Siting of a dock in the bay…

Work could start in early 2014 on building of a new, permanent wharf in Rupert’s Bay, allowing ships to come alongside a dock to discharge cargo and passengers for the first time in St Helena’s history. Click here to see a gallery of plans and artists’ impressions.

Saint FM rises again on Ascension

Saint FM Community Radio can be heard live on Ascension from 1 October 2013, a message to St Helena Online has confirmed. It comes six months after the station was revived as a community enterprise on St Helena, following its abrupt closure at Christmas 2012 in the face of new competition from a government-funded company. […]

Trick or treat? Ascension gets a Hallowe’en election

When folk speak of The Count come Hallowe’en night on Ascension, it may not be Count Dracula they have in mind. An election for a new island council is to take place on the spookiest date in the calendar. The decision has been announced by the aptly-named Governor Capes (no jokes about The Dark Mark, […]

£6.5 million needed to fix neglected homes, warns Andy

Saints are living in such bad conditions that it may be best to knock down the worst government properties and start again, the island’s housing chief has warned. It will cost £6.5 million to sort out problems after years of neglect, housing executive Andy Crowe told fellow-professionals in the UK last night (19 September 2013). […]

Writer praises reprieve for historic St Helena house

A fresh call has been made by a writer on St Helenian heritage to protect what remains of its grand country houses. John Tyrrell also praises executive councillors for refusing to lift some of the protection from Wrangham’s in Sandy Bay, to allow it to be sold by St Helena Government. “These fine Georgian country […]

Try out new Sports venue at St Helena dance

A St Helena dance night on 12 October 2013 will give Saints a chance to try out the new venue for the annual Reading Sports. The St Helena Association decided to move the annual UK gathering of Saints after 34 years of hosting it at Reading Rugby Club’s ground in Sonning. The new venue at […]

Ascension workers know the reality, says administrator

A report of discontent among Saints on Ascension has drawn a retort in the Guardian newspaper from the island’s administrator, Colin Wells. Writer Fred Pearce quoted four long-time island residents voicing concerns about the effects of Ascension’s declining population – with a suggestion that it was the result of deliberate policy. He also described the […]

Island politicians want role in choosing governors

Leaders of UK overseas territories want a say in deciding how governors are chosen, according to a report in the Bermuda Sun. The call is said to have been made by politicians from eight of the territories who met in Gibraltar to prepare for a summit in London later this year. The article quotes Bermuda’s […]

Wharf plan prompts conservation worries

Concerns are being voiced privately by conservationists as work moves ahead on a proposed wharf in Rupert’s Bay. There are fears that the project might harm undiscovered relics from St Helena’s maritime history, as well as natural life – including rare insects in a little-known cave. Approval has been given for work on final designs […]