Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association
Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер
Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter, Exeter / Готический собор Святого Петра, ЭксетерEternal Flame, Yaroslavl, Russia / Вечный огонь, Ярославль, Россия Ярославль столица золотого кольца / Yaroslavl capital of the Golden Ring Gazebo on Volga - Kotorosl River Embankment, Yaroslavl, Russia / Беседка на Волге - Которосль набережной реки, Ярославль, Россия


Upcoming Events


30 April 2018

Russian Language Conversation Group

14:45 - 16:30

Discussion Topic - Music

Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group

01 May 2018

05 June 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.

03 July 2018 will be replaced by Welcome Party for inward Yaroslavl group

Contact us

30 May 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

11 - 20 Jun 2018

We visit Yaroslavl

There may be another visit to Yaroslavl this Autumn

Enquire about our next visit

05 - 14 July 2018

Yaroslavl Group visits Exeter

If you would like to get involved in their visit and meet our guests contact us.

Contact us for more information


Contact Us







Exeter Language Club

Link to our YouTube Channel

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Supported by

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


Easter Greetings from Irina Peneva

Easter Card from Irina Peneva

Easter card from Irina Peneva, Chairperson «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society) our partner organisation in Yaroslavl.


Easter Sunday in Russia will be 8th April this year.


Information about «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер»



Easter Greetings from Galina Evstifeeva

Easter Greetings from Galina Evstifeeva


We have received Easter Greetings from Galina Evstifeeva. Here is her card to all good friends in Exeter.


Galina will be coming to Exeter 2 - 11 July 2018 with the group of guests from Yaroslavl




Ask for information about our Yaroslavl Guests and their forthcoming visit



Latest Newsletter Available

Request a ccpy of our latest newsletter


Easter 2018 Newsletter is now available. If you would like a copy please tell us. It has details of our party on 12 April as well as information about our guests from Yaroslavl who will be with us 2 - 11 July


Ask for a copy of our newsletter



Current International Situation

Russian Guest with Dartmoor Pony — with Natasha Solovyeva at Haytor (Dartmoor)Radio Devon asked for a Russian person living in Russia to talk about what ordinary people think about the current international political situation. Natasha Solovyeva agreed.


She spoke direct from Yaroslavl to BBC Radio Devon. She talked wisely about ordinary Russian people's wish for peace and international friendship at this difficult time. Well done Natasha




Siân and Douglas Allen – Welcome to our Committee

We welcome Siân and Douglas Allen to our committee as co-opted members. Their enthusiasm and abilities will be most valuableEYTA Logo - link to our committee


If any other member would also like to get more involved in running our association please let us know.


We are always delighted to hear about new ideas or have extra help.


Our Committee


Announcement : COMPETITION

The Slavic tradition of exchanging painted eggs in Easter is quite ancient. The tradition of giving Easter cards is relatively new.


We thought, what if we put them together?


You can download the stencil here

Take part in our competition and decorate an egg-shaped Easter card!


The photo shows an example.


You can download the stencil here, or if you like, just draw your pattern, Don't forget to include your name, age and contact details.


You can send your masterpiece to us by post or email.


Prizes for the best postcard from England and the best postcard from Russia will be presented after summing up. The last day of our contest on April 12, 2018 the names of the winners will be published on our website.


Good luck to You


Внимание : КОНКУРС

Славянская традиция обмениваться крашенными яйцами в Пасху довольно древняя. Традиция дарить пасхальные открытки относительно новая.


Мы подумали, а что если объединить их вместе.


Связь - шаблон яйца для использования

Примите участие в нашем конкурсе и украсьте пасхальную открытку в форме яйца !


На фото показана одна такая открытка.


Здесь вы можете скачать трафарет, или, если хотите, просто нарисуйте свою по образцу, Не забудьте указать Ваше имя, возраст и контактные данные,


Вы можете послать Ваш шедевр по почте или по электронной почте.


