A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 7 August 2018.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Increase in the Minimum Income Standard for the Up-rating of Income Related Benefits and Basic Island Pension 2018

This paper (ExCo Memo) is available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memo should contact the Acting Clerk of Councils, Anita Legg, at the Castle on tel: 22590 or via email: sec.em@helanta.co.sh.

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell.

#StHelena #ExCoMeeting

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2 August 2018

The St Helena Community College (SHCC) is pleased to announce that they will soon be adding Maritime courses to the wide range of training opportunities on offer at the College.

The online Maritime courses are being offered through, and certified by, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) with the first courses expected to be available from October this year.

SHCC’s Acting Student Services Co-Ordinator, Cherilee Thomas-Johnson, said:

“There has been a gap in Maritime training on St Helena for quite some time now, so we are extremely pleased that our College is able to provide opportunities for those persons with a keen interest to develop within this field. 

“The SHCC is committed to fulfilling the training needs of the Island and is proud to add Maritime courses to our Prospectus for the year 2018/2019.”

Courses that will soon be on offer include:

Course Local Cost Actual Cost
RYA Essential Navigation (Online) £30.00 £89.00
RYA VHF Radio (Online) £20.00 £59.00
RYA Day Skipper Theory (Online) £95.00 £285.00
RYA Professional Practice and Responsibility (Online) £10.00 £33.00

The RYA is an internationally recognised boating association whose training schemes steer 250,000 yacht sailors, power boaters, small craft leisure boaters, windsurfers, and canal boaters towards confident and successful boating every year.

A poster providing further information on the upcoming Maritime courses can be found here.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #MaritimeCourses #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone



2 August 2018

In response to enquiries from smokers interested in quitting, the Health Directorate would like to confirm details about the Smoking Cessation Support Service and how to get a free four-week period of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

  • The service offers appointments for smokers to get practical advice about the more effective ways to help them kick the habit for good. The nurses can also recommend the best form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy for the person to use. NRT makes quitting more effective and the nurses will discuss and advise whether nicotine replacement patches, gum, or medication will be better as the different types suit different people
  • Any smoker who wants to try these can obtain a free four-week period of an appropriate NRT when they 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 at Medical Records at the Hospital or by calling the Half Tree Hollow Clinic on tel: 23563.

#StHelena #HealthDirectorate #NRT #SaintsTogether




2 August 2018

The Post & Customer Services Centre is pleased to announce that new stamp stocks, including First Day Covers, of the issues ‘Final Voyage of the RMS St Helena’ and ‘Royal Wedding – HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle’ are now on sale.

The issues consist of the following:

Final Voyage of the RMS St Helena

  • Four valued stamps (25p, 40p, 50p, 60p)
  • Souvenir Sheet (£2.00)
  • First Day Cover with valued stamps (£3.50)
  • First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet (£3.50)

Royal Wedding – HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle

  • Four valued stamps (15p, 25p, 60p, £1.00)
  • Souvenir Sheet (£1.50)
  • First Day Cover with valued stamps (£3.50)
  • First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet (£3.50)

Customers who have pre-ordered are advised that orders are now being processed, and will be despatched soon.

All new St Helena Stamp Issues can be found on the St Helena Government website at the following link:  http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/st-helena-stamps/

Local customers can purchase merchandise from the Post & Customer Services Centre in Jamestown. Overseas customers can visit the following website to place an order: https://harryallen2017.wordpress.com/

#StHelena #StHelenaStamps #NewStampIssue #RMSStHelena #RoyalWedding




1 August 2018

A public meeting to discuss the current Tuna Tagging work being carried out by the Environmental Management Division Marine Conservation Section, with support from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), will be held at the Museum on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, at 6.30pm.

The Tuna Tagging Programme, funded by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), under the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Tuna Tagging Programme (AOTTP), aims to deploy 5,600 tags within St Helena waters with support from members of the inshore and offshore fishing fleets.

The overall objective of this programme is to contribute to the food security and economic growth of St Helena and Atlantic coastal states by ensuring sustainable management of our tropical tuna resources.

An overview of the programme will be presented at the meeting followed by a Q&A session. All are invited to attend.

#StHelena #MarineSection #TunaTagging # ICCAT #AOTTP #Cefas #PublicMeeting 




31 July 2018


The draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 is out for public consultation until Tuesday, 21 August 2018. This document is significantly important to all contractors, architects/draftsmen, stakeholders and importers on St Helena.

Deputy Building Inspector, Cliff Richards, said:

“The draft Building Regulations 2018 aims to fill a lot of the voids within the current Regulations. Examples of the proposed changes include septic tank sizing, thickness requirement for safety glazing, and safe locations for gas storage. It also includes a lot more diagrams in order to make the document more user-friendly.”

Building Inspectors of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate are available for one-to-one meetings and/or small group sittings with members of the public via drop-in sessions to the Building Inspectors’ Office at Essex House on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9.30am to 12.30pm to discuss the document.

Copies of the draft St Helena Building Regulations 2018 are available at the Public Library, Customer Services Centre, Essex House, Prince Andrew School and both hard and electronic copies are available upon request. The document, along with the current St Helena Building Regulations 2001, and a summary of the draft, is also available on the SHG website, under the Public Consultations section of the Publications page: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications.

Anyone wishing to make any comments on the document may do so in writing to the Building Inspectors, Environment & Natural Resources Directorate, Essex House, Jamestown, or via email: nico-ellick@enrd.gov.sh or
cliff-richards@enrd.gov.sh before Tuesday, 21 August 2018.

