Gay marriage rights close to becoming law on St Helena

same sex marriage

A bill to allow same-sex marriage on St Helena was approved by the island’s executive council on 5 December 2017 – raising the possibility that gay couples could legally wed within weeks. The same bill will allow people to have their marriages solemnised at venues such as The Castle, the governor’s residence at Plantation House and […]

Judge praises Ken Baddon for ‘astute and helpful’ service

Ken Baddon has been praised for maintaining the “highest traditions” of the legal profession during his long service as St Helena’s Attorney General. Chief Justice Charles Ekins paid tribute to him in his absence at the opening of the St Helena Supreme Court on 31 October 2013. “I am aware that it may be that […]

St Helena votes NO in chief councillor poll

On Saturday 23 March 2013, a Poll was held on St Helena, on the question of a Chief Councillor, raised in the recent discussion paper ‘Improving Democracy and Accountability’ To the Question: Should St Helena have a Chief Councillor who can select the Executive Council? The results were as follows: YES – 42 votes NO […]

Experts, expats and what England expects: a governor’s view, part 2

Andrew Gurr, immediate past governor of St Helena, has been sharing his insights from his recent four-year stint behind the big desk in The Castle in Jamestown. See part one of his talk to the Friends of St Helena here. In part two, below, he talks about attitudes to expats, experts, the Foreign and Commonwealth […]

The inside story on St Helena, by former governor Andrew Gurr

While cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell was in Swindolena in May 2012, telling Saints about their island’s bright opportunities, Andrew Gurr was just 30 miles away in Oxford, sharing insights from his four years as governor (2007-2011). The two men were speaking at exactly the same time. A recording of Mr Gurr’s talk has now been […]

Campaign starts as smoking age rises to 18 (comment added)

Teenage smokers on St Helena will find their habit becomes illegal in public places from September 2012 – with the risk of a £500 fine if they break the new rules. At the moment, young people can legally smoke from their 16th birthday, but the minimum age will rise to 18. The law does not […]