The Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD) was expecting their first consignment of 1,000 day old chicks, Dekalb-Amberlink layers, on Saturday, 1 September 2018.

The eggs were incubated specially for the Island as the hatchery would not normally hatch on a Friday for a weekend delivery.

International regulations permit day old chicks to be flown around the world for 72 hours from hatching, after which flying is not possible. Unfortunately, the flight had to be postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions.

The chicks had no other destination and this small number could not be absorbed by local poultry units. Therefore, the difficult decision was made to humanely destroy them.

There is a shortage of laying hens on the Island, and this was to be the first of several consignments. A new order for chicks has been placed. ANRD are awaiting confirmation on the arrival of the chicks and will keep the public informed of any future developments.

#StHelena #ANRD #DayOldChicks


5 September 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division:

 The public is advised that the road, from Scotland Roundabout to the Hermitage, will be closed from 9am to 3pm on Thursday, 6 September 2018.

This closure is to allow the Forestry Section of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division to remove a number of trees from the forest edge along a part of this road.

Appropriate diversion signs will be in place and, as normal, only emergency services will be granted access.

Persons wishing to access Thompson’s Hill, Rosemary Plain and Farm Buildings can use Sunnyside road during this closure.

Sunnyside road can also be used to reach Philip John’s Shop and White Gate when travelling from Thompson’s Hill and Rosemary areas.

The Forestry Section would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation.

5 September 2018

Are you a business owner who would like to learn how to market your products more effectively? Or perhaps you have a great idea for a business, but you just aren’t sure how to get started. Maybe someone has asked you for a business proposal, but you just aren’t sure how to put one together.

Enterprise and Marketing is one of the featured courses starting at the St Helena Community College (SHCC) this month. This qualification is designed for people of any age who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills in setting up and operating a business.

The Enterprise and Marketing course is an accredited Level 2 qualification offered by Cambridge and is equivalent to a GCSE. Unlike more traditional GCSE’s though, the focus is on practical skills and application.

Learners cover three key areas in this course, all focused on supporting successful business development.

The first topic encompasses key concepts in enterprising and marketing. Students cover the main activities that will need to happen to support a new business, and what the key factors are to consider when starting up a business.

The second topic focuses on how to design a business proposal. Learners will develop the skills to design a business proposal to meet a specific business challenge. They will identify a customer profile for a specific product, complete market research to generate product design ideas, and use financial calculations to propose a pricing strategy and determine the viability of their product proposal.

In the final section of the course, learners will develop the skills to create a brand identity and promotional plan for their specific business product proposal. They also learn how to pitch their business proposal to an external audience.

Director of Commercial Development and Enterprise, Martin George, said:

“Skills development is essential for business development and growth. The SHCC can help you achieve this with minimal time or cost incurred when considered against the benefit to be gained. The Enterprise and Marketing course is one such opportunity; essentially critical for any business, especially in the wake of the digital age and the future possibilities this brings to St Helena.”

If you are interested in signing up for this course, you only have a few days left to register. You can contact SHCC on tel: 22607 or email: for more information on how to register. This course is offered on Wednesday afternoons from 3-5pm. The cost is £20 for the year-long course, including the cost of the assessment.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #EnterpriseAndMarketing #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone /

5 September 2018

The Health Directorate has recently received statistics on the early use of the free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and the Smoking Cessation Support Service.

Since 1 July, 43 people have received the free NRT. The Health Directorate would like to encourage those who have started on the ‘quit process’ to return for further advice, support and any further NRT.

The service offers appointments for smokers to get practical advice about the more effective ways to help them kick the habit for good. Nurses can recommend the best form of NRT for individuals.

A free four-week period of an appropriate NRT can be obtained when persons have been seen by the service. The free period ‘offer’ is available up until May next year so smokers can choose to attend when they feel ready to quit.

Appointments can be booked via the Appointments Clerk on tel: 22321 or by calling the Half Tree Hollow Clinic on tel: 23563.

#StHelena #HealthDirectorate #NRT #SaintsTogether


5 September 2018

In accordance with Section 15(3) of the Immigration Ordinance, 2011, the following persons have been granted St Helenian Status with effect from:

22 August 2018

  • Ms Delia Du Preez of Wireless Station Drive, Half Tree Hollow
  • Mrs Gail Beard of Rockside Lane, Cow Path, Half Tree Hollow

#StHelena #SaintStatus #ImmigrationOrdinance


5 September 2018

As part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme, St Helena Police Officers will continue their ‘Beat Surgeries’ in various places around the Island throughout September 2018.

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend. Members of the public are encouraged to use these surgeries to raise any concerns or issues affecting them, or to report crimes or give information on any offences or offenders. Police will also be available for community engagement, consultation, help and advice.

Please see below the dates, times and venues for September.

Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times

Date Time Venue
Monday, 3 September 10am – 12pm Alarm Forest Bus Shelter
Wednesday, 5 September 11am – 1pm Longwood Clinic
Friday, 7 September 1pm – 3pm Briars Village
Saturday, 8 September 1.30pm – 3.30pm Yon’s Shop, Blue Hill
Tuesday, 11 September 11.30am – 1.30pm Francis Plain, St Paul’s
Friday, 14 September 10.30am – 12.30pm Sandy Bay Community Centre/SHAPE area
Saturday, 15 September 10am – 12pm Rupert’s Bay
Wednesday, 19 September 12pm – 2pm Half Tree Hollow Clinic
Thursday, 20 September 10am – 12pm Market Square, Jamestown
Saturday, 22 September 10am – 11am


11am – 12pm

‘Shanicar’ Shop (Carol Yon), Longwood

Ricky Andrews’ Shop, Longwood

Thursday, 27 September 4.30pm – 6.30pm Phillip John’s Shop and Scotland area, St Paul’s


#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing


3 September 2018

Executive Council met today with four items on the open agenda. For the first item, the Council sat as the Planning Authority and considered an application from Connect St Helena Ltd to install Phase 2 of the Solar Farm situated at the Ex-Rifle Range Site in Half Tree Hollow. This item was deferred from the previous meeting to allow members to undertake a site visit to view the area under consideration. Following the visit, members were happy to approve full planning permission for Phase 2 only, subject to appropriate conditions as recommended by the Acting Chief Planning Officer. Members requested an additional condition to be applied; that the applicant should be required to ensure that the site, including the access road, is fully rehabilitated once works have been finalised.

Council then went on to consider a request for the Charities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to be published and presented as Government Business at the next formal meeting of the Legislative Council. Members were mindful that there had been consultation with charitable organisations to discuss the draft Bill and that there was good support for the draft provisions contained therein. Council were content to approve the request. Council also considered the Charities (Amendment) Regulations, 2018, which provide for the Register to be available for public inspection at the office of the Registrar and for changes to the Charities Fees which were introduced in 2005. Members agreed that the Regulations should be enacted.

For the next item on the agenda Council was asked to advise whether the Legislative Council Remuneration and Allowances Amendment Bill (2018) should be published and presented as Government Business at a formal meeting of the Legislative Council. An independent body to review Councillors’ remuneration had been established in 2016 and the resulting report was completed in March 2017 and considered by the previous Executive Council in April 2017. The recommendations of the report were accepted by the previous Legislative Council at an informal meeting in May 2017. The report recommended a general uplift in Councillors remuneration where an Elected Member would now receive an annual salary of £14,000 and an Executive Council Member would receive an annual salary of £18,000. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker would receive annual salaries of £9,000 and £3,000 respectively. The report recognised the increased workload of Councillors, including the increase in the number of meetings attended and the increase in the number of out of office hours which members regularly commit to. In considering this request, it was noted that the Legislative Council Remuneration and Allowances had not been amended since 2009. It was also noted that Members had deferred an earlier introduction of this amendment, in recognition of budget constraints. On this basis, Members were content to approve the Bill as requested.

The final item on the agenda related to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) which guides SHG’s planning and budgeting process. The MTEF process requires the determining of priorities for the forthcoming planning period and Council was asked to approve a list of strategic objectives as a part of this process. This item had been deferred from the previous agenda to allow Members to have additional information and this had now been provided. Members approved the strategic objectives enabling SHG to begin the next annual planning and budgeting process with a clear and focussed strategic direction.

The meeting closed at 11.15.


04 September 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from the Emergency Planning Department:

The Emergency Planning Department would like to advise the public that there will be an increase in South Easterly winds from Wednesday, 5 September, through to Thursday, 6 September.

Wind speeds during this time are forecast to average between 30-35knots with possible gusts of over 40knots. This is a significant increase on St Helena’s usual wind speeds of around 10-15knots.

It is anticipated that wind speeds will decrease by Friday, 7 September.

4 September 2018

On Thursday, 30 August 2018, a reception was held at Plantation House to recognise, celebrate, and wish well the five Scholarship Awardees for 2018.

Each Scholarship Awardee, having completed their initial studies on-Island, will now enrol on specific higher education university courses in their chosen career paths at different universities in the United Kingdom.

The five Scholarship Awardees for 2018 are:

  • Jordan Stevens, awarded the Commonwealth Fellowship Scholarship, has been accepted at the University of Warwick to complete a BA in English and History
  • Regan Backhouse, awarded a Prince Andrew Post School Student Scholarship, has been accepted at the Bishop Grosseteste University to complete a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Special Educational Needs & Inclusion
  • Scott George, awarded a Prince Andrew Post School Student Scholarship, has been accepted at the University of Surrey to complete a BEng in Aerospace Engineering
  • Niza Yon, awarded a Prince Andrew Post School Student Scholarship, has been accepted at the University of Brighton to complete an LLB in Law
  • Adam Fowler, awarded a Prince Andrew Post School Student Scholarship, has been accepted at the University of Portsmouth to complete a BEng in Electronics & Communications Engineering

Alongside the five Scholarship Awardees 2018, Zedella Young was also recognised having 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.

Chairperson of the Education Committee, Cllr Christine Scipio-O’Dean said:

“Congratulations to all students for their accomplishments. I am certain that your scholarships will enhance your prospects and pave the way for better career opportunities, which demonstrates St Helena’s commitment to investing in our young people.”

#StHelena #Education #ScholarshipAwardees2018 #SaintSuccess #GoodLuck /

3 September 2018

The following is a Public Announcement form the Roads Section of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD):

The Roads Section of ENRD would like to advise the public that, following successful reconstruction works to the damaged section of the barrier wall towards the top of Ladder Hill Road, the road has now been deemed safe for use to ALL vehicular traffic.

St Helena Police and partner agencies would like to thank the public for their understanding and support during this essential road closure.

3 September 2018