Union Jack Flag / Флаг Великобритании
Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер
Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter, Exeter / Готический собор Святого Петра, ЭксетерEternal Flame, Yaroslavl, Russia / Вечный огонь, Ярославль, Россия River Exe, Exeter Quay / Река Экс на Эксетерской набережнойGazebo on Volga - Kotorosl River Embankment, Yaroslavl, Russia / Беседка на Волге - Которосль набережной реки, Ярославль, Россия


Upcoming Events


06 December 2016

03 January 2017

07 February 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 our reserved table

10 December 2016

Russian Xmas Fayre

10:00 - 13:00


High Street


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5 January 2017

Russian Xmas Dinner

19:00 - 20:00

@34 Restaurant

Exeter College

Hele Road


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09 January 2017

Russian Language Conversation Group

15:00 - 17:00

Special Discussion Topic: "Christmas"

Group supported by Russian members Larisa Lyons and / or Nataliya Gubina

Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group

18 January 2017

Committee Meeting

19:00 - 21:30

Our Committee


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Exeter Yaroslavl News

Russian Xmas Fayre - Saturday, December 10

Russia Xmas Fayre is rapidly approaching - Saturday, December 10th from 10am - 1pm in the Guildhall in Exeter. Please contact us if you have any saleable items for the following stalls: Home Produce (jams, chutneys, plants, cakes, biscuits etc.), Jewellery, Books, Tombola, Cafe (cakes, biscuits etc.), Bric-a-Brac and Russian Goods. We would be very happy to arrange to collect them from you if you wish. Link to Contact Us


In any case, please call in to see us on the day. We will be delighted to see you


RUSSIAN “ BEREGINYA” DOLLS - Saturday 3rd December

Russian Bereginya Dolls

Elena Coles will be leading 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.


Time will be 10:00 - 13:00 on Saturday 3rd December.


We shall be making 3 different dolls: a travelling companion, a prosperity doll and a happiness doll. Elena will also tell us about other types of doll.


Cost: £8 for the 3 hour session. This will include all materials needed, as well as tea or coffee and cake. The money raised will go to EYTA funds.


It should be a very interesting, informative and enjoyable session. If you are interested in attending, please let us know as soon as possible because are limited to 8. It may be possible to arrange a lift, please ask - Contact us


Annual General Meeting 24 October 2016

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


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.


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.


Teachers to Yaroslavl

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.


Yaroslavl 5 - 14 September 2016

Our delegation visiting Yaroslavl 5 – 14 September 2016 is now complete. If you are considering coming to Yaroslavl with us in 2017 please let us know. You would be most welcome.

Contact us


7 May at Exeter Guildhall

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.


You can read the report here


Russian Xmas Fayre 10 December 2016

Our 2016 Russian Xmas Fayre will be 10 December 2016, again in the historic Exeter Guildall. Please make a note of that date.


Our Russian Xmas Fayre Planning Group will next meet on 26 October 2016 2:00 p.m. at Georges Meeting House, South Street, EXETER, EX1 1ED. All members welcome


Monica Saunders Prize

We have won a Monica Saunders prize. These are awarded by the Devon Twinning Circle of which we are a member association. We won a £50 prize for our article and work on the Russian Christmas Fayre in Exeter Guildhall. You can read the article here and you can learn about the Monica Saunders prizes here.


Joyce and John's Exeter to Paris and back by Bike

John and Joyce Burgess are riding from London to Paris and back by bike – 1,500 km for Rwanda Aid. They are very active members of Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association, Joyce is our Secretary.


Almost 10 years ago, when they first retired, they did an unforgettable (it was a terrible summer!) walk of 59 days in the Lake District in order to climb all 214 of Wainwrights’ Fells in a single walk without transport. This was to raise money for Rwanda Aid. Their friends and family were very generous in their support of them in their donations to Rwanda Aid. They decided this time to take to their bikes, hoping to raise money for the same excellent charity which has done so much to help the people of Rwanda.

We are sure that they will reach Paris successfully and be back in time for the arrival of our Russian friends in Exeter on 12 July!


If you would like to add your support to this most worthwhile endevour you can do so via this link: Support John and Joyce's Exeter to Paris Bike Ride 1,500 km



Русско-британская конференция: Новое в обучении английскому языку

English Language Conference19-24 апреля 2016 года ЯГОО "Общество дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер" проводит​ Русско-британскую конференцию "Новое в обучении английскому языку" с участием преподавателей из графства Девон (Великобритания).

Все вопросы можно направлять на электронный адрес: poitiers.europe@gmail.com

Контактная информация: Пенева Ирина Александровна 51-80-79

Ращепкина Дайна Вилнисовна 40-47-40, 40-47-17


Официальный портал города Ярославля


Note for English language speakers:

This about a conference "New in Teaching English", to be held during the period 19 - 20 April 2016 in Yaroslavl. It is being run by teachers from Devon and run by Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association is supporting this worthwhile intiative.



Joy of Russian Food

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.





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


Положение Конкурса

о проведении в 2016 году XIX конкурса творческих работ на тему «Молодежные организации и объединения Великобритании/ России»

Положение Конкурса


Note for English language speakers:

This is about the 2016 Competition for English language students in Yaroslavl. The competition has been held for the past 19 years by Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society, with support from Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. The 2016 theme is "Youth associations and organizations in Great Britain / Russia"



Russian Christmas Dinner to Authentic Russian Menu

06 January 2016

We held a very successful Russian Christmas Dinner at @34, Exeter College. If you are interested in coming next year or want information about any of our activities please contact us.


Read Joyce Burgess' report on the dinner


Letter from Yaroslavl City Council about Exeter House

We have received a letter from Yaroslavl City Council explaining developments regarding Exeter House. In future, it will be managed by the company InTC and used to carry out activities connected with the English language, British Culture and the City of Exeter.


Yaroslavl Civic Leaders have invited a delegation from Exeter City Council to Yaroslavl in September to renew the joint agreement. Our Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association outward visit to Yaroslavl will also be in September, so we can participate.


If you have any questions about this, please contact us


You can read the text of the letter from Yaroslavl here



Radio Devon

02 January 2016

Gordon Sparks of Radio Devon interviewed Peter Barker, Chairperson of our association and John Wheeler, Head of Faculty at Exeter College. Peter talked about our links with Yaroslavl and John focussed on our joint project with the College for the Russian Christmas Dinner. The programme is available on-line for one month via BBC i-player

Radio Devon Website


Season's Greetings from International Relations Division, Yaroslavl City Hall

We have received Xmas and New Year Greetings from our friends in the International Relations Division at Yaroslavl City Hall


See greetings from International Relations Division, Yaroslavl City Hall



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


We have received Season's Greetings from the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Olwen Foggin.


See the Lord Mayor's Greetings


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