The Supreme Court of St Helena was formally opened on Monday, 22 October 2018.

The official opening of the Supreme Court commenced as His Lordship, the Chief Justice, Charles Ekins Esq, entered the Courthouse accompanied by the Sheriff of St Helena, Mrs Ethel Yon OBE, Bishop Elect, Dale Bowers and Chief Magistrate, Nicholas Aldridge. Lawyers, Justices of the Peace, officials, and members of the public were also in attendance.

Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell, welcomed the Lord Chief Justice and introduced new members to the Supreme Court including the Solicitor General and the Public Solicitor and welcomed back Andrew Jackson. The Attorney General went onto acknowledge the valuable contribution to the administration of justice made by members of her Chambers, the Public Solicitors Office, the Lay Advocates, the Probation Service and the Court staff.

In her speech, the Attorney General said:

“This is the first occasion that I address this court as Attorney General and it is indeed an honour that I do so. I have taken an oath that I will well and truly serve HM Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successor, in the office of Attorney General and member of Legislative Council. I do and I will continue to undertake my duties with regards to my oath seriously and I wish to serve St Helena to the very best of my ability and skill and to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this Territory.”

This was followed by an address from the Chief Justice, who said:

“When I was first appointed as Chief Justice, and in terms of qualifying staff, the Attorney General’s Chambers comprised of the Attorney General and one Crown Council. The Public Solicitor’s Office comprised of the Public Solicitor. I think that I’m right in saying that one doesn’t have to look very much further back into history to a time when, other than the Attorney General, Lawyers were banned altogether on St Helena. Happily the emphasis that we place now on the concept of justice, and the rights of the individual, requires a less simplistic approach. The comparative sophistication of the operations that you, Attorney General and Public Solicitor, are responsible for, reflect the very many positive ways in which St Helena has developed even in as little as eleven years. Collectively the Supreme Court, the Magistrate Court, the Attorney General’s Chambers each has a responsibility for advancing above all the interest of justice for the community of St Helena and I am confident that this is a goal that which we will all continue to achieve.”

Civil and Criminal cases will be heard by the Supreme Court until Friday, 2 November 2018.

#StHelena #ChiefJustice #SupremeCourt #FormalOpening


23 October 2018

French Consul, Michael Dancoisne-Martineau, was recently presented with an honorary Member of the British Empire (MBE) award by Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Honan, for his services to the promotion of Tourism on St Helena.

Michel has been on the Island for more than 30 years, during which time he has dedicated his services to the conservation of the Napoleonic Heritage on St Helena and promoted St Helena as a destination to the outside world. He is the Director and Curator of the French Properties and has worked tirelessly to ensure that they are maintained to a world-class standard.

The restoration of furniture culminated last year in an International Exhibition, entitled ‘Napoleon on St Helena’ and was held in Paris. The event was a resounding success, attracting thousands of visitors and stimulating huge interest in St Helena as a visitor destination.

Michel has written several books about the Island, both on the Napoleonic period and the Island itself. He has served on a number of voluntary organisations and charities like the Arts and Crafts Association, the St Helena National Trust (SHNT), and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), to name but a few.

Michel has shared his love for art by contributing to locally organised art exhibitions, and on one occasion, organised an exhibition of his own personal collections of sculptures.

Governor Lisa said:

“It is in recognition of all these valuable services that Her Majesty, The Queen, has appointed Michel to be an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

“It was with great pleasure that, on Her Majesty’s behalf, I presented Michel with the badge of the Order. Congratulations.”

#StHelena #HonourAward #MBE

23 October 2018

The 10th Statistical Bulletin of 2018 has been released, showing numbers of arrivals, departures, and the total population between 2010 and 2018.

A year after the commercial air service commenced on 14 October 2017, we have seen a recent record for arrivals, with more than 5,200 people arriving between October 2017 and September 2018 by both sea and air, excluding day visitors from cruise ships; an amount larger than the total current population on St Helena. In the first year of operation, including the flights in the first two weeks of October 2018, more than 3,500 people arrived by air.

St Helena is a developing holiday destination: around half of all those arriving by air came to the Island for a holiday, and just under half of those were St Helenians visiting family and friends. Between October last year and September this year, around 1,650 passengers arrived by air for a holiday. This is an increase of 725 compared to the 925 passengers arriving for a holiday on the RMS in the same period the year before.

There is a clear seasonal pattern of arrivals, peaking around the Christmas months of December and January, though it is less pronounced for air arrivals compared to arrivals by ship. The average length of stay of a tourist (excluding holidaying St Helenians) is around a week, with St Helenians visiting for longer – around a month.

Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Lawson Henry, said

“I am pleased to see that we have had an increase in visitors in the first year of commercial air service, this is good news for the Island. We now need to build on this good first year and, importantly, listen and act upon the information we gather from what the market is telling us. Well done to all those involved!” 

SHG Government Economist, Nicole Shamier, said

“The number of visitors to St Helena has risen significantly this year, and this is great news for the Island. The business case prediction of around 30,000 visitor arrivals was never meant to occur in year one. The growth was always predicted to be gradual over the next 25 years. The 1,650 holidaymakers we have seen this year aligns well with the business case prediction of holidaymakers arriving in the first year of the commercial air service. Thanks to the Visitor Questionnaire filled out within the departures lounge, we have also learnt that the average spend per visitor, per night, has been around £140 and, on average, 40% of this has been spent on accommodation.”   

Director of Tourism, Helena Bennett, said:

“With St Helena’s tourism industry struggling to cope during the winter months due to the low take up of bed nights, it is reassuring to see numbers of both tourists and visiting St Helenians on the increase, and we anticipate that these numbers will continue to rise. Thanks to the hard working staff of the Tourist Office, the data collected is increasing and we can use this information to better understand how we, as an Island, are developing our industry.”

The full Statistical Bulletin can be viewed on the SHG Website via:

#StHelena #Tourism #NumbersOnTheRise #RecordHigh #CommercialAirService #Stats #SEDP

22 October 2018

The public is reminded that Chevening Scholarship applications for 2019/20 will close in less than a month, on Tuesday, 6 November 2018. These Scholarships offer financial support to study for a Master’s Degree at any UK university and are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds.

There are more than 1,500 Chevening Scholarships on offer globally for the 2019/20 academic cycle. These scholarships represent a significant investment from the UK Government. Those who are selected for a Chevening Scholarship become recognised as leaders belonging to a global network of influencers. They are empowered with a strong sense of pride and responsibility.

For further information on the eligibility criteria and award specifications please visit or contact Manager of the Governor’s Office, Sandra Sim, on tel: 22308 or e-mail:

Eligible persons who meet the criteria can apply for a Chevening Scholarship via

More information is available at


22 October 2018

On Wednesday evening, 17 October 2018, Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Honan, held a reception at Plantation House to honour the visit of His Excellency, Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa.

The reception began at 6.30pm and gave invited guests the chance to engage with the Ambassador, and to speak about the connections between France and St Helena and the heritage they share.

Governor Lisa reflected on the first year of commercial flights and the benefits to tourism. The Governor, in speaking about the obvious links and Napoleonic heritage, took the opportunity to remind guest present that tourism is everybody’s business. 

She stated:

“Tourism is absolutely central to the future of this Island and the people living on it, the key is we all need to engage with the tourism effort that is already taking place.”

The Ambassador of France to South Africa arrived on Saturday, 13 October, and is due to depart St Helena on Saturday, 20 October 2018.








#StHelena #Tourism #FrenchAmbassadorVisit #France /

19 October 2018

St Helena Government is pleased to announce that following an open-tender exercise, Island Images has been selected to operate the Landside Café on the first floor of the Terminal Building at St Helena Airport.  The contract is initially for three years and will see the landside restaurant re-open as a café.

Deputy Airport Contracts Manager, James Kellet, said:

“Following an open-tender and evaluation exercise involving SHG and ESH, we are pleased to award the contract for the operation of the Landside Café concession to Island Images. When the contract came up for tender, it was decided to change the focus away from a restaurant towards a more relaxed café-type experience. We hope that customers will enjoy their experience at the Landside Café and in particular, be mindful of the need to allow all of their fellow customers the chance to partake in the services offered. My best wishes to Island Images going forward.

It should be noted that Island Images will operate the Landside Café, and the Rose & Crown will continue to offer services in the Airside Café, as normal, for departing passengers.”

The new concession will open its doors on Saturday, 20 October 2018, and will be offering a selection of food and beverages to passengers, visitors, and members of the public.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #IslandImages /


19 October 2018


Three new Police Officers, along with a few current Police and Immigration Officers, will on Monday, 22 October 2018, begin a seven-week Initial Police Training course.

The officers will be undergoing training at various locations across the Island, with some units of the course giving members of the public the opportunity to observe and interact with the students.

The training will cover a wide range of topics, starting with the basics like ‘Uniform Fitting’ and the ‘Police Role in Society’ in the first week, to ‘Arrest, Caution, and Escorting Prisoners’ in week four, all the way through to ‘Firearms’ and ‘Sexual Offences’ in week seven.

