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“All in Good Time” – Fairytale Christmas play coming to Exeter!

Fairytale Christmas play coming to Exeter!

Together with our friends at Exeter Language Club we are very pleased to invite the children and adults of Exeter to join us this Christmas season. Our Russian Folk themed Fairytale pantomime is a MUST for your festivities list!

 

Children and adults will be able to enjoy a stage play, featuring traditional Folk stories, as well as meet Father Frost and the Snow Maiden (Дед Мороз и Снегурочка).

 

Thanks to Exeter’s Streetbeat, all children are welcome at the fun filled children’s disco following the pantomime. Christmas gifts will also be given out to each child by Father Frost himself!

 

Following the success of our club’s enthusiastic performers last year, we have reserved two dates this December, so that we can accommodate for even more guests!

 

Dates to save are Sunday, 16 December ‪from 1 - 3 pm and Thursday, 20 December ‪from 5 - 7 pm.

 

More information

 


Competition Winners from our Russian Xmas Fayre 08 December 2018

Exeter Guildhall

‘Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake’:

Sally Manning and John Tootell – 3lb 6oz. Sally Manning kindly relinquished her half of the cake so that John could have the whole cake.

 

Winner of ‘Guess the Name of the Bear’: Dawn Stamp: correct name was ROMANT

 

Comment about our Russian Xmas Fayre.

 


Russian Xmas Fayre - 8 December 2018

Russian Xmas Fayre Exeter Guildhall

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Russian Xmas Fayre such a great success. To all the people who came to the fayre, the staff at Exeter Guildhall and the volunteers who worked so hard to make it such a nice occasion. If you have any comments or suggestions about how we can make it even better next year we would appreciate hearing from you.

 

Comment about our Russian Xmas Fayre.

 


Russian Xmas Fayre - 8 December 2018

Ask about our Russian Xmas Fayre

Our Russian Xmas Fayre will be held in Exeter Guildhall on 8 December 10:00 - 13:00. We hope you will drop in to see us, have a cup of coffee or maybe buy something.

We have new stock, brought back from our suppliers in Yaroslavl which we are sure you will like.

 

Ask about our Russian Xmas Fayre.

 


Russian Xmas Fayre 08 December 2018

Register Interest in our Russian Xmas Fayre

A reminder of our annual Christmas Fayre which will take place on Saturday, 8th December from 10am to 1pm in Exeter Guildhall.

With only two weeks to go, we would be very pleased to have any more contributions to the following stalls:

 

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

- Hand-made Christmas decorations or Christmas craft materials

- Café. Cakes, biscuits and mince pies.

- Tombola Prizes of any sort

- Unwanted jewellery of any sort.

- Blinis & Samovar We wondered if anyone would be able to have a small stall selling tea and blinis? We had this once many years ago and it was a great success.

 

- Any offers of help no matter how briefly would be appreciated.

 

Contact us about our Russian Xmas Fayre.

 


Accounts 2017 - 2018

Ask for copy of accounts

At our Annual General Meeting on 29 October, our Treasurer issued draft accounts. That was because the finalised and approved accounts had not been received back from our Independent Financial Examiner. However, they have now been approved. If any member would like a copy of the approved and signed accounts please ask. We will send a copy to you.

 

Request a copy of accounts 2017 - 2018

 


Visit Yaroslavl with us in 2019

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It is not too early to start thinking about coming to Russia with us next year. 2019 will be the 30th anniversary of twinning link between Exeter and Yaroslavl. An important milestone. We will work around what the leaders of Exeter and Yaroslavl City Councils decide.

 

Our Russian partners are talking about a conference. We would welcome hearing from anyone who could give a talk or run a workshop in Yaroslavl, in English or Russian.

 

Previous talks and workshops have included Charity Shops, Exeter School, English Novels, Grenadier Guards Regiment, Life in Britain etc. etc. Performers of any kind would be especially welcome. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer.

