Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association
Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер


Upcoming Events


Exeter - Yaroslavl On-Line Social Meeting

27 July 2021

17:00 - 18:30

Discussion and cultural activities from Exeter and Yaroslavl

Ask for Further details

Monthly Meet Up

3 Aug 2021

14:00 - 16:00

Museum Cafe, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Russian Language Conversation Group

16 July 2021

14:30 - 16:00



Nataliya: Russian member

Discussion Topic:

A person from Devon

Ask for details

Committee Meeting

26 August 2021

19:00 - 21:00

Combineed On-line Meeting or face to face

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

Our Committee

Annual General Meeting

October 2021

Annual Event each October

Venue and format will depend on situation at the time

Ask to be kept updated

Russian Xmas Fayre

18 December 2021

10:00 - 13:00

St Stephen's Church

High Street



Our visit to Yaroslavl and Yaroslavl Group to Exeter

Cancelled for 2021


Enquire about next exchange visits to and fromYaroslavl



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Exeter Yaroslavl News

Russian Conversation Group 16 August 2021

Richard Pym, Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers Football Clubs

Next Russian Conversation Group Meeting:

16 August 2021: on-line

Leader: Nataliya


Topic: Person from Devon


Be prepared to answer questions from other group members or pose questions yourself.


We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.


Invitation has gone out to our regular participants. If you would like to find out more please contact us


Normally these meetings will be on 3rd Monday each month:

16 Aug, 20 Sept., 18 Oct., 15 Nov., 20 Dec. 2021


Late Major Nicholas Boggis-Rolfe: Memorial Service

Guards Chapel and link to Order of Service

Nicholas Boggis-Rolfe was highly respected member of our association, with many friends in Exeter and Yaroslavl. He learnt Russian during army service and after his retirement he went to Novorossiysk with the Plymouth twinning group. Subsequently he joined our association and was with us on a number of our visits Yaroslavl.


Sadly he died on 20 December 2020 and a well-attended memorial sevice was held for him in the Guards Chapel, London on 9th July. There were prayers, hymns, family sharing memories of Nicholas, an opera singer sang and musicians from the Grenadier Guards played. Peter Barker of our association was in the congregation. The service was streamed live on YouTube, although not recorded due to copyright restrictions. However, you can download a copy of the order of service here.


Lord Mayor of Exeter presents prizes and certificates to Contestants in our Exeter - Yaroslavl Competition.

Competition Prize Winners Sophie Brace and Holly Errington

On 22 June the Lord Mayor of Exeter - Councillor Trish Oliver presented prizes and certificates to prize winners and participants in our Exeter Yaroslavl Creative Writing Competition, at Exeter's historic Guildhall.


For 2021 the competition was opened to Exeter young people as well as those in Yaroslavl. There were a record 87 entrants.


The standard was very high. Exeter winners were Sophie Brace, Holly Errington and Felicity Charles. Felicity was unable to attend, because she was Covid self-isolating.

We congratulate all the winners and Daisy Martin, Isabelle Newbery, Bethany Green, Rebekah McMillan, Lucy Roberts, Florence Griffiths and Madison Alford-Carnell who all received certificates


A virtual prize ceremony was held for the Yaroslavl young people, which was opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter – Councillor Ian Quance


A fuller report is available on Exeter College website here.


Meet-Ups in RAM Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter has reopened, including the cafe. To ensure that people are spread out they are using the central / well area as well as the cafe itself. We have resumed our regular meet-ups in the cafe, first Tuesday, each month from 14:00 p.m.


Meeting dates for 2021 are 6 Jul., 3 Aug., 7 Sept., 5 Oct., 2 Nov., 7 Dec.


Please note that we have to use the Garden Entrance. Queen Street is now the exit. Covid precautions apply, including mask wearing at the counter. We look forward to seeing you at our next meet up.


