Breakthrough at last on Ascension-St Helena flights

Monthly flights between St Helena and Ascension Island have been negotiated, after months of discontent over the vital link being excluded from the original deal with winning contractor Comair. Each month, of the the airline’s Saturday flights from Johannesburg will land at St Helena and then continue on to Ascension for an overnight stop, before […]

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. […]

Afloat again: last survivor of St Helena’s whaling days

Well over a century has passed since John Knipe deserted from the crew of a whaling ship at Jamestown, and he is long dead; but far across the Atlantic, that same vessel is being prepared to take to sea once more. The Charles W Morgan, once a familiar sight in James Bay, has been relaunched […]

Ascension coin toasts The Iron Lady… in silver

Ascension Island has issued a special £2 coin to mark the passing of Baroness Thatcher, the former UK prime minister who sent a task force to the South Atlantic to wrest the Falklands from Argentine invaders. Wideawake Airfield on Ascension briefly became the world’s busiest airport during the conflict, with aircraft parked wing-to-wing in every […]

Better luck this time for ship that was stranded in ice

Cruise passengers headed for St Helena on the MV Plancius have fared better than those who set off on the same voyage in 2012. They were stranded for several days in the icy waters of South Georgia, before being rescued and taken to South America – missing out on their planned visit to Tristan da […]

Family sues over soldier injured in Ascension cycle crash

A soldier who fell off a bicycle during a training exercise on Ascension has been paid an undisclosed sum to fund her daily care, reports the UK-based Chronicle Live website. Joanne Lilley, 41, was on the island preparing for deployment to Afghanistan when she lost control on a bend and hit her head, suffering life-changing damage. Chronicle […]

St Helena Community wants to kick-start its forum

From Johnny Clingham: The St Helena & Ascension Island Community website is looking at ways to kick-start its discussion forum. Anyone with ideas to get people talking is invited to share them here:  St Helena & Ascension Island Community forum

Ascension scouts and guides win top honours

Four lads on Ascension have received the Chief Scouts Award, the highest honour a scout can gain within their troop. Scott Duncan, Cody Harris, Callum John and Duncan Stroud met the requirements for the award “many times over,” according to the Islander website. For pictures and more detail, visit the site here. Five members of […]