Heemstede is accepting extra permit holders

The situation in the world (especially in Africa and the area around Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan) is getting worse for the people there. Many try to flee to Europe. The asylum seekers centers in the Netherlands are running full. As people cannot and in fact are not allowed to stay there, they are allocated to the Dutch municipalities according to a fixed distribution key.

Heemstede is set to accept 15 to 20 extra permit holders on top of the numbers promised earlier. According to Mayor Astrid Nienhuis, this is our moral duty. The municipality is looking for (temporary) housing for the extra status holders. That is not easy because the municipality has no large locations available. All suggestions are welcome and that is why the town hall of Heemstede is organizing an online meeting on 2 December from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm in which residents can put forward their ideas and suggestions. Anyone can register via www.wijmakenheemstede.nl/statushouders. The town hall is looking for locations that can be used quickly and that are habitable for 15 to 20 status holders without many adjustments.

We hope that many people with ideas will take advantage of this opportunity.


Special volunteer service award 2021

Every year in Heemstede an award is given to a volunteer who has distinguished him/herself in various fields. This can also be a group of volunteers. The municipality of Heemstede is also in this way trying to encourage more  people to do voluntary work. This can be done in many ways and you can, for example, look at the options on the website of WIJ Heemstede:www.wijheemstede.nl.

The work of volunteers and their boards has become extra difficult due to the corona pandemic. They always had to respond to the changes caused by the measures taken by the government. A lot had to be improvised and volunteers had to be extra flexible. That is why in 2021 an extra award will be given for the “improvising board” of the year.

Applications for this can be submitted until November 15, with a short motivation letter to (jvanduin@wijheemstede.nl). The prizes will be awarded on November 27. It is not yet certain whether the event can take place in a festive way or not, for all volunteers as it  usually takes place. That depends on the severity of the corona pandemic at that time.

Sinterklaas is coming!

On November 13, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers will take place. He arrives by boat at 11.30 am at the Herfstlaan near het Molentje. Sinterklaas adheres to the corona measures in force in the Netherlands. No extensive handshakes and photo opportunities. Sinterklaas greets children with a fist bump. Children can hand over their drawings at the moment there. There is entertainment by a dance group from Ballet & Dansstudio Jolein, music by Harmonie St Michaël and there is a Kidz-Dj show.

The Gluten-free Piet will be present this year  again. You can recognize him by his green/white Pete costume. Only the Gluten-free Piet wears a green/white costume. And with the Gluten logo on the chest and cape, this Pete is definitely not to be missed. Gluten-free Piet has been coming for more than 5 years now, thanks to the support of the Dutch Celiac Association (Nederlandse Coeliakie Vereniging: NCV).


  • 10.45-12.30: Kidz DJ show at the Herfstlaan
  • 11 a.m.: Pieten present at Herftslaan
  • 11.30 am: Arrival boat at the Molentje
  • 11.30-12.30: Welcome Sinterklaas accompanied by the Kidz-dj show
  • 12.30 pm: Start procession over Vrijheidsdreef towards the Town Hall accompanied by harmony St Michael, with Sinterklaas on a side-by-side tandem.
  • 12.45 pm: Reception Sinterklaas at the Town Hall by the mayor, singing songs together
  • Afterwards: Sinterklaas will walk across the square for a while
  • 1.15 pm: End of the festivities.


 Yes Yes. No no. Yes No. No Yes. Oh yeah? Oh no!

What is this about? This is about stickers on your pastbox. Would you like to receive advertising brochures and free door-to-door papers / newspapers? Or do you want one and not the other? Or the other, but not the one? Do these kind of door-to-door papers and folders often go straight to the wastepaper basket unread? That’s a waste of paper. An average household receives 32 kilos of unaddressed printed material on their doorstep every year. And the town hall wants to do something about that.

From 1 January 2022 you can choose: No sticker: No advertising brochures, but free local papers Yes/Yes sticker: Advertising brochures and free local papers No/No sticker: No advertising brochures, no free local papers

The municipality therefore hopes that only  a few Ja/Ja-stickers will be visible. But above all that you think carefully and choose consciously. And if you really read everything, you can pick up such a sticker for free at the town hall or at Plein 1.



As we wrote in July, we would let you know if ‘de Taalsoos‘ can admit new participants again. And yes, the corona measures have been relaxed so much that there is no longer a limitation in number. For a safe feeling for everyone, it would be nice if you have a QR code. Not that we strictly control that, because we leave it to your own sense of responsibility.

Come and join us sometime and if you like it we’ll add you to the group app.