If you would like further information please contact us


Exeter - Yaroslavl On-line Social Meeting: 27 July 2021

Screen shot from our Exeter Yaroslavl Zoom meeting 22 June 2021

Next Exeter - Yaroslavl On-line Social Meeting will be 17:00 pm UK time 27 June 2021

If you would like any particular topic discussed please tell us. We will make sure it is covered in discussion. Otherwise turn up on the day and raise anything you wish.


These meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month. We will be using the same Zoom invitation for each meeting this year.


Planned for remainder of 2021 are Tuesdays 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 28 Sep, 26 Oct., 23 Nov., 28 Dec., all at 17:00 UK time


Reminders will be going out to members. If you have not received your's, or are a non-member who would like to join in please get in touch.


Alan Huxley - Memorial Gathering 25 July at 11:00 - Exeter

Exeter Guildhall

Celia Villa-Landa will be having a memorial gathering of family and friends for her late husband, Alan, on July 25th at Exeter Guildhall, at 11 a.m. Alan was a founder member of our association. There may still be some who remember him from the founding days of the organisation and who would like to come.


Celia would like to know numbers because light refreshments will follow.


You may have notified Celia direct, but if not you can tell us and we will pass on your message


Note: The venue is confirmed as the Guildhall, High Street, Exeter


Exeter - Yaroslavl Creative Writing Competition 2021

Detail of presentation during virtual meeting and link to recording

On 26 May we held a virtual event to announce the winners of our annual Exeter Yaroslavl Creative Writing Competition for young people. Traditionally a representative from Exeter has presented prizes and awards in Yaroslavl but due to the pandemic the event was virtual this year. This year we opened to the event to young people in Exeter.


We are delighted that 87 people entered the competition this year, a record number


We were delighted that that the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Ian Quance opened the event.

After greetings from Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association and Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Association we heard about the contest and its traditions. We hd music, poetry and of course the announcement of competition results


We will be shortly publish the results in full but in the meantime you can see our recording of the event here.


UK and RF Twin Cities on-line Meeting 28 May 2021

Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland addresses our meeting

Our next UK and RF Twin Cities on-line meeting will be on 28 May, starting at 17:00 London 19:00 Moscow. Zoom.


Topic will be "Ecological movements at our towns and cities". We would like a volunteer to give a short, non-political talk on behalf of Exeter on this topic. Please let us know if you are willing. The audience will be people from UK and Russian twin cities. Usually cities participating include Yaroslavl - Exeter, Sochi - Cheltenham, Vladimir - Canterbury, Kostroma - Durham, Novorossiysk - Plymouth, Coventry Volgograd and others


Topics in succeeding weeks:

Dates provisional, may be subject to adjustment.

30 June: Our local Nature Reserves

30 July: Our local festivals, music life, theatres

30 August: Our gastronomy and food

30 September: Our architecture

30 October: The Twin Cities Award in Volgograd

30 November: The Uk and RF twin Cities Forum

30 December: The Year Review

If you are willing to talk on any of these topics please let us know.


For those people who simply want to attend these interesting meetings we send the link out to our members. If you are not on our list please ask for information


UK and RF Twin Cities Foundation - Honorary Presidents

Honorary Presidents, UK Twin Town and Sister Cities Foundation

Our congratulations to those honoured by the UK Twin Town and Sister Cities Foundation.


Three people have been made Honorary Presidents:

Vicky Davis, Canterbury

Peter Barker, Exeter

Martin Kimber, Cheltenham

Peter is an EYTA committee member


The Foundation holds on line meetings on the 30th of each month and works with the 23 UK cities which have a twin / sister city in Russia and vice-versa of course.


The foundation plans to hold more actual meetings after lockdown ends, in various parts of the UK and Russia. That is something to look forward to.


