It is that time of the year again. On the night of Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, the clock will be put forward an hour forward. That means one hour less sleep. But also that it will be light for an hour longer in the evening.

Because it is light for an hour longer, the cabinet has decided to start the curfew an hour later. That’s from March 31. The curfew will then start at 10 p.m.

Earth Hour March 27

Heemstede will turn off the light in solidarity, would you do the same?

On Saturday 27 March from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Heemstede will turn off the lights in the town hall and the Molen and request all inhabitants of  Heemstede to participate.

With this worldwide action of  Earth Hour, in which 180 countries and millions of people participate, attention will be drawn to our fragile nature on Earth.

This year there is a special and live stream version of Earth Hour. During this livestream, ambassadors Humberto Tan, Armin van Buuren and André Kuipers together with other well-known Dutch people will give nature a voice.

During the  Earth Hour LIVE, full of music, inspiring stories from special guests, discussing  dilemmas and entertainment. Such as a mini-show by comedian Guido Weijers, a live performance by Danny Vera and FRIDAY, a lesson on climate by Amara Onwuka and much more. The live stream can be followed from 20:15 via

Press release Municipality of Heemstede


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.



Although I have no idea what kind of  people visit this website and read our articles, and therefore do not know who I am reaching while writing this article, I have something to say that comes straight from my heart. This website is a part of  “The Platform for Integration’‘, intended for new residents of Heemstede. And of course, there are a bunch of newcomers in Heemstede, from various corners of the world. I am using the “world” on purpose, because I want to address more people, than just some Amsterdammers who move from their city to the beautiful Heemstede.

Platform for integration, integration means that one becomes a part of the society, but that has to come from both sides. We often say that “the other should integrate more”. But we forget that the other person, who moves to our country, should also be given the chance to do so. In terms of contributing to better integration of newcomers, our part as Dutch / residents of Heemstede, is essential in our municipality.

I was confronted with this again recently. I happened to be present at a meeting of “a neighbor” and a newcomer. The neighbour came by to say thanks for something tasty she had received from the newcomer. She was asked, If she could come in for a moment by the new Heemsteder “Of course”, she replied. When that Dutch neighbor and I were having a conversation about her new neighbours, she told me that people in the neighborhood thought that the new neighbours did not want to connect with others, since their curtains were always shut. I explained it had to do with their culture and religion. The neighbor reacted surprised, relieved, and happy. “Ooohhh, that was the reason. So I could have just rang their bell?” She was completely amazed when the new neighbours turned out to be very welcoming and they could also communicate very wel in Dutchl.

A message to everyone: Get in touch with newcomers (immigrants/refugees). Just start by saying hello and having a chat. And if there is something that “bothers” you, talk about it. Don’t “lecture” others, but just explain if there is any cultural clash or difference. It is possible that the other person doesn’t even know that he / she is doing something “wrong”, that might bother you. Remember that with regard to the initiative to contact, it can more easily come from you, as a Dutch person. It really doesn’t have to be a weekly coffee invitation right away, but just show some interest in the other person who is trying to find his or her way in our country.  I frequently get asked the following questions by the new residents : “How can I talk to Dutch people? With whom? Where? When?” .Every conversation, no matter how small, helps the other one step further. For real! And, believe me, usually people speak better Dutch than you assume. But people are often afraid to make mistakes. “Help them” sounds so dramatic, but let’s call it “pay a part” in their integration