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Drawing for Saint-Nicolas

Make a drawing for Saint-Nicolas!

As you may have heard or seen,Saint-Nicolas  has arrived in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, due to Corona, he can not be in Heemstede. But Saint-Nicolas will be working at “home” in the Grote Pietenhuis. He would be really delighted if he gets drawings from you. But how do they get to the Grote Pietenhuis? Our mayor, Mrs. Astrid Nienhuis, has found a solution.

On November 27 she will go to  Saint-Nicolas with all the drawings. If you have made a beautiful drawing, you can send it to the town hall of Heemstede, the mayor will bring all your artwork to  Saint-Nicolas .Doesn’t it sound like a great idea?!

So, go and quickly grab your drawing supplies and get going.

Have fun!

Orange the World

Many places in the region and throughout the Netherlands will be illuminated in orange on Wednesday, November 25, at 8 pm, as part of the Orange the world campaign. The action was initiated by the Soroptimist International, a worldwide service organization of women, and runs between November 25 and 10 December. The start day, November 25 is International Day against Violence against Women and December 10, is International Human Rights Day.
In Heemstede, the town hall and the Molentje will be illuminated in orange.

Corona Related Information

Press conference Rutte

GlobalTalk (this is the new name of TVCN interpreting service) translated the press conference of September 28th. See


Pharos has already adjusted their website in response to the stricter measures regarding the Coronavirus. This information is available in Arabic, Tigrinya, Turkish and Farsi, among others.

Click on the link to their website:

Organ Donor Register

Now that many people have received a letter about the Organ Donor Register on their doorstep, We are sending you a link to a site where you will find information material in various languages on this subject: from Tigrinya to Frisian and from Arabic to sign language and much more.

Health insurance

We are back towards the end of the year and then the topic of health insurance will be on the agenda again. Also useful for newcomers. In Tigrinya, Arabic, English and Dutch.

Further information for our clients can also be found at the link below:

This site for permit holders / refugees provides information in various languages (Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Tigrinya, Turkish, French, English and Dutch) about healthcare. But also on topics such as Integration, Work and Income, Education and Family Reunification.

All mentioned links are also on the sites. They can always be found there


Adriaan Pauw Jaar

Adriaan Pauw year 2020 is still going on
At the beginning of this year, we were looking forward to it: the Adriaan Pauw year. This year it is exactly 400 years ago (in 1620) that Adriaan Pauw came to live here in Heemstede and Bennebroek. Adriaan Pauw was so important that a festive year is in order. He built the Oude Kerk on the Wilhelminaplein and also the Voorwegschool. He dug the Zandvaart and the Blekersvaart so that Amsterdam could be supplied with sand for further expansion and Heemstede received many bleachers. These activities have brought much prosperity to Heemstede. Adriaan Pauw also played an important role in the Peace of Münster, which ended the 80-year war and claimed peace in Europe. Hence the peace bridge at the Oude Slot.

So we were enthusiastic about preparing a year with all kinds of fun events for the entire population of Heemstede. And then…. came corona! A wonderful weekend in May with a market with old crafts, the reopening of Adriaan Pauw’s restored crypt and a symposium about Pauw’s significance for Heemstede, the region, the Netherlands, and Europe had to be canceled. All kinds of events, such as sports tournaments, music performances, and other events where many people gather, could also not take place. And yet Heemstede was able to experience many things in the Pauw area. For example, September 19, when the shopkeepers’ association organized a fun day with a fantastic competition. A beautiful sunny Saturday with lots of entertainment on the Binnenweg and Raadhuisstraat. And so, despite corona, there were still too many events to mention.

And it continues for a while. Good things are being pushed on to 2021. The symposium will probably be held in May and will gain some depth now that Pauw’s name has been associated with slavery by the Dutch East India Company. There are also exhibitions in the Pauwehof and the Burgerzaal in the Town Hall of Heemstede of the art that was created in the context of Adriaan Pauw last year.

