It has been brought to Police attention that a person or persons have been trespassing on Harford Primary School grounds over the weekend.

The public is reminded that Harford Primary School along with all other Island Schools is out of bounds outside of normal working hours.

The public is therefore asked to refrain from trespassing on these premises. All trespassers will be prosecuted.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to please contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626.

#StHelena #HarfordPrimary #Trespassing


7 November 2017




Councillors Cyril Leo and Kylie Hercules will attend the 2017 Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice & Procedure, to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London from 13-17 November 2017.

The Westminster Seminar is the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s flagship capacity-building programme and is aimed at first-term parliamentarians and newly-appointed procedural/committee clerks from across the Commonwealth.

The annual five-day programme provides a unique platform for participants to network and engage with counterparts; exploring differing approaches to parliamentary democracy, practice, and procedure, in the context of the Westminster System and comparative Commonwealth parliamentary structures and to develop skills and abilities to carry out the work of a parliamentarian.

Councillor Leo said:

“I am looking forward to the experience and the opportunity to see politics at work at Westminster level. I hope that in the process I will get the opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament and maintain links that will assist me as I contribute to securing a brighter future for the people of St Helena.”

Councillor Leo will depart the Island on Saturday, 11 November, and meet up with Councillor Hercules who is currently overseas attending the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

#StHelena #Councillors #OverseasBusiness #WestminsterSeminar #London

7 November 2017

Senior Magistrate from the Falkland Islands, Martine Kushner, arrived on St Helena on Saturday, 4 November 2017, and was this morning, 6 November, sworn in as Chief Magistrate for St Helena.

Ms Kushner took the prescribed Oaths in the presence of the Acting Governor, Louise MacMorran, and colleagues in the Governor’s Office at the Castle.

Ms Kushner’s appointment is effective immediately and will remain while the substantive Chief Magistrate, Nicholas Aldridge, is off-Island.

Mr Aldridge, who is currently on overseas leave, is scheduled to travel to the Falkland Islands, where he will take on the work of Senior Magistrate while Ms Kushner is on St Helena. Mr Aldridge will return to the Island on 27 November 2017.

While acting as Chief Magistrate, Ms Kushner will also take on the role as Chief Coroner for St Helena and Ascension Island, carry out the role of Registrar of Lands, and manage the Registry. Other roles include being the Labour Regulating Authority, President of the Land Development Appeals Tribunal, President of the Media Standards Commission and Trustee of the Legal Assistance Fund.  Ms Kushner will also chair the Immigration Appeal Court and the Mental Health Tribunal along with being the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensation and supervising the Registrar of Companies.

Ms Kushner commented:

“It is a pleasure to be on the Island. The exchange of Magistrates is very useful, enabling the Courts and justice system to continue when there are difficulties such as a conflict of interest or long term illness. It provides resilience in the system. Additionally, it enables the two jurisdictions to share information and to learn from each other and pick up the best practices from each other.”

 #StHelena #ChiefMagistrate


6 November 2017

The 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh continues.

Today, Councillor Thomas was the moderator for the Workshop on Climate Change. There were two Discussion Leaders followed by questions from the floor where countries were able to express specific issues and challenges affecting them. 

Councillor Thomas said:

“Climate Change is a major issue to the planet which requires concerted action individually and collectively by Nations. Commonwealth Nations should therefore act urgently in their respective countries.”

Two actions were agreed at this morning’s workshop:

  • Parliaments within the Commonwealth should ensure a framework for combating climate change is developed and implemented within each region and updated at Regional Conferences
  • Legal reform can make a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway possible by reinforcing policy, strengthening institutions and mobilising resources towards climate change activities

Both recommendations were fully endorsed and will form part of the Conference Concluding Statement which will be issued at the General Assembly.

Councillor Kylie Hercules stood in as an observer on the various workshops and was able to build working relationships and gain some valuable experience from the discussions.

#StHelena #Councillors #OverseasBusiness #CPC #Bangladesh


6 November 2017

The public is advised that the Rock Guards of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate will be removing a section of dangerous rocks which overhang the West Rocks and Break Neck Valley areas, on Wednesday, 8 November 2017, from 8.30am. The operation is expected to last for approximately two hours.

 The West Rocks and Break Neck Valley areas will be out of bounds for the duration of these works. No persons will be able to walk or fish in these areas until works have been completed and the areas deemed safe for public use.

 For safety reasons, appropriate signage will be displayed at West Rocks, and the Sea Rescue Service will also be surveying the areas.

 The public is thanked in advance for their continued support and co-operation.

 #StHelena #RockGuards #RockRemoval


6 November 2017

The deadline for submitting applications for Chevening Scholarships is tomorrow, Tuesday 7 November 2017.

Up until tomorrow, the Chevening Secretariat will accept applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019. Applications are to be submitted via:

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural events.

There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2018/2019 academic year, representing a significant investment from the UK Government towards developing the leaders of tomorrow.

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

#StHelena #Chevening #ChosenforChevening


6 November 2017

The public is reminded of the upcoming consultation meeting on the two proposed sites for the new Prison in the Bottom Woods area of Longwood, to be held by Elected Members and Government Officials on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, at 7.30pm at the Harford Community Centre.

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 can be viewed in the Foyer of Essex House and at Longwood Supermarket. Anyone wishing to make any comment on the proposed sites for the new Prison may do so in the comments book that has been placed 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 also available on the Publications page of the SHG website:

 #StHelena #ProposedPrisonSites


6 November 2017

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on 12 November 2017 and as in previous years, The Right Reverend, the Lord Bishop, will conduct a Divine Service at the Cenotaph. All members of the public attending the service should be present at the Cenotaph by 10.40am.

It is on this day that we not only remember with gratitude those persons who fought and lost their lives in the violence of War, but we also honour and pay tribute to those who served and survived.

A special place will be reserved at the Cenotaph for serving and ex-servicemen and women and also St Helenians who served on the old RMS St Helena during the 1982 Falklands War. It is hoped that many will attend this special service.

Please contact Connie Johnson at the Castle on tele:  22470 for further information.


#StHelena #RemembranceSundayService


3 November 2017

The public is advised that the Highways Authority has given approval for the road and area surrounding the Cenotaph to Donny’s Place, and five car parks in front of the Court House, to be closed on the morning of Sunday, 12 November 2017, in order for the Remembrance Sunday Service to take place.

 The road and area surrounding the Cenotaph as well as the car parks in front of the Court House will be closed from 3am on Sunday, 12 November, until the ceremony has been concluded.

Appropriate signs will be in place and the public is thanked in advance for their cooperation.


 #StHelena #RoadClosure #RemembranceSundayService


3 November 2017

The Highways Authority has given approval for the road to be closed at the Dungeon Junction from 9.30am-2pm on Monday, 6 November 2017, through to Friday, 10 November 2017. This is to enable the Roads Section to widen the turning at the Dungeon Intersection.

Drivers who normally use this road to travel to areas on this side of the Island must now travel via Side Path or Constitution Road during the closure.

Appropriate signage will be in place (see map) and, as normal, only emergency services will be granted access.

The public is thanked in advance for their continued support and co-operation.


#StHelena #RoadClosure #DungeonJunction



3 November 2017