Призы за лучшую открытку из Англии и лучшую открытку из России будут вручены после подведения итогов. Последний день нашего конкурса 12 апреля 2018 г. Имена победителей будут опубликованы на нашем сайте.


Успехов Вам


Russian Matryoshka Doll Colouring Competition

Winning Entry Matryoshka Doll Colouring Competition

We launched our Russian Matryoshka Doll Colouring Competition at our Russian Xmas Fayre in December at Exeter Guildhall. We have received some very good entries by the time the competition fininshed on 1st February 2018. We judged the competition at our First Tuesday of the month coffe meeting at Exeter Museum on 6th February


The winning entry was from Ella aged 6. Ella named her doll Bojenka.


Very shortly we will have an Easter Egg Competition, watch out for details


Alternatively, to be notified about the Easter Egg Colouring Competition Contact us





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


Афишка / NoticeПоложение Конкурса

о проведении в 2018 году XXI конкурса творческих работ на тему «Дружба творит чудеса - Friendship Makes Miracles»



Работы принимаются до  10 мая 2018 г.  


Положение Конкурса


Note for English language speakers: Announcement of the 2018 Competition for English language students in Yaroslavl. The competition has been held for the past 21 years by Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society, with support from Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. This year's theme is "Friendship Makes Miracles". Closing date 10th May 2018


Exeter Yaroslavl Photographic Exhibition RAMM until 1st April

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter

Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum is featuring a joint Exeter Yaroslavl photographic exhibition until 1st April. It is called 'Photographic Essay of Two Cities' and you can find it in the museum’s Pantry Café.


As it is in the museum café you may like to drop in to view it and attend one of our first Tuesday of the month coffee meetings 14:00 – 16:00 on 2nd February and 6th March


Coffee meetings will continue throughout the year, but remember that the exhibition finishes at the beginning of April.


Read more about the photo exhibition


Ron Crabb BEM – Freedom of the City of Exeter


Ron Crabb BEM receives his Freedom of the City of Exeter at the ancient Guildhall. — at Exeter Guildhall

Congratulations to our member Ron Crabb BEM who was granted the Freedom of the City of Exeter on 18 January at the Guildhall, coincidentally his birthday. This is a well-deserved honour for Ron given for his outstanding service to and promotion of the City of Exeter and the Community; in acknowledgement of his contribution as a Football League Referee; his dedication whilst working at the Exeter Prison; his outstanding service in promoting the city during his time as Mace Sergeant and his support for charities as well as being a Mentor to the Royal Marines at Lympstone


Ron has visited Yaroslal 34 times and has many friends there. At the ceremony a letter from Irina Peneva was read out congratulating him on behalf of his friends in Yaroslavl – Exeter Friendship Society. You can read the letter here


Russian Xmas Dinner 03 January 2018

Students of Exeter College who prepared and served our really excellent Russian Xmas Dinner. — with Peter Barker and LordMayor Exeter at @34 Restaurant (Exeter College)

We held a most successful Russian Xmas Dinner at Exeter College @34 Restaurant.


The meal was prepared and served for us by the students of the College. Larisa, one of our Russian members planned the menu which included only traditional Russian dishes and we have had positive feedback that this was the best year ever. We are already thinking about similar for 2019, so to be on our mailing list for further details, please let us know.


You can view the 2018 menu here


Exhibition: "Exeter / Yaroslavl Exeter - A Photographic Essay of Two Cities" 16 January to 1 April 2018

link Royal Albert Memorial Museum website

We are sponsoring the Exeter / Yaroslavl Exeter - A Photographic Essay of Two Cities" at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum from 16 January to 1 April 2018. It can be seen in the Pantry Cafe.


We will hold a "Private Viewing" on 17 January; this is by invitation only, so you would like to attend please let know by 10 January.


In any case, we hope you will drop in to view the exhibition while it is runnning!


Contact us about the exhibition


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.

Contact us


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



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


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