Best stories of 2012: April to June

St Helena’s cricketers won glory in their first-ever international tournament in April 2012. Celebrations were soon followed by a successful St Helena Day and the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Edie Timm won an MBE, and Nandeli Pelembe won a festival of running race – at the age of 11. These were some of St Helena Online’s best stories from April to June.

Mickey and Mouse sail away ‘in service of the Crown’

Posted on 20 April, 2012

When two kittens called Mickey and Mouse were entrusted to the care of Lyn Rattle on St Helena, finding them a new home involved hitching a 700-mile ride in a yacht. The Administrator on Ascension had a bit of a … Continue reading →

Astronomer snaps night of a thousand stars (eventually)

Posted on 30 April, 2012

This is a picture of the night sky over St Helena – and it nearly wasn’t taken. Astronomer Steve Owens had travelled from Scotland see whether the island could qualify as an International Dark Sky Place, to encourage star-gazing tourism. … Continue reading →

Cricket: Saints end on a win, after missing final by three runs

Posted on 29 April, 2012

by Barbara George St Helena beat Morocco on the final morning of their tournament in South Africa – the team they lost to a day earlier. They have come fifth in the league but as Damien O’Bey put it, with … Continue reading →

St Helena cricket heroes make the front page

Posted on 7 May, 2012

St Helena’s national cricket team has made the front page of the British national newspaper, The Daily Telegraph – nine days beating four African nations in its first-ever international tournament. Writer David Millward names 57-year-old Gavin George as one of the … Continue reading →

See also: Cricket – all stories

Roddy brings an end to egg imports (with 525 little helpers)

Posted on 15 May, 2012

When he lived in the UK, Roddy Yon would feed his few hens and dream of returning home to start his own poultry farm. After 25 years away, he walked into the offices of the St Helena Development Agency with … Continue reading →

Museum celebrates 10 years on St Helena Day (with audio)

Posted on 21 May, 2012

St Helena Day 2012 was celebrated with the first firework display the island had seen in ten years. But a decade earlier – on the 500th anniversary of the island’s discovery – it was marked with an even more significant event: … Continue reading →

Barry’s pictures capture St Helena Day laughter

Posted on 21 May, 2012

Nicky Stevens’s team at New Horizons has staged a spirited St Helena Day celebration in Jamestown. Saints who are away from home can join in the laughter by looking at Barry Hubbard’s gallery of pictures on Facebook. They’re guaranteed to … Continue reading →

Marley stays cool in the shades

Posted on 22 May, 2012

Marley’s the name and cool is the game. That’s Marley as in Bob, the music legend. Waggae music, I think they called it. I’m working on the dreadlocks: just gimme time. Now it’s all very well these Saints wearing their … Continue reading →

Governor Capes has a surprise for Fiyanna (ten years late)

Posted on 24 May, 2012

Police constable Fiyanna Maggott received a call to duty of a different type when she was asked to attend a briefing with Governor Mark Capes. There was a surprise waiting – in the form of … Continue reading →

The truth about MP who slept rough in the governor’s garden

Posted on 25 May, 2012

For a Member of Parliament who once spent his holidays fighting the Taliban, a peaceful mission in St Helena ought to have been a walk in the park. Instead, Mark Lancaster ended up sleeping in one. Or rather, in the Governor’s garden. He’d … Continue reading →

Nick is honoured for service to St Helena

Posted on 30 May, 2012

Nick Stevens is to receive a Badge of Honour for the work he does for St Helena, and especially the island’s young people. As head of the New Horizons youth project in Jamestown he has overseen the organisation of St … Continue reading →

Jamestown’s Jubilee jamboree – in words and pictures

Posted on 6 June, 2012

St Helena joined other UK Overseas Territories and countries around the world to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a weekend of celebrations. First was the annual Garden Party at the Governor’s residence, Plantation House … Continue reading →

‘People used to laugh at me’ – Edie’s long path to an MBE

Posted on 18 June, 2012

Edie Timm was an object of mockery when she was starting out in life on St Helena, thanks to a severe stammer. She refused to let herself be laughed down. She took herself off to the UK to improve her … Continue reading →

Saint is responsible for lunacy on the Falklands

Posted on 19 June, 2012

No one can say that John Clifford is mad. When the certificates of lunacy are being handed out at Surf Bay in the Falklands on Saturday 23 June, John will not be receiving one. As a St Helenian, he likes … Continue reading →

Nandeli, aged 11, beats the adults in 3K race (including Dad)

Posted on 27 June, 2012

He’s only just passed his 11th birthday, but already Nandeli Pelembe is proving a force to be reckoned with when it comes to running on St Helena. He won the 2012 Festival of Running 3-kilometre race in 20 mins and … Continue reading →

See also: Henrietta says island running is ‘spectacular’


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