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News Archive 2017


Russian Xmas Dinner 03 January 2018

Exeter College

We have a few tickets left for our authentic Russian Christmas Dinner at @34 Resturant, Exeter College on 3rd January. The traditional Russian menu is being created with expert advice from our Russian member Larisa, and prepared and served by the students of Exeter College. Times are 19:00 – 21:30, tickets £20. There is good parking nearby. Reasonably priced drinks.


Let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.


Russian Xmas Fayre 09 December 2017

Exeter Guildhall

Our Russian Xmas Fayre will be in Exeter Guildhall 09 December, from 10:00 to 13:00


We have fresh stocks of Russian goods from our supplier in Yaroslavl, which will available on Russian Goods stall. Other stalls – Information, Jewellery, Home Produce and Matryoshka colouring competition, Books / Bric-a-brac, Tombola, Guess the weight.


We will be entertained by flautists, ladies choir and the Ukulele band


We still need more tombola prizes, mince pies, cakes, biscuits, home produce, jewellery and books. You could bring these along to the Fayre or the First Tuesday of the Month Afternoon Coffee Meeting at the Museum Café on 05 December, or we can collect.


We would particularly appreciate any jewellery items for Allison's Jewellery Stall.


For further information please get in touch Contact us



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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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"


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.


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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.


Mayor of Yaroslavl – Welcome Reception – 3 August

Exeter Guildhall

The Mayor of Yaroslavl and his delegation will be visiting Exeter in August. The Lord Mayor of Exeter will hold a welcome reception at Exeter Guildhall on the 3 August at 11.30am. We have been invited to send some members. Let us know as soon as possible because we need to notify names in advance


There are limited places so if necessary it will have to be first come first served. Contact us as soon as possible


Our Visit to Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017

Церковь Рождества Христова, ул. Кедрова, Ярославль, Россия / Church of the Nativity, Kedrova Street, Yaroslavl, Russia

We visited Yaroslavl 21 - 30 May 2017. Our Russian hosts gave us a marvelleous time. We will be publishing a report shortly. In the meantime, but in the meantime we are posting photos to our site every day. You can see our photos of our visit here.


If you would like to come to Russia with us in 2018 please let us know.


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


Irina Holmes Art Exhibition


Painting of a flower

Our member Irina Holmes has a solo art exhibition in Real Food Café in Paris street. It's mainly about food - fruit, veg, bread. Also some landscapes and portraits Acrylics, chalk, pastels, collages and mixed media. Reasonably priced. Handmade cards of the original artwork are available as well. Will be on for the next six weeks or so.


Real Food Store website


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





Russian Xmas Fayre - Saturday, December 10 2016

Sam, a young visitor to our Russian Xmas Fayre meets the Russian BearOur Russian Xmas Fayre at Exeter Guildhall was a grand sucess, the result of excellent team work by many members. We were very pleased and encouraged by other members and friends who dropped in to see us, as well all those busy Exeter shoppers. Takings were substantially up on last year's. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a pleasant and successful event.


Express and Echo, our local newspaper reported on the event as follows:


Twinning Fair

The Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association held its annual Christmas Fair in the Guildhall on Saturday. The atmosphere was enlivended by Russian Music and the singing and ukelele playing of local groups who were performing to raise money for the Lord Mayor's Charity, the Devon Freewheelers. The event was a chance for people to buy Christmas presents and learn more about the association, which organises an annual visit to Exeter's twin town of Yaroslavl. More information can be found at www.eyta.org.uk


RUSSIAN “ BEREGINYA” DOLLS - held on Saturday 3rd December

Russian Bereginya Dolls

Elena Coles led a workshop at her home, giving us the opportunity to make Russian "Bereginya Dolls". These are traditional talisman dolls which were made by women from scraps of worn out fabric to amuse and protect their children, bring prosperity, happiness and joy to the life of the family, protect and heal their folk and home and get “magical” help with house chores, crafts and harvest. Traditionally the dolls are made without the use of scissors or needles . The red thread is used magically for protection and the number of knots and ties have symbolic meaning. The dolls haven’t got facial features, so that evil spirits cannot enter them through eyes or mouth, but each one of them has its own character, purpose and story.


We plan to hold further sessions soon. If you are interested in attending, please let us know. It may be possible to arrange lifts, please ask - Contact us


Visit of Delegation from Yaroslavl - Report

Our friends from Yaroslavl were with us in Exeter 11 - 20 July. They were great company. Yulia Samsonenko and Maxim Korobovhey have written an interesting report on behalf of the group about the visit. We have many photographs and are uploading them daily.


Just click the links to read Julia and Maxim's report or see the latest photographs.


Season's Greetings from the Lord Mayor

Season's Greetings from the Lord Mayor



The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Exeter Councillor Lesley Robson would like to wish you Happy Christmas and a Joyous New Year




Christmas and New Year Greetings from Friends in Yaroslavl

Greeting card for Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association

We have received Christmas and New Yearr Greetings from Дайна Ращепкина (Daina Rashchepkina), our friends at the Отдел международных связей Мэрии города Ярославля (Department of International Relations, Yaroslavl City Hall) and a card from Вячеслав Гаврилов (Viacheslavl Gavrilov) Deputy Mayor




Season's Greetings from our Friends at «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Exeter Yaroslavl Friendship Society)

Season's Greetings from our friends at «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Exeter Yaroslavl Friendship Society)

Season's Greetings from our Friends at «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Exeter Yaroslavl Friendship Society).


This is our partner organisation in Yaroslavl, with which we work very closely and successfully.


Read more about them here.


Christmas and New Year Greetings from the Staff at Exeter Guildhall

Christmas and New Year Greetings from the Staff at Exeter Guildhall

We have received Christmas and New Year Greetings from the staff at Exeter Guildhall. Our 2018 Russian Xmas Fayre will again be there. For your diaries the date will be 8 December 2018


Contact us if you would like to get involve in this fun event



«Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society)

Our Christmas and New Year Greetings to our Friends in Yaroslavl

Here is our Christmas and New Year Greetings to our Friends in Yaroslavl. Sent electronically.


Our partner organisation in Yaroslavl is «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society)


There is information about them here.


Christmas and New Year Greetings from our Friends and Partners at Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society:
«Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер»


Xmas Greetings from Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship SocietyXmas Greetings from Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society


Christmas and New Year Greetings from International Relations Division, Yaroslavl City Hall


Xmas Greetings from Yaroslavl



Our friends in the International Relations Divisional at Yaroslavl City Hall have sent us a seasonal greeting.


Отдел международных связей Мэрия города Ярославля





Christmas Card from the Lord Mayor of Exeter

We have received a Christmas card from the Lord Mayor:


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