Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association
Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер


Upcoming Events


Monthly Meet Up

07 December 2021

14:00 - 16:00

Museum Cafe, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Committee Meeting

09 December 2021

19:00 - 21:00

Combined On-line Meeting or face to face

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

Our Committee

Russian Xmas Fayre

18 December 2021

10:00 - 13:00

St Stephen's Church

High Street



Russian Language Conversation Group

20 December 2021

14:30 - 16:00



Nataliya: Russian member

Discussion Topic:

My plans for Xmas

Ask for details

On-Line Exeter and Yaroslavl Social Meeting

28 December 2021

17:00 - 18:30

Discussion and cultural activities from Exeter and Yaroslavl

Ask for Further details

Russian Xmas Dinner

05 January 2022

19:00 - 21:30

Tickets on sale now

Annual General Meeting

October 2022

Details to be announced nearer the time

Our visit to Yaroslavl and Yaroslavl Group to Exeter

Cancelled for 2021


Enquire about next exchange visits to and from Yaroslavl



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Exeter Yaroslavl News

Exeter - Yaroslavl Virtual Social Meetings:

4th Tuesday p.m. Each Month

Screen shot from our Exeter Yaroslavl Zoom meeting 23 Novemer 2021

Our Exeter - Yaroslavl On-line Social Meetings are Fourth Tuesday each month at 17:00 pm UK


New participants are always welcome. If you would like any particular topic discussed please tell us. We will make sure it is covered in discussion. Otherwise just turn up and raise anything you wish.


An invitation goes out to our members each month. Planned future dates are 28 December 2021, 25 January, 22 February, 22 March 2022


If you have not received yours, or are a non-member who would like to join in please ask.


Sketches from a Quaker’s Moscow Journal

Cover of book 'Sketches from a Quaker’s Moscow Journal' and link to publicity flyer"Sketches from a Quaker’s Moscow Journal" is a new book published by our member Patricia Cockerell. Her book describes how she was a teacher of Russian in Exeter and was involved in our association from its foundation. She established an early school exchange and then was awarded a grant to establish a hospice in Yaroslavl.


She retrained in conflict management, mediation, diplomacy and other skills and in 1993 was appointed to represent Quakers in Russia and to work with others to establish a Friends House in Moscow.


At a time of challenging social unrest, she lived in Moscow and travelled widely from the Caucasus to the Arctic working on Quaker concerns for peaceful relationships and for the sick, the vulnerable and victims of violence and war.


All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Friends House Moscow. It is readily available from book-sellers and can be ordered on line from Amazon and Waterstones.


A flyer about Patricia's book is available here.


Russian Xmas Dinner 5 January 2022

Link to booking detailsWe are holding a Russian Christmas Dinner at Exeter College, with authentic Russian Christmas menu, especially created for us. Car parking nearby. Drinks reasonably priced. Exeter College people have planned the menu but friends in Russia have commented most favourably on it.


Tickets are now on sale. Download full details here including the menu and how to book


Alternatively contact us for further information.


Yaroslavl - Exeter Creative Writing Competition for Young People 2021

Competition 2021For 24 years we have hosting a creative writing competition for young people in Yaroslavl. In 2021 for the first time we also invited young people from Exeter to participate. We were delighted with a record number of 87 entries and we are grateful to the team in Yaroslavl who assessed all these entries.


The winners have been informed and have received their prizes. We congratulate them all


We will be posting their names here and there will be links to their projects so you read them for yourself


We wll be having another competition in 2022. Young people from Yaroslavl and Yaroslavl Oblast, as well as Exeter and Devon will be eligible to enter. If you would like to be notified when competion details become available, please contact us.


Russian Xmas Fayre 18 December 2021

Our Russian Xmas Fayre Planning GroupOur annual Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday, 18th December from 10am to 1pm at St. Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter.This is our main fund-raising event of the year and with only six weeks to go, we would be very pleased to have contributions of saleable items.

