St Helena Airport will begin a monthly commercial air service between St Helena and Ascension Island this Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Airlink’s Embraer E190 aircraft is scheduled to depart St Helena at 2.30pm on Saturday, arriving at Ascension at 4.30pm. The aircraft will remain overnight on Ascension to allow the crew to rest before their return journey on Sunday at 9.15am.

The early departure time on Sunday, 19 November, is to allow crew training to take place on St Helena before the flight leaves for Johannesburg at 2.30pm. In future, the departure time from Ascension will be 11.15am.

Governor Lisa, in her role of Governor of Ascension, will be travelling on the first flight. She will meet with Saints and councillors on Ascension and will return the next day.

Following Saturday’s flight, the service between St Helena and Ascension will operate on the second Saturday of each month, with the return journey the following day.

Airport Contracts Manager, Alan Shaw, said:

“This is the start of the regular scheduled air service to Ascension which will provide added connectivity between St Helena and Ascension with the outside world allowing more frequent contact than previously available.”

Ascension Island Administrator, Marc Holland, said:

“This will be an exciting day for Ascension and St Helena. The start of the inter-Island air service will ensure that the close family and economic links between our Islands are preserved.”

Tickets can be purchased via the Ascension Island Government website:

#StHelena #AscensionIsland #CommercialAirService #FirstFlight

14 November 2017

The Head of the Falklands & Southern Oceans Department OTD FCO, Ms Katie McMillan, arrived on-Island on Saturday, 11 November 2017, for a week-long visit.

Katie has a busy schedule and will meet with key Government Officials including – Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Phillips, Head of the Governor’s Office, Louise MacMorran, Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, Acting Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto – amongst others.

During her stay, Katie hopes to partake in some recreational activities including a boat tour around the Island, a visit to the St Helena Distillery, and a dive trip with Sub-Tropic Scuba.

Katie is scheduled to depart St Helena on Sunday, 19 November.

#StHelena #FCO #Visit

14 November 2017

Christian von der Ropp (see photo attached) from A Human Right, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing free basic internet and phone access to developing countries, will be visiting St Helena between Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 November 2017.

Christian has been working with St Helena Government for some time and has passionately championed the need for St Helena to have access to a marine cable, undertaking all of his work for the Island at no cost.

Now that the MOU has been signed with SAEX to deliver the Submarine Cable Project, Christian is visiting the Island to meet key stakeholders and to also facilitate various workshops. 

A public event will be held at the Museum of St Helena on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, at 5pm and members of the public are invited to come along to hear Christian explain more about the project.

Christian works for Megaport, a leader in global Software Defined Networking and provider of cloud connectivity where he is responsible for business development across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.

In his voluntary role at A Human Right, Christian has been working on projects to bring Internet connectivity into underserved and unserved regions, including to St Helena which seeks to connect to a planned transatlantic submarine cable.

Christian‘s focus lies on infrastructure including submarine cables and non-geostationary satellite constellations, Internet Exchange Point and the Internet peering landscape as well as innovative next-generation technologies.

#StHelena #AHumanRight #ImprovedAccess #DigitalStrategy


13 November 2017


Work to establish an airmail service via the Airlink weekly flight between St Helena and Johannesburg continues.

Negotiations concerning the carriage of mail on the flight are ongoing and prices have been formulated.

The St Helena Post Office is now in the process of locating a handling agent in Johannesburg to manage the transhipment of mail in both directions.

Until this work is concluded, the carriage of mail to and from St Helena will continue via the RMS St Helena.

The public will be kept updated.

#StHelena #AirmailService


13 November 2017




The RMS St Helena departed Cape Town today at 3.30pm (CAT) with 31 transhipment containers onboard and is due to arrive at St Helena on Saturday, 18 November, at 7am.

The revised schedule for Voyage 265 is as follows:

Depart Cape Town 13 November 2017
Arrive St Helena 18 November 2017
Depart St Helena 20 November 2017
Arrive Ascension 22 November 2017
Depart Ascension 22 November 2017
Arrive St Helena 24 November 2017
Depart St Helena 25 November 2017
Arrive Cape Town 30 November 2017

Embarkation for Voyage 266 will remain as scheduled on Friday, 1 December 2017.

#StHelena #RMSStHelena #Update #RevisedSchedule

13 November 2017 

A Divine Service, in honour of those who had lost their lives or had been injured during active duty, was held at the Cenotaph in Jamestown on Sunday, 12 November 2017. Her Excellency Governor Lisa Phillips arrived at 10.55am, and the Right Reverend Lord Bishop of St Helena, Dr Richard Fenwick, invited those in attendance to pray, before observing a two-minute silence, signalled by the Last Post which was solemnly played by the Scouts.

Wreaths were laid by HE Governor Lisa Phillips, The President of the French Republic (Michel Dancoisne-Martineau), the Royal Navy (Mr Jeremy Clarke), the Army (Mr Julian Fagan), the Royal Air Force (Mr Mike Durnford), the Merchant Navy (Miss Sharon Wade), the St Helena Police Service (PC Jonathan Clark), and the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service (Mr Rhys Francis). Several schoolchildren also laid wreaths.

Canon Clive Duncan read the Lesson and prayers were led by Archdeacon Dale Bowers, Father David Musgrave, Lieutenant Coral Yon and Pastor Paul Millin. During the Service, hymns were sung, including ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ and ‘Praise My Soul the King of Heaven’. The Act of Commitment was made and acts of peace were then offered. The Service concluded with the National Anthem and Blessing, followed by the traditional March-Past outside the Court House, with music from the Get-togethers Orchestra and the Salvation Army Band.

As usual, Remembrance Sunday on St Helena was duly observed and very well attended.

#StHelena #RemembranceSundayService #WeWillRememberThem


13 November 2017










Assistant Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, was today sworn in as Acting Financial Secretary whilst the substantive Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, is off-Island on overseas business.

Nicholas took the prescribed oaths in the Governor’s Office in the presence of Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Phillips, and colleagues.

Nicholas’ appointment is effective immediately.

Dax is scheduled to return to the Island on Saturday, 18 November.

#StHelena #ActingFinancialSecretary #SwornIn


13 November 2017

The Roads Section will continue to carry out milling works on the section of road from Ladder Hill to the Army Hall, Half Tree Hollow, from 9am to 3pm on the following Wednesdays:

  • 15 November 2017
  • 22 November 2017
  • 29 November 2017

The public is therefore advised to drive with care whilst these works take place.

Appropriate signage and road marshals will be in place to direct traffic.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and co-operation.

 #StHelena #RoadsSection #Milling


13 November 2017

The Court of Appeal of St Helena gave a judgment on 5, October 2017 in a medical negligence case in which it decided that the Chief Justice had been wrong to find that damages paid to people who have been injured on St Helena should be the same as in England and Wales.  However, whilst the Court of Appeal held that the Chief Justice’s reasons were wrong, the Court of Appeal awarded the same amount of damages to these plaintiffs on the grounds that wages on St Helena would very soon be the same as in England.  However, there was no evidence before the court that could support that conclusion.  SHG is the defendant in this case and has decided to make a further appeal to the Privy Council (the highest court of appeal for St Helena).

If this ground is not appealed there will be implications for anyone who happens to cause injury to another person on St Helena. It is important to note that, if this judgment stands, the ordinary man or woman will also have to pay the full English rate for damages even though his or her earnings are only a third. Whilst popular opinion may be in favour of people who have been injured getting big pay-outs, local businesses and householders could be driven to bankruptcy by this level of compensation as it takes no account of the economic circumstances on St Helena.

#StHelena #CourtOfAppeal


10 November 2017