A Bye-election to fill the vacant seat on Legislative Council (following the recent resignation of Kylie Hercules on 31 August) will take place on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

To vote in the Bye-election or to stand for election to Legislative Council your name must be on the Register of Electors.

A window of opportunity is being given to members of the public whose names are not included in the Register of Electors dated 1 July 2019 to have their names added to the Register. Persons wishing to take part in the Bye-election and whose names are not yet on the Register of Electors, should make an application to the Registration Officer on the prescribed form by 4pm on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Forms can be obtained from the Registration Officer at the Castle (tel: 22470) or from the Post & Customer Services Centre. The forms can also be downloaded from the SHG website via: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/forms/.

Remember – you can only apply to be registered if you are:

  • 17 years of age or older with St Helena as your ordinary place of residence
  • Have St Helenian Status as defined in the Immigration Ordinance, 2011.

#StHelena #Bye-Election #RegisterOfElectors




17 September 2019


Three Firefighters from the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service (SHF&RS) – Watch Manager David John, Firefighter Ashley Clingham and Firefighter Christopher Wade – recently departed the Island to undertake overseas training at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh UK.

David will be studying for qualifications in RTCI (Road Traffic Collision Instructor), Fire & Rescue Service (F&RS) Incident Commander Level 1, Hazmat First Responder, Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment, and Practical Fire investigation.

Ashley will be studying for qualifications in RTCI (Road Traffic Collision Instructor), Hazmat First Responder, Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment and Fire safety and engineering principles.

David and Ashley will begin their training with the RTCI. With major developments in car safety over the last decade and a global shift towards the electrification of cars, today’s emergency crews face far greater challenges and complexities in extricating casualties safely from vehicles. This course will allow the SHF&RS to move forward and come in line with the UK Fire Services best practices.

The Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment course is designed to enable personnel to carry out fire risk assessments of the most complex risk workplaces and identify the range of fire protective and preventive measures required.

The aim of the Hazmat First Responder course is to provide learners (Incident Commanders) with the necessary knowledge, understanding and experience to attend incidents involving hazardous materials and to bring them to a successful conclusion or manage them in a safe and effective manner.

David’s F&RS Incident Commander Level 1 is designed for competent firefighters who are seeking to develop as an aspiring Initial Incident Commander. The course will expose aspiring Initial Incident Commanders to a range of operational scenarios both in the simulated and practical environments.

Ashley’s final course will be Fire safety and engineering principles which will introduce him to the principles of fire safety engineering.

Christopher’s first course is the Firefighter Development Programme. This eight-week intensive course will provide him with the foundation skills required to respond, prevent and adapt to the needs of the community he serves. The course sets the foundation for further development and a successful career in the Fire and Rescue Service.

The Practical Fire Investigator course, which will be both David and Christopher’s final course, has been developed and is delivered in conjunction with the College of Policing (COP) for both fire investigators and forensic investigators. The course provides both with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required for the role of a fire investigator and develops their investigative skills as a fire/crime scene investigator.

St Helena Fire & Rescue Service Watch Manager, Jason Lawrence, said:

“The service would like to wish David, Ashley and Christopher all the very best in their training. The skills they will gain will be invaluable to the service and will only improve the service we deliver to the community once their training is cascaded down to all staff.”

#StHelena #StHelenaFire&Rescue #AltogetherSafer #SHFRS




17 September 2019

The following is a public announcement from the Roads Section:

The Roads Section would like to advise the public that the road from Mr Nigel Dollery’s residence, New Ground, to Sunny Side Junction will be closed from 9am to 3pm on weekdays between Monday, 23 September, and Friday, 4 October 2019. This closure is to allow the Roads Section to repair the retaining wall near Mr Joe Terry’s residence in Young’s Valley. 

During this closure, only residents in the affected area and Emergency Services will be granted access. Appropriate signage will be in place. The diversion route for this closure will be via Sunny Side Road or Sapper Way.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.


17 September 2019





Councillor Christine Scipio departed the Island on Sunday, 15 September, to attend the 6th British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference in Jersey to be held between 19 and 21 September 2019.

The conference, themed ‘The next 100 years’, will include a Steering Committee Meeting and various workshops on Diversity, Women in Tech, Sustainable Future and Political Art. The Jersey Student Committee will also host a workshop on the conference namesake, and a key note speech on ‘Equality, a roadmap for change’ will be delivered.

Councillor Gavin Ellick departs the Island this coming Saturday, 21 September, to attend the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the Parliament of Uganda and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Uganda branch between 22 and 29 September 2019.

The 64th CPC will be one of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians and will explore the theme of ‘adaption, engagement, and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth’.

During the Conference there will also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 37th CPA Small Branches Conference; 6th triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference; 64th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SOCATT) meetings.

The CPC offers the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments.

Councillor Ellick commented:

“I am looking forward to representing St Helena at the 64th CPC in Uganda. My aim is to learn, educate and network with delegates from around the Commonwealth.

“No doubt the discussions will be invaluable and I hope that I will be able to implement some of what I have learnt during the conference here on the Island.”

#StHelena #LegislativeCouncil #CPA #OverseasConferences   




16 September 2019

A new draft Labour Market Strategy (LMS) has been developed for St Helena and is now out for public consultation until Friday, 11 October 2019.

