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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!

Winter school

Are you coming to the Winter school in Bloemendaal?

As a follow-up to the summer school, Welzijn Bloemendaal is organizing a winter school for children (11 to 18 years) of permit holders, refugees and expats during the spring break. The winter school is not an ordinary school. The school is organized in collaboration with the municipality of Bloemendaal offered to ensure that children do not experience a language delay during holiday periods. Children can thus come into contact with others. In the morning hours lessons are given in Dutch and social studies. Cultural and sports activities take place in the afternoons. The winter school is free and is intended for children who live in Heemstede and the municipality of Bloemendaal (including Bennebroek, Vogelenzang, Aerdenhout, Bloemendaal and Overveen). Especially in this time when schools are closed, it is of extra importance for these children to take lessons at a distance of 1.5 meter distance.

For the time being, the winter school will take place during the spring holidays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on  Monday, February 22, and Wednesday, February 24. There might be a continuation of the winter school in the May holidays as well.

Lessons at the winter school are given by volunteers from 14 to 23 years old who like to come into contact with children from other cultures. They familiarize the children with the municipality and help them improve the Dutch language.

Do you want to participate, or do you want more information? Then contact Nicole Honingh; Even if you want to register as a volunteer.

The winter school is location in the town hall of Bloemendaall. Transport is arranged if necessary by Welzijn Bloemendaal.


Small happiness

A message from the town hall of Heemstede.

The corona crisis has dominated our lives for a long time and we notice that every day. Healthcare is under pressure, young people are bored, entrepreneurs are having a hard time and everything that one used to call ‘normal things’ is suddenly no longer so self-evident.

Fortunately, a lot is still possible during this time, it still brings out a lot of creativity in people.

 Beautiful and creative ideas

Beautiful initiatives are being created that contribute to small, little happiness of another in this pandemic time. Until we get vaccinated, we have to make the best of it together and look for the little happiness for ourselves and for others.

For example, you can write a story about something that brings a Little joy in your life. Or you can offer your help to somebody.

You can find information on  below Little Happiness by clicking on the link:


Clothing gift card for children

Clothing gift card for children
Residents of Heemstede can apply for a clothing gift card for their child(ren) from the town Hall of Heemstede, before January 1 2020. The card has a value of € 100.00 and is intended for children up to 18 years old. The card can be exchanged at 10,000 (online) stores throughout the Netherlands and is valid for two years.
If you live on social security (via IASZ) you will be notified. If you have a low income and but you don’t receive any social security, you can still apply for the card via:

Source: Town Hall of Heemstede

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!