 

However, if you would just like to visit Yaroslavl anyway please say as soon as possible. This will be a twinning exchange. We will stay as guests in Russian homes. If we have to set a numbers limit we will give preference to anyone who is willing to host someone from Russia when our friends visit us. Otherwise it will be first come, first served.

 

The programme in Yaroslavl is always fabulous and Russian hospitality is second to none.

 

Remember you cannot go to Russia unless you are invited. We will ask our friends from Общество Дружбы Ярославль – Эксетер (Yaroslavl – Exeter Friendship Society) to invite you. We will advise and help you get your Russian visa. Contact Us

 

 


Carrying on building bridges of friendship between the twin cities of Yaroslavl and Exeter

Galina Evstifeeva and friends from Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society

Galina Evstifeeva has written a report for us about the Annual General Meeting of our partner organisation Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society as well as giving us an update on twinning activities between our cities.

 

Our members went to Yaroslavl in June and guests from Yaroslavl came to us in July.

 

You can read Galina's report here.

 


Learning Russian

Ukranian and Russian Languages

We hold a regular Russian conversation group, almost always led by one or other of our Russian members. It is a social occasion but also a a good chance to practice Russian and is suitable for people of different standards. We can also put you in touch with competent home tutors of Russian who can help you make sound progress. Please ask us for further information

 

Meanwhile here is an interesting video, showing difference between Russian and Ukrainian languages. They are really quite different. If you can speak Russian it doesn't mean you can speak Ukrainian.

 


Christmas and New Year Greetings Card from Lord Mayor of Exeter

Christmas Card from Lord Mayor of ExeterChristmas Card from Lord Mayor of Exeter - Signature

We have received a Christmas Card from the Lord Mayor of Exeter

 

We help to maintain the link between Exeter and our twin city of Yaroslavl in Russia

 

 


New Year and Christmas Greetings from Mayor of Yaroslavl

Winter greetings from Mayor of Yaroslavl

 

We have received New Year and Christmas Greetings from Vladimir Volkov Mayor of Yaroslav

 

Russian Christmas is in January!

 

 

 


Competition Winners from our Russian Xmas Fayre 08 December 2018

Exeter Guildhall

‘Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake’:

Sally Manning and John Tootell – 3lb 6oz. Sally Manning kindly relinquished her half of the cake so that John could have the whole cake.

 

Winner of ‘Guess the Name of the Bear’: Dawn Stamp: correct name was ROMANT

 

Comment about our Russian Xmas Fayre.

 


Russian Xmas Fayre - 8 December 2018

Russian Xmas Fayre Exeter Guildhall

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Russian Xmas Fayre such a great success. To all the people who came to the fayre, the staff at Exeter Guildhall and the volunteers who worked so hard to make it such a nice occasion. If you have any comments or suggestions about how we can make it even better next year we would appreciate hearing from you.

 

Comment about our Russian Xmas Fayre.

 


Accounts 2017 - 2018

Ask for copy of accounts

At our Annual General Meeting on 29 October, our Treasurer issued draft accounts. That was because the finalised and approved accounts had not been received back from our Independent Financial Examiner. However, they have now been approved. If any member would like a copy of the approved and signed accounts please ask. We will send a copy to you.

 

Request a copy of accounts 2017 - 2018.

 


Annual General Meeting 29 October 2018

Heavitree Sports and Social Club

We held our Annual General Meeting on 29 October at Heavitree Sports and Social Club.

 

Keith Seabrook and Siân Allen did not seek election to our committee this year. We thank them for all they have done for the association and we are pleased to say that they will remain members. However, Victoria Furtado will be co-opted to our committee, so we will be at full strength

 

After the business meeting, John Street of Exeter City Council spoke encouragingly about the importance of the links with Yaroslavl and encouraged our work to represent Exeter with our Russian partners.