If you have any of the following which you would like to donate, please let us know and we can arrange for collection if necessary:

  • Books
  • Jewellery
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Toys
  • Jam, chutney etc.
  • Cakes, biscuits, mince pies etc.

We are also urgently needing some more helpers on the day to man the stalls. If you are able to come along to give a hand, even for part of the time, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Joyce


Many thanks for your help in making our Christmas Fayre a great success.


Russian Conversation Group: 15 November 2021

Linen by Natalia Goncharova

Next Russian Conversation Group:

15 November 2021: 14:30 on-line


Leader: Nataliya


Topic: Talk about your choice of one of the following Russian artists:


  1. Arkhip Kuindgy
  2. Isaak Levitan - Peter
  3. Valentin Serov
  4. Natalia Goncharova — Robert
  5. Ilya Repin
  6. Zinaida Serebryakova
  7. Ivan Aivazovsky
  8. Konstantin Korovin - Angela
  9. Mikhail Vrubel
  10. Arkhip Kuindzhi - Sue


Choice of artist first come, first served. Please let us know who you have chosen. Nataliya Goncharova has already been taken. Be prepared to answer questions from other group members or pose questions yourself.


The meeting will be on-line Zoom. We should be able to arrange that someone without Zoom could attend the home of someone with Zoom


We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.


Invitation has gone out to our regular participants. If you would like to find out more please contact us


Normally these meetings will be on 3rd Monday each month:

15 Nov, 20 Dec. 2021, 17 Jan 2022


Correspondence - Senior Leaders of Exeter and Yaroslavl

Prince Charles visits new Exeter Bus Station

Positive contact between senior leaders in Exeter and Yaroslavl is on-going. There is unlikely to be an official physical visits to Russia (or any of Exeter's twin cities) for the forseeable future but the Exeter is maintaining links with Yaroslavl in as many ways as possible.


Here is recent correspondence

between the respective civic leaders with news about Exeter and Yaroslavl.


It is encouraging to us in twinning to know that good relations are continuing at a senior level.


Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Recognised in Coventry

Peter Barker of Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association receives Twin to Win Award from Lord Mayor of Coventry

EYTA committee member Peter Barker recently attended a event in the City of Coventry to mark the 80th Anniversary of the first contact between them and their twin city of Volgograd (former Stalingrad). The event was attended by His Excellency Russian Ambassador and twinners representing Canterbury - Vladimir, Cheltenham - Sochi, London - Moscow and of course Coventry - Volgograd


Peter and the other twinners received 'Twin to Win' awards from the Lord Mayor of Coventry. A full report is here


Аналогичный отчет на русском языке здесьЧлен комитета Ассоциации городов-побратимов Эксетер-Ярославля получил награду за общественную работу в области развития международного взаимопонимания и поддержания дружеских связей между Эксетером и Ярославлем


2021 Annual General Meeting and Social Evening

The Imperial, Exeter

Our successful Annual General Meeting and social meeting was held at The Imperial, Exeter on 13 October 202. Our present committee were re-elected, although the Chairperson position remains unfilled. Committee members have agreed that they will share Chairperson's duties.


Although our leadership is established for the 12 months, we welcome other people who are willing to join our committee as coopted members. Please let us know if you can help


One unusual raffle prize was a cream team with Lord Mayor of Exeter, at the Guildhall. The lucky winner was Angela Samuel.


We have two important events coming up soon. Russian Xmas Fayre on 18 December and Russian Xmas DInner on 5 January. We will need helpers and goods for the Xmas Fayre. Please get in touch if you can help. Similarly if you would like tickets reserved for the Russian Xmas Dinner. Get in touch


Meet-Up in RAM Museum: First Tuesday of Every Month

Members meeting in the Cafe at Exeter Museum, Queen Street 2 November 2021.  We meet 2:00 p.m. first Tuesday of each month

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter has reopened, including the cafe. To ensure that people are spread out they are using the central / well area as well as the cafe itself. We have resumed our regular meet-ups in the cafe, first Tuesday, each month from 14:00 to 16:00 p.m.


