When Jonathan met Sally – and the story went global

  The BBC’s prestigious From Our Own Correspondent programme evidently has a fascination for St Helena: the island has featured on it at least four times in the space of five years. Judged against the size of the island’s population, this might make it – unofficially – the most interesting place on the planet, in […]

Share a kind word: Christmas message from Governor Capes

St Helena is certainly getting busier… that is a phrase that I often hear these days and I have to agree with it.  The past year has flashed by, with so much happening and so much still to do.  At times, our sister islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha have also kept me busy […]

Siting of a dock in the bay…

Work could start in early 2014 on building of a new, permanent wharf in Rupert’s Bay, allowing ships to come alongside a dock to discharge cargo and passengers for the first time in St Helena’s history. Click here to see a gallery of plans and artists’ impressions.

Ascension’s fake forest is a challenge to science, says writer

When the Royal Navy first “invaded” Ascension Island, it did so not with weapons of war, but with plants – creating what is said to be the only man-made tropical forest in the world. The result is either a beacon for re-greening the planet, or a biological abomination, says writer Fred Pearce on the Yale […]

Simon and Carlos shoot their way to silver medal

From St Helena Government press office, 16 July 2013: Simon Henry and Carlos Yon have today won a silver medal in the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda for the 50-metre Three Position Small Bore Rifle Team event. This is believed to be the first time that St Helena has ever won a silver medal […]

No more whale adventures for St Helena’s new diplomat

Tristan da Cunha’s administrator, Sean Burns, is to take up a senior post on St Helena – but  the job is unlikely to offer the same excitements as life on the world’s remotest inhabited island. Besides dealing with the 2011 wreck of the MS Oliva and the resulting penguin rescue operation, Sean has handled the […]

AUDIO: new St Helena Britannica is a tribute to island historian

The widow of the late St Helena historian, Trevor Hearl, has been presented with the first copy of a new book that brings together the results of his research over many years. Click here to listen to Simon Pipe’s report from the launch St Helena Britannica – Studies in South Atlantic Island History is published by […]

Tea and fruit run out as Tristan supply ship turns back

Rationing has been introduced at the store on Tristan da Cunha after the supply ship MV Edinburgh was forced to turn back while en route to the island. The ship was 500 miles from Tristan on 30 May 2013 when Captain Clarence October MBE decided to return to Cape Town because of technical problems. The last delivery […]

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 […]

MP ‘shocked’ by tales of environmental failings

A Member of Parliament has reacted with dismay to allegations about the British government’s performance on protecting the environment of UK overseas territories. Caroline Lucas, the country’s only Green Party MP, said the government’s systems were “constitutionally not working.” She said: “The more I hear, the more shocking the situation seems to be.” She expressed […]