foto van Classic Car Show.

On Saturday 28 August 2017, between 11.00 and 17.00 hrs, entrepreneurs of Frederikstraat will organize the Classic Car Show for the fourth time in row.

A family event with bouncy cushions and a Ferrari F1 simulator for the young visitors, nice easy meals, an ice cream vendor and a poffertjes kraam (Dutch mini pancakes vendor).

17 August 2017, Den Haag Centraal (weekly newspaper)


After five years Margreet Meijer, volunteer editor of the English A&W website, has decided to leave our team. She did her work very well and with much pleasure and we are sorry that we have to say goodbye.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic successor whose work will be: to translate the articles published on the Dutch website into English, select articles that will be of special interest to the expat readers and post them on the English website.  For this we use the programme ‘WordPress’. Every fortnight a newsletter with the most recent articles is sent out via Your Mailing List Provider.
‘WordPress’ and ‘YMLP’ are easy to use programmes; when you are not familiar with (one of) them the editors on the team will be glad to help you.

The articles on the Dutch site must have a connection with the Community Organisation of Archipel & Willemspark. For the English site this is not always strictly necessary: the expat community has also connections with their ‘national clubs’ outside our neighbourhood.
The present editorial team consists of 6 persons who are in charge of the Dutch and English versions of our website, the interviews with entrepreneurs and striking people in our neighbourhoud and the software that we use.

Would you like to be an editor/translator on the A&W website team?
Please send an email to:  stating your name, email address and telephone number and we will contact you.

12 July 2017, editorial board website 


Turmeric, Saffron, Ginger, Coriander …….. mmmm! – lose yourself in the flavours of the Subcontinent and introduce a new dimension to your everyday cooking. My Indian workshop gives you some great ideas for home cooking and entertaining. Information on Indian ingredients and cooking techniques ensures this class is perfect for anyone interested in the wholesome cuisine of this vibrant and beautiful country, where food is a daily celebration of life.

You will learn some easy to prepare, nutritious and impressive dishes for sophisticated everyday cooking like dal (lentils), palak paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), biryani (rice), kebabs etc. Throwing a dinner party needn’t be traumatically complicated. With plenty of clever tips and mouthwatering dishes, you’ll leave the workshop with new ideas, new confidence and no-nonsense, yet stylish dinner party ideas.

The aim of the cookery workshop is

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Twenty young new Archipel residents from Syria, Eritrea and other countries have lived  on Sumatrastraat for almost a year now. They are learning the Dutch language and how to find their way in Dutch culture and society. Their library is well-stocked. What they need now are social contacts and technical skills.

For that reason a small workshop has been set up for electronic and mechanical repairs. The tools are there. The management is now looking for volunteers who will teach the occupants simple skills. And others who will bring things that need mending so that the repairmen can try their hand. Bicycle repair will be the spearhead.


Can you make a contribution? Please contact: René Tondo (, 06 12 26 95 71) or Agnes Sallay (, 06 57 17 19 12). Or drop in during office hours at  Sumatrastraat 215a.

8 August 2017


The English Church of St.John and St.Philip, Ary van der Spuyweg 1, will be holding a Jumble Sale on September 30 2017.
Before this we are asking for donations of unwanted but saleable items from the congregation, friends and the public.
On behalf of the Church,
Colin Burnham
Bertus Rimaweg 7

Maybe it is not commonly known in the Archipel that behind the front door of Riouwstraat 172 the Internationaal Esperanto Instituut is housed. I spoke here with the members of the Board, Saskia Veen and Bert de Wit and with Pawel, the originally Polish staff member who regularly helps out.

I said that in my view Esperanto as a world language has not been a success, but Bert hastened to weaken that statement: the aim of Esperanto is to improve the communication between people with different languages and cultures. Esperanto is now spoken in more than 120 countries by about 2 million speakers. The Esperanto version of Duolingo, an app for studying languages, has since it was launched reached one million students.

Esperanto was devised by Lejzer Zamenhof from Poland, who was looking for a solution for the differences between the various communities

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Emma Marije Poot lives in the Archipel and has been a frequenter of ‘t Klokhuis for years. At a very early age she started to draw and paint and write poetry.

Marije Poot draws and paints from observation; she adds and translates according to her own taste. This results in original pictures in free style, full of life and energy. She likes to paint the human being and still life: portraits,cats, people, birds, flowers, plants and everything else she happens to see. Her work has a summery colourful atmosphere. She paints in acryllics, mixes the colours on the canvas, draws/writes/paints in them with pencil, crayons, watercolours and ink. The canvassescan be small, medium or large.

In 2011 she was nominated in Rotterdam for the finale of the Talens Palet art contest and her picture titled “Nude” was exhibited at the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn. It will be among the pictures of the exhibitions in ‘t Klokhuis and on the website

15 May 2017 


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On Friday 7 July 2017 Panorama Mesdag started cleaning the panorama painting; in three months the three restorers will remove the grime from the surface of the  1.340 square metres of canvas. The last cleaning was in the nineties. Since then dust and soot particles settled on the canvas.
The cleaning process consists of three steps: the layer of dust is removed with a special vacuum cleaner. After that the greasy soot particles are removed with a specially suited sponge. This sponge loosens the dirt, like an eraser. After that the particles are removed with a soft brush. This way the colours regain their original clear quality. After this treatment the canvas and the paint will be better protected against future grime.

During the next three months visitors will be able to see the restorers at work. By means of an optical illusion one can imagine  standing on Seinpostduin with a view of Scheveningen in 1881 and then switch over to the restorers who, standing close to the canvas, look like giants. A unique experience one can have once every twenty years.

There is a temporary exhibition of material from the archives that show the creating of the Panorama Mesdag. And one can see a film about the restauration in the nineties.
The present cleaning of the painting will take the same amount of time Mesdag and his helpers needed in 1881 to paint it.
The restauration of the Panorama painting can be seen on working days during the opening hours of the museum.

Panorama Mesdag, Zeestraat 65
Open: Monday – Saturday 10.00-17.00 hrs; Sunday 11.00-17.00 hrs

7 July 2017 



Invitation for a programme of lectures and workshops (in Dutch) by De Vrije Denkers (the free thinkers) on the theme “Doing is the best way of thinking”.

Time: 11 October 2011, 14.00-17.00 hrs
Location: Museum voor Communicatie, Zeestraat 80-82

You can register via deze link

5 July 2017


Save the date:

Book Fair on October 28, 2017
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Church Hall of the Anglican Church
Ary van der Spuyweg 1