Next meeting dates are 7 Dec.,4 Jan, 1 Feb, 1 Mar 2022


Please note that we have to use the Garden Entrance. Queen Street is now the exit. Covid precautions apply, including mask wearing at the counter. We look forward to seeing you at the museum.


For further information please contact us


You can read about visiting the museum in English or на русском языке


Russian version was produced with the help of our member Elena Coles


Late Major Nicholas Boggis-Rolfe: Memorial Service

Guards Chapel and link to Order of Service

Nicholas Boggis-Rolfe was highly respected member of our association, with many friends in Exeter and Yaroslavl. He learnt Russian during army service and after his retirement he went to Novorossiysk with the Plymouth twinning group. Subsequently he joined our association and was with us on a number of our visits Yaroslavl.


Sadly he died on 20 December 2020 and a well-attended memorial sevice was held for him in the Guards Chapel, London on 9th July. There were prayers, hymns, family sharing memories of Nicholas, an opera singer sang and musicians from the Grenadier Guards played. Peter Barker of our association was in the congregation. The service was streamed live on YouTube, although not recorded due to copyright restrictions. However, you can download a copy of the order of service here.


Lord Mayor of Exeter presents prizes and certificates to Contestants in our Exeter - Yaroslavl Competition.

Competition Prize Winners Sophie Brace and Holly Errington

On 22 June the Lord Mayor of Exeter - Councillor Trish Oliver presented prizes and certificates to prize winners and participants in our Exeter Yaroslavl Creative Writing Competition, at Exeter's historic Guildhall.


For 2021 the competition was opened to Exeter young people as well as those in Yaroslavl. There were a record 87 entrants.


The standard was very high. Exeter winners were Sophie Brace, Holly Errington and Felicity Charles. Felicity was unable to attend, because she was Covid self-isolating.

We congratulate all the winners and Daisy Martin, Isabelle Newbery, Bethany Green, Rebekah McMillan, Lucy Roberts, Florence Griffiths and Madison Alford-Carnell who all received certificates


A virtual prize ceremony was held for the Yaroslavl young people, which was opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter – Councillor Ian Quance


A fuller report is available on Exeter College website here.


Late Alan Huxley - Founder Member

Alan Huxley with his wife Celia Villa-Landa

Alan Huxley a founder member died on 1 February 2021. Friends and family, including members of our association, attended a memorial gathering in Exeter Guildhall on 25 July.


Alan taught himself Russian and achieved great distinction as a translator. As a founder member of our association he went with the first official delegation to Yaroslavl in 1989, led by Chester Long, then Leader of Exeter City Council. He then worked hard helping to establish our association, the main purpose of which was to enable ordinary people of Exeter develop and build links with the people of Yaroslavl.


He moved from Exeter to Bovey Tracey, where he ran the Last Bastion Book Shop, Bovey Tracey. Eventually he moved to Spain, where the climate was favourable to his health. He became a keen follower of Barcelona Football Club, particularly because they were supporter owned.


Ill health necessitated his return to the UK, to live in Wales where the NHS provided marvellous support.


At his memorial gathering, his life and many achievements were remembered and poetry read in English, Spanish and of course Russian.


Exeter - Yaroslavl Creative Writing Competition 2021

Detail of presentation during virtual meeting and link to recording

On 26 May we held a virtual event to announce the winners of our annual Exeter Yaroslavl Creative Writing Competition for young people. Traditionally a representative from Exeter has presented prizes and awards in Yaroslavl but due to the pandemic the event was virtual this year. This year we opened to the event to young people in Exeter.


We are delighted that 87 people entered the competition this year, a record number


We were delighted that that the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Ian Quance opened the event.

After greetings from Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association and Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Association we heard about the contest and its traditions. We had music, poetry and of course the announcement of competition results


We will be shortly publish the results in full but in the meantime you can see our recording of the event here.


