For this, I – Josephine de Vijlder – had an appointment with Heleen Dura-van Oord. With every interview I always check in on the Internet beforehand for some background information. That is what I did this time and I must say that I was very impressed by her extensive resume. And if that was not enough, in 2013 she also became Businesswoman of the Year. It is therefore too much to mention everything and therefore I have made a choice from a number of her activities.

Heleen Dura - van Oord

Heleen Dura – van Oord

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10 July 2018

Read the letter (pdf)  which the municipality will soon publish on the start of the work on the Scheveningseweg, in connection with the renewal of the tram line of line 1.

Derk Hazekamp,
Public Space working group




For people who are lonely, summer can feel just like the holidays. Everyone is on holiday or doing something else fun. Weekly activities stop. This increases the feeling of loneliness. A chat can help enormously. Volunteers from Sensoor, the nationwide listening line, offer a listening ear to people with worries, sadness and problems via chat, telephone and e-mail.

In September 2018 a training will start in The Hague to train new volunteers.

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A resident recently (June 25, 2018) took these pictures at 9 o’clock on Nassauplein.


Professional and experienced amateur artists will open their doors on 6 and 7 October 2018 from 11 am to 5.30 pm and show their work from their own studio and at some central locations in the neighborhood, such as the Elisabeth Vreedehuis, the English Church and the R.K. Cemetery.

Paintings, drawings, graphic work, photographs, sculptures, glass, ceramics and jewelery; visual art in all forms, from very realistic to abstract. In most places the artists will be present to tell about their work.

3 July 2018 pac



Summerstay Sunday concerts at the cemetery St. Petrusbanden.
In the months of August and September there are no concerts at the St. Petrus Banden cemetery in the Netherlands. holidays.
On 7 October, 4 November and 2 December there are again wonderful concerts in collaboration with students from the Conservatory The Hague.
You do not have to sign up for the concerts.

Sunday, September 16 is the Heritage Day with a guided tour at 2 pm on our cemetery. Sign up for this tour through Astrid Oranje, up to 20 people. With many registrations we do a tour at 3 pm

Sunday morning September 30 there is a reflection morning under the guidance of philosophical practitioner Ties Ament. Walk-in at 10.30. Sign up via Astrid Oranje
See more information on our website


June 19, 2018

For Your Information:

PDF – link to the members list of the city council, clerk, mayor, municipal secretary, aldermen of the Municipality of The Hague, group members and representatives.


(Below is an excerpt from the letter from the City.  Click on this link for the complete letter in PDF / 1MB)

..12 June 2018

Dear neighbors,
We would like to invite you for an information meeting on Wednesday 27 June about the activities on line I on the Scheveningseweg. Between the Javastraat and the Helmstraat we will replace the tramway from the end of August to mid-December 2018. The foundation of the track has subsided and is due for replacement. At the same time, we make the route suitable for new trams. In this letter you can read more about the activities.

Information Meeting
During this meeting you can get information about the work on line 1. You can ask questions about replacement transport, diversion routes, green areas and work on the track. There is no fixed program; you can just walk in between 5 pm and 8 pm.

Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018
Time: 17.00 – 20.00 
Location: foyer of the Museon, Stadhouderslaan 37 te Den Haag.


(see more information at the website  of the Municipality of The Hague)


June 19, 2018 – At two primary schools in the center of The Hague, refugee families will receive help from a school mate for parenting for Newcomers from June 2018 for a year. Schoolmates are volunteers who help the newcomers (refugees / status holders) cooperate with their children’s school.

The schoolmates come home to one of the families every week after school and work together with the parents on an equal basis, based on mutual respect and trust. Together with them they look at how the children can be helped to get the best out of themselves. Perhaps attention is needed for the child’s behavior, or help with homework.

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Dear friends,

Hope you all are doing well and getting ready to embrace the summer break shortly.  As you are all aware, there are no workshops scheduled during the holiday period.  I will resume the sessions from 8th of September onwards.

Here is the schedule of the workshops for the months of September till December 2018.  These sessions will be organized at my home on Saturdays from 6 pm till 10 p.m. The cost is €50 per person per workshop.

Learn some  easy to prepare, nutritious and impressive dishes for sophisticated everyday cooking highlighting recipes from different parts of India like dal (lentils), palak paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), biryani (rice), kebabs etc.  The mouth- watering recipes are easily adaptable to other vegetables, pulses, grains or even meat, fish and poultry, if you are cooking for friends and family at home.

All in a very relaxed atmosphere … it’s not a school or “hells” kitchen, but it’s all about having fun with food!

Do you wish to surprise someone with an original gift? Give them something they’ll never forget! You can choose a date, time and also the style and menu perfect for your friends.  I also offer special events such as teambuilding cooking classes for your employees or cooking parties.

If you are interested, please contact me on my mobile:  06 5588 3510 or email Please do visit my website too. Hurry to avoid any disappointments as there are limited places.

Wish you a great, sunny, relaxed and splendid holidays.

With best culinary wishes,



8 September Traditional Indian meal
15 September Mughlai cuisine OR Parsi cuisine
22 September Traditional Indian meal
29 September Vegetarian meal
6 October Indian Party Snacks
13 October Traditional Indian meal
20 – 27 October CLOSED for Autumn holidays
3 November Mughlai OR Parsi cuisine
10 November Vegetarian meal
24 November Traditional Indian meal
1 December Indian Party Snacks
8 December Traditional Indian meal
15 December Vegetarian meal
22 Dec ‘18 – 6 January ‘19 CLOSED for Xmas / New Year