 

He also reminded us about the great respect people in Exeter and in Yaroslavl had for the late Ron Crabb BEM who passed away this year. Ron had been President of the Heavitree Sports and Social Club, so it was fitting that it was the venue for our AGM. Once again, the club looked after us very well and the buffet was as lavish as ever.

 

Our full committee list is here

 

If anyone else would like to join our committee please tell us. We can co-opt you.

 


Annual General Meeting 29 October 2018

Download AGM Pack and AGM Form

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Heavitree Sports and Social Centre, Wingfield Park, 2 East Wonford Hill, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 3BS, on 29 October 2018, at 7:30 pm

 

After the business meeting, there will be a buffet at £5 per person. We will also hold a raffle, with proceeds going to association funds. Prizes would be greatly appreciated.

 

Drinks will be available at reasonable prices from the Centre Bar. Parking is available.

 

To help planning and catering please let us know whether you will be attending and having the buffet. We welcome nominations for any officer roles or new committee members

 

Download AGM Pack and Membership Form

 


Carrying on building bridges of friendship between the twin cities of Yaroslavl and Exeter

Galina Evstifeeva and friends from Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society

Galina Evstifeeva has written a report for us about the Annual General Meeting of our partner organisation Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society as well as giving us an update on twinning activities between our cities.

 

Our members went to Yaroslavl in June and guests from Yaroslavl came to us in July.

 

You can read Galina's report here.

 


Learning Russian

Ukranian and Russian Languages

We hold a regular Russian conversation group, almost always led by one or other of our Russian members. It is a social occasion but also a a good chance to practice Russian and is suitable for people of different standards. We can also put you in touch with competent home tutors of Russian who can help you make sound progress. Please ask us for further information

 

Meanwhile here is an interesting video, showing difference between Russian and Ukrainian languages. They are really quite different. If you can speak Russian it doesn't mean you can speak Ukrainian.

 


July 2018 in Exeter

Yaroslavl Guests about to go on boat trip. — with Ludmilla Korbut at Plymouth Boat Trips

Ludmila Korbut who was leader of our guests from «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» / Yaroslavl - Exeter Friendship Society has written a report about the visit. You can read it here

 

They stayed as guests with host families. We arranged a varied programme for our guests including visits to various parts of Devon, as well as to Saint James School in Exeter, to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and a day in London.

 

After Vespers in Exeter Orthodox Chapel (Russian Tradition) they went to a pub to see the football match England versus Croatia played in Moscow. They spent a day in London and had a special reception with the Lord Mayor of Exeter.

 

If you have any suggestions or requests of things to include in the next visit to Exeter please let us know.Contact us

 


Our Members in Yaroslavl

Children at School Number 4 Yaroslavl

Our members John and Joyce visited Yaroslavl in June 2018. While there were there they met Russian Young people to whom they gave talks on many aspects of British life.

 

An interesting video has been made about John and Joyce's visit to School Number 4 in Yaroslavl. It shows them meeting and discussing with Russian young people. Алеся Воронова (Alesya Voronova) has published the video on YouTube. Do have a look.>

Link to the video on YouTube.

 


Our Members in Yaroslavl 11th – 20th June 2018

Concert of Cossack Singing and Dancing

Our members John and Joyce visited Yaroslavl in June. They were personal guests in the homes of members of «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» / Yaroslavl - Exeter Friendship Society.

 

Our friends in Yaroslavl gave them a wonderful programme.

 

You can read their report about their stay in Yaroslavl here

 

After visiting Yaroslavl they toured Russia, travelling through Siberia finally going on to Beijing. We look forward to a talk about their adventure in the not too distant future.

 

Note: If you would like to join our next trip to Yaroslavl please let us know. We recommend asking as soon as possible, because if we are over-subscribed it is likely to be first come, first served.

 

Ask for information about going to Yaroslavl

 


Prize Awarding Ceremony in Yaroslavl

Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association members John and Joyce with young prize winner from «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» — with Galina Evstifeeva at InTC Russian Language School

19 June was a special day for members of «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» (Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society).

