The following is a Public Announcement from the Building Inspectors of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD):

The draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 is out for public consultation until Tuesday, 21 August 2018. This document is significantly important to all contractors, architects/draftsmen, stakeholders and importers on St Helena.

ENRD Building Inspectors are available for one-to-one meetings and/or small group sittings with members of the public via drop-in sessions to the Building Inspectors’ Office at Essex House on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 12.30pm to discuss the document.

Copies of the draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 are available at the Public Library, Customer Services Centre, Essex House, Prince Andrew School and both hard and electronic copies are available upon request. The document, along with the current St Helena Building Regulations 2001, and a summary of the draft, is also available on the SHG website, under the Public Consultations section of the Publications page:

7 August 2018

Executive Council met today with just one item on the Open Agenda. This was to discuss the proposed increase in the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) for the up-rating of Income Related Benefits (IRB) and Basic Island Pension (BIP). Council noted that the proposed uplift would take account of the recent tariff increases for water and telecommunications introduced by Connect St Helena Ltd and Sure South Atlantic Ltd respectively on 1 July and 1 August 2018. The proposed uplift will see Income Related Benefits increase from £65.10 to £67.90 per week, and Basic Island Pension will increase from £67.30 to £70.20 per week. In both cases this represents a 4.3% increase.

Executive Council Members recommended and the Governor agreed to approve the increase in MIS and the amended Social Security Regulations, both to come into effect from 10 August. In noting that the increase had been delayed due to budget constraints, Council agreed that an ex-gratia payment should be paid to recipients at the same time to offset the week lost. Further details will issue in a separate press release shortly.

Council noted that a further price collection will take place in September. Members were also keen to see a review of the Minimum Wage take place at the same time.
The Governor took the opportunity to inform Members of Council that the issues relating to payment of UK pensions to recipients living on St Helena, have been successfully resolved and all pensions (90 in total), have now been reinstated.

The meeting closed at 11am.

7 August 2018

New Chief Inspector (Operations), Mike Miskell, recently arrived on-Island to take up his post in the St Helena Police Service. Mike arrived with his wife Jackie and daughter Victoria.

Mike said:

“I’m really looking forward to working on the Island. I hope to continue to develop the excellent work progressed by Steve Riley. In particular, I’m keen to expand and develop a training programme to further improve the St Helena Police Service. I also hope that my experience at Manchester International Airport will be of value to the Island’s newly opened St Helena Airport.”

Mike has 27 years of experience in policing and was previously a Chief Inspector with the Greater Manchester Police, with 10 years’ experience in their Specialist Operations Branch.

He is a Tactical Firearms commander and Silver commander with experience in dealing with major events and incidents.

Mike has been awarded three Chief Constable Commendations, including two for dealing with major incidents at Manchester International Airport. He has been in charge of the Greater Manchester Police Training Branch’s Tactical Firearms Section and was the Airport commander for Manchester International Airport.


#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #NewChiefInspector

7 August 2018

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) is encouraging members of the public to take advantage of the Core Skills courses they currently have on offer. These courses are free to residents of St Helena and the registration period is still open until Monday, 13 August 2018.

Core Skills courses are aimed at ensuring the community has access to achieving basic skills which underpin successful participation in work as well as to provide a foundation for students to progress further and continue their education.

These courses are usually tutor-led, meaning students will have support in a classroom-based environment.

Core Skills courses on offer are:

General Education – Core Skills



GCSE English



GCSE Maths



Essential Skills (Basic Maths and English)


Functional Skills English Level 1



Functional Skills English Level 2



Functional Skills English Entry Level



Functional Skills Maths Entry Level



Functional Skills Maths Level 1



Functional Skills Maths Level 2



BCS  e-Safety Level 1



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The College offers the courses at different levels, so students can choose which is best suited to their needs. Whereas most Core Skills courses lead to formal qualifications, if any student wants a less formal course to get started, they can register to the Essential Skills course in the first instance.

Acting Assistant Director (Lifelong Learning), Angela Benjamin, said:

“Core Skills have been offered for many years in adult learning as a focus on continuing education. This training provides the opportunity for those persons who just want to start with the basic skills and for those who want to progress through to higher level learning.

