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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.

 



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.

 

Note:

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

 


Russian Conversation Group 16 December 2019

Sergei Yesenin

Leader: Veronika

Venue: Exeter

 

Preparation: See link for copy of the poem:

Берёза -Стихотворение Сергея Есенина

 

Paraphrase from Russian poetry into Russian prose. Try to use adverb forms and different parts of speech.

 

On 11 November we did not have time to discuss everyone’s paraphrase of the poem. Therefore on 16 December we will discuss outstanding paraphrases plus those of people absent on 11 November. In addition some people will be redrafting their paraphrase following feedback from Veronika. We hope to consider these.

 

We will then play a board game. It will involve description of people, their appearance etc. To prepare for this you could learn words used to describe people

 

Ask for more information

 


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

 

NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR, SALES ONLINE ONLY: BOOK TICKETS

 


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

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

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


Russian Conversation Group 11 November 2019

Sergei YeseninNext meeting 11 November at 14:45

Leader Veronika

 

Preparation: Берёза - Стихотворение Сергея Есенина

 

Paraphrase from Russian poetry into Russian prose. Try to use adverb forms and different parts of speech.

 

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

 


Annual General Meeting 24 October 2019

StJamesChurchExeter

A reminder that our AGM is Thursday 24 October.

7 pm for 7:30 pm in St James Church Hall, Exeter

 

Business meeting to be followed by a "bring and share supper". Cup of coffee, tea, fruit juice or glass of wine will be provided. There will be a raffle so prizes welcomed.

 

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Ask for further Details.

 


Our Russian Conversation Group - Next 21 October 2019

Myshkin, Russia

Russian Conversation Groups meets each month. We are led by Veronika.

 

People of any standard in Russian are welcome.

 

Our next meeting is 21 October

 

Preparation: We have shared sections the Russian story «Буква Ты» by L. Panteleeva. Each person will translate their particular session into English. At our next meeting we use everyone's translations to assemble a complete English version of the story.


 

If you would like a section of the story to translate, please ask. Similary let us know if you want more information about the group please ask get in touch.

 


Russian Xmas Fayre Planning Meeting

Ask for details / Picture of Georges Meeting House

The EYTA Christmas Fayre Planning Meeting will be on Friday, 18th October in George’s Meeting House , South Street between 2.00 and 3.30. This was the date which most people could manage, so I hope it will be OK for you. We’ll be upstairs, as usual.

 

Please bring along any ideas which you may have for improvements to previous years. Also if you have any items for sale (books, jewellery, bric-a-brac), please bring that along as I can take it home with me to store until the fayre (provided it’s not too bulky!!).

 

Looking forward to seeing you then!

 

Ask for 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.

 


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.

 


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

 


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

 


Our Russian Conversation Group - Next 16 September 2019

Myshkin, Russia

Our Russian Conversation Groups meets each month. We are led by Veronika.

 

People of any standard in Russian are welcome.

 

Our next meeting is on 16 September. Our special topic will be be "Sayings"

 

Preparation: Sayings / Поговорки


Take an everyday English saying. Translate it into Russian. Then find the Russian equivalent. Write some text using that Russian saying.

 

For more information about our Russian conversation Group please ask.

 


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

 


Письма заместителя мэра Города Ярославия

Letter from the Deputy Mayor of Yaroslavl

Письма заместителя мэра Города Ярославия

 

 

По-русски

 

Letter from the Deputy Mayor of Yaroslavl

 

English Translation

 

 


Russian Ballerina and link to ticket sales

Welcome to New Members

Membership Form

A very warm welcome to our new members: Lesley Harold, Robert Byrnes, Scott Cordrey and Marie Giral, Sue Fitzgibbons, Yulia Weir

 

We always welcome new members.

 

Download a membership form here.

 

 


Dinner at the White Horse - 11 July at 7:30 pm

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

We have booked a room for dinner at the White Horse, Sidmouth Road, Exeter, EX51EP on 11 July.

 

This will be a friendly social gathering before the summer break. The White Horse would like to know our menu choices by 8 July. You can pay on the night

There is good parking at the White Horse. Also 9, 9a and 56 Buses stop at "Nine Oaks", about 2 minute's walk.

 

Download White Horse Menu

 

Tell us your choices

 


Our Russian Conversation Group - Next 08 July 2019

Парус - Михаил_Лермонтов

We run Russian Conversation Groups each month. We are normally led by Veronika a native speaker from Russia.

