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


Russian Language Conversation Group

16 December 2019

14:45 - 16:30


Nataliya Russian member

Discussion Topic: Christmas

Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group

Russian Xmas Fayre

21 December 2019

10:00 - 13:00


High Street



Book Tickets for Russian Xmas Fayre

Informal EYTA Gathering

07 January 2020

04 February 2020

03 March 2020

First Tuesday every Month

14:00 - 16:00

Museum Café

Royal Albert Memorial Museum,

Queen Street



Contact us

09 January 2020

19:00 - 21:30

Russian Xmas Dinner

@ thirty-four

Exeter College

Hele Road



Enquire about our Russian Xmas Dinner

Committee Meeting

20 February 2020

19:00 - 21:00

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

Our Commmittee

Yaroslavl Group Visit Exeter

2020 - Dates to be arranged

Enquire about guests from Yaroslavl visiting Exeter



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Exeter Language Club

Link to our YouTube Channel

Our YouTube Channel


Supported by

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


Exeter Yaroslavl News


Russian Xmas Fayre - Exeter Guildhall 21 December 2019

10:00 -13:00

Exeter Guildhall

The Christmas Fayre is our main fund-raising event and we would like to make it a great success. We would be very pleased to have contributions as follows:


Home produce goods: Jams, chutneys, jellies, marmalade, cakes, biscuits, preserves etc.

Hand-made Christmas decorations or Christmas craft materials (ribbon, paper, fabric etc.).

Cakes, biscuits and mince pies.

Prizes of any sort for the tombola stall.

Unwanted jewellery of any sort.

Russian goods

Books & Bric-a-brac


If you are able to donate any goods, please let us know and we will collect them. Alternatively, just bring them along on the day. Contact us.


Christmas Greetings from the Lord Mayor of Exeter

Christmas Greetings from the Lord Mayor of Exeter

We have received Christmas Greetings from The Lord Mayor of Exeter Councillor Peter Holland


The Lord Mayor sends his very best wishes for happiness, peace and good health, now and in the new year.


The Lord Mayor of Exeter is Honorary President of our association.


Christmas Play inspired by "Lukomorie" Fairytale

15 December 2019

Christmas Play inspired by 'Lukomorie' Fairytale 15 December 2019

“Lukomorie... in Exeter” – The Fairytale Christmas play for children and adults!


Exeter Language Club together with the Exeter-Yaroslavl Twinning Association are very pleased to invite children and adults to join us this year again. A relaxing and fun afternoon for the whole family.


The pantomime is for the English speaking audience


Children and adults will be able to enjoy a stage play, featuring some of the "most wanted" characters from traditional Russian Folk stories, learn about Pushkin as well as meet Father Frost and the Snow Maiden (Дед Мороз и Снегурочка).


With thanks to Exeter’s Streetbeat, all children are welcome at the fun filled children’s disco following the pantomime (targeted children age is 4 to 9 yrs, but younger and older are also welcomed!) Christmas gifts will be given out to each child by Father Frost himself!


Sunday 15 December ‪from 2 pm - 4 pm




Russian Conversation Group 16 December 2019

С Новым годом и Рождеством

Leader: Nataliya

Venue: Exeter


Nataliya has kindly agreed to act as our leader at our Russian Conversation Group on 16 December 2019


Topic will be Christmas. You many like to prepare something about Christmas. Prose, verse or whatever you wish.



Veronika cannot attend on 16 December. She will be with us again in January. We will be able to cover the activities she had planned. Date and details will be published here as soon as available


Ask for more information


Annual General Meeting 24 October 2019

Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary ETYA at our AGM 24 October 2019Thank you those who attended our AGM last night and for those who were unable to attend here is a brief report.


Angela Samuel has retired from the committee but will remain an active member of the association. Ira Starodubtseva was elected to the vacancy. We welcome her. It is nice to have a Russian committee member.


Our new committee


New E-visa Application Process

St Petersburg Bridges

New e-visa scheme for St Petersburg and Leningrad. Free and available to citizens from 53 countries. Mainly EU countries and we have some members who could use it. Hopefully, the scheme will be extended.


Thanks to Ira for drawing our attention to this.


More Information.


Late Ron Crabb BEM

Ron Crabb, Referee

We remember our former member the late Ron Crabb with great affection. Amongst his many achievements Ron was a senior football referee.


Exeter City Football Club have prepared a special on-line portfolio of photographs of his refereeing career. You can see it here.


Dr Todd Gray gave a fine eulogy to Ron at his funeral in Exeter Cathedral. It is here.


Autumn Newsletter Now Available

Ask for our copy of our Autumn Newsletter

Our Autumn newsletter is now available. It has our lastest news and details of our forthcoming events.


Our members will have received a copy, but if you would like a copy please ask.


Similarly if you are member and have not had your copy or would like another copy please ask.


Twin City Country Flags at Exeter City Council Offices

Russian flag at Exeter City Council Offices

The country flags of Exeter's twin cities are flown outside Exeter City Council's offices. Here is the Russian flag, representing the friendship link with Yaroslavl.


It would be interesting to know if any other UK councils do the same? Please let us know if you are aware of any doing so. Contact us


New Road Signs for City of Exeter

Exeter Road Sign

City of Exeter has new road signs marking the begining of the city. There are several different designs, with different logos and main pictures.


Each design features the country flags of Exeter's four twin cities; Rennes, Bad Homburg, Terracina and Yaroslavl. Flags and city names are at the foot of the signs, in alphabetical order by country. Coincidentally that is the chronological order that the twinning agreements were signed.


