Greg Gibson took up his new role as Head of the Governor’s Office (HOGO) on Monday, 5 August 2019.

The HOGO is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office appointment funded by the UK Government. The HOGO leads the Governor’s Office team, advises the Governor on UK Government matters and deputises for HE Governor Dr Philip Rushbrook in his absence.

Greg commented:

“I am delighted to have arrived on St Helena and I look forward to working closely with the St Helena Government and Elected Members. Thank you to everyone for your friendly welcome.”

HE Governor Dr Philip Rushbrook added:

“It is a delight to welcome Greg. His arrival brings the Governor’s Office up to full strength and I look forward to working with him.”

Greg is a career Diplomat who has served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 20 years. St Helena is Greg’s fifth overseas postings. Prior to this appointment, Greg worked in London within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Resources Department.

While on-Island, Greg hopes to take full advantage of the Island’s outdoor pursuits.

#StHelena #FCO #GovernorsOffice

SHG/Governor’s Office, St Helena
8 August 2019

The following is a public announcement from Port Control:

The MV Helena is expected to arrive at St Helena from Cape Town tomorrow, Friday 9 August 2019.

The public is advised that the whole of Lower Rupert’s, including the beach area, will be closed to the public whilst the ship is in port.

It is anticipated that the MV Helena will remain alongside the Jetty at Rupert’s until all cargo operations have been completed.

Port Control would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.


8 August 2019

The Following is a Public Announcement from the Infrastructure & Transport Directorate:

The Rock Guards of the Infrastructure & Transport Directorate will be carrying out a controlled rock removal on the hillside of Rupert’s Valley between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesday, 7 August 2019.

In the interest of public safety, all residents from Mr Patrick Williams to Mr Cardinal Furniss’ residence in Rupert’s Valley are asked to evacuate their premises by 9.45am on Wednesday, 7 August, to allow works to commence.

The Sea Rescue Facility in Rupert’s will be open from 10am on Wednesday for the evacuated persons.

Field Road and the Access Road will remain open to the public during this time. Road users are asked to exercise caution when driving in this area. Appropriate signage will be in place.

The Rock Guards would like to thank residents and the public for their cooperation.

6 August 2019


The monthly meeting of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) was held on Thursday, 25 July 2019 and the following is a summary of the main items discussed:

Enterprise St Helena (ESH) gave a brief update on the report presented for June 2019, during which it was noted that the organisation had achieved an overall “A” rating or “Outputs met expectation” during their recent DFID Annual Review.

Following refurbishment of the Canister, work on the pavements at the rear of the building (including disabled access) had commenced. ESH were pursuing designs for other areas of Main Street, in order to attain Highways Authority and Planning approvals, which would include siting of the replica water fountain.

It was noted that the review of ESH’s Grants Policy was nearing completion, with the proposed scheme to be presented to the ESH Board at the end of this July.

It was also noted that the ‘Flash Sale’ on flights, alongside local accommodation discounts, continued to be generating a positive response with 90 of the sale priced tickets having been purchased since the offer began.

Import of a Further Batch of Day Old Chicks to St Helena

Roddie’s Chicken Farm owners were invited to the meeting to provide members with an overview of the impact they felt a further import of day old chicks in August 2019 could have on their egg production business.  The owners answered questions that arose from Committee members.

Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD) staff in attendance provided background information to Committee members regarding the next batch of day old chick imports to arrive in August.  This import will satisfy the outstanding orders, not to fulfil new ones.   Before procuring this batch of chicks, ANRD had checked to see if the outstanding order was required with those producers and small-holders requiring them, and they had confirmed they did.

By the time these new chicks arriving this month are released from quarantine, the first 1,000 chicks imported to the Island will already be one year old. The new batch of chicks will come into-lay after 20-22 weeks and their impact on supply of eggs therefore will only be expected in January 2020.  By this time the first 1,000 chicks imported will then be 18 months old, and already most of the way through their most productive laying period.  No further chicks are proposed to be imported by ANRD until producers require replacement chicks potentially in late 2020, allowing all of the imported chicks to come into full lay and for the market for eggs to find an even keel.

Policy papers were discussed for fisheries matters involving options for fishing methods to be used in St Helena’s fisheries for the future and options for future access for foreign fishing vessels to fish in St Helena’s fisheries.

Committee approved a recommendation for St Helena’s fisheries to be managed as a one by one (pole and line) fisheries in the future in order to ensure St Helena’s fisheries were fished using a highly selective and traditional method of fishing, and managed sustainably for both current and future generations of fishermen.

Committee supported the recommendation for fishing in St Helena’s fisheries in the future by foreign fishing vessels to be enabled under the objective of increasing fish catching capacity for St Helena’s fishing industry through collaboration with local fishing business in support of achievement of a viable fishing industry.

Such access would be further managed under the condition that a foreign vessel would only be licensed for one by one fishing.  As a result, a draft fishing licensing policy will now be established by SHG in discussion with fisheries stakeholders, to ensure SHG has a policy which incorporates permissible fishing methods and how it manages access for foreign fishing vessels to fish.  EDC will consider the draft licensing policy before providing opportunity for a consultation exercise.

