The Lower Wharf will be closed from 12:30pm on Saturday 23 August 2014 until the same time on Monday 25 August.

This will be a full closure of the Lower Wharf, with no pedestrian or vehicle access for the duration.  The closure is necessary to allow new road markings to be painted around the area of the Cranes and the Life Boats, adjacent to the lower steps.


11 August 2014


Open to the Public from 9.30 am

Executive Council will meet tomorrow morning, Tuesday 12 August 2014, in the Council Chamber.

The meeting will be open to the public from 9.30am for two Open Agenda items:

  • Request for approval to spend additional funding on Renewable Energy
  • Building Control Ordinance (Commencement) Order, 2014
  • Executive Council Members are: Ian Rummery, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Lawson Henry, Wilson Duncan and Leslie Baldwin.


11 August 2014



Laura Lawrence
Laura Lawrence

Laura Lawrence of Half Tree Hollow, has graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with an Upper Second Class Degree (Honours) in English Language and Communication with English Language Teaching.

The Degree lasted three years, and was a joint Honours Degree with English Language and Communication as the Major and English Language Teaching as the Minor.

The English Language and Communication programme dealt with many aspects of language (mainly English), such as: describing and explaining how languages work, how different groups in society use language in their own characteristic ways, how children and adults acquire language(s) in the first place and how languages change over time.

The English Language Teaching programme covered all kinds of English language teaching.  It included teaching English to people who live in the UK, to foreigners and to UK visitors.

During the three years, twenty-four modules were covered by Laura.  She said:

“I found the most fascinating ‘Sounds of English’.  It looked at the physiological apparatus involved with the production of speech and examined how individual speech sounds are made.  This module gave me an important descriptive element for further language study in my second and third years and is an essential tool for my career in teaching.”

Laura also ran an independent project around the module ‘Language and Gender’, in which she investigated how St Helenian women in positions of power carry out workplace interaction with men and women.  The aim was to challenge the stereotype that women are not effective leaders when giving directives, running meetings and challenging views.

“I enjoyed this project immensely.  The participants all willingly gave up their time to be interviewed and offered valuable insight into the way they manage and lead. The most exciting trend I discovered was that all the women I interviewed began their careers in teaching.  An inspiration for me, to say the least. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who participated – your input was beyond what I needed and produced an intriguing investigation, with a pleasing end result.”

Laura will now undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary English) through the University of Bedfordshire.  This will be a School Direct route – having school placements alongside university studies.

Laura added:

“During my interview for this course my passion for teaching was rekindled and my enthusiasm must have come across, as they offered me a place on the spot.

“I would like to thank the St Helena Government for this opportunity – Mrs Wendy Benjamin for starting my journey, my family and friends for always believing in me and encouraging me and the staff and students of Prince Andrew School – who motivated me to pursue this venture.”


11 August 2014



For their second round of meetings with constituents Councillors will be taking a more personal approach by holding constituency surgeries instead of the normal constituency meetings.

Each surgery will be led by two Councillors in the various districts and will provide an opportunity for constituents to discuss matters affecting them face to face with their Councillor.

Dates and locations of the surgeries are detailed below:

From 10am to 12noon
Venue Date Councillors attending
Blue Hill Community Centre 16 August Tony Duncan & Lawson Henry
St Michael’s Church, Ruperts 16 August Ian Rummery & Christine


St Mary’s Church, The Briars 23 August Cyril George & Ian Rummery
Levelwood Community Centre 23 August Nigel Dollery & Derek Thomas
Half Tree Hollow Clinic 30 August Nigel Dollery & Lawson Henry
Kingshurst Community Centre, St Paul’s 30 August Gavin Ellick & Christine


Harford Community Centre, Longwood 30 August Les Baldwin & Brian Isaac
No.3 Main Street, Jamestown 6  September Brian Isaac & Bernice Olsson
Sandy Bay Community Centre 6  September Dr Corinda Essex & Gavin Ellick

If you would like to give Councillors advance notice of your concern before attending a surgery, you can do so by contacting the Secretary to Elected Members, Anita Legg, on Tel: 22590 or email:

On Behalf of St Helena Legislative Council

11 August 2014

As part of the on-going road maintenance program, the Highways Authority has given approval for the road from New Bridge to The Briars junction to be closed for an initial period of 15 weeks, starting on Monday 18 August 2014.  The closure will be for 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, weather permitting.