UK and RF Twin Cities on-line Meeting 28 May 2021

Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland addresses our meeting

Our next UK and RF Twin Cities on-line meeting will be on 28 May, starting at 17:00 London 19:00 Moscow. Zoom.


Topic will be "Ecological movements at our towns and cities". We would like a volunteer to give a short, non-political talk on behalf of Exeter on this topic. Please let us know if you are willing. The audience will be people from UK and Russian twin cities. Usually cities participating include Yaroslavl - Exeter, Sochi - Cheltenham, Vladimir - Canterbury, Kostroma - Durham, Novorossiysk - Plymouth, Coventry Volgograd and others


Topics in succeeding weeks:

Dates provisional, may be subject to adjustment.

30 June: Our local Nature Reserves

30 July: Our local festivals, music life, theatres

30 August: Our gastronomy and food

30 September: Our architecture

30 October: The Twin Cities Award in Volgograd

30 November: The Uk and RF twin Cities Forum

30 December: The Year Review

If you are willing to talk on any of these topics please let us know.


For those people who simply want to attend these interesting meetings we send the link out to our members. If you are not on our list please ask for information


Положение о конкурсеконкурс творческих работ

Положение о конкурсе«Общество Дружбы Ярославль-Эксетер» и «Ассоциации городов-побратимов Эксетер-Ярославль» (Exeter-Yaroslavl Twinning Association) приглашает к участию в конкурсе творческих работ учащихся средних школ, колледжей, ВУЗов г. Ярославля и Ярославской области. Тема «Какую из прочитанных книг ты назвал бы самой интересной» «The most interesting book I have ever read»


Все участники будут награждены дипломом властей России, а самые лучшие проекты получат призы.


Для участия надо зарегистрироваться на сайте до 1 апреля и отправить завершённый проект до 20 апреля.


В этом году впервые к участию будут приглашены студенты из г. Эксетер и графства Девон.


Мы желаем всем участникам удачи!


Подробная информация здесь


Положение о конкурсеCreative Work Competition

Further information

For 24 years Exeter’s twin city in Russia, Yaroslavl, has been hosting an English language essay competition for students. For the first time this year we have opened the competition to students and young people in Exeter and Devon. This is an exciting opportunity for students to connect with people from another society and culture. It is also an excellent chance to build your research skills and have your work assessed by a panel of teachers in Russia. All participants will be awarded a diploma by the authorities in Russia, and the very best projects will receive prizes.


You need to register interest by 1 April and submit your project by 20 April.


Good luck to all entrants


Full details here


Frosty Morning in Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl Railway Bridge across the Volga.Olga Chistyakova has sent us excellent pictures that she took on an interesting excursion on a frosty winter morning in Yaroslavl on 23 February 2021.


She was about in city from 8-30 to 11-30 in the morning while the temperature was 33 degrees below zero.


They show a true Russian winter, with beautiful blue skies, yet snow piled high.


Olga's presentation


Season's Greetings from RAMM 

Season's Greetings from RAMM, with painting of collector examining vase

Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter have sent us a message, wishing all of their visitors and supporters happiness over the festive season and into 2021.


In normal times we hold an afternoon get-together the RAMM Cafe, first Tuesday of each month.


When we can we will resume our get-togethers


You can read about visiting the museum in English or на русском языке


Russian version was produced with the help of our member Elena Coles


Alexandra Karachevtseva - Congratulations

Alexandra Karachevtseva

Congratulations to Alexandra Karachevtseva, another of our competition prize-winners. She is from Form 9, School Number 4, Yaroslavl. Alexandra's project focusses on how the children of School Number 4 learn about World War 2 and commemorate it.


Our competion for young people is run annually in conjunction with our partner organisation "Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society". This year's challenge was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War / World War I2. Alexandra's project is here


Elizaveta Agafonova - Congratulations

Elizaveta Agafonova and link to her article

Congratulations to Elizaveta Agafonova, another of our competition prize-winners. She is from Form 9, School Number 4, Yaroslavl. Her teacher is O. Yu. Zabelina. Elizaveta prepared a project on the war memorials of Yaroslavl and their influence on young people.