 

Exeter House, Yaroslavl was filled with adults, children and young people who came to receive Diplomas for participation in the project competition "Friendship Makes Miracles", organised by the society.

 

The diplomas were presented by John and Joyce from Exeter

 

Joyce and John also presented certificates and souvenirs to children who entered the 2018 Easter Egg Colouring Competition organized by Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association.

 

It was a very friendly, pleasant event and Galina Evstifeeva has kindly written a report for us. You can read Galina's report here.

 


July 2018 in Exeter

Yaroslavl Guests about to go on boat trip. — with Ludmilla Korbut at Plymouth Boat Trips

Ludmila Korbut who was leader of our guests from «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» / Yaroslavl - Exeter Friendship Society has written a report about the visit. You can read it here

 

They stayed as guests with host families. We arranged a varied programme for our guests including visits to various parts of Devon, as well as to Saint James School in Exeter, to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and a day in London.

 

After Vespers in Exeter Orthodox Chapel (Russian Tradition) they went to a pub to see the football match England versus Croatia played in Moscow. They spent a day in London and had a special reception with the Lord Mayor of Exeter.

 

If you have any suggestions or requests of things to include in the next visit to Exeter please let us know.Contact us

 


Death of a Firefighter in Yaroslavl

When we visited Yaroslavl Fire Service in 2016 we heard about a fatal accident to one of their firefighters.

 

This year when we went with our Yaroslavl guests to visit Danes Castle Fire Station in Exeter this accident was mentioned. The firefighters were concerned to learn about a fatality to one of their comrades and asked us to find more about what happened.

 

We have received a report from Yaroslavl. The firefighter who died was Peter Alexandrovich Kiryakov, who sadly leaves a wife and 2 young children. Our sympathies go to them.

You can read the report in English or Russian  Union Jack  Russian Flag .

 


Membership 2018 - 2019

Membership Form

Our membership runs from 1 September to 31 August each year. It is easy to join or renew. You can use the membership form available here

 

Membership is currently:

Individual £6, Family £9, Organisation £20.

 

You can pay direct to our bank acount with or without using the form.

Our bank details are here.

 

If you don't use the form, please send a message pointing out that you have paid membership. If you are a new member let us know your contact details.

 

If you joined during the period 1 July to 31 August 2018 your membership runs until 31 August 2019. No need to renew. If you have any questions please ask.

 


Visit of Yaroslavl Delegation to Exeter 5 - 14 July 2018

5 members of «Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер» / Yaroslavl - Exeter Friendship Society visitied us in Exeter 5 - 14 July. They stayed as private guests in our members homes.

Russian guests in Exeter

 

Group Members:

Antonina Kochetkova

Elena Anfilofyeva

Irina Efimova

Liudmila Korbut

Nina Chernushkina

 

We planned a busy programme for them, with visits to Plymouth, Teignmouth and London. In Exeter they visited St James School, met Devon and Somerset Fire Service and were welcomed official by the Lord Mayor.

 

We will be preparing a report on the visit, but in the meantime we are adding new photographs from the visit daily to our on-line photo gallery.

 

If you are interested in knowing about our next visit by Russian guests or would like to know about going to Yaroslavl please let us know.

 

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Our Members in Yaroslavl

Children at School Number 4 Yaroslavl

Our members John and Joyce visited Yaroslavl in June 2018. While there were there they met Russian Young people to whom they gave talks on many aspects of British life.

 

An interesting video has been made about John and Joyce's visit to School Number 4 in Yaroslavl. It shows them meeting and discussing with Russian young people. Алеся Воронова (Alesya Voronova) has published the video on YouTube. Do have a look.>

Link to the video on YouTube.

 


Postcard from Yekaterinburg

John and Joyce's postcard from Yekaterinburg

While our guests from Yaroslavl were with us in Exeter, our members John and Joyce were in Yaroslavl. They had a wonderful time there. They then went off on an exciting railway journey into Siberia. Here is their postcard message from Yekaterinburg:

 

We had a wonderful time in Yaroslavl and everyone sends their love and best wishes. I’m sure you’ve already heard from Irina.

