The St Helena Supreme Court will formally open on Monday, 8 January 2018.

This will be the tenth anniversary of Chief Justice Ekins’ appointment as Chief Justice of the St Helena Supreme Court and, to mark this occasion, a marchpast of uniformed contingents will take place at 10am on Monday, 8 January. The Supreme Court will commence thereafter.

Both Civil and Criminal cases will be heard by the Supreme Court during this session which will continue until Friday, 26 January 2018.

 #StHelena #SupremeCourt #TenthAnniversary


4 January 2018

St Helena Police continue to consult with the public as part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme. A series of meetings and surgeries were held in various districts during December 2017, with a range of subjects discussed.

Concerns raised included:


Concerns were raised about vehicles speeding outside of Silver Hill Shop. Members of the public felt that speed bumps would help as a public safety measure.

 This repeated issue has been put to the Highways Authority who are waiting on funding. In the meantime, Police will continue to visit this area, and appeal to all vehicle owners to drive responsibly with care and abide by the speed limits.

 Sandy Bay

Concerns were highlighted about flax overhanging the roadside. This issue is considered a danger to road users, especially to motorcyclists who have to manoeuvre to the centre of the road to avoid the flax. This act is likely to cause accidents.

 This matter has been forwarded to ‘Report It, Sort It’ who will provide an update.

The road leading to Sandy Bay Beach is in need of repair; it has a lot of ditches and is considered a danger to vehicles and pedestrians.

 This issue has been forwarded to ‘Report It, Sort It’ who will provide an update.

Alarm Forest

There are continued concerns of vehicles speeding in the Alarm Forest area.

Police are patrolling at busy times to have an overt Police presence as an effective deterrent.

Members of the public feel there is a lack of road signage in the Alarm Forest area.

This repeated issue has been sent to the Highways Authority. Police are awaiting a reply.

Children are being transported in vehicles on passengers’ laps without any restraint.

There is currently no legislation preventing drivers from carrying children on passengers’ laps.  However, this is not a safe practice and any drivers seen carrying children in this manner will be advised about safer  methods  and will be given details of the Child Seat Scheme (if appropriate and applicable to the driver).


 Team 1 – leave a telephone message on: 25301 or email:

Team 2 – leave a telephone message on: 25302 or email:

Team 3 – leave a telephone message on: 25300 or email:


#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #YouSaidWeDid #NeighbourhoodPolicing


4 January 2018


A formal session of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will take place on Monday, 15 January 2018, in the Council Chamber at 9.30 am. The purpose of the meeting will be to examine Sessional Paper 40/17 – Statements of Expenditure in Excess, Financial Year 2016/17.

Members of the public and interested persons are invited to attend.

The meeting will also be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

#StHelena #PAC #FormalMeeting


3 January 2018

A new draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan (SEDP) has been developed for St Helena. This has been published on the SHG website at:

The objectives of the SEDP are to:

  • Provide a vision for the Island’s economic growth
  • Help investors understand St Helena’s strengths as a place to do business
  • Provide direction for decision making, to make it easier for businesses which contribute to economic development
  • Help set direction for Enterprise St Helena

To develop the draft SEDP, feedback was used from the public survey which ran between July and September 2017 and targeted discussions with the Chamber of Commerce and business owners.  The SEDP brings many existing economic concerns together in one document and provides actions to help overcome challenges.

Government Economist, Nicole Shamier, said:

“I want to thank all of you who have inputted into the writing of the draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan so far. We know that to see economic prosperity on St Helena it is imperative that more money enters and is retained on the Island. The big questions which contributors to the writing of the SEDP have grappled with is ‘how can we export more?’ and ‘how can we import less?’. The SEDP summarises the responses and I hope that the Plan provides a good framework which we can use to move forward.”

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

“I would like to thank Nicole the SHG Economist for her work on the Plan and to those who have contributed to it so far.  It is as Nicole has pointed out that for St Helena to have the prosperity we all want it is important to have more money coming in and less going out.  Our emphasis must therefore be to produce more locally and make it affordable to all especially the lower wage earners. To make this work it will require commitment from both producers and retailers and a change in the way we do business with each other, importantly more sharing of the risks involved.  I look forward to hearing your views during the consultation process.”

The Economic Development Committee will be holding public consultation meetings on the draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan as follows. All meetings will start at 7pm.


Venue Date
Half Tree Hollow Community Centre Tuesday, 9 January
Blue Hill Community Centre Wednesday, 10 January
Kingshurst Community Centre Wednesday, 10 January
Harford Community Centre Thursday, 11 January  
Sandy Bay Community Centre Monday, 15 January
Jamestown Community Centre Tuesday, 16 January
St Michael’s Church, Rupert’s Wednesday, 17 January
Silver Hill Bar, Levelwood Wednesday, 17 January


Alternatively, if you would like to respond to the consultation by email, please contact the Government Economist via: by Monday,12 February 2018.