In response to public interest in the draft LMS, SHG has scheduled an additional consultation meeting to take place at the Kingshurst Community Centre on Monday, 23 September 2019, at 7pm.

In addition, the public consultation meeting for employers scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 24 September, will now be held at the Museum in Jamestown. The meeting will begin at 7pm as previously scheduled.

The draft LMS is available on the Publications page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/. Hard copies are available at the Public Library and Customer Service Centre in Jamestown.

You can also share your opinions by completing a short online questionnaire via: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYQ5PR8 or by sending an email to the Senior Economist, Amanda Curry Brown, via: Amanda.Brown@sainthelena.gov.sh.

#StHelena #EconomicDevelopment #LabourMarketStrategy #SEDP


16 September 2019

In recognition of the United Nations International Youth Day, the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate’s Safe Haven Project hosted a special event to celebrate young people on St Helena at the Mule Yard, Jamestown, today, Friday 13 September 2019.

The event ran from 10am-3pm and was hosted for Year 9 and 10 students of Prince Andrew School.

The programme for the day included the Jamestown Amazing Race, Lunch, where students were issued vouchers for meals, drinks and a treat, novelty sports in the Leisure Park and an Apple Eating Competition. Young people who did not wish to participate in specific events were able to take part in other activities at the Mule Yard.

Medals and badges for students who took part in the various activities were presented by Youth Leader, Nick Stevens, and his team from New Horizons.

The speeches took place at the Mule Yard at 2.45pm.

Children’s Champion, Councillor Derek Thomas, spoke at the event and said:

“The youth are our future leaders and as the Island develops we will rely on our Youth to step up and form the skill base which we will need. Our education system is also expanding and providing greater learning opportunities.

“As the Children’s Champion I am pleased to say that I am working with the Head Boy of Prince Andrew School, Isaac Greentree, to try and re-establish a Youth Parliament. Once re-established this will provide a platform and a voice for our youth to properly engage with Elected Members and discuss topics which they feel will lead to shaping their future. With the support of my colleagues, I look forward to taking this forward.”

The event concluded with closing remarks by United Nations Safe Haven Project Manager, Nicolene Adams. Nicolene said:

“To all of the youth on St Helena, International Youth Day is a reminder that you are competent, smart, strong and motivated to do things you want. Each of you have a combination of high energies, intelligent brains and smartness – the formula for a successful St Helena.”

Apple Eating Competition
DJ Colin Peters
Lunch at the Mule Yard
Novelty Sports at the Leisure Park
Students Holding Their Meal Voucher
Students participating in the Jamestown Amazing Race
The start of the Jamestown Amazing Race

#StHelena #UnitedNations #InternationalYouthDay




13 September 2019


Data on Population, including total population and arrivals and departures up to August 2019 have been released on September 13, 2019: Population

Additional statistical series and indicators are available on the Statistics Data page, and published statistical reports, including Statistical Bulletins, can be found on the Statistics Reports and Publications page.

We welcome comments and suggestions on any of the statistics published by the Statistics Office. Please email: statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh, call tel: 22138, or visit the office in person on the first floor of the Castle, Jamestown.

In recognition of the United Nations International Youth Day, the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate will be celebrating young people on St Helena in a special event at the Mule Yard tomorrow, Friday 13 September 2019.

The event will run from 10am – 4pm for Year 9 and 10 students of Prince Andrew School.

The programme for the day will include:

  • Jamestown Amazing Race
  • Lunch, where students will be issued vouchers for meals, drinks and a treat
  • Novelty Sports in the Leisure Park
  • Apple Eating Competition (previously a Hot Dog Eating Competition)

The change from the Hot Dog Eating competition to the Apple Eating competition supports the St Helena Health Strategic Plan which addresses the long-term chronic type diseases the Island is facing by encouraging people to make healthier life style choices.

The presentation of medals and badges and speeches will take place at the Mule Yard at 3pm. Members of the community may join for the closing speeches.

#StHelena #UnitedNations #InternationalYouthDay




12 September 2019





Additional Learning Needs Teacher, Sharon Peters, has successfully completed the Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning course with Stonebridge College following a year of online study.

The course consisted of four assignments – communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults; schools as organisations; understanding child and young people’s development; and understanding how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people – and a final which summarised the entire course. Each assignment consisted of approximately 11-25 questions.

This course was led by an online tutor and supported by previous Teacher Trainer, Gary Cameron.

Sharon commented:

This course took a lot of time and commitment and was challenging at times. I am very pleased to complete and pass the course and I will now take on those skills to help me progress in my future role. I would also like to thank those who supported me in any way throughout.”

Director of Education & Employment, Wendy Benjamin, added:

“Sharon is to be commended for successfully completing this course.  She will now put her learning into practice as she undertakes her new role as Additional Learning Needs Teacher in the Inclusion Service. Well done Sharon!”

#StHelena #Education #TeacherSuccess #SaintSuccess #Congratulations


12 September 2019

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 17 September 2019.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Development Application – Proposed New HM Prison and Custody Building, Bottom Woods

This paper (ExCo Memo) is available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memos should contact the Acting Clerk of Councils, Anita Legg, at the Castle on tel: 22590 or via email: sec.em@helanta.co.sh.

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Clint Beard, Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Acting Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Aine Hurley.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting

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12 September 2019