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 Exeter Quay


Upcoming Events


Informal EYTA Gathering

30 July 2020

18:00 - 19:00

Currently Fortnightly

on-line Meeting

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Russian Language Conversation Group

10 August 2020

14:30 - 16:00



Nataliya: Russian member

Discussion Topic: Dreams

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Exeter - Yaroslavl On-Line Social Evening

11 August 2020

18:00 - 20:00

Various activities planned from both Exeter and Yaroslavl

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Committee Meeting

13 August 2020

19:00 - 21:00

On-line Meeting

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

Our Commmittee

UK RF Twin Cities meeting

26 August 2020

17:00 - 18:00

On line Keep in Touch Britain - Russia twin cities

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Annual General Meeting

October 2020

19:00 - 22:00

Venue and format will depend on situation at the time

Ask to be kept updated

Russian Xmas Fayre

28 November 2020

10:00 - 13:00

St Stephen's Church

High Street



Postponed: Covid-19

Social Evening with Bring and Share Buffet

To be re-arranged

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Yaroslavl Group Visit Exeter

Cancelled for 2020:


Enquire about next visit of Yaroslavl guests



Contact Us







Exeter Language Club


Request link to our WhatsApp Group for members

Link to our YouTube Channel

Our YouTube Channel


Working in cooperation with

Exeter City Council

Exeter City Council Logo


Link to City Community Trust Website, Lord Mayor's Charity 2019 - 2020


Foreign Language Centre, Exeter House, Yaroslavl



We are always pleased to take unwanted Russian books


Perth - Pskov Twinning


Exeter Yaroslavl News


On-Line Meeting Exeter Yaroslavl:

Next 30 July 2020 18:00 - 19:30

Zoom Logo and link to Zoom Site

Our next on-line meet-up with our members and those of our partner organisation in Yaroslavl will be 30 July at 18:00 - 19:30


We talk mainly in English, although some members like to try a little Russian, getting feedback and encouragement direct from Russia.


If the time is not convenient let us know. We can probably arrange a chat with Russia at another time for you.


If you are member who would like the link re-sent or a non member who wants to know more please contact us.


Russian Conversation Group: 10 August 2020

Picture of Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow and contact link

Our next Russian Conversation Group meeting will be 10 August 2020 14:30 - 16:00 via Zoom.


Veronika is unavailable so Nataliya has kindly agreed to act as our Leader.


Topic will be "Dreams". Dreams can have two meanings; what we experience in our sleep «Сна» or our hopes for the future «Мечты». Be ready to talk in Russian for a few minutes about either or both.


For more information about our Russian Conversation Group contact us


Joint Exeter Yaroslavl On-Line Social Evening 11 August 18:00

Yaroslavl guests singing and link to our contact form Thank you to everyone who replied expressing interest or supporting the idea of an Exeter/Yaroslavl cultural evening to be held on the 11 August via Zoom, Exact details will be sent out shortly but in the meantime we are looking for any volunteers who think they can showcase a cultural activity. It could be a song, music, poetry, perhaps a talk on some cultural aspect of the UK or another country. Anything which you think would be interesting for our members. We are looking for activities between 10-30 minutes in length.


Please e-mail


UK RF Twin Cities meeting 26 August 2020

Twin Cities on-Line Meeting Screen Shot and link to Contact Form

Our next on line meeting with our friends in our partner organisation another Britain - Russia twin cities will be on 24 July. Always an interesting and useful event, sharing news and ideas with British and Russian cities which have shared partnerships:


We will be sending out the Zoom link to our members. If you are not a member but would like more information please contact us


Probably First Ever Twinning Visit (Coventry - Volgograd)

Red Army sniper Lieutenant Lyudmilla Pavlichenko with the Mayor of Coventry (Mrs Alderman Smith) and the Mayoress (Mrs Councillor Cant)

We think this is the first ever twinning visit (Coventry - Volgograd) Red Army sniper Lieutenant Lyudmilla Pavlichenko with the Mayor of Coventry (Mrs Alderman Smith) and the Mayoress (Mrs Councillor Cant) in the Central Hall in November 1942 (Coventry Evening Telegraph, 21st November 1942)


Снайпер Красной Армии лейтенант Людмила Павличенко с мэром Ковентри (членом горсовета госпожой Смит) и мэром (членом совета госпожой Кант) в центральном зале в ноябре 1942 года (Ковентри ивнинг телеграф, 21 ноября 1942 года).


