Japanese Garden

The magnificent Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park reopens to the public on 30 April 2016. The garden is open daily from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs. until 12 June 2016. Admission is  free.

29 April 2016  (MM)


I live at Prinsevinkepark with in the square in front of my house a very old, very beautiful tree. The “necklace” was an initiative of one of the residents.

18 April 2016, Sonja van Proosdij (MM)


Koningsdag or King ‘s Day is a national holiday in The Netherlands on April 27th to celebrate the King’s birthday.
Main events on King’s Day feature the vrijmarkt, “free market” all over the country, where everybody is permitted to sell things on the streets. Other activities include street parties,children’s games, individual musical performances and musical concerts.
During the celebrations as reference to the colour of the royal House of Oranje-Nassau people dress in orange; this is sometimes called oranje-gekte, orange craze.

Look for the Archipel Orange Association in front of Cafe Banka/Albert Heijn on Saturdays 16 and 23 April to purchase your BBQ tickets and sigh up your children for the fun activities planned for King’s Day!
We invite you to become a member of the Archipel Orange Association which supports the neighbourhood’s King’s Day celebration. Members receive a significant discount on their BBQ ticket!

11 April 2016, Archipel Oranje Comité  (MM)


10.00  Start at Bankaplein with coffee and “Oranje Bitter” (Dutch liquor)
11.30  Opening and start of kids’ fairytale costume parade with marching band. Come dressed as a knight, princess or fiery dragon!
12.30  Award ceremony for the children with the best costumes
13.00  Bouncy castles, acts from the band Ragmob and Circus Pompom, the neighbourhood’s treasure hunt and chalk competition on Bankastraat
13.30  Expat Happy Hour!
14.00  Kids street soccer tournament
14.30  Scooter race in 3 age categories; participants should bring their own scooters. Musical entertainment by kid djs from the neighbourhood ( let us know a.s.p. at  oranjecomitearchipel@gmail.com  when your child wants to join)
15.15  Final act Circus Pompom: a spectacular comic show for all ages, full of magic …
16.00  End of the free market and start of the street soccer tournament finals. Start of children’s disco with dj Nijkie
17.30  Start of BBQ for families with young children
18.00  BBQ opens for everyone
18.15  Raffle with fantastic prices provided by some of Archipel’s local businesses
21.00  End: raise a glass to the King!

11 April 2016, Oranje Comité  (MM)


You do not have a front garden but even so you would like to brighten up your street? You can make a facade garden: a narrow flower border next to your frontdoor.  Even one climbing-plant, sunflower or hollyhock will bring a touch of colour to your street. And did you know that green plants diminish heat inconvenience?
The Municipality has given a number of guidelines for the construction of a facade garden. Written in Dutch you will find them when you click on   meer .

Een geveltuin aanleggen in 4 stappen.  1. Remove one row of tiles in front of your facade.

 2. Place the tiles vertical

3. Fill your border with potting compost

4. Sow or plant your favorite plants


22 April 2016  (MM)



Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese doctrine and method of training body and soul. It was made public in China in 1992 by master Li Hongzhi. Since then it has grown immensely popular because of its spectacular effect on physical and mental health. It is very simple and transparant. There are no temples, no official organisation, no membership, no initiation. Lessons are free of charge and the leading text book and other written material can be downloaded for free.

On Monday 25 April 2016, 11.00 – 12.00 hrs, the course will start in ‘t Klokhuis, Celebesstraat 4. Free of charge. Wear easy fitting clothes.

Register via Victor Westerkamp: email   victorjawel@yahoo.co.uk/ or tel. 06-28654898. Or at ‘t Klokhuis. Or you just pop in and see us.

Information about Falun Gong in English:  http://en.falundafa.org/

12 April 2016  (MM)


The 25th anniversary of community centre “Het Schakelpunt”
will be celebrated with an open day. You are cordially invited to join us for this celebration on
Friday 29 April between 13.00 and 15.30 hrs
Drinks and bites will be served
Please bring your partner or family member(s)

Het Schakelpunt offers a daily programme of  interesting and entertaining activities
Please ask our volunteers for information

Het Schakelpunt, Burgemeester Patijnlaan 1900
7 April 2016


Senior citizens are encouraged to stay and live in their own home as long as possible. But meeting other people will often become a problem. In community centre “Het Schakelpunt” (the link, meetingpoint) seniors can meet people and join in activities in a relaxed atmosphere.

– The Ontmoetingstafel (meeting table) is a spot where one can meet others and share experiences. Many people join the table to share a cup of coffee, have a nice chat, read the newspaper, play a game or join in an activity like “gymnastics on your chair”.

“Sociëteit de Schakel” (club ‘the link’) is the place for information and advice about care,  support and other questions concerning living independently. One can also join for a meal or take part in activities that for instance help to improve one’s memory or prevent other complaints.

Het Schakelpunt organizes informative  meetings and other activities that will be announced in the community newspaper: about living, care and wellness in our neighbourhood. You can ask questions about your personal situation and what arrangements are available. Or you can consult the nurse and ask questions concerning your health. 

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Recently a parking place just off Bankaplein was painted white. Is this in preparation of a white car plan? Does anybody know the answer?
Photo: Isabelle Hylkema

15 April 2016  (MM)




Wednesday 4 May is Remembrance Day. Prior to the remembrance ceremony Stichting Nationale Herdenking ‘s-Gravenhage, together with  Segbroek College and Gymnasium Haganum will organize a meeting in the building of Gymnasium Haganum, Laan van Meerdervoort 57,  to which you are cordially invited. You are welcome from 18.15 hrs, the programme will start at 18.30 hrs.

Mr N.D. Lelyveld, former teacher at Segbroek College and former chairman of Stichting Nationale Herdenking, will speak about the importance of commemoration. After that students will recite texts they wrote. Students of Segbroek College will make a musical contribution.
The Mayor of The Hague, Mr j. van Aartsen, will be present.

After the meeting there will be a silent march to the monument on Carnegieplein. At 20.00 hrs the commemoration ceremony will take place there.

 8 april 2016, Robert Baruch  (MM)