“The SHCC is committed to fulfilling the training needs of the locals and works to encompass learning for everyone.”

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #CoreSkillsCourses #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone

7 August 2018

Applications for Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK are open from today, Monday 6 August, until Tuesday, 6 November 2018, with applications to be submitted via:

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

Over the last 35 years, 50,000 outstanding professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through Chevening. There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2019/2020 academic year, demonstrating the UK’s ongoing commitment towards developing the leaders of tomorrow.

Governor Lisa Honan said:

“We are looking for ambitious, professional, forward-thinking leaders from any walk of life. There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, but one thing that all of our previous scholars have in common is that they were bold enough to step forward and apply.

“If you are chosen for Chevening, you will receive a first-rate UK education which can open doors in your career. You will also become part of the global Chevening Alumni network full of dynamic influencers who have shared the same experience as you will, and can offer mentorship, advice, and contacts.

“There is a lot to potentially gain from submitting a thoughtful application, so if you or someone you know has what it takes to be a Chevening Scholar, I would encourage you to apply before the 6 November deadline.”

Head of Scholarships at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ben Coates, said:

“The UK continues to play a leading role globally. Home to some of the world’s best universities, brightest students, and most revered academics, the UK’s higher education sector promotes the exchange of information and ideas, as well as the building of knowledge and networks. Chevening Scholars find themselves immersed in that world, and emerge having grown academically, professionally, and personally as a result of their time in the UK.

“Chevening Scholars share the best their country has to offer with those they meet in the UK, and then share the best the UK has to offer when they return home. The role that the Chevening community plays in building bridges between countries is as important now as it has ever been.”

“Over the last 35 years, many of those selected for this scholarship have gone on to become respected leaders across a range of sectors. Being a part of the Chevening network instils a strong sense of pride and responsibility, and I’ve personally seen how this opportunity has transformed lives.”

Chevening’s Head of Programme Management, Louise Thomson, said:

“Chevening allows you to explore whatever you’re passionate about. You can choose from over 12,000 master’s courses at over 150 different higher education institutions. UK institutions consistently rank highly in global university rankings, so be prepared for an academically challenging and fulfilling experience. However, the UK is a classroom like no other – you will learn so much outside of the classroom simply by interacting with people from all over the world, travelling around the UK in your spare time, and getting involved in the communities you live in.

“Chevening organises an exclusive programme of events and activities, enabling you to experience Britain’s heritage and history, discuss international policy, and interact with thought leaders at a range of academic, cultural, and social events.

“Recently, scholars have visited 10 Downing Street in London, faced history at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales, stood pitchside at Old Trafford in Manchester, and witnessed the beauty of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Some have even visited Hogwarts at the film studio where the Harry Potter films were shot.

“With so much to learn and achieve, a year goes by in a flash. During this time, your academic knowledge deepens, your networks expand, and your ambitions evolve, leaving you motivated and better equipped to return home and achieve your dreams.”

The call for new applicants follows the selection of Zedella Young from St Helena who won an award to study at a UK university this year. Successful applicants have been sharing their stories through the #ChosenForChevening hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

More information

Visit for detailed information on the eligibility criteria and scholarship specifications.

Manager of the Governor’s Office Sandra Sim on tel: 22308 or email:

Notes to editors

Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year taught master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.

Chevening began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international awards scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide, and more than 1,600 scholarships were awarded in 2018/2019. There are over 50,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.

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6 August 2018

Works are continuing on the rocks above Upper Jamestown, following the visit of the Geo-Tech Surveyor, Chad Douglas, in June.

The Rock Guards of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate have now finalised the drilling and netting phase and will shortly commence the final work phase which is the construction of the buttress.

The Rock Guards, who carry out regular rock stability inspections, expressed concerns about a section of rock in the Upper Jamestown area on 21 June. On 23 June, Geo-Tech Surveyor, Chad Douglas, visited the Island to carry out an inspection of the area. His assessments indicated that there is no imminent risk of a rock fall and an appropriate work programme was put in place to further secure the area.