To participate in the UK Twin Town and Sister Cities events please contact us


Положение о конкурсеконкурс творческих работ

Положение о конкурсе«Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер» и «Ассоциации городов-побратимов Эксетер-Ярославль» (Exeter-Yaroslavl Twinning Association) приглашает к участию в конкурсе творческих работ учащихся средних школ, колледжей, ВУЗов г. Ярославля и Ярославской области. Тема «Какую из прочитанных книг ты назвал бы самой интересной» «The most interesting book I have ever read»


Все участники будут награждены дипломом властей России, а самые лучшие проекты получат призы.


Для участия надо зарегистрироваться на сайте до 1 апреля и отправить завершённый проект до 20 апреля.


В этом году впервые к участию будут приглашены студенты из г. Эксетер и графства Девон.


Мы желаем всем участникам удачи!


Подробная информация здесь


Положение о конкурсеCreative Work Competition

Further information

For 24 years Exeter’s twin city in Russia, Yaroslavl, has been hosting an English language essay competition for students. For the first time this year we have opened the competition to students and young people in Exeter and Devon. This is an exciting opportunity for students to connect with people from another society and culture. It is also an excellent chance to build your research skills and have your work assessed by a panel of teachers in Russia. All participants will be awarded a diploma by the authorities in Russia, and the very best projects will receive prizes.


You need to register interest by 1 April and submit your project by 20 April.


Good luck to all entrants


Full details here


Frosty Morning in Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl Railway Bridge across the Volga.Olga Chistyakova has sent us excellent pictures that she took on an interesting excursion on a frosty winter morning in Yaroslavl on 23 February 2021.


She was about in city from 8-30 to 11-30 in the morning while the temperature was 33 degrees below zero.


They show a true Russian winter, with beautiful blue skies, yet snow piled high.


Olga's presentation


Season's Greetings from RAMM 

Season's Greetings from RAMM, with painting of collector examining vase

Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter have sent us a message, wishing all of their visitors and supporters happiness over the festive season and into 2021.


In normal times we hold an afternoon get-together the RAMM Cafe, first Tuesday of each month.


When we can we will resume our get-togethers


You can read about visiting the museum in English or на русском языке


Russian version was produced with the help of our member Elena Coles


Alexandra Karachevtseva - Congratulations

Alexandra Karachevtseva

Congratulations to Alexandra Karachevtseva, another of our competition prize-winners. She is from Form 9, School Number 4, Yaroslavl. Alexandra's project focusses on how the children of School Number 4 learn about World War 2 and commemorate it.


Our competion for young people is run annually in conjunction with our partner organisation "Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society". This year's challenge was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War / World War I2. Alexandra's project is here


Elizaveta Agafonova - Congratulations

Elizaveta Agafonova and link to her article

Congratulations to Elizaveta Agafonova, another of our competition prize-winners. She is from Form 9, School Number 4, Yaroslavl. Her teacher is O. Yu. Zabelina. Elizaveta prepared a project on the war memorials of Yaroslavl and their influence on young people.


Our competion for young people is run annually in conjunction with our partner organisation "Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society". This year's challenge was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. You can read Elizaveta's well written and illustrated project here


We will feature another prize-winner shortly


Children of Orphanage "Solinechniy" - Congratulations

Military Veteran meets young people and link to their article

Congratulations to children of Orphanage "Solinechniy" - more winners in our annual competition we hold in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Amongst participants in the winning team were Ruslan Aleskerov, Egor Ganchev, Alena Pushnyakova, Carolina Fomina, under the guidance of teacher Irina Berestova and orphanage Director Elena Kuznetsova.


The competition was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. You can read about their excellent project and see their photographs here


We will feature another prize-winner shortly


Iliya Sedov: Congratulations.

Iliya Sedov and Link to his articleAlexander Vasilyevich Sedov and link to article

Our congratulations to Iliya Sedov another winner in the our annual competition we hold in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Iliya is a student at Yaroslavl College of Industry and Economy


The competition was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. Iliya wrote about his grandfather Alexander Vasilyevich Sedov, who served in the Red Army during the war, at the Stalingrad and other Fronts. His grandfather was seriously wounded, lost a leg but wrote poetry whilst in hospital, which Iliya has included. This excellent and moving project is here


We will feature another prize-winner and their work shortly


Kirill Zhukov: Congratulations.