#StHelena #EconomicDevelopmentCommittee #MeetingSummary

8 August 2019

Following investigation, by the St Helena Police, of the theft of a silver ford fiesta car, registration number 2969, belonging to Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc which occurred on Thursday, 18 April 2019, in the Rock Rose area, three persons have now been charged.

One person will appear before the Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 7 August and the other two on Thursday, 5 September 2019.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #PoliceInvestigation #StolenVehicle

7 August 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the Infrastructure & Transport Directorate:

The Roads Section of Infrastructure & Transport Directorate will commence works to replace the speed humps near Pilling Primary School on Thursday, 8 August 2019.

Works will include removing the existing humps and surface reinstatements to the affected areas so that the new speed humps can be installed.

The road will remain open to the public, but drivers are asked to drive with care when passing this area. Appropriate signage and traffic management will be in place.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

7 August 2019


The following is a Public Announcement from the Emergency Planning Department:

The Emergency Planning Department would like to advise the public that is it forecast for St Helena to experience increase wind speeds of 25 knots with gusts up to 60 knots in the evening of Thursday, 8 August 2019.

Wind conditions will vary around the Island and should subside on Friday, 9 August.

It is also forecast that St Helena will experience a large south westerly swell from Sunday, 11 August through to Tuesday, 13 August 2019. This may result in unsettled sea conditions in James Bay and Rupert’s Bay.

The public is advised to use caution when accessing the Sea Front area. To avoid damage to vehicles, drivers are also asked to take care when parking near the safety rails.

Due care and attention should be taken when swimming in Rupert’s and James Bay during this time.

All boat owners are advised to ensure their moorings are secured in these conditions.


7 August 2019


The following is a public announcement from The Post & Customer Services Centre:

The Post & Customer Services Centre notes that it is customary for customers to post iced and fruit cakes to the UK, and would like to remind the public that goods sent through the post to the UK are subject to spot checks by the UK Border Force.

The UK Border Force has confirmed that items, such as fruit cakes, are exempted from seizure.  However, there are variables that could result in the seizure of items through the mail, including cross-contamination and uncertainty of provenance (origin) of the item.

Customers can determine which perishable goods are allowed in to the UK, and which goods have a high risk of confiscation, by visiting the following link for guidance:

Alternatively, customers can contact the Post & Customer Services Centre for assistance or advice.

Should customers become aware that an item, sent through the mail, has been seized in the UK, a complaint can be made to the UK Border Force.   The St Helena Post & Customer Services Centre can assist with this process by contacting the Assistant Customer Services Manager, Alan Bennett, on telephone numbers 22629/22008, or by e-mailing

6 August 2019


  • Reservoir levels remain dangerously low at just 31 days
  • No significant rainfall is forecast for the next week
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

 Daily consumption levels on St Helena remains at just over one million litres of water, but no substantial rainfall means Island water stocks remain dangerously low, with just 31 days of storage water remaining. This marginal increase results from Connect Saint Helena (CSH) continuing to pump from Chubb’s Spring and from Hutt’s Gate to Red Hill.

Despite being late into our winter period it is not forecast for St Helena to experience any significant rainfall over the next week, which means that there will be no surface water run-off going into the Island’s reservoirs.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we continue to cut down our water use to essential use only. Remember that we are currently under a hosepipe ban after CSH enforced Island-wide water restrictions on Monday, 24 June 2019.

 The relining of the Levelwood Reservoir has been completed. The current capacity of stored water in this reservoir is 1551m3 (40% full).

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are continually urged to reduce consumption wherever possible. St Helena residents, businesses and people who use water for agricultural purposes are also urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

 As mentioned previously, it will also be worthwhile for consumers to regularly check their water meters and monitor water usage to ensure there are no leaks in their system.

Regular updates on reservoir levels will be issued to the public.

If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak then please inform CSH immediately.

Every drop counts, every action counts – Everyone must save every drop of water possible.

 #StHelena #WaterShortage #EveryDropCounts

St Helena Resilience Forum

6 August 2019

As part of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate’s ‘CARE’: Caring And Respecting Everyone Campaign, an open-door recruitment will be held at the Princess Royal Community Care Centre (CCC) from 11.30am-3pm on Friday, 16 August 2019.

The event will allow interested persons to talk with directorate staff, learn more about working in Social Care, and explore a typical day in the life of a Carer. Interviews will take place on the same day.

Manager, Sheltered Accommodation & Home Support, Gillian Brooks, said:

“We are committed to promoting the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable children and adults in our community. We can only do this by having people who are committed to caring and helping us to achieve this. Is this you? Why not come along to our Care Campaign Recruitment Day on Friday, 16 August, and find out more about being a Carer or Support Worker. Sometimes we surprise ourselves at what we can do.”

If you are unable to attend the open-door recruitment event but would like to make an appointment to discuss career opportunities in Social Care, please contact Lisa Thomas at Brick House on tel: (00 290) 22713.

The next open-door recruitment day will be held at the CCC on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Notes to Editor

The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate has various vacancies across residential services supporting older people, services for adults with additional needs, and sheltered housing services. The CARE Campaign aims to recruit local carers for the residential services, and for individuals requiring support in maintaining a degree of independence and quality of life.

#StHelena # Children&Adults #SocialCare #CARE #CCC


6 August 2019