Hoteliers fall for island’s cliff-top fortress

Ladder Hill Fort has been chosen by visiting hoteliers as the ideal site for them to create luxury tourist accommodation. Adrian Gardiner, founder of the Mantis Collection, said: “I think it’s one of the most exceptional sites I have seen in the world.” He told radio interviewer Darrin Henry he would like to see it with between 30 and 35 […]

Steeple appeal is launched as Ivy clings to her dream

Ivy Ellick’s dream of restoring the steeple to Jamestown’s parish church has taken a first step to being realised – more than 30 years after she vowed to make it happen. She and fellow churchwarden Cathy Hopkins have launched an international fund-raising campaign to replace the spire, which was dismantled in 1980 after warnings that it […]

Castle Plaza? Tourist chiefs get twenty-twenty vision

Possible changes to Jamestown’s historic centre are to be put to the public as St Helena prepares for the advent of air travel. Ideas such as a plaza outside The Castle for open-air dining have been set out in a paper called “Jamestown – a vision for 2020.” Executive councillors have agreed to a two-stage public […]

Vote on future of schools is treated with caution

The idea of a single new primary school for the whole of St Helena has won support from two-fifths of Saints who responded to a consultation. But slightly over half preferred to see bad conditions put right at the existing three schools. Education chairman Rodney Buckley said the 90 responses should be treated with caution, because some […]

Happy birthday Ethel: 100 years old

The oldest person on St Helena, Ethel Sim, has reached her hundredth birthday. She was born on 28 January, 1913 – the year before the First World War. “I’m not ready, I fancy, I’m not ready for 100 years old,” she told radio reporter Sharon Henry. “I still feel I can rush around, but I can’t, […]

Tristan da Cunha disaster recalled as Queen honours captain

The master of Tristan da Cunha’s fisheries vessel has told how he was caught up in the MS Oliva shipwreck disaster – after his efforts was recognised by the Queen. Captain Clarence October could see the cargo ship’s lights when it ran aground on Nightingale island on 16 March 2011. He and his crew aboard the MV Edinburgh were instrumental in […]

Disabled sailor has urgent care on Tristan da Cunha

A disabled young sailor has been receiving medical care on Tristan da Cunha after being taken ill aboard a sail training ship. Islander Andy Repetto received a call from coastguards in Cape Town on the evening of 21 January 2013 to say the Lord Nelson crew member needing urgent treatment. The square-rigger changed course and two days later, police […]

Toon Army sends invasion force to St Helena

Manchester United fans on St Helena should prepare for the arrival of a new adversary in the island sport of shouting at the television on soccer match days. A tweet on the internet messaging site Twitter warns that a new branch of the Newcastle United supporters’ club is about to be formed on the island. […]

New Horizons walkers are in for the long haul (road)

The New Horizons group has come up with yet another novel fund-raising idea for its youth work – a sponsored walk up the new airport haul road. The 14-kilometre track, built to carry construction traffic and materials from the new wharf in Rupert’s Bay to the construction site, won’t become a public highway until the airport is […]

World-class moorings make world-wide news

A story about the new “world-class” moorings installed below Ladder Hill Fort has been picked up by the yachting press in several countries – including Australia. They were commissioned after the loss of the vintage yacht Queequeg, which broke up on rocks after an earlier set of moorings failed. Project manager Hedge Shuter skippered one […]