Graham beats Jacob’s Ladder record – hands down

The record for climbing Jacob’s Ladder has been broken by less than a second – by a “runner” who went up on all fours. Graham Doig cleared the 699th step of the St Helena landmark in a time of 5 minutes, 16.78 seconds, using feet and hands. Then he rolled on to the ground at the feet […]

Jetty delayed by four years to pay for Rupert’s Bay dock

Jamestown’s planned breakwater and landing stage have been put on hold for at least four years – but it means a permanent cargo dock can be built in Rupert’s Bay. Executive councillors made the decision after being told they risked losing funding from Britain and Europe for the Rupert’s project and seafront improvements in Jamestown. Funds […]

Bunny girls, bikers and dozens of dancers throng Jamestown

Only hours after dressing up for an early Hallowe’en party at High Knoll Fort, people were donning colourful fancy dress for St Helena’s annual carnival. What looked like hundreds of clowns, human insects, bunny girls and dancers of various kinds paraded from the hospital to the bottom of Jamestown. Strangely, nearly all of them were […]

Welcome to The Castle Hotel… your chamber awaits

The Castle in Jamestown, the seat of power on St Helena for centuries, may soon be seating 50 for breakfast. And the grand council chamber could become a chamber of a different kind under a proposal put forward by visiting real estate executives: to turn the headquarters of St Helena Government into an iconic hotel. They have […]

Police chief expresses sadness for convicted prison boss

The conviction of St Helena’s last prison manager for theft has been described as a “sad situation” following positive work on the island. St Helena Police helped recover stolen property left on the island by Mick Morris, who was said in court in the UK to have had a long-term problem with depression. Morris, 45, […]

Transparency at The Castle becomes a human rights issue

The battle against secrecy within St Helena Government has been taken up by the island’s human rights co-ordinator. And emails have been sent to all of the island’s councillors asking whether they support transparency in the way they carry out their duties on behalf of the public.    The St Helena Freedom of Information Campaign has cast […]

Restoration is in the frame for Honeymoon Chair

The much-loved Honeymoon Chair on Jamestown waterfront should be restored to its former splendour by the end of August 2012, reports the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation – even if the bougainvillea that grew over it will take time to recover. The frame over the seat collapsed in April 2012, after the weight of the bougainvillea opened up cracks in […]

How Jamestown lost a landmark – and Ivy vowed to restore it

IVY ELLICK made a vow when St Helena lost one of its best-loved landmarks. One day, she said, she would see the steeple put back on the oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, she tells the story behind the loss. I was the vicar’s churchwarden, in my late twenties, when the decision had to […]

Fundraisers plan global push in Jamestown steeple campaign

A worldwide appeal is to be launched for money to restore one of St Helena’s lost landmarks: the steeple on St James’ Church, one of the ‘wonders’ of the island. Here, churchwarden IVY ELLICK outlines a campaign plan worthy of Napoleon. We are looking at 2015 as our target date for restoring the steeple of […]

Rebuilding lost steeple – next job for church fund-raisers?

Sepia print of church and steeple, looking up Chapel Valley

After more than a decade of restoration efforts, a group of church fund-raisers are braced for their most ambitious project yet – to replace the missing steeple on Jamestown’s historic parish church. The steeple had to be dismantled in 1980 because it had become unsafe. A second phase of restoration work, on the exterior of the building, has […]