The St Helena Sea Rescue Service recently welcomed back to the Island, Training Facilitator of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Graeme Harding.

At the outset of the newly formed Sea Rescue Service, in July 2015, Graeme came to the Island to deliver the Initial Sea Rescue Coxswain training to members of the Sea Rescue team. He has now returned to further develop the skills learnt to the current team.

Graeme will deliver training to the Auxiliary Crew, who haven’t yet attained their qualification as Rescue Coxswains, and also to reassess and certify a crew member for a 40 nautical mile Rescue Coxswain license.

During the training period, Graeme will also carry out an audit on the Sea Rescue Service’s procedures to ensure the service is operating to a high professional standard.

Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade, said:

“It is a privilege to have Graeme back here with us at Sea Rescue and we look forward to the training in the coming weeks.”

#StHelena #SeaRescueService #Training #NSRI


4 December 2018

Dr Rushbrook (photo attached) will be taking up his appointment in St Helena on Saturday, 4 May 2019, accompanied by his wife, Janis. He will be the 66th Governor and the first to arrive by air at St Helena airport to assume his post. As soon as is practicable during 2019, he is also aiming to undertake his first visits to Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

On his appointment, Dr Rushbrook said:

“I am honoured and excited to be coming to St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha at this unique period in the islands’ histories. I recognise it is a time of lasting change as well as one of some uncertainty. I look forward to working closely with the governments and communities in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha to build a confident view of the future for the islands’ inhabitants, to make the most of the economic prospects available, and to safeguard their unique characters and natural beauty.

“On St Helena, I intend to support the government and the island to make the most of the possibilities offered by the airport, an emergent business sector, and the much anticipated arrival of the fibre-optic broadband cable.

“On Ascension I plan to assist the administration in clarifying the island’s future direction, whilst taking a particular interest in getting the runway and infrastructure improvements completed as swiftly as possible.

“On Tristan da Cunha, maintaining international market access post-Brexit for its top-quality fishing, and helping to deliver a Marine Protected Area that ensures livelihoods and protects the unique ecosystem, will both be high on my agenda with the island administration.”

Reflecting on her three years as Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Governor Honan added:

“I have really enjoyed my time living on St Helena and dealing with the territories of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It has been a life changing experience for me in so many ways, both professionally and personally. And for each of the territories, I have been privileged to see them move forward in different ways and face the inevitable challenges of their remoteness with resolve, pragmatism, and flexibility. I have made some amazing friendships and met some incredibly committed people. I wholeheartedly wish each and every person in the three territories a successful future.”

Councillor Christine Scipio, on behalf of Executive Council, concluded:

“On behalf of St Helena I would like to thank and congratulate Governor Honan for her most distinguished service as Governor of St Helena. We offer her and her husband Dave our affectionate good wishes for a happy but less hectic time in the period ahead.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr Philip Rushbrook as the new Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Myself and my fellow Elected Members look forward to working together to create a community of harmony, prosperity, and progress.”

#StHelena #NewGovernor

4 December 2018

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

Date Time Venue
Sunday, 2 December 2pm – 4pm Francis Plain
Tuesday, 4 December 5pm – 7pm V2 Paradise, Longwood
Wednesday, 5 December 2pm – 4pm Blue Hill areas
Wednesday, 5 December 5pm – 7pm Alarm Forest areas
Friday, 7 December 3pm – 5pm Sandy Bay Shop
Saturday, 8 December 10am – 12pm The Canister, Jamestown
Monday, 10 December 11am – 1pm Half Tree Hollow Supermarket
Monday, 10 December 5pm – 7pm Longwood Avenue / Longwood Police Post
Tuesday, 11 December 2pm – 4pm Rupert’s Valley
Wednesday, 12 December 10am – 12pm General Hospital
Friday, 14 December 3pm – 5pm Phillip Johns Shop, St Pauls
Saturday, 15 December 4pm – 6pm Silver Hill Shop, Levelwood

 #StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing


30 November 2018



Executive Council met today with two items on the open agenda. The first item concerned the draft Primary and Secondary Legislative Programmes. Council was asked to advise whether these Programmes should be approved for publication and to identify what further prioritisation of the legislation identified as a top priority, should be considered.  In discussing this item, members were mindful of the capacity constraints within the Attorney General’s Chambers and were keen to emphasise that any prioritisation of the programmes should also be capable of being delivered within a reasonable timeframe. Members agreed that the programmes should be published and that the items on the programme should be prioritised by the appropriate Council Committees.

Council then went on to consider a request to increase the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) in line with the current policy which will increase weekly payments for Basic Island Pension and Income Related Benefits. Members were also asked to advise whether the Social Security (Amendment No. 2) Regulations should be approved and be effective from 30 November 2018.

The MIS includes the following;

  1. Food & drink, based on healthy international diet guidelines and local menus;
  2. Utilities;
  3. Clothing and shoes;
  4. Essential items e.g. cups, washing up liquid
  5. Toiletries
  6. Bus fares
  7. Newspaper

Members noted that the proposal will see an increase in the MIS of 1.62% which is £1.10. This increase provides an uplift which is greater than general price inflation. Members questioned whether the increase took account of price changes and were informed that previous changes have been incorporated including increased freight charges and the reduction in custom duties on certain items. Recent changes however, including the latest freight charges will be factored into the next review.

Members advised the Governor that they were content to approve the proposed changes, noting that this would go some way towards supporting the more vulnerable members of society. They were also happy to approve an ex gratia payment to be backdated to the 1 November 2018.