 

Since then our plans have, more or less, gone well. The trains are punctual to the minute and everyone is, of course, very friendly and helpful. It is very hot though, 35 degrees which they say is very unusual. We have a 3-night and 2-day journey tomorrow to Irkutsk, our last stop before Beijing. We hope you have a great time when the Russian group come to Exeter. We’ll see you when we get back

 

Best wishes John and Joyce

 


The King's Breakfast

The King's Breakfast

We are rehearsing a short Russian language sketch "The King's Breakfast". One of our Russian members is directing. It is amusing and we will perform it during the visit of our guestst from Yaroslavl 5 - 14 July 2018.

 

You can download a Russian Language copy of the script here.

 


Latest Newsletter Available

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Easter 2018 Newsletter is now available. If you would like a copy please tell us. It has details of our party on 12 April as well as information about our guests from Yaroslavl who will be with us 2 - 11 July

 

Ask for a copy of our newsletter

 

 


Announcement : COMPETITION

The Slavic tradition of exchanging painted eggs in Easter is quite ancient. The tradition of giving Easter cards is relatively new.

 

We thought, what if we put them together?

 

You can download the stencil here

Take part in our competition and decorate an egg-shaped Easter card!

 

The photo shows an example.

 

You can download the stencil here, or if you like, just draw your pattern, Don't forget to include your name, age and contact details.

 

You can send your masterpiece to us by post or email.

 

Prizes for the best postcard from England and the best postcard from Russia will be presented after summing up. The last day of our contest on April 12, 2018 the names of the winners will be published on our website.

 

Good luck to You

 


Внимание : КОНКУРС

Славянская традиция обмениваться крашенными яйцами в Пасху довольно древняя. Традиция дарить пасхальные открытки относительно новая.

 

Мы подумали, а что если объединить их вместе.

 

Связь - шаблон яйца для использования

Примите участие в нашем конкурсе и украсьте пасхальную открытку в форме яйца !

 

На фото показана одна такая открытка.

 

Здесь вы можете скачать трафарет, или, если хотите, просто нарисуйте свою по образцу, Не забудьте указать Ваше имя, возраст и контактные данные,

 

Вы можете послать Ваш шедевр по почте или по электронной почте.

 

Призы за лучшую открытку из Англии и лучшую открытку из России будут вручены после подведения итогов. Последний день нашего конкурса 12 апреля 2018 г. Имена победителей будут опубликованы на нашем сайте.

 

Успехов Вам

 


Russian Matryoshka Doll Colouring Competition

Winning Entry Matryoshka Doll Colouring Competition

We launched our Russian Matryoshka Doll Colouring Competition at our Russian Xmas Fayre in December at Exeter Guildhall. We have received some very good entries by the time the competition fininshed on 1st February 2018. We judged the competition at our First Tuesday of the month coffe meeting at Exeter Museum on 6th February

 

The winning entry was from Ella aged 6. Ella named her doll Bojenka.

 

Very shortly we will have an Easter Egg Competition, watch out for details

 

Alternatively, to be notified about the Easter Egg Colouring Competition Contact us

 


ЯРОСЛАВСКАЯ ГОРОДСКАЯ ОБЩЕСТВЕННАЯ ОРГАНИЗАЦИЯ

«ОБЩЕСТВО ДРУЖБЫ ЯРОСЛАВЛЬ-ЭКСЕТЕР»

 

приглашает к участию в конкурсе творческих работ учащихся средних школ, педагогических колледжей, ВУЗов г. Ярославля и Ярославской области

 

Афишка / NoticeПоложение Конкурса

о проведении в 2018 году XXI конкурса творческих работ на тему «Дружба творит чудеса - Friendship Makes Miracles»

 

 

Работы принимаются до  10 мая 2018 г.  

