Nominations are currently being invited for the Certificate & Badge of Honour Awards, 2018.

These awards are available for the Governor to present to public servants for loyal and valuable service worthy of recognition or, in the case of other persons, for their loyal and meritorious conduct that has provided exceptional benefit to the people of St Helena.

The Certificate & Badge of Honour awards will be presented later this year.

Nominations are also invited for the Acts of Bravery Award, 2018.

Nominations should ideally be made to recognise Acts of Bravery that have taken place since the last call for nominations in February 2017.

For more information, or to request a nomination form for the 2018 awards, please contact Miss Linda Benjamin at the Castle on telephone number:  22470 or via email:

Completed forms should be returned in a sealed envelope marked ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ to the ‘Executive Secretary, Honours Committee’ at the Castle by Monday, 5 March 2018.

#StHelena #NominationsInvited #CertificateAndBadgeOfHonour #ActsOfBraveryAward /

6 February 2018

St Helena Police have advised of a theft at the Fire & Rescue Station, Ladder Hill.

The offender/s approached two training vehicles and stole shock absorbers from both vehicles, which in turn caused damage.

This incident occurred between 11am and 4.30pm on Saturday, 3 February 2018.

Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in this area, or have been offered these items for sale are encouraged to urgently contact the Police, regardless of how minor they may consider their information.

 The Police can be contacted via tel: 22626 or email the Criminal Investigations Department via: or

The community is thanked for their assistance.

#StHelena #Fire&Rescue #StHelenaPolice #AppealForInformation


6 February 2018


The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) and the Bank of Saint Helena Ltd (BOSH) note the correspondence in the Independent newspaper of Friday, 2 February 2018, and it wishes to take this opportunity to assure the public that, contrary to suggestions contained in Mrs Wilmot’s letter, all depositors’ funds in BOSH are safe and secure. The highest standards of regulatory oversight are applied by the FSRA to the financial services providers on St Helena. The Chairman of the FSRA (Chris Duncan and his successor Charles Ilako are on-Island at present) and Chris Duncan has been keen to reiterate this assurance.

It is a matter of grave concern that the confidentiality measures which apply between a Bank and its customer have been breached in this case. Mrs Wilmot is, of course, entitled to her own views, but not her own facts, her letter unfortunately contains errors of fact.

Discussions are continuing between the Bank and its customer (Saint Helena Hotel Development Ltd) with a view to establishing a satisfactory solution to the financial matters which have now arisen from the hotel project.

All parties are mindful of the need for great care, sensitivity and protection of all stakeholders’ interests.

Chris Duncan

Chairman of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority

5 February 2018

The Police Directorate will be carrying out Firearms training at Cox’s Battery Range from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, 15 February 2018.

 Red flags, signs and barriers will be in place. Walkers in the Cox’s Battery area should not approach the Range as live firing will be in progress.

The Police Directorate would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation.

 #StHelena #PoliceDirectorate #FirearmsTraining # CoxsBattery


5 February 2018



Based on the progress made since late 2017 on the Submarine Cable Project and following the introduction of the weekly airlink to Johannesburg, SHG has launched the Earth Station Project with the aim to attract operators of satellite ground stations to the Island.

A dedicated website – – has been launched outlining the possibilities and opportunities that St Helena Island will have and bring with the transatlantic submarine fibre-optic cable project.

The website lists opportunities such as ground stations for ‘Polar Low-Earth Orbit’ and ‘Equatorial & Inclined Low-Earth Orbit’, ‘Gateway for Megaconstellations’, ‘Gateway for GEO & MEO High-Throughput Satellites’, ‘Telemetry, Tracking & Command Ground Station’, as well as developing a ‘Mid-Atlantic Cable Hub’. An explanation of each with a diagram is displayed on the homepage.

The website also gives a ‘Project Status’ and lists ‘Benefits of St Helena’.

Assistant Chief Secretary, Paul McGinnety, said:

“We are delighted with the new website for the Earth Station Project and we are, once again, very grateful for the work of Christian von der Ropp, who has again supported this project from a technical perspective.”

Councillor Lawson Henry, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, added:

I am delighted that we have launched this website to attract operators of Satellite Ground Stations who would lease capacity on the submarine cable for backhauling and so contribute to the operational costs of the latter. This is a strong message that St Helena is getting ever closer to the digital world. The benefits that ground stations will bring to the Island is huge in terms of new revenue streams, jobs, and investment by the operators, which will be a huge boost to our economy. The new revenue streams will also allow SHG to provide more and better services to our people. I wish to thank all officers and our advisors involved, particularly lead officer, Paul McGinnety.”

