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 […]

Work ‘in hand’ on inter-islands link – but no answer yet

The British government has been asked how people and supplies will be transported between St Helena and other islands in the South Atlantic after the RMS St Helena is withdrawn from service in 2016. But no clear answer has emerged in response to a written question in the House of Lords by the Liberal Democrat […]

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 […]

Kedell goes to the Abbey for Coronation anniversary

Kedell Worboys, St Helena’s representative in the UK, has been representing the territory at a service in Westminster Abbey (4 June 2013) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Sukey Cameron of the Falkland Islands has also been at the service.

New stamps honour Maggie. She had the Argies licked

The Falkland Islands Post Office is to issue a set of stamps to honour Baroness Thatcher for liberating the islands after the Argentinian invasion of 1982. The islands already celebrate Thatcher Day each year on 10 January, the anniversary of her post-victory visit to the islands in 1983. The stamps will be released on 16 […]

Oil boom brings housing need on Falklands

The Falklands look set to get their own version of Bradley’s Camp, the temporary housing being used for airport workers on St Helena. Mercopress reports that a developer is being asked to build two 200-bed blocks of accommodation in Stanley, ready for an expected influx of oil industry workers. Read more

Stanley’s no toy town for UK to play with, says Penguin News

Suggestions that the capital of the Falklands should change its name from Stanley to Port Margaret, or even Port Margaret Thatcher, have been treated with scorn by the islands’ newspaper, Penguin News. “Once the laughter had died down,” it said, “we began to consider the suggestion more seriously and some pragmatic factors began to emerge, […]

How Thatcher’s ‘Act of injustice’ brought despair to Saints

A “great injustice” Margaret Thatcher perpetrated on the people of St Helena has been largely overlooked in coverage of her death. Saints were denied their right of free access to the UK for nearly two decades, along with people of Tristan da Cunha, Ascension and most other British overseas territories. A Falklands councillor, Mike Summers, […]

Marathon relief: chef in bomb suit gets more than a red nose

Falklands governor Nigel Haywood has completed the Stanley Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second – on his birthday. He was nearly three times as fast as chef David Bradley, who predicted he’d be a bit of a plodder on his online fund-raising page: “I’m doing a marathon in a […]

Only 98.8% vote Yes to Falklands staying British

Celebrations have taken place at the Whalebone Arch in Stanley in the wake of the overwhelming (but not surprising) vote in favour of the Falkland Islands remaining a British overseas territory. It is understood that only a small number of St Helenians living on the islands were qualified to take part in the referendum, called […]