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St Helena goes live at annual UK gathering

sports poster detail - title, dateA live video link is being set up between St Helena and the Reading Sports – the annual gathering of St Helenians in the UK.

Enterprise St Helena is inviting people on the island to book two-minute slots to send greetings to family and friends overseas via the video link on Sunday 26 August 2012.

For a second year, Saint FM will also be relayed to the sports and broadcasting interviews transmitted from the event – this time, it is hoped, with help from St Helena Online.

The link is being organised by IT expert Johnny Clingham, who will also be covering the event for the St Helena Community website.

Matt Joshua of Saint Connect has travelled from St Helena to attend the sports and meet people who are interested in returning home to the island. He will have information about investment, business and job opportunities.

He will also be showing films of the arrival on the island of the Basil Read ship, and construction of the workers’ camp at Bradleys, made by the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation.

Nigel Kirby of the Department for International Development will also be at the sports to talk about the airport.

The sports are organised by the St Helena Association and take place at Reading Rugby Club in Sonning.

Association president Owen George MBE says in his annual report: “As the older members will know we first started with the title Saints Mini Sport, and with a change of committee it became St Helena Sports Day.

“But in truth, beyond any doubt it has become The Saints Relatives and Friends Reunion Day, which to my mind is a very, very important event for people to renew old and make new acquaintancesat the same place, same day, same time each year.

“Saints in Ascension, the Falklands and wherever they may be, arrange their UK holidays to meet on this nostalgic occasion, and you cannot get any better than that.”

The event has been raising money for good causes on the island for more than 30 years.

Visit the association website for full details, including comments praising last year’s event.

See pictures of the 2011 sports, by Richard Bennett, here.


Matt heads to Reading Sports to lure Saints back home

Saints attending the annual Reading Sports day in the UK will be encouraged to consider moving back to St Helena to be part of its hoped-for economic transformation.

Matthew Joshua of the Saint Connect project is heading for UK to attend the Bank Holiday weekend event, run by the St Helena Association.

posterHe will also run a drop-in session at Swindon on Thursday, 23 August as part of a drive to encourage the island’s “brightest and best” to bring their talents home..

All are welcome at the session between noon and 6pm at Longs Bar in Victoria Road, Old Town. Appointments can be booked by emailing, or by leaving a message on the Saint Connect Facebook page.

Attracting St Helenians back to the island is seen as vital to its economic transformation: either to fill skilled jobs in the tourism industry once its airport opens in 2015, or to set up businesses to help establish a private sector economy.

The island’s Sustainable Development Plan says: “Retaining our smartest and brightest has been difficult in the face of better employment prospects overseas.

The island wants to create the environment for a large number of Saints, who have gone overseas to try and improve their quality of life, to come home. Improving the standards of living, through real wage growth and better public services, is vital.

St Helena can make itself a more attractive place to live by building an economy with real prospects for the people living here to make a better life for themselves.”

Enterprise St Helena has warned that Saints need to seize the opportunities presented by the airport before outsiders move in.


Another reason why Saints will not return is they have a better life in the UK and elsewhere. Employment protection; equal pay; Freedom of Information; health & safety. Why give up all of these to come back?
– John Turner, St Helena
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