 

People of any standard in Russian are welcome.

 

At our last meeting we discussed 'The Sail', a poem by Mikhail Lermontov. You can download a copy in Russian here.

 

We looked at various English translations. You can download a copy of the English translations here. You may like to consider whether one translation is better than the others. If you think one is please is better let us know.

 

For more information about our Russian conversation Group please ask

 



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.

 


Presentation to Lord Mayor of Exeter

at Exeter Guildhall 29 June 11:00 am

Программа пребывания официальной делегации в день города - 2019

Bob Bradshaw, our group leader in Yaroslavl this year, will present 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.

 

Event will be part of the Lord Mayor's Charity Coffee Morning on Saturday 29 June

 

The presentation will be at 11:00 am. We hope you will be at the presentation, stay for a photo, then have a cup of coffee, thereby support the Lord Mayor's Charity. (Lord Mayor's Charity is City in the Community)

 

Meanwhile you may like to read the letter sent by the Lord Mayor of Exeter and the Leader of Exeter City Council to the Mayor of Yaroslavl

 

Letter to Mayor of Yaroslavl in English

 

Письмо мэру Ярославля по-Русски

 

 

 

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.

 


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

 


 

Exeter Group in Yaroslavl

Programme Outward Visit to Yaroslavl 23 May - 01 June 2019

Our members are in Yaroslavl 23 May to 1 June 2019

 

They are staying in private homes, with Russian hosts.

A varied an interesting programme has been prepared for them. If you would like to see what they are doing you can download a copy of their programme.

 

If you would like to join us for our next visit, please tell us

 


BBC World Service - The Forum

BBC World Service programme The Forum  30 May 2019 at 09:05

BBC World Service programme "The Forum" 30 May 2019 at 09:05 UK local time is about Rasputin and will feature our members.

 

The producer sought authentic Russian speakers to read a report from eyewitnesses who met Rasputin. Elena Coles and Nataliya Gubina agreed to do this.

 

We recommend that you listen in. The programme is in English and should be interesting. You should hear either Elena and or Nataliya speaking. It will be available for 4 weeks or so afterwards. You listen on-line..

 


Farewell Party for Russian Guests - 5 May

St James Church, Exeter where we are having our Farewell Party for Russian Guests

Just a reminder - everyone is invited along to the farewell party for the Russians on Sunday 5th May from 5pm at St James' Church Hall.

 

We ask everyone to contribute a dish for the buffet. Bring whatever you fancy as this has always produced a good spread in the past!

 

Also, please bring your own drinks if required - alcoholic or non-alcoholic and a plate/ bowl and glass, as these are not provided by the Hall. Cutlery is provided.

 

There will be games and activities and a chance to catch up with friends from Exeter and Yaroslavl....

 

We hope to see you there! Reserve your place at the event

 


Radio Devon Programme with Our Russian Guests:

On-line Recording Available

Russian Guests at Radio Devon

Even if you were unable to listen to our Russian guests chatting to Michael Chequer on Radio Devon on 08 May you can still hear it on-line via the BBC website.

 

Will be available for 4 weeks.

 

Listen to on-line recording of the programme

 


Yaroslavl Guests in Exeter 30 April - 6 May 2019

English Version of Plan

Russian Version of Plan

Our guests from Yaroslavl will be with us 30 April - 6 June 2019.

 

They are: Irina Peneva, Adriadna Poletaeva, Zoia Volkova, Tatiana Smirnova, Galina Zhiganova,Nina Ivanova, Aleksei Volkov and Olga Medvedeva

 

 

We have English and Russian language versions of their programme.

 

If you would like a copy of either please ask.

 


Yaroslavl Guests to Exeter 30 April - 10 May 2019

Our guests coming from Yaroslavl will be:

With our Yaroslavl guests visiting Shaldon village, Devon — with Peter Barker, Marilyn Pegg, Ludmilla Korbut, Nina Nevinitsina, ирина ефимова and Ira Starodubtseva in Shaldon

 

Irina Peneva

Adriadna Poletaeva

Zoia Volkova

Tatiana Smirnova

Galina Zhiganova

Nina Ivanova

Aleksei Volkov

Olga Medvedeva

 

Currently we are expecting them to be with us in Exeter 30 April - 5 May, then on a coach trip 6 - 10 May.

