Best stories of 2012: July to September

On 11 July 2012, the NP Glory 4 made history as the first ship ever to dock at St Helena. The island saw big stories in 2012, but quirky ones too – such as the tale behind jewellery that linked Saints with a lost tribe. Students left for education in the UK, and three others secured first class degrees. And Nick Stevens broadcast to the world (about football – what else?)

Love nest planned for the oldest old romantic in the world

Jonathan the tortoise may still have the energy for romantic love-ins with his young lady companions, but it seems the attention of tourists on St Helena may be too much for him. Despite the evidence of his lively libido, there … Continue reading →

Colin’s left foot: an international symbol of St Helena spirit

The images in National Geographic’s annual photography competition feature sunsets, waterfalls, beaches, characterful faces and wondrous creatures from around the globe – and Colin Lawrence’s toes. They’re poking out … Continue reading →

After the nerves, praise all round for successful docking

Islanders involved in the first ever docking of a ship at St Helena have been praised for making it go smoothly. A fault with a flow meter meant the discharge of fuel had to be halted overnight, meaning the NP … Continue reading →

See also: Basil Read ship: the pictures that made Johnny homesick
All secure: airport ship is first to dock at St Helena (4 pictures)

Shayla’s degree gives island a first class hat trick

Shayla Ellick of Cow Path has become the third St Helenian student to be awarded a first class honours degree in the space of a fortnight. The announcement of her degree from the University of Hertfordshire in England comes after … Continue reading →

See also: Gareth and Kimberley win first class honours

Art for heart’s sake: best anti-smoking posters chosen

More than 150 young people on St Helena have taken part in a poster competition intended to help islanders have healthier hearts and lungs, and avoid a host of fatal diseases. Cameron Johnson’s picture of Jonathan the tortoise – the world’s oldest … Continue reading →

See also: In pictures: pupils’ tobacco campaign posters

Vet student Rebecca sails to fulfil her dream

Five or six years from now, St Helena’s animals may be in the care of the island’s first home-grown, fully qualified veterinary surgeon. Rebecca Lawrence, of Cowpath, has won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study veterinary medicine and surgery at the … Continue reading →

Life of a St Helena slave to be marked with a wreath

Samuel Ally was born a slave on St Helena but won his freedom – only to die, still a teenager, on another island 5,000 miles away. Now tribute is to be paid to his memory. His story had been all-but … Continue reading →

Hold your nose: Viv dreams of seabird cities on Ascension

Seabirds are colonising Ascension Island once again after a campaign to kill off wild cats on the island. And for visiting expert Vivienne Booth, it offers an exciting prospect. Just as long as people who have to live on the … Continue reading →

Seeds of revival: old St Helena crafts move into the classroom

Traditional St Helenian craft skills are to become part of the curriculum in St Helena’s schools, as the island gears up for a tourist boom in the next few years. Cathy Hopkins, of the island’s crafts association, said: “Heritage crafts … Continue reading →

See also: Back to the land? School campaign promotes traditional jobs

How Jamestown lost a landmark – and Ivy vowed to restore it

IVY ELLICK made a vow when St Helena lost one of its best-loved landmarks. One day, she said, she would see the steeple put back on the oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, she tells the story behind the … Continue reading →

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Rebuilding lost steeple – next job for church fund-raisers?

In pictures: island people and events, by Andrew Gurr

St Helena is rich in interesting personalities. And occasionally, the island asserts its own personality – as it did when rocks tumbled down on the Baptist chapel. Andrew Gurr captured much of the island’s life and people on camera during … Continue reading →

See also: In pictures: St Helena’s natural wonders, by Andrew Gurr
In pictures: life at Plantation House, by Andrew Gurr

Touchdown on St Helena… hang on, who’s flying this plane?

Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning our descent… into the sublime. A simulation of an aircraft landing at St Helena International airport has been posted on the YouTube video website. Watching it might be slightly unnerving, though, for anyone familiar … Continue reading →

St Helena ‘will disappear’ as seas rise, warns Guardian reader

Boots on, everyone: it’s approaching high tide in Half Tree Hollow. Or so one reader of The Guardian website thinks. An article praising St Helena’s airport has triggered a bewildering online debate, with one troubled contributor claiming it could make … Continue reading →

Manchester United fan Nick goes global from St Helena

Media pundits all round the world have been debating the £25 million signing of footballer Robin van Persie – but when the BBC wanted an expert view, it turned to Nick Stevens in St Helena. And at the end of … Continue reading →

All the fun of the Reading Sports – in pictures and interviews

Saints came from as far as Florida – and St Helena – for the annual Reading Sports in the UK. Click on the links below to see nearly 200 pictures from the day, and listen to the best of several interviews recorded … Continue reading →

How a gift from a lost tribe helped island jewellery take shape

Eye-catching paper necklaces link St Helena with a lost tribe of bush people in Botswana. They are based on a piece of jewellery that was passed to the island’s craft enterprise, SHAPE, by Hazel Wilmot, owner of the Consulate Hotel in Jamestown. Her father … Continue reading →

Lemon Valley work recreates historic staircase

An historic staircase that was once part of the fortifications at Lemon Valley is being recreated. A new pathway from the landing stage to the fortificating wall is also being constructed as part of a series of enhancements to one … Continue reading →

Scientists probe Ascension Island’s underwater mysteries

A diving expedition has yielded hundreds of pictures of Ascension Island as few people ever see it – as well as species not found there before. They show an underwater spectacle that contrasts sharply with the island’s harsh volcanic shores. Some of … Continue reading →

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