The public will be kept updated as works continue.

#StHelena #RockStabilityInspection #GeoTechSurvey


6 August 2018


As part of St Helena’s work to introduce Dark Skies legislation, Dark Skies Lighting Consultant, James Paterson, will be visiting the Island from 18 August to 1 September 2018.

Dark Skies legislation will mitigate light pollution in order to preserve and sustain the natural environment of St Helena. Introducing Dark Skies legislation will enable St Helena to eventually apply for International Dark Sky Status with the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

More than one-third of the world’s population, 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans are now unable to see the Milky Way due to light pollution. This is not the case on St Helena and the Island is keen to keep it that way. Dark Skies legislation has many benefits including, protecting the natural environment, conserving its biodiversity, protecting the night sky and reducing energy waste and carbon emissions.

During his time on-Island, James will be assisting with the public consultation process and will be able to explain the details and requirements of Dark Skies legislation.

Alongside of this, James will also be training key local SHG staff and other stakeholders in the implementation of the Dark Sky Management Plan.

During a two-day workshop, James will deliver tuition to help attendees with interpreting many of the technical issues which the Island will need to address if Dark Sky Status from the IDA is eventually achieved.

Further information on the public consultation sessions will be issued shortly.

Time will be set aside in the visit programme for electrical contractors and wholesalers to meet with James outside of the public consultation sessions.  Electricians and wholesalers wishing to attend these separate sessions are invited to contact Gillian Francis by emailing: or calling: 22314.

#StHelena #DarkSkiesLegislation #DarkSkyStatus #AltogetherGreener #StHelenaTourism


6 August 2018

Zedella Young from Woodlands, Alarm Forest, St Helena (see photo attached), has been awarded a prestigious Foreign & Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship. Zedella will undertake a year-long Master’s Degree in Strategic Tourism Management & Marketing at the University of Surrey from this September.

Zedella said:

It is an honour to be selected for this year’s Chevening Award and a privilege to be part of the prestigious Chevening community. This is something I have been striving towards since graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in 2015, and I cannot express how excited I am to take this next step on the academic ladder. The University of Surrey offers a great combination course for Tourism and will be a beneficial tool in progressing my career with Enterprise St Helena.”

Governor Lisa Honan added:

“I’m delighted Zedella’s application to become a Chevening scholar has been successful. The scheme, which is funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, gives future leaders the opportunity to develop their qualifications, talent, and ultimately help them contribute to their home country.  Zedella joins an array of alumni on St Helena who have also benefitted from the scheme and who are now in key positions on the Island.  I would encourage everyone to consider applying when they see these scholarships advertised each year.  They are a great stepping stone, not just for the individual, but also for the development and progress of St Helena.”

During her course, Zedella will gain an insight into how strategic tourism management and marketing can be used to understand the contemporary issues affecting tourism today. Zedella will study compulsory modules in strategic human resource management, strategic tourism management and smart tourism design with an array of option modules including digital marketing and social media campaigns, strategic tourism consultancy, and event portfolio and destination development. The course will end with a final dissertation.

Zedella is currently the Communications Officer for Enterprise St Helena. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Human Geography, Journalism and Media Cultures from the University of Hertfordshire.

Congratulations are extended to Zedella from all on St Helena.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Chevening Scholarship Programme, please visit: or speak to Sandra Sim on tel: 22308.

#StHelena #SaintSuccess #Chevening


3 August 2018



Rhys Francis, 18, has recently been promoted to a full-time role within the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service.

Rhys has worked for the Fire & Rescue Service over the last two years as a Cadet Firefighter, under the apprenticeship scheme. During that two-year period, Rhys’s overall performance has been excellent, maintaining a positive, mature attitude, within the workplace, and demonstrating an admirable attitude when working in a team.

St Helena Fire & Rescue Service Brigade Manager, Alan Thomas, said:

“Rhys’s knowledge of firefighting is very good, and this is evident when performing tasks in and around the station as well as on operational duties. He is a quiet member of our team, who has great potential to further develop within specialised areas of the service. Rhys works well with both the full-time and auxiliary staff.”