#StHelena #SEDP #EconomicDevelopment


2 January 2018


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

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend. Please see below the dates and times for January.

Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times

Date Time Venue
Friday, 5 January 10am-12noon Marcus Fowler’s Shop, Levelwood
Saturday, 6 January 10am-12noon The Market, Jamestown
Friday, 12 January 2pm-4pm Phillip John’s Shop, St Paul’s
Monday, 15 January 10am-12noon Alarm Forest Bus Shelter
Tuesday, 16 January 12noon-2pm Maisie’s Shop, Longwood
Friday, 19 January 3pm-5pm Briars/Upper Jamestown
Saturday, 20 January 2pm-4pm Blue Hill
Sunday, 21 January 9.30am-11.30am Francis Plain
Monday, 22 January 11am-1pm Thorpe’s Shop, Sandy Bay
Friday, 26 January 1pm-3pm The Flagg, Levelwood
Friday, 26 January 7pm-9pm Rupert’s
Monday, 29 January 10am-12noon HTH Supermarket/Sydneyrays Shop


 #StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing

2 January 2018



The container ship carrying transhipment containers for St Helena has been delayed due to bad weather.

The earliest date the vessel can berth in Cape Town is on Friday, 29 December 2017.  The containers for St Helena will not be off-loaded before 2 January 2018.

Due to the impact a five day delay will have on the RMS’ onward schedule, the decision has been taken for the RMS to sail as scheduled on 29 December without the transhipment containers for this voyage.

The transhipment containers will be picked up by the RMS on her next call to Cape Town on V268 departing on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, and arriving at St Helena on Monday, 29 January 2018.

#StHelena #RMS


27 December 2017

A male person has been arrested and charged in relation to two recent burglaries in Jamestown.

The male appeared before the Magistrates Court today, Thursday 21 December 2017, where he was further remanded into custody by the Court.

St Helena Police continue to appeal to the public for any information. Members of the community who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area of the ‘Geek Boutique’ and ‘Sharon’s Shop’ in Upper Jamestown between 5.30pm on Friday, 15 December 2017, and 9.30am on Saturday, 16 December, are encouraged to contact the Police with any information related to these burglaries, 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

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #AppealForInformation

21 December 2017

The public is advised that Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc and their Contractor, AMD Engineering, have now vacated the parking area behind the Canister and Henry’s Car Park. A container still sits within Henry’s Car Park but will be barricaded.

The parking area behind the Canister that was previously marked for taxis will for the foreseeable future be used for public parking to allow members of the public to access additional parks within this area. Designated areas in front of the Canister and on the main Stand will continue to be used for taxis. This will remain in place until further arrangements can be approved by the Roads Section of ENRD and the Highways Authority.

The Disabled Park behind the Canister will remain demarcated.

#StHelena #TaxiParks #Parking


21 December 2017

Ethel Yon OBE was today reappointed as Sheriff of St Helena by Acting Governor Louise MacMorran.

Mrs Yon took the prescribed Oaths before the Acting Governor in the Governor’s Office at the Castle. Mrs Yon’s appointment is effective until 31 December 2018.

The Sheriff of St Helena is nominally responsible for enforcing Court Orders, with this usually carried out by the Police Service on the Sheriff’s behalf. The Sheriff is also responsible for summoning Jurors when a Jury is required, either in the Supreme Court or for a Coroner’s Inquest.  Her most conspicuous public role, however, is the swearing in of Governors and Acting Governors.

#StHelena #SheriffOfStHelena #Reappointment


21 December 2017









Corporate Support would like to extend sincere thanks to all who supported this year’s fundraising in aid of the Poppy Appeal Fund and to all who attended the Remembrance Sunday Service on 12 November 2017.

The sum of £2,002.55 was raised this year and will be sent on behalf of St Helena Island to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in the UK.

Grateful thanks are extended to Mike Durnford for his continued voluntary support to the Poppy Appeal Fund and to his team of volunteers – Lieutenant Coral Yon and Phyllis Yon of the Salvation Army, Councillors Lawson Henry, Cyril Leo and Russell Yon, Former Servicemen Nigel Dollery and Marco Yon and the Girl Guides & Brownies who assisted in raising public awareness and promoted the Poppy Appeal.

Sincere thanks to all who continue to generously support the Remembrance Sunday Service and Poppy Appeal including the Get-togethers and Salvation Army Band, voluntary organisations, wreath layers and all who made generous contributions to the Poppy Appeal Fund including Pilling Primary School and the RMS St Helena.

Thank you to Johnny Dillon for the use of the Mule Yard and PA system and to the local shops, Gilbert Young and his team, Connect Saint Helena Ltd, Cecily Bateman and Alton Isaac for their continued assistance.

We look forward to your continuing support and dedication to the Poppy Appeal Fund and Remembrance Sunday Service in 2018.

#StHelena #PoppyAppeal

20 December 2017