Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families. The three […]

UK recycles £290,000 on South Atlantic rubbish

Britain’s environmental bosses have been rebuked in the past for failing to engage with the UK overseas territories; now they might be criticised for doing so. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has committed £190,000 to increase paper and cardboard recycling on St Helena. Crudely, that’s a little over £40 per Saint. It […]

Crazy paving: 18th century slabs cause a ripple in Jamestown

When workmen broke up the concrete pathway at the bottom of Main Street, they uncovered an 18th century pavement that would have been the perfect finishing touch to the island’s new hotel. Here was a historic feature almost as old as the hotel structure itself: a row of East India Company buildings soon to welcome […]

Red Cross launches appeal as hurricane hits UK territories

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal for people caught in the path of Hurricane Irma, including in UK overseas territories in the Caribbean. The category five hurricane is the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Trevor Botting, former chief of police on St Helena, has been posting updates on Twitter from the Turks […]

Fund for Ascension shark victim reaches double its target

More than $10,000 has been raised for Kawika Matsu, the victim of a shark attack in English Bay on Ascension Island. That is double the initial target – which was raised within 24 hours. The 37-year-old contract worker suffered severe lacerations to his torso on July 25 after being attacked within seconds of falling from his […]

Official general election result: Russell Yon tops the poll

Newcomer Russell Yon has led the voting in the 2017 St Helena general election, polling 753 votes – just 11 more than second-placed Dr Corinda Essex, who returns for her second term as a legislative councillor. But three of the six female candidates were among the five who were unsuccessful. Council veterans Derek Thomas and Brian […]

Deal signed for weekly flights to St Helena

A deal has finally been signed for an air service into St Helena’s £285 million airport  – 14 months after it should have opened. No date has been set for the start of flights by South African operator SA Airlink. Flights between the island and Johannesburg will include a stop at Windhoek in Namibia to […]

The Last Farewell: Tony’s video tribute to the RMS St Helena

Captain Andrew Greentree had spent more than half his life at sea on the RMS St Helena. Patrick Williams and Eddie Benjamin had been on the maiden voyage up from Cape Town, 26 years earlier. Gay Marr was present when the keel was laid. And now here they all were, ploughing northward on what should have […]

Adam becomes third Saint master of the RMS St Helena

The RMS St Helena has a new master: Adam Williams, a Saint who started his career on the ship as a 16-year-old cadet, will take over from Captain Rodney Young MBE, who died unexpectedly in the new year. Adam will become one of three St Helenians to have captained the ship, alongside Captain Andrew Greentree. […]

Flags lowered for Rodney, the first Saint captain

Captain Rodney Young had planned to stay with his ship until the end of its days. As it was, he did not live to carry out his last duties as Master of the RMS St Helena. The ship remained in operation longer than intended because of problems with the island’s airport; Rodney died unexpectedly on […]