27 November 2018


The following is a Public Announcement from the St Helena Police Directorate:

The St Helena Police will be carrying out firearms training at the Police range at Cox’s Battery on Monday, 3 December 2018, from 9am to 1pm.

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

For further information, please contact Support Officer – Firearms and Procurement, Garry Henry, on tel: 22626 or mob: 62441 or via email:

29 November 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from HM Customs & Excise:

HM Customs, Income Tax, and Port Control, would like to advise the public that their offices will close for business at 12 noon tomorrow Friday, 30 November 2018, and will reopen at 8:30am on Monday 3 December.

Any inconvenience caused is regretted and HM Customs, Income Tax, and Port Control thank the public for their support and cooperation.

29 November 2018

The monthly meetings of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee and the Highways Authority were held on Thursday, 15 November 2018.

During this meeting it was noted that 51 applications had been received for funding from the current Community & District Roads fund. Due to the number of applications received the Committee will finalise this at a separate meeting to be held shortly.

The Roads Manager explained the reasons why roads ‘bleed’ in hot weather and some of the methods which are used to correct this. The Chairman reported that a business case has been prepared to address the roads issues as the funding available in the recurrent budget will only address maintenance issues. It was noted that the majority of our roads are in need of serious rehabilitation.

Professor Helen Roy of the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), UK, and Dr Niall Moore, Head of the Great Britain Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS), together with the Head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division, Darren Duncan, provided an update to the Committee on the mid-Atlantic biosecurity horizon scanning visit/workshops that was being undertaken on the Island from 12-16 November 2018, for St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, under the Overseas Territories Horizon Scanning Project. The visiting taxonomic team consisted of plant, vertebrate, invertebrate, and marine specialists, to support the St Helena teams. The workshop focused on establishing a list of key species that could arrive on St Helena over the next ten years and cause harm to St Helena’s environment, economy, and the health of the community.

A list of 50 species was established across the taxonomic groups with potential to arrive on-Island, with a list of 20 priority species established within this list. Through discussions on species pathway action planning, the workshop also provided further management measures and actions that can be considered and implemented by St Helena to reduce the risk of the listed species from arriving on-Island. Our biosecurity stakeholders will use this list and the additional expert advice and support systems generated from the workshop to continue to work together to reduce the biosecurity risks for St Helena.

An updated policy for the collection, propagation, and distribution of endemic/ native plants was approved at this meeting. This Policy provides the basis for a licensing system for the collection, propagation, distribution, and sale of endemic and native plants protected under the Environmental Protection Ordinance, 2016. The updated Policy now distinguishes between licences for conservation purposes and licences for commercial growing. A training element has also been included as a pre-requisite for the issuing of licences. General publicity and public awareness of the Policy and training for those interested in applying for licences will commence in 2019.

The Draft Building Regulations have been amended since going out for public consultation and will be presented to Executive Council.

Approval of Government Landlord House designs was granted and tenders are now being sought for the construction of a Pilot House in Half Tree Hollow.

#StHelena #ENRC #HighwaysAuthority #MeetingSummary

27 November 2018

The following is a Public Announcement from the St Helena Police Directorate:

St Helena Police would like to advise the public that the Firearms Licensing Office will be closed from 7 December 2018 through to 2 January 2019.

Any inconvenience caused is regretted and the Police Service thanks the public for their support and cooperation.

27 November 2018


After a rather quiet weekend on patrol, week five of the seven-week Initial Police Training course got underway with the students having a recap of some useful legal definitions.

Tuesday saw a full day of Personal Protection Training where the students were put through their paces practising baton strikes, handcuffing, and some unarmed manoeuvres.

On Wednesday the students started to put all their training together with a scenario of dealing with an incident, escorting the suspect to custody, booking them in and then searching the property looking for stolen/prohibited articles. Once they found the items, they were exhibited, bagged and tagged.

An Open Day was held on Thursday at Police Headquarters, Coleman House, in Jamestown, by the students. This attracted many children from the Island’s schools as well as members of the public. Visitors were able to experience the ‘drunk’ goggles, have their photograph taken in the ‘photo booth,’ have their fingerprints taken, and even explore a ‘crime scene.’ They were also able to have a go using a practice baton against PC Sebastian Williams, much to the excitement of the younger school children.

The Open Day was a fine example of teamwork and Community Policing by the students, with a special mention to PC Wendy Van Rensburg for demonstrating her organisational skills.

The students now move into their final two weeks of training.

Three photos are attached to this release.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #InitialPoliceTraining #WeekFive


27 November 2018

 The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

Crown Council (Civil) Andrew Radley attended for discussions on the Information Bill advising that the General Data Protection Regulation passed by the European Union (EU) last May may apply to Overseas Territories and is thus relevant to the development of the Information Bill. The Committee agreed that consultation on the Information Bill should be halted until a more in-depth assessment can be made.

Councillors Derek Thomas and Cyril Leo who respectively head Working Groups examining Immigration and Social Security legislation gave updates. The plan is for a draft Immigration Bill to be ready for public consultation early in 2019. Work on the review of the social security system had progressed in a number of areas and costing of options could now be done.

Committee noted that once legal clearance is received on the St Helena National Trust Bill it will be ready for public consultation before presentation to Legislative Council.

No report had yet been received following the visit of Kirsty Mason who was recently on Island to review progress on Safeguarding issues.

Committee discussed and agreed that work should progress on the Minimum Income Standard.

A follow-up of awareness raising on employment rights that occurred in March was supported.

 The SCDC comprises of voting members Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick. Non-voting members are the Director of Safeguarding and the Government Economist. The Committee Secretary is Andrea Mittens.

#StHelena #SCDC #MeetingSummary

23 November 2018