Residents and businesses living and working within the proposed road closure will still have access to their homes and workplace at all times.  Access will be from one end of the road or the other, depending on how work is progressing at the time.

Emergency Services will be permitted access as required, and the road might be open on weekends, depending on progress on the route.

The Roads Team apologises in advance for the inconvenience.

Enquiries about this work can be made on telephone number 23640, during normal working hours.


8 August 2014

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Councillors Leslie Baldwin and Gavin Ellick have recently returned to the Island having represented St Helena at conferences in the UK.

Councillor Baldwin attended the 44th British Isles and Mediterranean Region annual conference (BIMR Conference), hosted by the Wales Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in Cardiff Bay, from 27-30 May 2014.

The theme of the BIMR Conference was ‘Equality of Access to Democracy’ and topics discussedincluded ‘Women in Public Life’, ‘Bilingualism’, ‘Engagement of Young Citizens in the Democratic Process’ and ‘Social Media – just how are we Engaging with Young Citizens?’ The annual general meeting of the BIMR was also held.

Councillor Baldwin found the plenary sessions focusing on youth engagement particularly relevant for St Helena.

He commented:

“We are hoping to extend the age considered ‘Youth’ to 25 years – it is much higher elsewhere in the Commonwealth. This would help develop the Youth Parliament on St Helena to perhaps even representing the Island at Commonwealth Youth Parliaments.”

While at the BIMR Conference Councillor Baldwin chaired a workshop on ‘The Case for Youth Parliaments – What Influence do they have in informing Public Opinion?’ Councillor Baldwin took this opportunity to explain the difficulties St Helena has faced with re-establishing a Youth Parliament. Discussions then followed on lowering the voting age, having more interaction between Councillors and Youth Parliaments and schools, and the opportunity for Youth Parliaments to influence political decision making.

Councillor Baldwin
Councillor Baldwin

Councillor Baldwin also attended a workshop entitled ‘More than a Matter of Numbers -How are Women Making a Difference?’ which focused on positive discrimination and the fact that women are not often helped by other women who have made ‘high Office’.

Following the BIMR Conference, Councillor Baldwin was joined by Councillor Ellick to attend the 63rd Westminster Seminar held from 16-20 June in London.

Topics discussed at the Seminar included ‘Parliamentary Administration & Governance’, ‘The Role of the Speaker’, ‘MPs and Opposition MPs’, ‘The Legislative Process’, ‘Party Discipline’, ‘Media Oversight of Parliament’, ‘Women in Parliament’, ‘Parliamentary Questions & Motions’, ‘Bicameralism (where Legislators are divided into two separate assemblies) and The future of Parliament’.

Both Councillors Baldwin and Ellick found the media element of the discussions particularly interesting.

Councillor Ellick and Tim Macindoe from New Zealand
Councillor Ellick and Tim Macindoe from New Zealand

Now back on Island, Councillors Baldwin and Ellick will be highlighting the strength of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the assistance it can offer to the St Helena Legislative Council. Councillor Baldwin will also be looking to formalise connections between the South Atlantic Islands, as well as widening Youth Parliament membership in line with the rest of the Commonwealth. He also hopes to deliver a Human Rights Quality Commission and potentially develop a Citizens Advice Bureau.

A full report of Councillor Baldwin and Ellick’s attendance at these conferences will be made available on the SHG website once they have formally presented to Legislative Council.

Three photos are attached.




8 August 2014


Formal Legislative Council will sit on Monday 11 August at 10am in the Court House, Jamestown. This session is expected to last a day and will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

During the meeting papers will be presented including:

  • Enterprise St Helena, Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2013
  • St Helena Fisheries Corporation, Financial Statements for the year ended March 2013
  • Government of St Helena Schedule of Special Warrants 2013/2014

The following Bills will be delivered:

  • A Bill for an Ordinance – Protection of Wrecks and Marine Archaeological Heritage Ordinance, 2014
  • A Bill for an Ordinance – Spear Guns Control Ordinance, 2014
  • A Bill for an Ordinance – Customs and Excise (Amendment No. 2) Ordinance,


Six Questions for oral response will also be taken to the House along with five Motions.  The session will conclude with the customary Adjournment Debate.

