£1.2m buys training, resources and results – SHG

An extra £1.2 million from the UK in 2015 has helped fund a series of measures to protect children and care for victims of sex abuse. St Helena Online asked the island government to detail measures taken to improve safeguarding of vulnerable people since concerns became public.  They include: A new safeguarding directorate two refurbished family centres […]

35 years on, ebony hero Charlie gets his name on the map

A strong wind blew over the party that had gathered above St Helena’s wildest cliffs to honour Charlie Benjamin as an island hero. And nearly 5,000 miles away in London, a heavy drizzle blattered against the windows of the elegant room at Kew Gardens where his daughter was getting married. Speeches at both locations recalled […]

Bride Wendy has her flower on her cake – and eats it

The St Helena ebony, rescued from extinction by Charlie Benjamin, has found a place in UK national ceremonial – and on his daughter’s wedding cake. Simon Pipe of St Helena Online was honoured to give a speech telling Charlie’s story. Wendy Benjamin would have liked to have living ebony flowers at her wedding to Campbell Duncan. But […]

St Helena tops the league table for unique species

Charles Darwin glossed over it, but now St Helena has been officially recognised as Britain’s wealthiest spot on Earth when it comes to natural treasures. The island is home to a third of the endemic species that are found on British territory around the world – that is, plants and creatures that appear naturally in […]

Revisit the stories of 2013

Click the pic for a month-by-month look back at the stories that made 2013 on St Helena and her sister islands – then follow the links for more detail. SEE ALSO: 2013 in pictures

Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, has a thing about uniforms. The Observer says they illustrate the strangely British, but not-quite-British […]

Island politicians want role in choosing governors

Leaders of UK overseas territories want a say in deciding how governors are chosen, according to a report in the Bermuda Sun. The call is said to have been made by politicians from eight of the territories who met in Gibraltar to prepare for a summit in London later this year. The article quotes Bermuda’s […]

Anti-secrecy law ‘only months away’, predicts John

Work has begun in earnest on ending the entrenched culture of secrecy within St Helena Government – but one councillor has questioned whether it should be a priority. Open government became a key issue in the island’s July 2013 general election, a year after the launch of a campaign on St Helena Online and the […]

Territory flags fly to mark Her Majesty’s anniversary

The flags of St Helena, Ascension and the other British overseas territories flew in London’s Parliament Square to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Picture courtesy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Kedell Worboys, the island’s UK representative, was among guests at a commemorative service in Westminster Abbey.

Island ensures memories of the fallen live forever

A cutting from one of St Helena’s endemic plants formed part of a wreath that stood out among the hundreds laid at the base of The Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday, 2012. Old Man Live Forever was one of the plants used in the wreath laid by Foreign Secretary William Hague, in honour of those from […]