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21 October 2014


15 October 2014, FH

During the ‘Takkenroute’ from 6 to 17 October 2014, large garden waste such as tree branches and trunks will be collected by the municipality for free.

If you would like to have your garden waste collected during the Takkenroute, you will first need to make an appointment. This can be done using the button ‘Maak een afspraak voor de takkenroute’.

Naturally there are certain rules to be followed for the free collection of large garden waste.

  • trees, bushes and branches must be shortened to a maximum of 1.20 metres long;
  • loose branches and bushes must be tied together with string;

Separately collected garden waste will be used to make compost and is better for the environment. The compost can be used as soil in gardens and parks.

From: The Hague Newsletter

10 September 2014


Rudolf Peter_opt

45 Years ago, 15 October 1969, Ruud van Triet started his fitness centre  at Malakkastraat 109. At first he focussed on bodybuilding and fitness training.

A few years later he rented the gym on Atjehstraat and added the Korean contest- and self-defence sport Taekwon-do to his repertory. For 30 years Ruud van Triet’s school was a member of the  Nederlandse Taekwon-do Associatie,  NTA, and his students took part in dozens of local and national tournaments. At the NTA teachers’ training college Ruud taught anatomy, physiology, psychology, educational theory, and more. He trained with Mr Park Jong Soo in Canada and obtained the 7th dan ITF.

Ruud studied at the  Academie voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding, HALO and the University of Utrecht, where he specialized in the educational theory of kinetics. Gradually he developed the paramedic aspect of his sportschool. Today people are treated with Myofascial Therapy, easy-taping and sportmassage for a great number of physiotherapeutic and orthopedic symptoms.

Myofascial therapy is a new integral physiotherapeutic method that concentrates on the connective tissue. Another name is the “4 x T Method”: test–tape–trigger–train. It is amazing how quickly the symptoms heal,  says Ruud.

Ruud worked part-time at the training course for Cesartherapy and he was a graduation mentor for Physiotherapy at the Hogeschool Utrecht.

Lately Ruud trained in Havana, Cuba, for Kyusho Jutsu, “one-second-fight”, the art of Japanese  self-defence which is taught to only a small group of students. It is not advertized, because one does not want to bring it to the attention of the wrong people. Kyusho techniques are very dangerous and can even be deadly. To cut out an opponent one uses acupuncture points on the meridians, bone points and nerve points of the body.

Do you want to improve your condition? The Danish-Swedish floor gymnastics, combined with circuit training, is recommended. You cannot find a remedy for your  complaints? Go to the website of Sportschool Rudolf Peter’s.

6 October 2014, Josephine de Vijlder (FH)


Groene school_opt

More green in our neighbourhood! These last months we worked hard on the greening of the schoolyard of the  Haagsche School Vereeniging (HSV),  Nassaulaan, The Hague.

The school houses 350 children (140 in the international section and 210 in the Dutch section). The playground had become too oldfashioned and some of the trees were ill. Especially for the children in the international section  the schoolyard is the only place where they can play out in the open. And last but no least, the school wished to integrate the outdoors space in the current education programme (IPC). Need was felt for an educational space, where nature would be welcome in the city and where there was room for a multi-purpose playing field.

Enough reasons for creating a schoolyard committee of parents who want to be involved and the Principals of the school. After a thorough investigation among pupils, teachers and parents, the committee formulated a proposal. This proposal was worked out by  Halsema Hoveniers. Thanks to contributions from the school budget, multiple sponsors (parents), Fonds 1818, Zabawas and ANWB, the plan could be realized. And now the first results are there for all to see.

Tuesday 14 October 2014 saw the official opening of the first part of the new green schoolyard. The education plaza and the green discovery space have been put into use. Next schoolyear the schoolyard committee will develop the last part, the playing field. The committee is now raising the necessary funds.

The green schoolyard is a new spot of green in our neighbourhood.

6 October 2014, Julie Waterson- Dahmen (FH)



On 1 October ZO Day Child Care Centre, Riouwstraat 216,  started a new baby group for children from 0 to 2 years old. The group has its own cuddley room, where the children can play and all their senses will be stimulated. And then there is the beautiful, spaceous playroom with french windows that open to the garden, where the children play every day. The baby group has its own large bedroom, adjacent to the playroom.

When the children reach the age of two they go to the toddlers group on the first floor.

When you would like to see the Zo daycare centre or learn more about the new baby group you can contact www.zokinderopvang.nl for an appointment

8 October 2014, FH


The Japanese Garden will reopen its doors for 2 weeks only from 13 to 26 October 2014 so you can admire the autumn colours in their full glory.

Japanese Garden in Autumn

Visitors will see that the red tints of the Japanese maples are in perfect harmony with the green mosses and that the Japanese anemones are in bloom. The garden will be open daily from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs. during this 2-week period.

The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy sailed off a number of times by ship to Japan and brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the pavilion, the little bridges and several plants. The original design with the serene pond, meandering brook and the winding pathways has remained intact all these years.

The Municipality of The Hague has always taken great care of the Japanese Garden because of its uniqueness and tremendous historical value. The garden was placed on the list of national historical monuments in 2001. Due to its fragility, the garden can be visited only during two short periods of the year.

Free information, a map of the garden and a walking route through the garden are available at the entrance to the garden.

You can also request permission to take wedding films and photos in the Japanese Garden.

Wheelchairs can enter the garden via the Sterrebos entrance.

From: The Hague Newsletter

10 September 2014