Since joining the service as an apprentice, Rhys has adapted well to life as a firefighter and has shown great enthusiasm and flexibility when dealing with both daily operations and emergency call-outs. He has demonstrated his commitment to the Fire & Rescue Service and has become a valued member of the team.

Since enrolling on the Rope Rescue training, Rhys’s confidence has excelled and he has made great achievements in this area. His significant contributions to the core functions have helped the service achieve their targets and objectives.

Alan concluded:

“Rhys is a keen learner and when the opportunity presents itself, he utilises any spare time effectively by reading and practicing any new skills learnt. I have every confidence that he will continue to grow and develop within the realms of firefighting, and who knows, we could be looking at a future Chief Fire officer. I welcome, and wish him well in his chosen firefighting career.”

Rhys said:

“I am very pleased on becoming a full time firefighter and excited for what the future holds for me within this post. It is a privilege to have been the successful candidate and I will strive to uphold the core values within the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service.”

#StHelena #Fire&RescueService #Promotion #SaintSuccess

2 August 2018

Prince Andrew School (PAS) held their annual Celebration of Achievement Assembly, to award students for various accolades and achievements throughout the school year, on Wednesday, 1 August 2018.

Acting Headteacher of PAS, Kerry Lawrence, gave opening remarks and welcomed students, teachers, parents, and invited guests to the event. Governor Lisa Honan then gave a speech where she spoke about the importance of taking advantage of learning opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.

Student President, Shelby Bargo, and Vice President, Keira Francis, took a look back at the events and successes of the school year including the Careers Fair, Athletics Day, students being involved in international games, and PAS students’ involvement in the Commonwealth Day debate.

Following a short musical performance from students Jade Leo and Ella-Rose Stevens, Guest Speaker, Alwyn Thomas, took to the mic to congratulate students on another school year and to give words of inspiration and encouragement to those working towards their GCSE and A-Level qualifications.

Those in attendance were also treated to recitals of two students’ work. Colby Thomas shared his experience of the Commonwealth Youth Games Opening Ceremony using atmospheric writing and Bianca Isaac shared her piece on Cultures: Then and Now.

The first presentation of the day saw a large group of students receive French FCSE Certificates which were presented by French Consul, Michel Martineau.

Creative Arts Awards were presented by Councillor Clint Beard to Ananda Thomas and Tobias Rummery who had shown great performance and commitment to the school’s creative subjects.

Colby Thomas was named the recipient of the Environment & Conservation Award for his work with the St Helena National Trust, the Marine Section, and his involvement with the Island’s first International Conference on Diverse Island Environments.

Heart of Gold Awards were presented to Sophie Thorpe, Cheryl Bedwell, Pamela Lawrence, and Christopher Green, for going above and beyond with their work in PAS over the past year.

Citizenship Awards were presented by Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean to students who made valuable contributions to the community in various ways during the school year. The recipients for these awards were Demi Benjamin-Herne, Jordanna Stevens, Laura Duncan, and Joshua Herne.

Following another quick musical performance, Outstanding Progress Certificates were presented to students who had shown great dedication, commitment and improvements. Keira Francis was presented with the Sixth Form Award for her hard work and determination within her A-Level studies before another group of students received Academic Achievement Awards.

Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, was asked to present this year’s Sports Awards. These went to Evan Constantine, Cerys Joshua, Courtney Green, and Josh Fowler, for outstanding commitment to physical education and competitive sport.

The last presentation of the day was for the students of the Year for year groups 7 to 10. These awards went to Jacob Williams (year 7), Radka Henry (year 8), Cerys Joshua (year 9), and Kelly Yon (year 10).

The event was rounded off with a vote of thanks from Councillor Beard where he congratulated awardees and encouraged those who didn’t receive an award to work hard and use the day as motivation for next year.

Following a new upbeat version of the Prince Andrew School song, guests and awardees were invited for tea and refreshments in the School’s foyer to celebrate another successful year for PAS.

#StHelena #Education #PAS #CelebrationOfAchievement

2 August 2018