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

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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


Guy Fawkes Day will be celebrated this Sunday, 5 November 2017. The St Helena Fire Service offers the following advice to ensure safe Bonfire Night celebrations: 

  • When building your bonfire, choose a clear site that is no less than 18 metres away from buildings, trees, wooden fences, overhead cables or car parks – good organisation will minimise risk to people and property
  • Do not use flammable liquids to help start your bonfire or burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam-furniture, batteries or tyres
  • If you plan to build your bonfire before Bonfire Night, please ensure that it cannot be accessed by vandals, so as to avoid unexpected incidents on the night
  • Nominate a responsible adult to light the fire or fireworks. Carefully follow instructions for lighting fireworks and always ensure they are lit at arm’s length. Stand well back and make sure fireworks face upwards and fire in an outwards direction. Don’t go back to a firework once lit – even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
  • Always keep a bucket of water, hosepipe or fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency
  • Take care with sparklers and never give them to children under the age of five. Remember, sparklers will still be hot even after they’ve gone out
  • Pets and fire or fireworks do not mix – keep your pets in a safe place on Bonfire Night

Have a safe and enjoyable 5 November from all at the St Helena Fire Service.

#GuyFawkes #BonfireNight #SafetyAdvice #StHelenaFireService

3 November 2017

Councillors Derek Thomas and Kylie Hercules are currently attending the week-long 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which began on 1 November 2017.

Councillor Thomas reports that the official opening of the CPC was held on Thursday with on-stage local entertainment. This was followed by official welcoming speeches from the Chairperson, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of Bangladesh, Secretary- General, Mr Akbar Khan and Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Anglu Farrugia MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta. The official group photograph was then taken, followed by the first item for discussion – a Strategic Road Map for Small Branches to Assist in Capacity Building. St Helena should stand to benefit from this agreed Strategy.

Today saw the continuation of the Small Branches Conference and the commencement of the Executive Committee. Business for discussion was the adoption of the Agenda, Duties & Responsibilities of Executive Committee Trustees, Acceptance and Actions from the last meeting held in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in April 2017, Composition of Subcommittees, Review & Planning and Finance.

Councillor Thomas formed part of the Review & Planning Subcommittee and is pleased to report that St Helena’s request under Technical Support Funding for funding of £25, 432 was recommended for approval in order to purchase IT equipment, and associated essential equipment for the Council Chamber on St Helena.

Councillor Kylie Hercules’ day continued with the Small Branches discussion.

Further updates will be provided via the St Helena Government Facebook page.

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3 November 2017




At the end of September 2017 the estimated number of persons on St Helena, residents plus visitors, was 4,439, and the resident population, excluding visitors, was estimated to be 4,354. This is a seasonal drop of around 200 persons from the end of 2016, and is almost the same when compared to the same period last year. The St Helenian population is estimated to have been 4,053 at the end of September 2017.

In the first nine months of 2017 there were a total of 32 births and 41 deaths registered on St Helena. This is slightly more than the number of births and deaths registered during the same period a year ago, which was 28 and 38 respectively. In 2017, so far, there have been more deaths than births, following the trend of the last few years.

The estimated number of persons arriving on St Helena in the third quarter of 2017, excluding any short-term visitors such as those from cruise ships, was 707, with 2,730 arrivals up to the end of September. In the third quarter there were an estimated 691 departures, with total departures for 2017 to the end of September estimated to be 2,916. These estimates do not take account of any arrivals in October, including those from the new scheduled commercial air service – these will be included in the statistics for October, which will be released as soon as possible.

The full Statistical News Bulletin is available on the Statistics Page of the SHG website at:

Other statistics are also available on the Statistics page:

For any queries, please contact the Statistics Office on tel: 22138, or email:

 #StHelena #Population #Stats


3 November 2017