#StHelena #ENRD #BuildingRegulations #Draft #PublicConsultation

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31 July 2018

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

Beat Surgeries – Dates & Times

Date Time Venue
Thursday, 2 August 5pm – 7pm Wicked Wahoo, Rupert’s Valley
Thursday, 2 August 2pm – 4pm Phillip John’s Shop, St Paul’s
Thursday, 9 August 9am – 11am Post Office, Jamestown
Friday, 10 August 10am – 12pm Yon’s Shop, Blue Hill
Saturday, 11 August 11.30am – 2pm St Helena Airport
Sunday, 12 August 1pm – 3pm Green Hill, Sandy Bay
Friday, 17 August 4pm – 6pm Briars Village
Sunday, 19 August 10am – 12pm Francis Plain, St Paul’s
Friday, 24 August 2pm – 4pm MTB’s Pick and Pay, Half Tree Hollow
Friday, 24 August 10am – 12pm Baptist Chapel, Sandy Bay
Saturday, 25 August 2pm – 4pm Alarm Forest bus shelter
Sunday, 26 August 5pm – 7pm V2 Paradise, Longwood

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #CommunityEngagement #NeighbourhoodPolicing




30 July 2018

The Health Directorate would like to advise the public that there will be no doctor-led country clinics from Friday, 3 August, to mid-September 2018. However, a Community Nurse will continue to be present during the usual clinic opening times should anyone wish to see them.

The Pharmacy Bus will still attend the country clinics so that people in these districts can collect their repeat prescriptions. Pharmacy Bus times are as follows:

Days Clinic Location Time
Monday Half Tree Hollow 10am – 1pm
Wednesday Longwood 10am – 1pm
Thursday Levelwood (alternative weeks) 10am – 1pm
Friday Half Tree Hollow 10am – 1pm

The Pharmacy Bus will commence at Levelwood Clinic from Thursday, 2 August 2018.

The Health Directorate would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the public in advance for their co-operation.

 #StHelena #HealthDirectorate #Clinic # PharmacyBus




30 July 2018


The monthly meeting of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) and the Highways Authority took place on Thursday, 19 July 2018.

Planning proposals for parking at St John’s and the Quarry areas in Upper Jamestown were discussed. A general clean-up of these areas will be undertaken with safety barriers put in place.

It has been brought to the attention of the Highways Authority that vehicle owners, including operators of taxis and contractor’s vehicles, are misusing the taxi parking spaces and the parking space for the disabled between the Canister and Greenland’s. The public is reminded that these are parking spaces for taxis plying for trade only. The parking space for the disabled is reserved for persons who display a disabled parking permit. Information relating to the proper use of taxi and disabled parking spaces will be circulated to all relevant parties shortly. The Police have also been asked to monitor these parks to prevent misuse.

The Committee had recently received several letters of dissatisfaction about the way the Gate Jambs at Lemon Tree Gut were re-instated. It was agreed that a letter be sent to the contractor to clarify what is required. The question of widening the Gate Jambs to prevent the need to remove them for similar reasons in future was discussed and it was agreed that this is best addressed through a planning application.

The Chief Environmental Officer, Isabel Peters, concluded the discussion on the Environmental Protection Ordinance (EPO). Topics included Environmental Protection Notices, general provisions, offences, liability & jurisdiction, evidence and procedures. It was noted that whilst parts of the EPO are now being implemented and enforced, other parts will require external technical and legal resources to set up the supporting Regulations.

It was agreed to erect bus shelters at Red Hill, Levelwood, Sea View, and at Bagley’s Point. A bus shelter at Ladder Hill will be also be constructed.

The adoption of the Haul Road was also discussed. A site visit by the ENRC, Property Management and the Civil Engineer had been undertaken recently. A few minor issues were identified and a final discussion and hand over of documents should be forthcoming with the Halcrow Project Management Unit.

#StHelena #ENRC #HighwaysAuthority #MeetingSummary



30 July 2018

The public is advised that, although it is still easy to become a student of the St Helena Community College (SHCC), the application process has changed slightly for the 2018/19 school year.

New students will need to complete an application form and then return it to the SHCC either in person or by email to: cherilee.johnson@sainthelena.gov.sh. Application forms are available at the College reception or from the Public Library, but can also be requested via email.

Once accepted into the SHCC and having received a Student ID number, students can then register for courses. The registration form is also available at the SHCC.

General Education courses are open to everyone, so all students have to do is submit a completed registration form to the SHCC, collect their registration invoice, and pay for the course. Once proof of payment is received, students will be given confirmation of acceptance into the course. For free courses, it’s even easier!

Persons interested in an apprenticeship or in any technical and vocational courses are asked to meet with SHCC staff before registering for a course. Staff can help select the provision that best meets the student’s needs.

For Professional or Higher Education studies, applications will need to be reviewed to determine if a student meets the requirements for the chosen course. In addition, students may want to get more information about funding and sponsorship to help pay for studies.

Though students may have questions about possible courses before submitting their registration form, the SHCC asks that students ensure all information requested on the forms are filled out completely and sent in first to speed up the processing time.

If anyone interested would like advice or guidance about the best option for them, please call the SHCC on tel: 22607 to speak to someone or to make an appointment to visit the College in person and find out more.

See poster listing training opportunities available through the SHCC here.

#StHelena #Education #SHCC #ApplicationProcess #OpportunitiesForAll #SomethingForEveryone



30 July 2018