The Adriaan Pauw year may have had some setbacks, but the organization will not give up. For everything that is still going on and what is to come, visit

On behalf of the Adriaan Pauw foundation,

Ben Steinebach



PLEASE NOTE: the clock will be set back one hour on the night of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.

When it’s wintertime, the clock goes backward on the night of Saturday to Sunday from 3 a.m. to 2 a.m. That night you can sleep for an hour extra. It always takes some time to get used to a new time. The mornings will be dark but also the evenings at about 6 pm. But you will get used to it again.

Corona: there are new stricter rules!

It’s not going really well:
The number of infections has risen very quickly and is still rising rapidly. So the government has announced new measures, which will apply from Wednesday, October 12 at 10:00 PM. It is important that everyone adheres to it.

The most important new rules are:
● At home you can receive a maximum of 3 people per day.
● A maximum of 30 people are not allowed at the same time in rooms where people are seated.
● Inside and outside, a group consists of a maximum of 4 people from different households.
● A household does not have a maximum number of people.
● Work from home, unless there is no other option.
● From the age of 13, wear a face mask in public indoor areas and on public transport.
● In secondary and higher education, everyone wears a face mask outside of class.
● All cafes and restaurants are closed. You can take away food or drinks. These rules do not apply to hotel guests and funerals.
● Shops close at 8 pm. There are no more shopping evenings anymore. Food shops cannot stay open longer than their usual opening hours.
● No alcohol will be sold between 8 PM and 7 AM.
● Most events where people get together are prohibited.
● Cinemas and theaters may remain open.
● The market also remains open.

Sports is only possible to a limited extent:
● From the age of 18 you must keep a distance of 1.5 meters and you can not exercise with more than 4 people at the same time.
● There are no matches anymore.
● Sports canteens and changing rooms are closed.
● Travel as little as possible.
● Avoid going to crowded places.

And of course it is very important to adhere to the basic rules:
● Wash your hands frequently, at least when you have been away from home.
● Keep a 1.5 meter distance from others.
● Stay at home if you are sick, sneeze frequently, have a cold or cough a lot.
● Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
● Wear a face mask in shops and on busy streets.

Mushrooms in Groenendaal

You don’t have to go to Elswout to see a large collection of mushrooms, because after a long period of rain, the Groenendaal forest becomes a paradise of mushrooms!

Mushrooms are not plants, but fruiting bodies of fungi. There are more than 5,000 types of mushrooms in the Netherlands.

They come in different shapes, sizes and colors.

They stand alone or in large groups,

they can have beautiful white color,

but also other colors, for example yellow

or orange.

You can also find them on a tree branch, so not just around the tree!

It really becomes an adventure when you walk through the forest at a leisurely pace.

So come quickly and enjoy them as they are fragile and that will not last long!

UN blue colors

 In the days leading up to the “birthday” of the United Nations, the town hall of Heemstede will be illuminated in blue from  October 19 to October 24. The Molentje van Groenendaal will also turn blue.

The United Nations will be exactly 75 years old on October 24, 2020. To mark this memorable moment, in the run-up to this, as many buildings, bridges, (church) towers, statues, squares and fountains in the Netherlands as possible will be put in blue light. Heemstede is happy to participate in this initiative out of appreciation for the activities of the United Nations.

The UN is still committed to global cooperation, especially in the areas of peace and security, sustainable economic and social development, human rights, humanitarian aid and international law.

Children’s disco at WIJ Heemstede

Disco for children aged 6 – 10 years
From September to May there is a real children’s disco every month in Plexat. A DJ will make sure that all children can dance and jump on his music. Usually, we also do a dance competition, or we go limbo dancing.
Upon arrival, the child’s name and telephone number are noted, so that parents can leave their child carefree. Parents can have a cup of coffee in the foyer of WIJ De Luifel in the meantime.
The disco is on Friday from 7 to 9 pm and costs 3 euros including candies and 2 lemonades.

Click on the link below for more information: