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The scouting WABO Heemstede

The scouting WABO Heemstede is an active, fun and tough girl group in the Groenendaalse Bos and they are celebrating their  75 year anniversary this year.

What does one do during scouting? You can do fun and exciting activities, such as treasure hunts, crafts and campfires etc.

What is Scouting? It is the largest youth organization in the Netherlands. If you are a member of the scouting club, you will come together with other members weekly. Sometimes you go to camp and when you are older there are also international activities. You also have a special outfit when you are a member.

Worldwide there are 50 million girls and boys in Scouting. Queen Maxima is patroness of Scouting Netherlands.


You have a group of 7 to 10 years the Cubs and a group of 10 to 14 years the Scouts. There are also groups of 14 years and older.

For more information click on the link below:

The club house does not have its own address. There is a small bridge at Ritsema Boskade at number 11, if you cross that bridge and keep left, you will arrive at the clubhouse.
You can participate a number of times without becoming a member.

 Bicycles and bicycle trainers wanted!


 Bicycles and bicycle trainers wanted!

Have you just bought an e-bike and is the old bicycle still in the garage?

You could make the permit holders who are residing in Heemstede very happy with this. Learning to ride a bicycle is very important for their self-reliance. They have a cycling lesson club that has an immense shortage of bicycles. Folding bicycles are conveniently adjustable in height and therefore very suitable. But also women’s, men’s and children’s bicycles are very useful. And we can also use people who want to help them learn to cycle. Have you never given cycling lessons to anyone before? Don’t worry it doesn’t matter, if you are somebody who is patient and enjoys giving lessons and at the same time, has 30-60 minutes available once or twice a week, you can go a long way! In short, help our new fellow citizens on their bikes and help them navigate safely through traffic.

For more information: Welcome Heemstede, Platform for Integration

Pim van Wonderen, email:


As you know, there are plenty of people over 18 years old who are being vaccinated. The plan is that as many people as possible get vaccinated. If it is not clear to you what the plan is

all about, you can click on the links below, where the explanation of the vaccination plan can be found in your own language.

The link of “corona.steffie” also has audio text.


Adventurous day in the Speelbos Meermond

After great success during the spring break, the neighbouring sports coaches will be returning to Speelbos Meermond during the May holiday.

On May 3, Sportsupport is organizing an adventurous day in the Speelbos Meermond with tough forest games such as Stratego suitable for all ages.

Children from groups 3 to 8 can register for free via the website

Monday 3 May: Speelbos Meermond. Cruquiusweg 49, #heemstede


09:00 – 10:30 am: group 3 – 4

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: groups 5 – 6

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: groups 7-8

Unfortunately, parents cannot join due to the corona regulations in the play forest!

Hurry up, because FULL = FULL!


Spring school

Spring school in Bloemendaal

After the Summer and Winter School, Welzijn Bloemendaal now also organizes a Spring School during the May holidays for teens (from 11 to 18 years old) like resident permit holders, refugees and expats. The holiday school is not an ordinary school. The school is organized in collaboration with the town hall of Bloemendaal offered to ensure that young people remain engaged with the Dutch language during holiday periods and thus do not get a language deficiency. In addition, the school aims to make these teens get to know each other by coming together to increase their social network. In the morning hours, lessons are given in Dutch and social studies. in an interactive way. Cultural and sports activities take place in the afternoons. The Spring School is offered free of charge and is intended for children who live in the municipality of Bloemendaal (Bennebroek, Vogelenzang, Aerdenhout, Bloemendaal and Overveen) and Heemstede. Especially nowadays it is of extra importance for these children to continue to follow these lessons.

The Spring School takes place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm during the May holidays on:

Week 1: Monday April 26 and Wednesday April 28

Week 2: Monday, May  3, and Wednesday,  May 5 (with a special activity )

Are you someone or do you know children who would qualify for this or do you want more information? Then contact Nicole Honingh before April 15;


Even if you want to register as a volunteer, feel free to contact. The number of registrations for the holiday school is growing and there is limited space.


Port of Heemstede is being renewed:

Port of Heemstede is being renewed:

You might already have heard of it, there is some construction going on at the port of Heemstede on the Heemsteedse Dreef, at the corner of Havenstraat.The intention is that the port will become a place where you can chill comfortably. There will be benches and a scaffolding staircase on which you can sit and chat and / or enjoy the view of the harbor. It will also be made accessible for disabled people and prams. There will also be a berth for boats from passers-by.

Passers-by are people who berth their boat to visit Heemstede.

The plan was devised by the Havenlab; that is a group of residents, entrepreneurs and interested parties who made the design. The construction  is expected to be completed by the end of June. Then everyone can visit in the summer.

De VoorleesExpress

De VoorleesExpress Heemstede

Every story starts with language …

Parents would like to support their children in the language and reading, but sometimes they do not know how. It is not self-evident for every parent to read aloud, to be actively involved with language skills of their children. How do you read aloud? How do you get books? Where’s the library? How can you stimulate language development in your children? The VoorleesExpress helps with this. A condition is that parents are motivated to learn something about reading and language, and that they actively participate. The mother tongue also plays an important role, so it will not be just a Dutch lesson.

The VoorleesExpress supports children from 2 to 8 years old with deficient  language skills. Twenty weeks, at a fixed time, a volunteer comes to the family’s home to read aloud. Together with the parents, the VoorleesExpress ensures that language and reading pleasure have a permanent place in the family.

The aim is to enrich the language environment at home and to stimulate improvement of language skills through, among other things, reading pleasure. Parents are an important part of the project and they are supported by the volunteer to give language and reading aloud a permanent place in the family.

The VoorleesExpress Heemstede is performed by WIJ Heemstede i.c.w. have the Zuid-Kennemerland library.

The VoorleesExpress works, among other things, with schools and pre-schools, and strengthens the partnership between school and parents. Applications can be made by (pre) schools in consultation with the VoorleesExpress Heemstede. Contact your school / playgroup or the teacher if you want to participate in the VoorleesExpress, or reach out to someone from your area to help you with this.

For further information

Visit: for more information.

Do you have a question?

Ask your question to project leader Els Boon of WIJ Heemstede, tel .: 0614956731 or via e-mail:


Compensation for homework supervision, tutoring or exam training


Bloemendaal – Heemstede, February 26, 2021

Compensation for homework supervision, tutoring or exam training

For parents with a low income

Residents with a low income can apply for an allowance for homework support, tutoring or exam training from the town hall of Bloemendaal or Heemstede. The funds are for children in secondary school or in secondary vocational education.

For children in the highest class of the secondary school, an exciting period will soon start: the exams are coming. Exam training is meant to help students with preparation but it is expensive. That is why the municipality gives compensation for this. Pupils who are not in the exam year can use this arrangement for tutoring or homework supervision. The maximum contribution is € 1,200.00.

Guidelines for low-income families

There are guidelines for low-income families. For a single parent, this is approximately € 1,308 net per month (excluding holiday pay). For married or cohabiting couples, this amounts to € 1,868 net per month (excluding holiday pay).

Applying for compensation:

Parents who meet the criteria can apply for reimbursement via

Here are also the conditions.

Calculate your entitlement

Many other schemes exist for low-income residents. For example for a computer, bicycle or sports costs. Residents can calculate their rights anonymously at

Press release: Municipality of Heemstede and Bloemendaal Compensation for homework budget


The website of “De Historische Vereniging Heemstede Bennebroek” has been renewed

The HVHB website is new. On the website, there are descriptions of many monuments and you can also search for walking and cycling routes. Historical films can also be seen.

There are now also films with a short video message from the mayor of Bloemendaal, Mr Roest and alderman Struijf of Heemstede to promote the website.

If you want to know more about Heemstede and or Bennebroek, have a look at the website via the following link;

HeerlijkHeden Magazine is a magazine about the history of Heemstede and Bennebroek. In our quarterly magazine HeerlijkHeden you will find an interesting, readable and varied mix of articles and facts from the history of Heemstede and Bennebroek and about our association, about historical events, big and small.


Lots of fun!