Luck of the draw for airline bidder

The team hoping to launch an airline to serve St Helena has been given a significant financial boost at the annual Reading Sports. Carl Haslam and his colleagues had turned up to share their plans with UK Saints, and hand out free pens. In an interview, they were politely coy about their funding sources, but […]

Eddie puts up his own cash to start kidney fund

A fund has been launched to save the lives of people on St Helena who have kidney disease. Eddie Leo put up £200 to start the fund after a neighbour died because the island had no dialysis machine to take over the work of patients’ failed kidneys. He handed it over to the St Helena […]

Wrangham’s wrangle exposes conflicts over heritage

A plan to remove heritage protection from one of St Helena’s historic houses has been thrown out by councillors. They acted only days after The Castle issued a newsletter about the importance of the island’s built heritage for future tourism. From the upstairs windows of Wrangham’s, one might have seen Napoleon wander down to take […]

Heritage may be ‘critical’, but making money comes first

With its unchanged Georgian capital, clifftop defences and country mansions, St Helena’s built heritage has been described as globally important. Government policies say it is key to hopes of attracting tourists to an island without beaches or guaranteed sunshine. “Conservation of the historic built environment is critical to the success of tourism growth,” says the […]

Saint FM posts more winning Sports pictures

Some of the medal winners at the annual Reading Sports were simply too quick for St Helena Online’s photographer; they got away without being snapped. But their pictures may well appear in the galleries Johnny Clingham has posted on the St Helena Community Radio website. They run to several pages and they’re here:

Waspish invaders make Sports go with a sting

Wasps turn out to be discerning in their choice of victim, according to the organisers of the annual gathering of Saints in the UK. The Reading Sports take place within flying distance of one of the UK’s biggest rock events, both on the August Bank Holiday weekend. In a message on the St Helena Association […]

Re-live the fun of Reading Sports – or else

When a cowgirl tells you to stick ’em up, it’s best to oblige – and we have, by sticking up a few hundred great pictures of the 2013 Reading Sports. The sun shone and nearly 2,000 people had a great weekend at the annual gathering of Saints in the UK, and galleries here mean you can enjoy […]

Maths triumph sparks economy count-down, says schools chief

Students and teachers are celebrating an extraordinary turn-around in maths GCSE exam results on St Helena. Education director Colin Moore said: “Two years ago, no students achieved a C grade in maths. This year almost half of the year group achieved a C grade or better. “This highly impressive performance reflects the hard work of […]

After 34 years, annual gathering of UK Saints is on the move

The annual gathering of St Helenians in the UK is moving to a new venue in 2014 – after 34 years at Reading Rugby Club. Organisers Trevor and Vilma Toms made the decision partly because of improved facilities and lower costs. The move will mean the party can carry on longer into the night. This […]

Empty and unsold: now mansion could lose protection

After five years of standing empty, one of the most spectacularly sited houses on St Helena could see its historic rating downgrounded. St Helena Government was criticised for allowing Wranghams, an imposing house in Sandy Bay, to become a “wasting asset”. It was also severely rebuked for maintenance failures. A 2011 audit of government property […]