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 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


23 October 2017

Russian Language Conversation Group

14:45 - 16:15

Discussion topic: Talking and asking questions about people, maybe friends, characters in drama, politics, etc.

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

Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group

07 November 2017

05 December 2017

02 January 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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15 November 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

9 December 2017

Date for your Diary

Russian Xmas Fayre


High Street



Contact us for information

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.


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Link to our YouTube Channel

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Supported by

Exeter City Council

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


Foreign Language Centre, Exeter House, Yaroslavl




Exeter Yaroslavl News



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.


Russian Language Group for Children in Exeter

Our member Tanya Larsen is closely involved in establishing 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


В Ярославле 18 Октябре 2017

Всем! Всем! Всем! Не забудьте, что у нас сегодня важное собрание в "Обществе дружбы!!! Школа 4, каб. 4 - 17.45. Мы Вас ждем!!!.


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Russian Xmas Fayre Planning Meeting 17th November 2017

George's Meeting House, Wetherspoon's, South Street, Exeter

Our Russian Xmas Fayre group have begun planning for our Russian Xmas Fayre. The next meeting will be on Friday 17 November 14:00 - 15:30 at George's Meeting House, Wetherspoon's, South Street, Exeter. We will be pleased to see any members or friends there and you will be able to find us upstairs in the gallery. Joyce will be chairing. If you can't attend, don't hesitate to make suggestions for improving this year's Fayre. If you have any items which we can sell at the Fayre we could collect them then.


We would particularly appreciate any jewellery items for Allison's Jewellery Stall. We can collect, or you could drop them by at the meeting


Note: Actual Russian Xmas Fayre will be at Exeter Guildhall, Saturday 9th December

For further information please get in touch Contact us


Debate - 'The West Mistreats Russia' at Exeter University

17 November 2017


Exeter University - Sign at Main Entrance

Exeter University Debating Society is hosting a debate on the 17th November entitled 'this house believes the west mistreats Russia'. They would like somone to propose the motion and speak on how the UK could improve its diplomatic and trade relations with the Russian federation. If this opportunity is of interest please don't hesitate to get in contact. We will put you in touch with the University.


If you want further information please let us know Contact us



"Russians in Devon" - October - November 2017

Devon and Exeter Institution

In conjunction with Exeter University and Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association, Devon and Exeter Institution will be offering an exhibition and talks about Russians in Devon

  • Exhibition opens in the DEI (free access): 2nd October - 16th November
  • Talk by Muireann Maguire: The North Russia Campaign of 1919 by the Devonshires: 6th October at 1pm in the DEI
  • Talk by Roger Cockrell on the teaching of Russian at the University: 13th October at 1pm in the DEI
  • Talk by Trefor Thynne (former Head of Russian at Torquay Boys' Grammar) on the teaching of Russian at secondary level in Devon: Nov 3rd, 1pm in the DEI


Contact us about the lectures and Exhibition "Russians in Devon"



Pub Meal - White Hart Hotel 23rd August 2017

White Hart Hotel, South Street, Exeter

Our pub meal was a very sociable evening. I think we all enjoyed meeting up and dining together. Unfortunately, there was a technical programme in the White Hart kitchens. So we went across the road to Wetherspoon's "George's Meeting House" and dined there. We will keep our activities updated regularly, so please look in from time to time and see what we are doing.


Alternatively, Contact us to be on our membership list.




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


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


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