia with us in 2018 please let us know.


Visit to Exeter by Guests from Yaroslavl - Report


Russian ladies having tot of rum with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans — with Elena Esina, Marina Kofanova, Галина Жиганова and людмила дитмар at White Ensign Club Exeter.

Our guests from Yaroslavl have now returned home. We enjoyed their visit and they have written a report about it with their impressions of Exeter. You can read it here.

If you live in Russia and would like to learn more about Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society you can find more information here


Yaroslavl Demidov State University

When Marija Lees of Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association visited Yaroslavl she met the students of Ariadna Borisovna Poletaeva at Yaroslavl Demidov State University. They were very much impressed by the meeting with Maria and were eager to contribute their stories. Here is what they have written and you can read more about the life of university students who have chosen to learn English and to make it their career


Students who have written for us so far are:

We will be adding more in the next few days


Yaroslavl and Exeter photographers prepare an Exhibition devoted to the Twinned Cities


Marija with Members of Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society

In May a joint Exeter - Yaroslavl photo exhibition will open in Yaroslavl. Our member Marija and also with Exeter Camera Club has been working on the exhibition with Алексей Лобанов from Yaroslavl. It will eventually be brought to Exeter.

You can read a English language report about Marija's visit to Yaroslavl and the exhibition here


Alternatively the original Russian language report is here


Irina Holme's Art Exhibition


Painting of a flower

Our member Irina Holmes has a solo art exhibition in Real Food Café in Paris street. It's mainly about food - fruit, veg, bread. Also some landscapes and portraits Acrylics, chalk, pastels, collages and mixed media. Reasonably priced. Handmade cards of the original artwork are available as well. Will be on for the next six weeks or so.


Real Food Store website


Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017

Church at Village of Vyatsckoe — at Село ВятскоеWe have been invited to Yaroslavl 21 – 30 May 2017. The visit will include Yaroslavl Day on 27 May, the excellent one-day “city-show”. We have also requested a day-trip to Moscow by train. Maximum group size is 10 people. There was considerable interest in the visit, so all places in the group have now been filled. If you are interested in coming with us with us in future please let us know. Contact us



facsimile front page of newsletter

We have just issued a newsletter to our members, giving reports of our activities and details with booking forms for our upcoming activities. If you would like to join us and / or be on our mailing list please contact us. We are always pleased to hear from potential new members as well as our existing membership.


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Photo Exhibition

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. Photo ExhibitionIt 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.

Read about the exhibition here





приглашает к участию в конкурсе творческих работ учащихся средних школ, педагогических колледжей, ВУЗов г. Ярославля и Ярославской области


Положение Конкурса

о проведении в 2017 году XX конкурса творческих работ на тему «Красота спасет мир - Beauty will save the world»


Положение Конкурса

Competition Badge


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


International Creative Contest for Children “Twin-Cities” 2016-2017

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


Advert for Competition

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.


You can download further details here


If you want any ideas, suggestions or further information contact us


Christmas and New Year Greetings from our Friends and Partners at Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society:
«Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер»


Xmas Greetings from Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship SocietyXmas Greetings from Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society


Christmas and New Year Greetings from International Relations Division, Yaroslavl City Hall


Xmas Greetings from Yaroslavl



Our friends in the International Relations Divisional at Yaroslavl City Hall have sent us a seasonal greeting.


Отдел международных связей Мэрия города Ярославля





Russian Xmas Fayre - Saturday, December 10

Sam, a young visitor to our Russian Xmas Fayre meets the Russian BearOur 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:


Twinning Fair

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


Christmas Card from the Lord Mayor of Exeter

We have received a Christmas card from the Lord Mayor:


Lord Mayor's Xmas Card Lord Mayor's Xmas Card




RUSSIAN “ BEREGINYA” DOLLS - held on Saturday 3rd December

Russian Bereginya Dolls

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


Visit of Delegation from Yaroslavl - Report

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.


Just click the links to read Julia and Maxim's report or see the latest photographs.


Vespers «всенощная» and Talk at Exeter Orthodox Church


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


Our report about the visit to the Orthodox Church