In Plein Blauw on the first floor in Plein 1. It is held every Wednesday morning from 10.15 am to 11.30 am. Coffee and tea is served from 10:00 o’clock.

Are you wondering what we do at the taalsoos and what it is all about?  Then we recommend you to scroll back to our  ‘older posts’, you will come across various articles about it. See you soon then?

Beware of each others safety the Binnenweg


Under that motto, a campaign for the Binnenweg was launched this week. With large signs in Heemstede and banners above the Binnenweg, motorists are urged to be aware of other visitors.

In the shopping street, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians share the space with each other. This also means: taking into account weaker road users, such as cyclists, pedestrians and the disabled. The Binnenweg is a shopping and residential street where shoppers and residents should be able to cross the street safely. And where traffic from the right, including cyclists, has priority over traffic on the Binnenweg.

Let’s all take into account that the Binnenweg is for everyone. So don’t drive too fast and make sure to give vulnerable road users space!


Platform says goodbye to a few members

During our last meeting, the Platform (Welcome Heemstede, Platform for Integration) said goodbye to four of our members.

Ellen Bannink, Ingrid van de Kasteele, Liesbeth Mulder and Pim van Wonderen have decided to stop contributing to the Platform for various reasons.

Ellen has spent a lot of time and energy in developing and maintaining the website over the past 6 years. In addition, together with Ingrid, she played an important role in the participation process and (obtaining) the participation statement. In addition, she enthusiastically participated in all kinds of activities organized by the Platform.


The last one certainly also applies to Ingrid, who also regularly encouraged the Platform to increase its activity. She undoubtedly knew most of the permit holders personally and has often worked as a language coach. She even wrote a book about it: “De andere kant”. Ingrid also played an important role in the participation process and (obtaining) the participation declaration.


Liesbeth has “only” been a member of the Platform for 3 years but has left her mark. She was one of the driving forces behind the Taalsoos on Plein1, together with Ellen and Ingrid, among others. She was always willing to take on additional tasks, such as taking minutes of the meetings and developing a Mission and Vision for the Platform.


And last but not least Pim, who although works for the municipality, but – as a resident of Heemstede – he found it important to be a part of the Platform. In addition, Pim is well known in Heemstede as a cycling coach for permit holders. A very practical contribution, but oh so important.


Ellen, Ingrid, Liesbeth and Pim all had their own reasons for leaving the Platform, but they will continue to deal with permit holders, if it is not in Heemstede or in Voorschoten, such as Liesbeth. All four of you: thank you very much for everything you have done. And good luck in the future!

And the Platform? The Platform will find a new place within WIJ Heemstede. We hope to be more effective there to give permit holders extra support in feeling at home in Heemstede.

Heritage Days

The Heritage Days will take place again on the 11th  and 12th of  September. There are several monuments to visit in Heemstede and Haarlem. Many doors  will open that usually would remain closed.

In Heemstede for example: Het Bakkershuisje, Berkenrode, Hartekamp, De Vermaning, Huis te Manpad.

A very nice bike tour has been made available by the Heemstede-Bennebroek Historical Association. You don’t have to do the whole bike tour. You get to see places that you normally probably would never visit or that you didn’t know existed.

You can find the route by clicking the link below:





Open day at Wij Heemstede

The new season of WIJ Heemstede will start on Wednesday September 12. That season starts with an open day and on that day there is also a ‘course market’. There are stalls with information about all activities and services of WIJ Heemstede. Course instructors are available to answer all questions. There are courses for youth, adults and especially for seniors. There is also a small exhibition with work by students from previous years. There are short workshops to get a taste of what a course contains. The brochure of the new season will also be presented on this day. More information can be found at Wijheemstede.nl. You are welcome between 2 pm and 5 pm in De Luifel at Herenweg 96.


The yearly Heemsteedse market on Sunday 29

The yearly Heemsteedse market will take place again on Sunday 29 August. The market is on the Binnenweg and in the Raadhuisstraat from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shopkeepers from the center of Heemstede and traders from outside guarantee great items at smallprices and tasty snacks and drinks. The market is usually very busy and everyone meets acquaintances. All terraces are open. And there are many in Heemstede!

There is fun for young and old to experience. For example in ‘the Silent Disco area’. What is that? Have a look… Special shopping bags will be handed out. There is music and special portraits can be made at the Mario Kart photobooth. Children can have their faces painted and they can make children’s cocktails from COCO LOCO. The corona measures are taken into account. The stalls are spacious. Visitors are asked to adhere to the one and a half meter measure. Heemstede shopping center puts its best foot forward every year and we have no doubts that it will succeed again this year.