Monthly Archives: December 2013

New hope for culture centre despite £250k asking price

The asking price for the former Public Works store in Jamestown has been put at more than a quarter of a million pounds. But the island’s Executive Council has stated that it will not necessarily be sold to the highest … Continue reading

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Tell it like it is, excrescenses and all…

Even its own mother, if it had one, would be hard pushed to describe the old PWD store in Jamestown as a thing of beauty. But there’s no need to be rude about a building that has the sort of … Continue reading

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Niall tells the world about St Helena’s natural wonders

The writer Niall Griffiths has described St Helena’s isolation as “extreme, and thrilling” in a brief article for National Geographic magazine. He comments on the island’s natural wonders in an article that will be seen by the magazine’s global readership: … Continue reading

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Rupert’s set to be new ‘port’ as wharf is approved

It won’t quite be a harbour, as such, but approval has been given to new plans for a wharf for Rupert’s Bay, big enough for cargo ships to come alongside for the first time in the island’s history. The decision … Continue reading

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Wharf works will bring noise and dust, but benefits too

Building a new wharf in Rupert’s Bay will bring both benefits and burdens to St Helena. They include a heavy increase in traffic in Rupert’s Valley, bringing noise and dust – listed as a “major adverse” impact. A speed limit … Continue reading

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Sailors welcome: but don’t leave any nasty gifts

Visiting mariners have been described as a potential health risk to people on St Helena – because of what they might get up to on shore. The danger of them passing on diseases through amorous encounters has been identified as … Continue reading

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PWD store could still be used to house archives, says ExCo

St Helena’s Executive Council has also confirmed that the old public works store in Jamestown will not necessarily be sold to the highest bidder. Proposed uses, and their benefits to the island’s heritage and tourism, will be taken into account. … Continue reading

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New farming plan will help boost economy and health

A blueprint for transforming food production on St Helena – and making the island less dependent on imported goods – has been approved by executive councillors. The St Helena National Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020 should also help to tackle the … Continue reading

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Bienvenue sur Facebook pour lÎle de Sainte Hélène

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, the conservateur of the Napoleonic properties on St Helena, has launched a French-language Facebook page for the island. With French visitors predicted to make up a strong component of visitors to St Helena once its airport opens, it seems … Continue reading

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Hopes remain for archive plan as store is put on market

Heritage campaigners on St Helena remain hopeful that the island’s precious archives can be moved to the old Public Works store in Jamestown – even though it has been put up for sale. The historic warehouse was earmarked to house … Continue reading

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