Kirill Zhukov and link to his article

Our congratulations to Kirill Zhukov, another winner in the our annual competition we hold in annually in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Kirill is from 10th Grade at Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast.


His English language competition project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. He wrote about "Children of the Soviet Union in World War II". Kyrill's project was well-written and researched. It is interesting to read, even eye-opening to those of us not familiar with the lives of Russian people during the war.


You can read it here


We will feature more prize-winners and their work in the next few weeks


Dmitrii Gulnev: Congratulations.

Dmitrii Gulnev and link to his article

Our congratulations to Dimitrii Gulnev, the overall winner in the competition we hold annually in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. He is from School Number 4 Yaroslavl, his teacher Zabelina O.Y. We regret that due to Covid we did not have a representative to Yaroslavl to present the competition prizes.


The competition challenge was to prepare an English language project about "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War / World War II. The standard of entries was as always very high, but Dimitrii wrote an excellent most interesting project. You can read it here


We will feature more prize-winners and their work in the next few weeks


Competition Results 2020

Competition prizes and certificates

Our partner organisation "Yaroslavl-Exeter Friendship Society" has decided the results of the 13th competition of creative work in English work, which is held annually for schoolchildren and students of colleges in the city and region. Our association has always supported this competition.


Congratulations to the winners and all participants in the competition. The results are here


Результаты конкурса 2020

Призы и сертификаты конкурса Наша партнерская организация «Общество дружбы Ярославль – Эксетер» подвела итоги XXIII конкурса творческих работ на английском языке, который проводится ежегодно для школьников и студентов колледжей города и области. Наша ассоциация всегда поддерживала эти конкурсы.


Поздравляем победителей и всех участников конкурса! Результаты здесь


History of relations between Yaroslavl and Exeter

Svetlana ShishkovaGalina Evstifeeva

Yaroslavl and Exeter have been twinned for over 30 years. Svetlana Shishkova and Galina Evstifeeva were English language teachers at School Number 4, Yaroslavl when the link was first established. They have kindly written an article in which they share their memories of that time, in particular the visit of Exeter Children’s Orchestra to Yaroslavl and Yaroslavl children's folk instruments orchestra and dancing group 'Elling' to Exeter.


You can read their most interesting article in Russian here or in English here.


История взаимоотношений Ярославля и Эксетера

Svetlana ShishkovaGalina Evstifeeva Ярославль и Эксетер-- города-побратимы уже более 30 лет. Светлана Шишкова и Галина Евстифеева преподавали английский язык в средней школе №4 г. Ярославля , когда первые контакты были установлены . Они с удовольствием написали статью, в которой делятся своими воспоминаниями о том времени и, особенно, о визите Детского Оркестра г.Эксетер в Ярославль и Детского оркестра русских народных инструментов и танцевального коллектива из Ярославля « Эллинг» в Эксетер.


Вы можете прочитать их очень интересную статью (интересный рассказ) на русском здесь и на английском   здесь


Russian Xmas Fayre 18 December 2021

St Stephen's Church, Exeter

We have cancelled our 2020 Russian Xmas Fayre. Although disappointing you will understand that this is because of the Covid pandemic. However, we are pleased to say that we have moved the booking to 18 December 2021, also at St Stephen's Church in Exeter High Street


It's never too early to be thinking about the Fayre. We will need :

Home produce goods, such as jams, chutneys, jellies, marmalade, cakes, biscuits, preserves etc. Hand-made Christmas decorations or Christmas craft materials (ribbon, paper, fabric etc.)

Unwanted jewellery of any sort

Russian goods

Books and Bric-a-brac


If you have any such items or want to get involved in the Fayre please contact us