Exeter Road Sign

The twinning agreement with Yaroslavl was signed in 1989. Our association was formed shortly afterwards. Our main purpose was and still is to enable ordinary citizens to partipate in twinning. Our partner society in Yaroslavl, was founded around the same time as us:

Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society

«Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер»


If you would like information about us or our partner organisation in Yaroslavl please ask


Nataliya Goncharova's backcloth for the Production of Stravinsky's ballet "Firebird"

Nataliya Goncharova's backcloth for the Production of Stravinsky's ballet Firebird

Originally presented in 1910, Diaghilev revived it for London in 1926. He commissioned Nataliya Goncharova to design new sets and costumes. This backcloth for Scene II evokes a traditional Russian city skyline of towers and gleaming golden onion domes.


Interestingly, Stravinsky's piano teacher was Leokadiya Alexandrovna Kashperova, who was born in Lyubim, smallest town in Yarosalvl Oblast. We hope that Kashperova's symphony in b minor will be performed in both Yaroslavl and Exeter in 2021 or 2022


Enquire about our forthcoming plans


Russian Conversation Group Next meeting 12 August 14:45

Natalia Goncharova Round dance

Preparation: Either bring a picture which Veronika brought or download one by Natalia Goncharova. Alternatively something by another Russian Silver Age artist.


Be prepared to say something about it. Use some participles (verb used as an adjective) e.g. «Сидящий» / “Sitting”


Also adjective(s) used as a verb e.g. «Белеет парус одинокой» / “The lonely sail is showing white”


The exhibition which Veronika spoke about: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/natalia-goncharova


Looking to seeing you then for another interesting workshop. — with Veronika Maltby and Ira Starodubtseva in Exeter, Devon


Enquire about our Russian Conversation Group


Interesting Russian Coins

The grandfather of one of our members was working in Russia before the 1917 Revolution. In 1918 he returned to his home in Germany. With him he brought two interesting Russian coins.


One Rouble Coin One Rouble CoinThe first coin appears to be a silver one Rouble coin, marking 300 years of the Romanov Dynasty 1613 - 1913. The head of the coin show Tsar Nicholas II and his ancestor Michael I, the first Romanov Tsar.



One Rouble CoinOne Rouble CoinThe second coin is also a silver Rouble coin, as far as we can tell it dates from 1817.


If you are able to give us any information or thoughts about these coins please let us know


Yaroslavl - Exeter: 30 Years of International Friendship

Bob Bradshaw, our group leader in Yaroslavl this year presenting a formal letter from Mayor of Yaroslavl, Vladimir Volkov to Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland. The letter marks 30 years of friendship between Yaroslavl and Exeter. — with Robert Bradshaw and Lord Mayor of Exeter at Exeter Historic Guildhall

The twinning agreement between Yaroslavl and Exeter was agreed by the civic leaders in 1989. Our association was then formed to enable citizens to become involved in the twinning link. At the same time also our partner organisation Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society was set up.


In 2019 we are celebrating 30 years twinning anniversary. Leader of our 2019 group in Yaroslavl Bob Bradshaw received a letter from Vladimir Volkov, Mayor of Yaroslavl to Councillor Peter Holland Lord Mayor of Exeter, marking this important anniversary.


Bob presented the letter to the Lord Mayor at a short ceremony in Exeter Guildhall.


You can read the letter in English or по-Русски.


Report - Visit to Yaroslavl 2019

Elena Esina, Robert Bradshaw, Галина Жиганова and Sally Manning at Колесо Обозрения «Золотое кольцо» г.Ярославль

Sally Manning who was with our group in Yaroslavl 23 May - 1 June this year has written an excellent, thorough report on the visit.


Read it here


If you are interested in joining our next visit to Yaroslavl please let us know. It is never to early to express interest.


Tell us via our contact form.


Pen Friend Link with Yaroslavl Sought

Contact us / Свяжитесь с нами

Jez, one of our new members would like a pen friend in Yaroslavl.


This would be a good way to learn about each other's cities and build friendship and improve language skills


Jez is starting to learn Russian and likes all things Russian.


If you would like to be put in touch with Jez please tell us. Give us your email address, maybe a few things about yourself and we will pass those on to Jez.


Tell us via our contact form.


Letter to Mayor of Yaroslavl



Письмо мэру Ярославля




Yaroslavl City Day 2019

Программа пребывания официальной делегации в день города - 2019

This year our group's programme in Yaroslavl included the "City Day" festival. It is always an outstanding festive gala.


You can read the Yarolsavl City Day Programme in English or по-Русски.


We are already receiving requests from people who want to come to Russia with us in 2020. It is not too early to express interest


Tell us via our contact form.


Lord Mayor of Exeter Commendation

Lord Mayor of Exeter Commendation

We have received a Commendation from the Lord Mayor of Exeter.


It was presented at the Guildhall to us for promoting good civic relations and internationalism.


Peter Barker, Marilyn Pegg and Rita Watson attended the presentation ceremony and received the commendation on behalf of all members of our association. Congratulations to you all.


Russian Language Tutor Sought - North Devon

Barnstaple Bridge, North Devon


We would like to hear from anyone who can provide Russian Language tuition in North Devon. Particularly Barnstaple or surrounding area.


We have a member who would be interested. Please let us know and we will put you in touch with them

Contact us about Russian tuition