Organ donation: not letting know anything means giving permissio!

Earlier we published an article on organ donation on this website. Organ donation is the giving of organs of your body after your death, to save the lives of other people. People who need an organ to be able to live. For example, a kidney or a heart or blood vessels.

The new organ donation law comes into force on the 1st of September this year. That law states that you must let us know if your organs can be used to save other people’s lives. If you do not let anything know, you thereby give permission to use your organs after your death.

Note: You can choose whether you want it or not, whatever your decision might be, you must let us know !!
It is important for your family and the next of kin to know what you want if you die unexpectedly.

Click on the link to read everything again.

Father’s Day crafting

You can make all kinds of nice things from iron  beads. It’s not that difficult. You can make this nice key ring in the colors of your father’s favorite football club. So that you can make your dad happy with it will be useful for him too. This special gift will not easily be lost by  your father.

For the key ring you need different colored iron beads and a ring.

Another possible gift may be a handmade tie, which is quite  easy to make. The required items  include toilet roll, some paper, glue, nice decorations and ribbon.

More info at:

Consultation with Social workers of WIJ Heemstede  are possible again!

From june, It has become possible again to consult social workers of WIJ Heemstede  by making an appointment

Keeping in view the Guidelines of RIVM , WIJ Heemstede will arrange up a permanent room for this purpose at the Luifel on the Herenweg 96, Heemstede.  As these meetings are not possible to be conducted at  Plein1 due to lack of space.

Please call 023 – 20 50 889 or email to:, to make an appointment.

Dorcas is open again!

As of Thursday, June 4, 2020, the vintage shop, Dorcas Heemstede will reopen on Thursdays and Fridays. For the time being,  Saturdays are only for bringing in old furniture or other goods.

You can shop safely because the RIVM and Dorcas guidelines will be observed. This means that the 1.5-meter guideline is used in the store and at the time of collections. Unfortunately, the customer toilet and coffee corner are temporarily closed.

The opening hours are as follows:

Thursdays: shop and collections, from 10 am to 3 pm

Friday: shop and collectins open from 10 am to 3 pm

Saturdays: shop closed, for the time being only open from 10 am to 3 pm for collections only.

These changes are temporary. You can find the current state of affairs on their  Facebook page and on their website.

Have fun shopping!

Check their website:


Corona guidelines as of June 1, 2020

New steps are possible from 1 June.
You can be outside with more people but within the 1.5-meter distance.

You can be in a public place with 30 people, the 1.5-meter distance also applies here.

Unfortunately, the gyms will still stay closed.

Making music such as singing and playing on wind instruments may still be dangerous, it is still discussed if it could be possible.

Cafe’s en restaurants will open again.

30 people are allowed inside and you have to make a reservation and of course, you cannot come if are having any symptoms.

Outside, more people are allowed to sit on the terrace 1.5 meters away from each other. People from one household are allowed to sit together within that distance, as well as 2 people.

Cinemas, concert halls, and theaters are also allowed to open again, with the provision of the 1.5-meter rule, and no more than 30 people. Clients should always make a reservation beforehand.

Secondary schools will open on the 2nd of June.

For a complete overview, you can look at the link of the national government.


Stibat, a non-profit organization distributes Plumes


  The non-profit organization Stibat has launched the national campaign called “Lege batterijen (Empty batteries). Hand them in and Win!

 The winners were a resident of Bennebroek and one of Heemstede, who earned a Plume and a gift voucher of € 25.00. By handing in the batteries, they made a contribution to the environment.

Stibat works on a cleaner environment by collecting empty batteries. It is then made, for example, fora cheese slicer, a flashlight, or a bicycle. So always hand in your empty batteries and do not dispose them in the waste bin.
Nationally there are more than 24,000 recycling points: supermarkets, hardware stores, drugstores, toy shops, etc. Tip: where you can buy batteries, you can also return empty batteries.
So if you are eco-conscious, hand in your old batteries! 

“Kom in mijn tuin” (“come to my garden”) has opened its doors again for children from May 14

   The aim of “Kom in mijn tuin” is to teach children, parents/grandparents, and disabled people about nature and health and in particular to promote vegetable gardening.

“Come In My Garden” in Groenendaal will start again on Thursday,  May 14, for children, the entrance is on the Herenweg 18 Heemstede (opposite the Manpadslaan). The RIVM Corona guidelines will obviously still be observed. The garden is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 5 pm.
Volunteers will help children with gardening. They have already prepared some things so that they can start right away.

There is still some space available for children who are interested. You can register via or by contacting Mik van der Bor, telephone: 023-5282651

For more information, click on  the link:


New  safety measures in relation to the coronavirus from May 11

   The following measures will be expanded as of 11 May:

  • Schools in primary education, including special (primary) education, daycare, and childminder care open their doors.
  • Everyone can exercise outside (including teaching), as long as the  1.5 meters distance is kept. This distance does not apply to children up to and including the age of 12. Competitions, communal changing rooms, and showers are prohibited. For children and young people up to and including the age of 18, it is still advised that outdoor sports should be supervised.
  • Most contact professions will be possible again as of 11 May 2020. These include driving instructors, medical professions (dieticians, masseuse, etc.), external care employees (hairdressers, pedicurists, beauticians, etc.) and alternative medicine practitioners (acupuncturists, homeopathy).
  • Libraries open their doors to the public again. They are taking measures so that visitors can keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.

New measures will be taken from  June 1, but we will inform you about that next time.
Source: National government, May 7


Royal Award

   On Friday, April 24, Hans Kerkhoff, member of the Platform for Integration, received a call from the Mayor of Heemstede, Astrid Nienhuis to hear that he has been appointed Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau. He really is a well-deserved candidate for it, as he has been a volunteer in many fields for over 50 years, particularly for the Church, nature and environment, and refugees.

For example, he is a nature guide at the IVN Zuid-Kennemerland department, a volunteer at Thijsse’s Hof in Bloemendaal, a volunteer from the Taalcoaches foundation and a collector for various charities.
We congratulate him warmly.