 

Положение Конкурса

 

Note for English language speakers: Announcement of the 2018 Competition for English language students in Yaroslavl. The competition has been held for the past 21 years by Yaroslavl Exeter Friendship Society, with support from Exeter Yaroslavl Twinning Association. This year's theme is "Friendship Makes Miracles". Closing date 10th May 2018

 


Europe Flag - Exeter Guildhall 5 May 2018

Exeter Guildhall

On Saturday Morning 5 May 2018 the Lord Mayor of Exeter will raise the European Flag at Exeter Guildhall in the High Street. This is part of the commemoration of Europe Day which will take place next week.

 

We will also have a small twinning exhibition in the Guildhall from 10:00 to 14:00

 

If you are in Exeter on Saturday do drop in to say hello and have a cup of coffee with us

 


Exeter Yaroslavl Photographic Exhibition RAMM until 1st April

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter

Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum is featuring a joint Exeter Yaroslavl photographic exhibition until 1st April. It is called 'Photographic Essay of Two Cities' and you can find it in the museum’s Pantry Café.

 

As it is in the museum café you may like to drop in to view it and attend one of our first Tuesday of the month coffee meetings 14:00 – 16:00 on 2nd February and 6th March

 

Coffee meetings will continue throughout the year, but remember that the exhibition finishes at the beginning of April.

 

Read more about the photo exhibition

 


Orthodox Easter and Radonitsa - 15 April 2018

Exeter Community Centre

Our Exeter Language Club friends are holding an "Orthodox Easter and Radonitsa" event on Sunday 15 April 11:00 to 14:00 at Exeter Community Centre, St David's Hill. This event was postponed in March due to the heavy snow.

 

They have Russian speaking members, so a good opportunity to practice your linguistic skills as well as being an interesting event anyway.

 

Cost is £3.83. You can read more about the event, as well as book yourself a ticket via Eventbrite.


Ron Crabb BEM – Freedom of the City of Exeter

 

Ron Crabb BEM receives his Freedom of the City of Exeter at the ancient Guildhall. — at Exeter Guildhall

Congratulations to our member Ron Crabb BEM who was granted the Freedom of the City of Exeter on 18 January at the Guildhall, coincidentally his birthday. This is a well-deserved honour for Ron given for his outstanding service to and promotion of the City of Exeter and the Community; in acknowledgement of his contribution as a Football League Referee; his dedication whilst working at the Exeter Prison; his outstanding service in promoting the city during his time as Mace Sergeant and his support for charities as well as being a Mentor to the Royal Marines at Lympstone

 

Ron has visited Yaroslal 34 times and has many friends there. At the ceremony a letter from Irina Peneva was read out congratulating him on behalf of his friends in Yaroslavl – Exeter Friendship Society. You can read the letter here

 


Exhibition: "Exeter / Yaroslavl Exeter - A Photographic Essay of Two Cities" 16 January to 1 April 2018

link Royal Albert Memorial Museum website

We are sponsoring the Exeter / Yaroslavl Exeter - A Photographic Essay of Two Cities" at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum from 16 January to 1 April 2018. It can be seen in the Pantry Cafe.

 

We will hold a "Private Viewing" on 17 January; this is by invitation only, so you would like to attend please let know by 10 January.

 

In any case, we hope you will drop in to view the exhibition while it is runnning!

 

Contact us about the exhibition

 


Humour from Russia

Bulgarian Joke - 1st Person - 'Look I bought an invisible hat', 2nd Person - 'Oh! It really suits you'

First Person - 'Look I bought an invisible hat'

Second Person - 'Oh! It really suits you'

 

Thank you to Irina Peneva (Chairperson - Yarosavl Exeter Friendship Society) who sent us this joke.

 

It is Bulgarian joke, a country where they also use the Cyrillic alphabet

 

There is information about Yarosavl Exeter Friendship Society / Общество Дружбы Ярославль - Эксетер here

 


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.