Ask for information about Russian Twinnng


Limerick from Volgograd

Picture of Volgograd International Friendship Club and Link to Video

Limerick from Volgograd for the Queen's Birthday


Roma Agayev of Volgograd International Friendship Club recites a limerick to celebrate the Queen's Birthday.


Volgograd is sick and tired Coronavirus; they decided to celebrate the Queens Birthday


Video kindly sent to us by Olga Igumnova Lawson of Coventy - Volgograd Twinning


See video


Pushchin Pushkino Video

Picture of Pushkin and link to video

Students from University of Warwick, Coventry mark the twinning link between Coventry and Volgograd established in 1944 and the opening of the World War II Second Front in Normandy. They read in the original Russian Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin's poem "To Pushchino" in the original Russian


Video kindly sent to us by Olga Igumnova Lawson of Coventy - Volgograd Twinning See video


Happy International Twin Towns and Sister Cities Day

Olga Lawson

Our friend Olga from Coventry has sent us a message for International Twin Towns and Sister Cities Day which on 26 April:


Dear friends Happy International Twin Towns and Sister Cities Day! Wishing you lots of good health! We are very inspired by Exeter & Yaroslavl twinning activities and would like to read and to hear more stories )))


Kind regards

Olga Igumnova Lawson


GB Twin and Sister Cities Foundation

Coventry and Volgograd Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 🕊




Happy Easter to EYTA Members and Friends

Easter Egg painted by Roman_Falkovich

We would like to wish you a very Happy Easter.

We trust everyone is keeping spirits up but I’m sure we are all looking forward to current situation easing.


Our association’s activities are suspended at the moment. That includes the Yaroslavl to Exeter visit which was due in June. We don’t know when we will have our next exchange, but we will start considering that when travel resumes.


We would also like to wish you a Happy Russian Easter, which this year is one week later than ours. So as they say in Russia at Easter «Христос Воскрес»


Contact us


Join our WhatsApp Group

Ask to join EYTA WhatsApp group

We have a WhatsApp group, called EYTA.


We welcome new participants. If you would like to join our group, particularly at this time where so many of us are having to spend time socially isolated please ask for the link. You can then add yourself to the group.


Ask for link to join EYTA WhatsApp


If you don't have WhatsApp you can download it here


COVID-19 Suspension of Social Activities

COVID-19 Virus

We regret that we will be cancelling or postponing all our social activities for the time being. You will understand that this is necessary because of the current health situation but we will resume as soon as prudent.


Activities which were due to take place soon include:

  • Russian Cultural Evening 26 March
  • Russian Visit Planning Meeting 27 March
  • First Tuesday of the month meet-ups in RAMM Café (museum is now closed)
  • Russian Conversation Group (next planned 20 April)
  • Committee Meetings (next planned 23 April)
  • Devon Twinning Circle Meeting 18 April cancelled by them.


There is also the planned visit from Yaroslavl 7 – 16 June. Our guests have bought air tickets and are getting their visas. Although this is some time ahead, we have warned the group leader about the likelihood of cancellation.


Pending resumption, we plan to circulate information emails. If you have any items that you would like to be shared amongst members, do please let us know. Contact us


We hope all stay safe and look forward to seeing you again hopefully soon.


NHS Advice on COVID-19


English Language Editor Required

Olga with some of students in Yaroslavl

Our friend Olga Gorval in Yaroslavl is looking for an English speaking person to act as as editor for her Russian-English translations.


Ideally she would have short video sessions to discuss her texts with the editor and find better equivalents for some of the words and spot any frequent mistakes. Emails would be a possibility.


She would only need to discuss some of her tasks, not very often. She could pay some fee or help this person with their Russian studies.


Olga has teaching experience and is fluent in English. She does translations on a regular basis and has done work for the BBC.


An excellent opportunity for someone who wants to make progress in learning Russian


Ask to be put in touch with Olga