Learning & Development Sergeant for St Helena Police, Mark Coombe, said:

“This is a structured initial seven-week training course for Police Officers. It will incorporate working in the community, so you will see teams of officers training across the Island. This is to make the training as realistic as possible, and please feel free to watch the training if you so wish. We will keep you informed throughout the course. This is phase one of the initial training with a further three phases to follow over a 24-month period. The training will provide the students with all the skills necessary to become successful Police Officers.”

Initial Police Training Tutors (L-R) – Chief Inspector Mike Miskell, Learning & Development Sergeant Mark Coombe, and Tutor Constable, Matt Silvey

There will be weekly updates on the progress of the students, following their journey through the seven-week Initial Police Training programme.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #InitialPoliceTraining #SevenWeekCourse

18 October 2018

The following is a public announcement from the Roads Section:

The Roads Section would like to advise the public that Side Path Road will be closed from 9am on Monday, 22 October 2018 for approximately three weeks.

 This closure is for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is to allow Masons from the Roads Section to carry out repair work on a retaining wall.

For the duration of the works, the diversion route will be via Constitution Hill Road. As normal, only Emergency Services will be granted access.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public for their cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure might cause.

16 October 2018

Sunday, 14 October 2018, marked the one year anniversary since the start of commercial flights into St Helena. This is a momentous milestone for St Helena Airport.

The first commercial flight arrived at St Helena Airport from South Africa on Saturday, 14 October 2017, with 72 passengers onboard.

To date (excluding the past weekend’s flights), there have been 104 scheduled flights to and from South Africa. This has seen 6208 passengers arriving and departing from St Helena Airport on these flights.

As with any airport, St Helena Airport has also experienced delays due to unfavourable weather. Despite the wet winter season, there have only been seven delays to Saturday flights during the first year of commercial services. Nevertheless, commercial flights have afforded thousands of people quick access to and from the Island, enabling many Saints who have not been back to the Island for several years to return to visit friends and family, and become reacquainted with St Helena.

Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Manager of St Helena Airport Ltd, Gwyneth Howell, said:

“This period has flashed past us and much has changed. In the past year, as an operation, we have learnt a lot and improved our services along the way. We would like to thank our customers, contractors, ASSI, SHG, and of course our Airport Staff for their unstinting efforts.”

To commemorate the one year anniversary of commercial air services, SA Airlink’s Chief Executive Officer, Rodger Foster, is due to visit the Island next month.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #CommercialFlights #OneYearAnniversary

15 October 2018

St Helena Government is pleased to announce the visit of His Excellency, Christophe Farnaud, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, from 13 October to 20 October 2018. This is the first official visit by a senior French official in recent times.

This visit follows from a visit to Paris and Cape Town by Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Honan, French Consul, Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, and other Enterprise St Helena roadshow members in November 2017 to promote St Helena as a tourism destination following the opening of St Helena Airport.

The week of His Excellency’s visit will mark three years since the start of the St Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd, which manages the French properties associated with Napoleon. It will also coincide with the 203rd anniversary since Napoleon’s arrival on St Helena.

Ambassador, Christophe Farnaud said:

“I am very honoured to be the first French Ambassador to be officially visiting St Helena. This visit will allow us to work together to enhance our cooperation, in particular in the field of tourism, through the valorisation of the Napoleonic sites.”

The visit is jointly hosted by the Governor and the French Consul and aims to:

  • promote the opportunities for joint French/British tourism and the opportunity of two-centre holidays in South Africa and St Helena
  • raise awareness and strengthen the links around historical French/British/St Helenian connections
  • highlight the opportunities for French foreign investment on St Helena

The programme will include events with local tourism providers, engagement with Prince Andrew School, meeting elected members, and a set of cultural events to mark the Island’s shared history.

Governor Lisa said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Ambassador, Christophe Farnaud, to St Helena. The theme of the visit is cooperation between St Helena, the UK, and France. That cooperation is, of course, built on shared history. But that relationship has multiplied to the modern relationship between the three which we have today. Now that we have air access, and now that St Helena is open to the rest of the world, we must exploit that access for the benefit of St Helenians.”

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau commented:

“This is a major first in the history of the French properties on St Helena Island. In the 160 years that France has officially owned the Napoleonic sites, this is the first time that an Ambassador, as head of diplomatic mission, will visit his domains in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.”

#StHelena #Tourism #Napoleon #France #FrenchAmbassadorVisit /


12 October 2018