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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


02 January 2018

06 February 2018

06 March 2018

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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03 January 2018 (evening)

Traditional Russian Xmas Dinner

@34 Restaurant

Exeter College

Hele Road



Numbers will be limited. To reserve a place contact us as soon as possible.

08 January 2018

Russian Language Conversation Group

14:45 - 16:30

Discussion topic: Xmas

Group supported by Russian members of our association

Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group

10 January 2018

Committee Meeting

19:00 - 21:00

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

Our Commmittee


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Exeter Language Club

Link to our YouTube Channel

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Exeter City Council

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Link to Age UK Exeter Website, Lord Mayor's Charity 2017 - 2018


Foreign Language Centre, Exeter House, Yaroslavl




Exeter Yaroslavl News


Russian Xmas Fayre 09 December 2017

Maya's Matryoshka Doll

Our Russian Xmas Fayre at Exeter Guildhall went well, with lots of visitiors and good sales of everything, particularly Russian Goods such as matryoshka dolls.


This year we ran a "Colour the Matryoshka Doll" competition. Maya aged 5 visited the Fayre and has coloured a matryoshka doll for us. She calls the doll Sofie, the name of her best friend.


For information about our future events Contact us


To Russia 11 - 20 June 2018 and from Russia 2 - 11 July 2018

Ask about visiting RussiaDates for 2018 exchanges:

We go to Yaroslavl 11 - 20 June 2018

Guests from Yaroslavl visit us 2 - 11 July 2018.


It is not too early to start thinking about going to Russia or hosting a Russian guest. Our normal limit for people to and from Russia is 10 in each direction. If more want to go we will give priority to those hosting a guest from Yaroslavl. After that we will apply "first come, first served".


Please let us know as soon as possible if you are thinking about going to Russia or hosting someone from Russia. Either way you will enjoy the experience

Ask about going to Russia or hosting a Russian guest in Exeter


We study foreign languages - we discover the world

Polina PyankovaOn November 9 the students of the best schools of Yaroslavl participated in the Second City Forum on International School Exchanges "International Youth Exchange as a Resource of Non-Formal Education". The students of School №4 were glad to be invited.


Polina Pyankova, Student of Yaroslavl School №4 has kindly written a report for us. You can read it here.


Wanted - Russian Books

Please donate your surplus Russian books. We can find them a good home and thereby raise funds.


Selection of Russian Books on a shelf

Russian books in Cyrillic text are welcome and those with ISBN numbers are the most valuable. Old dictionaries are less popular. We can sell many Russian books ourselves, but we work with an agency which will sell others for us.


You can bring books to any of our social events, or just let us know if you have any books you like us to collect. We Look forward to hearing from you.

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В Ярославле 18 Октябре 2017

We visit Dubki School with members of Yaroslavl - Exeter Friendship Association

Our partner organisation in Yaroslavl «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society) held a most successful Annual General Meeting on 18 October.


Two new committee members were elected.They are Alexei Volkov (Алексей Александрович Волков) and Evgeni Shibaev (Евгений Викторович Шибаев). They both are well-respected and have many friends in Exeter. We congratulate them on their appointment and look forward to working with them.


«Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» committee are listed here.


They always welcome new members. Use our contact form to contact them


Annual General Meeting Held on 9th October 2017

Heavitree Sports and Social Club - Our AGM Venue

Our AGM at Heavitree Social Club went well. The officers and committee all agreed to be reappointed, making a full complement. However, if you would like to get involved or have project ideas for the committee to take forward, please tell us. We are always ready to co-opt extra enthusiastic members onto the committee. You can find details of the committee here.


Incidentally, we had an excellent carvery which the Club provided at £6 per person. They are also served on Wednesday and Sunday 12 00 – 14:00. Highly recommended. For more details ring 01392 273020.


"The Exeter Language Club for Children"

Exeter Language Club

We are working with "The Exeter Language Club" a new venture in Exeter which will include a Russian Language Group for Exeter Children. It is being planned for Saturday mornings between 09:30 and 1:30 , based on 2 hour sessions. The expected venue is Exeter Cathedral School.


Already there is considerable interest and it looks like the group is becoming quite large. We need additional teachers for children i.e. people who can teach Russian to children. We need people who help or two hours every Saturday during the school terms, starting after the Christmas Holidays? Teachers will be paid for their time, of course.


And any parents and their children are welcomed!


Initially we are aiming at children 4 - 10 years old. However, we plan is to run three different levels courses - beginner (no or very little initial knowledge and English kids who want to learn additional language are also welcomed), medium (some knowledge ) and advanced (GCSES level course).


Please let us know if you would like to get involved in this exciting initiative



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 or people interested to learn about what we do.


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Our Visit to Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017 - Report

Group from Exeter — with Rita Watson, Natasha Solovyeva and Robert Bradshaw at Советская Площадь, Г. Ярославль

Angela Samuel and Marija Lees have written a most interesting report on our visit to Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017. You can read all about it here.


It really was most enjoyable and a great way to develop the friendship between Exeter and Yaroslavl

You can see more photos of our visit here.


If you would like to come to Russia with us in 2018 it is not too early to register your interest. 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


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


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