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Reinforce the Platform

At the end of July, I posted a message on this website in which I invited everyone to become a member of the Platform. In short: Welcome to Heemstede, a Platform for integration. In the platform, we discuss how we can help our new permit holders who live in Heemstede in all kinds of fields so that they can find their way more easily within Heemstede and the surrounding area. If you haven’t read or heard of this invitation, take a look back at the website for the article from the end of July. Within the platform, we also discussed how we can do that even better. It would probably help if one person from each group (country of origin, same language, etc.), who has been in the Netherlands / Heemstede for some time, fulfills a position as a key person. Usually, that person speaks the Dutch language a little better than somebody who came here just a few months ago.

We would be great if those key persons would sign up for the Platform. We think that the integration process can then run even more smoothly and that people will feel more at home. If you have other / better ideas there, we hope that you will come and join us. It is now – in the corona time – even more important. The corona measures will probably be further tightened in November and people will have to stay at home even more than now. We think that could be demotivating or depressing for people who do not quite feel at home yet(in the Netherlands). We hope to be able to do something for them through this platform.

Again, sign up for the Platform if you want to do something for Heemstede and the integration of permit holders. This can be done by clicking on the “About the Platform/contact” on the website. You can also sign up for the newsletter there.

Country house De Hartekamp

The De Hartekamp country house was built in 1692 for Johan Hindelopen. It stood on the site of the farmstead of the Van Berkenrode family. It has been adapted several times over the centuries to suit the residents.

The famous Swedish biologist Carolus Linnaeus lived there from 1736 to 1738 as a guest of the Clifford family. Linnaeus has classified 18,000 plant and animal species.

The monumental country house has been in use since 1952 by the Care Center “De Hartekamp Groep”, an organization for people with disabilities.

You can enjoy a walk in the park. It is a beautiful place and the garden is beautifully landscaped.
It is accessible for free.

The Park is located at Herenweg 5, 2105 MB Heemstede

Neighbor‘s Day 2020

Neighbor‘s Day is the day when neighbors meet each other and do fun things together. This can be anything: having a drink together, decorating the street together, playing games together, making a treasure hunt for the children together, cleaning the street together, and so on.

Neighbor’s Day is celebrated every year in September. This year it’s on September 26th.

The Neighbor’s Day was started by Douwe Egberts (a well-known Dutch coffee manufacturer) and the Oranje Fonds (a foundation that donates money for social activities). They subsidize the celebration of this day.
Do you also want to organize a Neighbor’s Day with your neighbors?
 On this link, you will find some information and tips:

You can register to organize a  Neighbors’ Day together with your neighbors, but an association can also register.
Maybe all of this is too difficult for you. In that case, keep an eye on the local newspapers of Heemstede to see if a Neighbor‘s day is being organized in your area, and just have a look! It is a lot of fun !! And also a great way to get to know some people from your neighborhood.
We wish you lots of fun!!

The schools have reopened again

The schools in our region started their first day on Monday, August 17. In order to start the new school year well prepared, the following advice may help.

  • Choose the easiest way to school!
  • Make sure you put your smartphone in your bag
  • Is your bag on your back or on your luggage carrier?
  • Make sure to check if the light on your bike works beforehand.

Stay out of the blind spot of cars or trucks. This means that you always stay to the right and keep a good distance behind a large vehicle so that you are three meters behind it.

If you want more information, click on the link below. There you will find information from Veilig Verkeer Nederland.


New Corona measures from the 6th of August

How are you and what are the newest rules?
The number of corona infections is increasing again, now especially among young people. Many infections originated in places where many people were together who did not observe the social distance
On Thursday, August 6, Prime Minister Rutte gave another press conference. This is what he said;

● People still don’t follow the corona rules.
● More and more people are getting infected with corona.
● The rules are being adjusted.


● Meetings are only allowed if they are really necessary, for example, to provide live information. Only small groups are then allowed.
● Student associations are not allowed to organize meetings.
● Study associations and student sports associations may only organize meetings if they are really necessary. In small groups, until 10 pm at the latest, and without alcohol.

Catering industry
● You have to make a reservation beforehand.
● You get a seat at a table or bar.
● You must answer questions about your health on arrival and leave your name and telephone number so that you can be called if someone in the restaurant or bar is found to be infected.

Local measures

● If necessary, additional measures can be taken in your own place of residence, e.g. adjustment of opening hours of the catering industry and of the shopping center, mandatory masks in busy streets, or the prohibition on meetings with many people.


● If you do this, the chance of catching the coronavirus is very small.

Happy news!

Here is a piece of happy news from Facebook.

Kiflom and his family have become Dutch: they have got the Dutch nationality. Kiflom is a translator for our website. He translates from Dutch to Tigrinya. 

On behalf of The Platform, we congratulate him and his family wholeheartedly and wish them best of luck.

Layla and Ellen

The Taalsoos in the times of Corona

The taalsoos, which we have already mentioned and written about before, used to take place in the library on Wednesday mornings, but it also stopped when Corona made its entrance. Quite unfortunate, because both the participants and the volunteers used to enjoy these mornings a lot.

In addition to practicing the Dutch language, it was always a pleasant social affair! But then the library closed. And when it opened again, we couldn’t be with so many people in one room to comply with the corona SOPs. But then… the town hall of Heemstede decided to put up a big tent near the library so that the taalsoos could take place over there. We posted a photo of the tent in the group app and asked who would like to come and join us again. Turns out, a lot of people want to join us again!
Then came two weeks of all the corona SOPs and measuring and measuring and the even more SOPs and measuring again. Eventually, with due observance of all the rules, it turned out that a maximum of twelve people could be present in the tent at the same time. That was a little disappointing because the tent seemed so big… .. But it on the other hand was great to see everyone again.

We started with an “energizer” so that everyone could start actively. Unfortunately, we are also not allowed to sing, oh, and yes yes we also sing songs in the mornings at the taalsoos. Then the distance had to be more than one and a half meters! Then we made as long sentences as possible by sticking together as many words as possible by using words like but, because, because and be, and that was a lot of fun and went very well.

So the taalsoos is back again!

Children’s farm “Het Molentje’’ is open again


Children’s farm ‘t Molentje is open again. It is located in the beautiful Groenendaal woods, where the children can enjoy playing, e.g. changing trees and hide and seek.
The farm is open from 11 am to 3 pm on working days, but is temporarily closed on weekends. As the 1.5-meter society can only accommodate a maximum of 50 people. However, the stables will remain closed.

The Groenendaal playground has also reopened since the 1st of June.
Opening hours:
Working days: from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekends: from 10:15 am to 5:30 pm

For information about the Corona measures at the playground, please visit:


Organ donation: not letting know anything means giving permissio!

Earlier we published an article on organ donation on this website. Organ donation is the giving of organs of your body after your death, to save the lives of other people. People who need an organ to be able to live. For example, a kidney or a heart or blood vessels.

The new organ donation law comes into force on the 1st of September this year. That law states that you must let us know if your organs can be used to save other people’s lives. If you do not let anything know, you thereby give permission to use your organs after your death.

Note: You can choose whether you want it or not, whatever your decision might be, you must let us know !!
It is important for your family and the next of kin to know what you want if you die unexpectedly.

Click on the link to read everything again.