The full Order Paper for Monday’s meeting is available on the SHG website at:


7 August 2014




The risk of any case of Ebola virus in St Helena is extremely remote.  This paper is for information only.

There is currently an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.  The main countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  To date, the confirmed number of people infected is around 1300.

Is it a concern for St Helena?

The risk of a single case appearing on St Helena is very remote.  But, it is possible for a single case of an infectious disease to appear almost anywhere in the world.  Even if a case were detected in St Helena, it would not necessarily lead to any outbreak, and good precautionary measures in place on the Island reduce the risk significantly.

What is SHG doing?

SHG is working closely with Andrew Weir Shipping to minimise any chance of anyone boarding or landing from the RMS carrying the Ebola virus.  Additional questions will also be asked of yacht and ship crews arriving to the Island, both prior to and on arrival.

If you are travelling to St Helena, please be prepared for questions from shipping agents and officials regarding your travel history.

How is the Ebola virus spread?

It is extremely unlikely that someone would catch Ebola from simply being on the same boat or plane or in the same public space with someone who is affected. The Ebola virus does not tend to travel through the air like the Flu and other respiratory illnesses.

In order to catch Ebola, you have to actually touch the bodily fluids of an Ebola virus carrier, either directly or on bedding etc. After that, you would have to allow the virus to enter into your body by, for example, touching food and eating it.

The illness can be fatal, but survival rates are improved through early detection and ensuring patients are well hydrated through initial stages.

What are the symptoms of Ebola?

The incubation period for Ebola ranges from 2 to 21 days.

Symptoms for Ebola include any combination of a fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. There is then typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys.  There may also be bleeding.

These symptoms mean that there is usually a good clue that someone might be contagious. But the early symptoms can be confusing because they often look like other viruses, such as the Flu. So:

  • It is important to know if the person has recently travelled (within 21 days) through one of the main affected areas (or has been in close contact with someone who has) – ie Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leoneand who are suffering fever, throat and muscle pains, headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. 

If so, this person should seek immediate medical attention.

What can I do?

  • Avoid touching the bodily fluids of a potential sufferer (such as sweat, vomit, diarrhea, blood, urine or semen)
  • Ensure good general personal hygiene

If you think you may have been in contact with someone who has recently returned from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone and who is suffering fever, throat and muscle pains, headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea – you must seek immediate medical attention.


  • The chance of the Ebola virus ever reaching St Helena is extremely remote
  • There are no reported cases 
  • A common sense approach to dealing with anyone who may be infected will help prevent any spreading of the virus

Further information about the Ebola virus outbreak can be found on the following webpage:

Public Health England, at:


5 August


HM Customs & Revenue will be closed on Tuesday 12 August 2014 in the morning – to allow staff to attend joint training sessions with the Biosecurity Team.

HM Customs & Revenue apologises for the disruption and will reopen at 1.30 that afternoon.


5 August 2014


Further to the press release issued on 14 July 2014 this is an update on strange animal sightings (first seen in Rupert’s Valley) on St Helena.

Several sightings indicate that there may be an unusual animal present on the Island. Daylight sightings have provided a more detailed description of the same type of animal, initially seen in Rupert’s Valley, but as yet there is no conclusive evidence to its identity.

For more conclusive identification there is a need for a clear photograph of the animal. SHG is offering a reward of £20 (twenty pounds) to anyone who can provide a clear photograph.  Images should be sent to Jill Key at ANRD on email, or call 24724 to arrange collection.

Members of the public are advised not to approach the animal too closely. If the animal is seen remaining in one place, please notify the Police immediately.

In the meantime, ANRD would like to inform the public that as an experiment they will be broadcasting certain animal sounds from a loud speaker in the upper Jamestown and Maldivia area, in an attempt to provoke a response from the suspected animal. This will take place mainly during the early evening, and will commence today, Monday 4August 2014.


4 August 2014