 

We be will planning a programme for them during their time in Exeter. We hope as many people as possible will come along to meet our guests. Our members will receive a copy of the programme as soon as it is ready.

 

Details of the coach trip are not yet finalised but anyone from Exeter would be very welcome to come along with our Russian friends.

 

We will publish further details as soon as available but If you have any questions please ask

 


Newsletter April 2019

Ask for copy of accounts

Our latest newsletter has just sent to members. Includes the programme for our Yaroslavl guests in 30 April - 6 May. If you would like a copy please ask.

 

Request a copy of our newsletter

 

 

 


Yaroslavl Group to Exeter Planning Meeting – 19th March

Guests from Yaroslavl + Ira from Moscow who lives here — with Nina Chernushkina, Ludmilla Korbut and Lord Mayor of Exeter at Exeter Guildhall

You are invited to attend our Planning Meeting 19 March 19:00 pm, when we will discuss and plan the programme for our guests from Yaroslavl who will be here 30 April to 10 May

 

We plan a range of interesting visits and activities for them, so your contribution and ideas would be welcomed. The group members will be Irina Peneva, Adriadna Poletaeva, Zoia Volkova, Tatiana Smirnova, Galina Zhiganova, Nina Ivanova, Aleksei Volkov and Olga Medvedeva

Some of the guests are likely to be in Exeter until 6 May when they will go on a coach trip until 10 May. We will publish details when available

 

Enquire about Planning Meeting

 


Russian Conversation Group 18 March 2019

Садовник

Our next Russian Conversation Group will be 18 March 2019 14:45 to 16:30. Discussion topic will be Theatre

 

Elena will be our native Russian-speaker at the meeting. She will be introducing «Садовник» a Russian party game that will give us a chance to practice language skills.

 

If you would like more information about our Russian Conversation Group please get in touch.

 


Bolshoi Ballet at Picture House Exeter 10 March 2019

Scene from Sleeping Beauty Ballet

Exeter Picture House will show the Bolshoi Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty on screen on Sunday 10 March at 15:00.

 

These are popular productions, so we advise prompt booking.

 

Link to Picture House website

 

Sleeping Beauty Trailer


Russian Christmas Dinner 10 January 2019

Prize Winner Bolshoi Ballet on Screen cinema season

Discover where you can experience the magic of the Bolshoi in your local cinema

Congratulations to Austin Hagreaves winner of our special Bolshoi Ballet on Screen cinema season prize, which we awarded at our Russian Xmas Dinner at Exeter College on 10 January 2019

 

The competition question was 'Who composed the music for Sleeping Beauty?' The answer was of course Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. From the large number of correct answers the Deputy Lord Mayor drew Austin's winning entry. He has won a pair of tickets for Sleeping Beauty on 20th March (choice of cinema)

 

Discover where you can experience the magic of the Bolshoi in your local cinema go to

http://www.bolshoiballetcinema.co.uk/

 


Letters from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter

Deputy Lord Mayor Exeter, Councillor Rachel Lyons

 

We have received a kind letter from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter who attended our Russian Christmas Dinner

 

Letter from the Deputy Lord Mayor

 

 

 


Special thanks to the Russian people who supported our Russian Xmas Dinner

Some of the young students at Exeter College who prepared and served our special Russian Christmas Dinner

Irina (Volgograd)

Irina (Yaroslavl)

Larisa (Yaroslavl)

Nataliya (Yaroslavl)

Veronika (Moscow)

Viktoria (Moscow)

Yulia (Moscow)

Menu was

Starter: Салат Оливье - Olivier salad

Intermediate: Уха - Ukha - Russian fish soup

Main: Котлеты - Kotlety - Minced pork and beef pattie, mashed potato, fresh cabbage salad, mushroom and red wine sauce

Dessert:Блины - Blini, warm chocolate, honey and candy nuts

We hope to do it again in 2020

Let us know if you would like to get involved in our activities

 


Russian Christmas Dinner 10 January 2019

Multi-National Event

Roberto Franceschini Chair of Devon European Movement speaking about how important it is that the family of European countries cooperate together

Exeter citizens from many countries attended our Russian Christmas Dinner. Roberto Franceschini Chair of Devon European Movement spoke about how important it is that the family of European countries cooperate together, including of course Russia.

 

Roberto is from Italy and in addition to British people there were guests from Russia, Australia, Croatia, France, Germany, India, New Zealand and Poland

 

Enquire about our future programme or the work of the European Association

 


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!