Stumbling stones

Stumbling stones, originally ‘Stolpersteine’, are an initiative of the German artist Gunter Demnig. They are cube-shaped concrete stones with a brass top plate, with the text engraved on them. The stones are placed on the sidewalk in front of the houses from which the Jews were expelled and murdered. There are now more than 70,000 stumbling blocks in Europe.

Also in Heemstede, 2 stumbling stones have been placed in memory of Mrs Johanne Hedwig van Straaten and her sister Marie Mathilde van Straaten. Both died in German concentration camps. The granddaughter of Mrs Johanna van Straaten has taken the initiative for this. Her grandmother had a bookshop at number 91 Binnenweg from 1937 until the first years of the Second World War. That’s where the stumbling stones are placed.


‘The taalsoos, is it something for you?”

You have often read about ‘de taalsoos’ on this site. Usually when there was something special to mention: a visit from the mayor or from Sinterklaas, or that we could continue in the tent at the library when corona threw the spanner in the works. How is your language learning going now? And, would it be something for you? What do we do on that Wednesday morning in the library?

The main goal is to practice speaking in Dutch. But we also sometimes pay attention to grammar, explain expressions and sayings, and discuss Dutch customs and traditions. (Why does the whole Netherlands colour orange at parties? Why not blue or red?) We recently spent an hour on the word ‘er’. As a Dutch person, think about that…. How often and in how many different contexts is this word used in our language! And do you think that a foreigner understands us when they hear us say the ‘dudurdugroet’?

Sometimes it looks a bit like school, but the participants generally find it more fun and educative! Especially when we discuss small dilemmas and have conversations in the form of a role play. (What do you do if you don’t get enough money back in the store? And…. What do you do if you get too much back???) Before the 1.5 -meter rule was in force, we sometimes had up to 18 participants. Then we made small groups, so that everyone could have their say, but above all had a chance to speak. We hope it can be done that way again in August…. Anyone who wants to practice speaking Dutch, is welcome. There are now participants from Korea, Syria, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Eritrea and Denmark. Explaining something to someone else is allowed in your own language and the volunteers who prepare the meetings also speak French, Turkish, Arabic, Italian, English and German. But otherwise: Dutch. The traditional Dutch word ‘gezelligheid’ is high on the list!

As soon as the number of participants is unlimited again, we will let you know on this site and maybe we’ll see you then! Welcome.


Children’s farm ‘t Molentje turns 70!

A petting zoo that turns 70: that is very special. ‘t Molentje is the oldest petting zoo in the Netherlands. That calls for a great party.

The estate has been owned by the municipality ofHeemstede  since 1913, the farm was built in 1951. Then the children’s farm started. Over time, many species of animals lived here, not only cows, pigs, deer and goats, but also guinea pigs, llamas, kangaroos and a bee colony. Unfortunately, in the fire of 2010, the haystack with the bee colony burned down.

Saturday 26 June is the party: everyone is welcome!! For visitors there is coffee, tea and lemonade with some sweets, and at 14.00 the party lunch starts. Children have colored a flag coloring page, and all drawings are hung in a garland on the farm. It will look very festive.

The petting zoo is located in the Groenendaalse forest, close to the playground, Burgemeester van Rappardlaan 1.


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.

Summer Heroes

Summer Heroes

What makes one a hero? What superpowers does one require? Does a hero live in your street or are you one yourself? Together we go on a hero hunt during a summer class. We are all going to do super cool and heroic things like drawing cartoons, making power hats, cooking food, and eating together. Sign up quickly!

When: July 22, 23, 29, 30, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With: Children from group 5 to 8

Where: Luifel, Herenweg 96, Heemstede

Costs: € 5.00 including lunch

 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!


Daffodils in the Groenendaal woods       

                                                                                                                                                                                 How do the daffodils get into the Groenendaal woods?

Daffodils are flower bulbs and they are put in the ground. So they don’t just grow in the woods. In 1953, a Flora was held on the Vrijheidsdreef. That is an exhibition of plants and flowers. A lot of flowers and bulbs are then exhibited to show what is being grown. At that time, flower bulbs may also have been planted in the woods. Anyhow, it looks very attractive in the spring.

Walk into the woods and then go to the woods where the dogs are not allowed to come, then you will see many daffodils. A flock of sheep can be seen at the end as well.

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.