Our competion for young people is run annually in conjunction with our partner organisation "Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society". This year's challenge was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. You can read Elizaveta's well written and illustrated project here


We will feature another prize-winner shortly


Children of Orphanage "Solinechniy" - Congratulations

Military Veteran meets young people and link to their article

Congratulations to children of Orphanage "Solinechniy" - more winners in our annual competition we hold in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Amongst participants in the winning team were Ruslan Aleskerov, Egor Ganchev, Alena Pushnyakova, Carolina Fomina, under the guidance of teacher Irina Berestova and orphanage Director Elena Kuznetsova.


The competition was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. You can read about their excellent project and see their photographs here


We will feature another prize-winner shortly


Iliya Sedov: Congratulations.

Iliya Sedov and Link to his articleAlexander Vasilyevich Sedov and link to article

Our congratulations to Iliya Sedov another winner in the our annual competition we hold in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Iliya is a student at Yaroslavl College of Industry and Economy


The competition was to complete an English language project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. Iliya wrote about his grandfather Alexander Vasilyevich Sedov, who served in the Red Army during the war, at the Stalingrad and other Fronts. His grandfather was seriously wounded, lost a leg but wrote poetry whilst in hospital, which Iliya has included. This excellent and moving project is here


We will feature another prize-winner and their work shortly


Kirill Zhukov: Congratulations.

Kirill Zhukov and link to his article

Our congratulations to Kirill Zhukov, another winner in the our annual competition we hold in annually in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. Kirill is from 10th Grade at Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast.


His English language competition project on the topic "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War. He wrote about "Children of the Soviet Union in World War II". Kyrill's project was well-written and researched. It is interesting to read, even eye-opening to those of us not familiar with the lives of Russian people during the war.


You can read it here


We will feature more prize-winners and their work in the next few weeks


Dmitrii Gulnev: Congratulations.

Dmitrii Gulnev and link to his article

Our congratulations to Dimitrii Gulnev, the overall winner in the competition we hold annually in conjunction with Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society. He is from School Number 4 Yaroslavl, his teacher Zabelina O.Y. We regret that due to Covid we did not have a representative to Yaroslavl to present the competition prizes.


The competition challenge was to prepare an English language project about "Remember the Glorious Deeds", a theme based on the Great Patriotic War / World War II. The standard of entries was as always very high, but Dimitrii wrote an excellent most interesting project. You can read it here


We will feature more prize-winners and their work in the next few weeks


Competition Results 2020

Competition prizes and certificates

Our partner organisation "Yaroslavl-Exeter Friendship Society" has decided the results of the 13th competition of creative work in English work, which is held annually for schoolchildren and students of colleges in the city and region. Our association has always supported this competition.


Congratulations to the winners and all participants in the competition. The results are here


Результаты конкурса 2020

Призы и сертификаты конкурса Наша партнерская организация «Общество дружбы Ярославль – Эксетер» подвела итоги XXIII конкурса творческих работ на английском языке, который проводится ежегодно для школьников и студентов колледжей города и области. Наша ассоциация всегда поддерживала эти конкурсы.


Поздравляем победителей и всех участников конкурса! Результаты здесь


Russian Xmas Fayre 18 December 2021

St Stephen's Church, Exeter

We have cancelled our 2020 Russian Xmas Fayre. Although disappointing you will understand that this is because of the Covid pandemic. However, we are pleased to say that we have moved the booking to 18 December 2021, also at St Stephen's Church in Exeter High Street


It's never too early to be thinking about the Fayre. We will need :

Home produce goods, such as jams, chutneys, jellies, marmalade, cakes, biscuits, preserves etc. Hand-made Christmas decorations or Christmas craft materials (ribbon, paper, fabric etc.)

Unwanted jewellery of any sort

Russian goods

Books and Bric-a-brac


If you have any such items or want to get involved in the Fayre please contact us