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Congratulations to Debbie & Andrew's

We at the Highland Russia Connection would like to pass on our congratulations to Debbie & Andrew's. Their micro sponsorship scheme contributed support for our successful Commonwealth Project back in 2014 and has been shortlisted for the Business in the Community Awards in the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award. Debbie & Andrew's produce the most delicious sausages that you can buy in some local Tesco and Sainsbury's supermarkets. You can find out more information at this web address https://www.debbieandandrews.co.uk/

The project we organised was set to coincide with the Get Scotland Dancing project, which was to have Ceilidhs taking place on the 21 st June 2014 all around the world, and included a specially choreographed dance commissioned by the Royal Ballet to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. The event we organised in Nairn was the Commonwealth Ceilidh using local talent, along with many people from around the Commonwealth now resident in the area. If you are interested you can watch the video of the ceilidh on our website.


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Are you a chess player who plays with Russian speaking opponents?
We have some books and audio tapes which have been donated by the family of the late Calum Wallace to give to someone who can make use of them. These are helpful when translating chess terms from English to Russian. There is also a chess set to go with them.
If you are interested, and can convince us of your intention to use them, please get in touch: elena.k.reid@gmail.com






Russian veterans in Cambridge.

An evening with Russian veterans of the Second World War

7th May @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Russian WWII veterans in Cambridge

Russian WWII veterans in Cambridge

This year marks 75 years since the start of the Great Patriotic War in Russia on 22nd June 1945. This war brought enormous losses to the peoples of the former Soviet Union – more than 27 million people died, of which civilians comprised an overwhelming majority. Some countries lost a significant part of their population: Belarus lost more than 25% of its population, Ukraine over 16%, and Russia every 7th citizen.

As days go by, fewer and fewer witnesses of those tragic times are still with us. Their striking stories and reminiscences about the great war are a powerful source of wisdom and inspiration; their experience presents priceless examples of courage, loyalty and endurance. This evening, we have the pleasure of welcoming some participants of decisive military events on the Eastern Front, such as the Battle of Stalingrad, the Crossing of the Dniepr, Battle of Berlin, and the Arctic Convoys.

They were still in the years of tender youth when the reality of war made them go and fight for their motherland, for their homes, and their loved and close ones. With remarkable stamina and fortitude did they bear war’s perilous hardships, and yet they retained tolerance and strong faith in peace, love and understanding between all people, as the corner stone of human life and well-being.

We are delighted to invite you to meet these extraordinary people, who are visiting us here in Cambridge for the first time ever – in order to share their memories with the local community.

Russian Veterans in Cambridge 7 May 2016

Venue


Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre



Lensfield Road
Cambridge, CB2 1ER
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Наш Новогодний праздник с Дедом Морозом и Снегурочкой в воскресенье 3его января с 12 часов 1 Ardconnel Terrace Inverness IV2 3AE


The Highland-Russia Connection Charity had another busy and successful year and our AGM is coming up on Friday 23rd October at 8 pm in Nairn Community Centre. Our charity accounts and annual report were submitted and accepted by OSCR, the charities regulator. At the AGM we will explain about, and show videos and photos regarding the 70th VDay celebrations in Russia that we attended.
The Highland-Russia Connection Charity offers talks,  displays, exibitions and performances. Elena ,Elizabeth and Anna Reid, Beth and Alex Garrow and Lauren Mackay have for the past a few years performed at different events and for many community groups across the Highlands and beyond. All of us have spent many hours volunteering for the community.
Elizabeth and Anna Reid, Beth and Alex Garrow will be presented with Saltire Awards, which are a positive recognition by the Scottish Government of 12-25 years old volunteers and their achievements, at the Highland-Russia Connection Charity AGM on the 23rd October @ 8pm in Nairn Community centre. The girls have entertained many people with Russian and Highland dancing, bagpipes and songs on many occasions.

The Highland-Russia Connection Charity Reg No SC040352

A.G.M.

Plus talk on 70th Victory Day celebrations in Russia

Friday 23rd October  @ 8pm

Nairn Community Centre.
All welcome.
Saturday 3rd October 2015, Earlston in the Scottish Borders, a year after the 200th anniversary of Lermontov’s birth and arrival of the bust to Earlston. The official unveiling ceremony of the Mikhail Lermontov sculpture took place with Gwen Hardie representing the Thomas the Rhymer / Lermonth side and Mairi Koroleva from Moscow representing the Lermontov Family.The bust was gifted to Scotland in 2014 in acknowledgement of the link between the Thomas the Rhymer, the Learmonth and Lermontov families. Mikhail Lermontov, who died in a duel in 1841 at age 26, never got to see Scotland, but he was a descendant of a Scottish soldier of fortune, George Learmonth, who settled in  Russia in the early 17th century and adapted his name to Lermontov. His standing in Russia was almost akin to that of Robert Burns. One of Lermontov's first well known ancestors was a mysterious 13th Century Scottish poet and prophet from Earlston, known as Thomas the Rhymer. Also present at the unveiling were the Consul General of the Russian Federation Andrey Pritsepov and Vice-Consul Timofey Kunitskiy along with John Paton-Day, the chairman of Earlston community council and many guests from across Scotland. We travelled from the North of Scotland representing the Highland-Russia connection Charity based in Nairn with our Russian-Scottish programme consisting of Russian and Highland dancing, bagpipes, Russian songs ,music and poems. There were also performances from The Glasgow Russian Orthodox School choir, the Brian Forest Scottish Dance Band, The Small Time Splitters ukulele band and Alex MacAllister on the bagpipes. Speeches at the Earlston gathering were given by Gwen Hardie, chairperson of the local Friends of Thomas the Rhymer group, by Mairi Koroleva, representing the Lermontov family , the Consul General of the Russian Federation Andrey Pritsepov, Gerald Maitland-Carew, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, and by professor Ronald Black who gave a very interesting lecture regarding the history of Thomas the Rhymer. The speeches were then followed by entertainment portraying Scottish and Russian culture. The whole event was a fitting tribute to Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, a direct descendant of George Learmonth and one of Scotland’s sons, who has finally come home. A historical moment and a great day. Thanks to Mairi Koroleva, Gwen Hardie and the Thomas the Rhymer group for their perseverance in making this project succeed and for helping to bring Scottish and Russian culture together.
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