Guy Fawkes Day will be celebrated this Sunday, 5 November 2017. The St Helena Fire Service offers the following advice to ensure safe Bonfire Night celebrations: 

  • When building your bonfire, choose a clear site that is no less than 18 metres away from buildings, trees, wooden fences, overhead cables or car parks – good organisation will minimise risk to people and property
  • Do not use flammable liquids to help start your bonfire or burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam-furniture, batteries or tyres
  • If you plan to build your bonfire before Bonfire Night, please ensure that it cannot be accessed by vandals, so as to avoid unexpected incidents on the night
  • Nominate a responsible adult to light the fire or fireworks. Carefully follow instructions for lighting fireworks and always ensure they are lit at arm’s length. Stand well back and make sure fireworks face upwards and fire in an outwards direction. Don’t go back to a firework once lit – even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
  • Always keep a bucket of water, hosepipe or fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency
  • Take care with sparklers and never give them to children under the age of five. Remember, sparklers will still be hot even after they’ve gone out
  • Pets and fire or fireworks do not mix – keep your pets in a safe place on Bonfire Night

Have a safe and enjoyable 5 November from all at the St Helena Fire Service.

#GuyFawkes #BonfireNight #SafetyAdvice #StHelenaFireService

3 November 2017

Councillors Derek Thomas and Kylie Hercules are currently attending the week-long 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which began on 1 November 2017.

Councillor Thomas reports that the official opening of the CPC was held on Thursday with on-stage local entertainment. This was followed by official welcoming speeches from the Chairperson, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of Bangladesh, Secretary- General, Mr Akbar Khan and Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Anglu Farrugia MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta. The official group photograph was then taken, followed by the first item for discussion – a Strategic Road Map for Small Branches to Assist in Capacity Building. St Helena should stand to benefit from this agreed Strategy.

Today saw the continuation of the Small Branches Conference and the commencement of the Executive Committee. Business for discussion was the adoption of the Agenda, Duties & Responsibilities of Executive Committee Trustees, Acceptance and Actions from the last meeting held in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in April 2017, Composition of Subcommittees, Review & Planning and Finance.

Councillor Thomas formed part of the Review & Planning Subcommittee and is pleased to report that St Helena’s request under Technical Support Funding for funding of £25, 432 was recommended for approval in order to purchase IT equipment, and associated essential equipment for the Council Chamber on St Helena.

Councillor Kylie Hercules’ day continued with the Small Branches discussion.

Further updates will be provided via the St Helena Government Facebook page.

#StHelena #Councillors #OverseasBusiness #CPC #Bangladesh


3 November 2017




At the end of September 2017 the estimated number of persons on St Helena, residents plus visitors, was 4,439, and the resident population, excluding visitors, was estimated to be 4,354. This is a seasonal drop of around 200 persons from the end of 2016, and is almost the same when compared to the same period last year. The St Helenian population is estimated to have been 4,053 at the end of September 2017.

In the first nine months of 2017 there were a total of 32 births and 41 deaths registered on St Helena. This is slightly more than the number of births and deaths registered during the same period a year ago, which was 28 and 38 respectively. In 2017, so far, there have been more deaths than births, following the trend of the last few years.

The estimated number of persons arriving on St Helena in the third quarter of 2017, excluding any short-term visitors such as those from cruise ships, was 707, with 2,730 arrivals up to the end of September. In the third quarter there were an estimated 691 departures, with total departures for 2017 to the end of September estimated to be 2,916. These estimates do not take account of any arrivals in October, including those from the new scheduled commercial air service – these will be included in the statistics for October, which will be released as soon as possible.

The full Statistical News Bulletin is available on the Statistics Page of the SHG website at:

Other statistics are also available on the Statistics page:

For any queries, please contact the Statistics Office on tel: 22138, or email:

 #StHelena #Population #Stats


3 November 2017



As part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme, St Helena Police Officers will continue their ‘beat surgeries’ in various places around the Island throughout November 2017.

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend (see dates & times below).

A questionnaire will also be available so people can tell the Police what concerns them most in their area. This will help the Police identify patterns which will then help them to develop a problem solving plan. 

Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times

Date Time Venue
Thursday, 2 November 10am-12pm HTH Supermarket
Thursday, 2 November 5pm-7pm Alarm Forest/Sea View
Friday, 3 November 10am-12pm Longwood Supermarket
Thursday, 9 November 4pm-6pm Williams’ Shop, Sandy Bay
Friday, 10 November 3pm-5pm MTB’s Shop, Half Tree Hollow
Saturday, 11 November 2pm-4pm Silver Hill Shop, Levelwood
Monday, 13 November 11am-1pm The Hospital
Saturday, 18 November 1pm -5pm Francis Plain (Football Presentation)
Sunday, 19 November 4.30pm-6.30pm Rupert’s
Thursday, 23 November  11am-1pm New Ground Shop
Friday, 24 November 2pm-4pm Harford Community Centre
Saturday,  25 November 9.45am-11.45am Pilling Primary School


#StHelena #CommunityEngagement #StHelenaPolice #NeighbourhoodPolicing

1 November 2017





The Highways Authority has given approval for the road to be closed at the Back Way (next to Mr Arthur Osborne’s residence) to Sapper Way from 9am on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, to Thursday, 9 November 2017. This is to enable Connect Saint Helena Ltd to re-position existing manholes, and for the Roads Section to resurface the area around the manholes.

Diversion signs will be in place and as normal, only Emergency Services will be granted access.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

#StHelena #RoadClosure


1 November 2017

Executive Council met today with only one item on the Open Agenda.

Council considered and approved the membership of the Electronic Communication Consultative Committee (ECCC) as follows:

The telecommunications licence granted to 20 June 2022 allows for an Electronic Communication Consultative Committee. The committee is made up of five members, three appointed by Governor in Council. The two remaining members are appointed by the licensee (Sure SA Ltd). 

The current chair of the ECCC, Dax Richards, is appointed in his capacity as Financial Secretary.

The Secretary, Thomas Holvey, who was previously the Socio-Economist and is now Policy Advisor, is appointed in that capacity.

The third member, Christine Cooper, is Crown Counsel and is appointed as the nominee of the Attorney General.

Under ‘Any Other Business’, Council recognised the current difficulties being experienced by Airlink in the provision of its service to and from Cape Town, and acknowledged that there was a great deal of work going on to rectify the issues with the appropriate regulatory authorities.  Council also recognised the contingency arrangements put in place to enable passengers to travel from Cape Town but looked forward to a satisfactory conclusion to the negotiations between the Namibian and South African Authorities.

Council commended the work of the Roads Section in effecting repairs to the Ladder Hill Road.  It was recognised that staff worked long hours over the weekend to ensure the road was opened on schedule.

The meeting concluded at 10.50am.


31 October 2017




The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open until next Tuesday, 7 November 2017, with applications to be submitted via:

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds.

St Helenian, Dax Richards, studied Accounting and Finance under the Chevening Scholarship Programme from the year 2000 at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Among the many benefits of studying under the Chevening programme, Dax highlights the exposure to new skills, meeting new people and having the opportunity to experience a whole new and different way of life.

Dax said:

“The Chevening Scholarship is a great opportunity and I would definitely encourage potential scholars to apply. The experience can be life changing if you allow it to be and it provides you with valuable skills for your future professional development.”

For more information on the eligibility criteria and award specifications, please visit: or contact Sandra Sim on tel: 22308 or email:

Further information is also available at


31 October 2017


Head of the Governor’s Office, Louise MacMorran, was sworn in as Acting Governor, this afternoon, Monday 30 October 2017.

Louise took the prescribed Oaths in the presence of the Sheriff of St Helena, Mrs Ethel Yon OBE, partner Dave Mothershaw, and colleagues, in the Governor’s Office, The Castle.

Louise’s appointment is effective immediately.

Her Excellency Governor Lisa Phillips departed the Island today for a period of overseas business.

Governor Lisa will return to the Island on Saturday, 11 November 2017.

#StHelena #ActingGovernor #SwornIn

30 October 2017

Elected Members, together with Government Officials will hold a Public Consultation Meeting on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, at 7.30pm at the Harford Community Centre to present the two proposed Sites for the new Prison in the Bottom Woods area of Longwood.

 The two proposed sites are:

  1. West of the Met Station
  2. An area further up, known as the Goat Pen Area

The public, in particular, residents in the Bottom Woods area are encouraged to attend the meeting in order to obtain details of the proposals and to provide their views and comments. 

The layouts of the proposed sites have been placed in the Foyer of Essex House and at Longwood Supermarket for the public to view. Anyone wishing to make any comment on the proposed sites for the new Prison may do so in the comments book that will be left in the Foyer of Essex House or via email to the Secretary to the Prison Project Board, Miss Nicole Plato: by no later than Thursday, 30 November.

In addition, the layout is now available on the Publications page of the SHG website:

#StHelena #ProposedPrisonSites


30 October 2017







Executive Council will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 31 October 2017, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda item:

  • Membership of the Electronic Communication Consultative Committee

This paper (ExCo Memo) is 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, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Lawson Henry and Russell Yon. Councillor Brian Isaac is a temporary member of Executive Council while Councillor Derek Thomas is on overseas business.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting

30 October 2017