Anyone requiring further information about the Earth Station Project is asked to contact Assistant Chief Secretary, Paul McGinnety, on tel: 22470 or email:

#StHelena #SubmarineCableProject #EarthStationProject #WebsiteLaunched /

5 February 2018

HM Customs would like to advise the public that their office at the Wharf will be closed on Monday, 5 February 2018, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Thereafter Customs will remain open until 5pm.

During this closure any messages can be left with the Customs switchboard on tel: 22287.

HM Customs would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

 #StHelena #HMCustoms


2 February 2018


The annual Financial Aid Mission (FAM) took place on St Helena from Monday, 29 January, to Friday, 2 February 2018.

The Department for International Development (DFID) St Helena team arrived on-Island on Saturday, 27 January, ahead of weeklong discussions with Members of Legislative Council and Government Officials.

During the course of the week, a number of key strategic issues were discussed as well as dialogue around budgets and revenues.

The DFID team were also able to meet with members of the Private Sector and visit a number of key buildings.

There was a focus on partnership working and further discussions will take place in the coming weeks, prior to any funding agreement.

The DFID team will depart St Helena tomorrow, Saturday 3 February 2018.

#StHelena #DFID #FAM / 


2 February 2018

To commemorate the life of the RMS St Helena, a competition was held in all Island schools encouraging pupils and students to submit a drawing, collage, poem or short description of their memories of the RMS.

A total of 143 entries were received and were judged anonymously by a carefully-selected panel who commented on the outstanding effort spent on the various creations submitted by all participants.

Following a difficult round of judging, the following winners in each category were decided:

Nursery and Reception (ages 3 – 4) – A drawing or collage of your RMS memories

  • 1st – Nursery class – Harford Primary School
  • 2nd – Julio Henry – Reception, Harford Primary School
  • 3rd – Nathan Thomas – Reception, Pilling Primary School

 Year 1 and 2 A drawing or collage of your RMS memories

  •  1st – Tori Clingham – Year 2, Harford Primary School
  • 2nd – Dillon George – Year 1, St Paul’s Primary School
  • 3rd – Scarlett Yon – Year 2, Harford Primary School

 Year 3 and 4 A poem or drawing of your RMS memories


  • 1st – Year 4 class – Pilling Primary School
  • 2nd – Molly McGinnety – Year 4, St Paul’s Primary School
  • 3rd – Taylor Duncan -Year 4, St Paul’s Primary School


  • 1st – Tyler Anthony – Year 3, Pilling Primary School
  • 2nd – Ziggy Yon – Year 3, Harford Primary School
  • 3rd – Dewain Osborne – Year 4, Pilling Primary School

 Year 5 and 6 – A poem or drawing of your RMS memories


  • 1st – Raylisha Piek – Year 5, St Paul’s Primary School
  • 2nd –  Bianca Thomas – Year 6, Harford Primary School
  • 3rd – Jodie Thomas – Year 6, Pilling Primary School


  • 1st – Lucio George – Year 6, St Paul’s Primary School
  • 2nd – Jaydee Caswell – Year 5, St Paul’s Primary School
  • 3rd – Blake Peters – Year 6, Harford Primary School

 Year 7 + Write a short description (maximum 300 words) on your RMS memories

  • 1st –  Brooke Yon – Year 8
  • 2nd – Christy Jo Scipio-O’dean – Year 9
  • 3rd –  Jake Ansell – Year 8

Competition winners will be presented with their certificates and prizes at the RMS Farewell celebrations on Friday, 9 February 2018.

Winners will also have the honour of carrying the 27 foot pennant when the RMS departs the Island on Saturday, 10 February.

Well done to all!

#StHelena #RMSStHelena #Farewell #CompetitionWinners #Memories


2 February 2018

Executive Council will meet on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, at 9.30 am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda items:

  • Rabbit Control and Destruction Trial Rules 2017
  • Confirmation of Open Session Minutes – 9 January 2018
  • Confirmation of Open Session Minutes – 16 January 2018
  • Any Other Business

These papers (ExCo Memos) will be available online at the following link:

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Lydia Buchanan, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email:

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting /


2 February 2018

A draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan (SEDP) has been developed for St Helena and is currently out for public consultation.

Members of the public who would like to provide feedback are reminded that the deadline is Monday, 12 February 2018.

The draft SEDP can be found on the SHG website at: Hard copies are also available from the Castle Reception, Post & Customer Services Centre, Public Library and outlets in various districts.

Thank you to everyone who has already engaged in the consultation process. The consultation team, which comprises of  members of the Economic Development Committee including Elected Members, SHG and ESH, have so far hosted eight public meetings and met with the Chamber of Commerce. Feedback has also been received via email and face-to-face discussions.

If you would like to respond to the consultation, please contact the Government Economist via email: or tel: 22470 by Monday, 12 February 2018.

 #StHelena #SEDP #EconomicDevelopment


2 February 2018