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<h3>Get in training for one of the most remote running festivals in the world</h3>

Need a post-Easter-chocolate challenge? Time to start training for this year’s St Helena Festival of Running! Athletes across the globe are invited to tackle the island’s trails and unbroken records across a series of events from 4 – 10 November 2018. The Festival includes: Marathon & Half-Marathon A challenging but rewarding feat, the breath-taking 42km marathon route passes through Sandy Bay Ridge, Halley’s Mt – named after Edmond Halley, who set up an observatory on St Helena to catalogue the southern hemisphere’s stars – and Green Hill. If the distance sounds a little extreme, runners can sign up for the half marathon as well as 3km and 10km fun runs. Marathon Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 3 hrs, 44 mins, 05 secs Half Marathon Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 1 hr, 40 mins, 46 secs 10km Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 42 mins, 22 secs 3km Record Holder: Rocky Stroud, 2007: 18 mins 19 secs 15km Trial Run The route takes runners from St Helena’s lowest point to the highest peak – Diana’s Peak, standing at an impressive 823m above sea level – in a gruelling 15km race. Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 56 mins, 55 secs Jacob’s Ladder Challenge Built in 1829 to haul manure up from town and send goods down, the ladder is 600ft high and has 699 steps. Participants are invited to try and break the record from bottom to top of 5 minutes 16.78 seconds, set in 2013 by Graham Doy. Record Holder: Graham Doy, 2013: 05 mins, 16 secs Triathlon Those seeking the ultimate Island endurance event can test their swimming, cycling and running skills along a route in and around Jamestown in the triathlon. Individual Record Holder: Steven, 2017 1 hr,1 min, 46 secs Group Record Holder: Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Martin Collins, 2016: 57 mins, 47 secs

Hansard - Animals in Peril


Houses of Parliament Hansard

Animals in Peril

18 October 2017

Volume 629   

(7.34 pm)  Q.  Andrew Rosindell (Romford) (Con)

In September, I read an article in the New Statesman entitled “We Are Heading Towards a World Without Animals”. It was a shocking title for an article perhaps, but one that presents a truly horrific prospect for our world. Perhaps we need to be shocked—shocked into taking deadly seriously what must surely be one of the most profound issues our world faces today. ....

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(7.45 pm) 
A.  The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Madam Deputy Speaker, in my first time in doing so. I have to say that you look very good in that Chair.

I congratulate my hon. Friend Andrew Rosindell on securing this debate. He has a strong track record in supporting animals and their welfare, and he is absolutely right to raise this important issue. The protection of endangered species around the world is a key priority for this Government ....

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(pic:  Charles Darwin 1809-1882)

Ascension & Tristan Protection; ExCo Report 17102017; Inflation Rate 4.4%; History Making Weekend


Houses of Parliament Hansard

Topical Questions

17 October 2017  

Topical Questions

Q Asked by Zac Goldswmith (Richmond Park) (Con)

This Government have promised protection to an area of ocean equal in size to India, covering Pitcairn, St Helena and much more. I think it is a source of huge pride for our country, but we are not all the way there yet, so I hope the Minister can provide an update on progress, specifically in relation to Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, both of which have been promised protection —in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

A The Minister for Europe and the Americas (Sir Alan Duncan)

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(photo:  Tristan da Cunha Coat of Arms)

Executive Council met today with five items on the Open Agenda (one having been withdrawn). ....

ExCo    17 October 2017

More Information   

The third Statistical Bulletin for 2017, issued today, shows that the latest rate of annual price inflation is estimated to be 4.4 per cent between the third quarter of 2017 and the third quarter of 2016. This is measured using St Helena’s Retail Price Index, and is a small decline in the annual rate from the previous quarter, which was 5.1 per cent. The annual rate of food price increases remains high, at 9.7 per cent, slightly less than alcohol and tobacco, which increased by 11 per cent.

Annual price inflation rate (per cent)

SHG    17 October

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A new era for access to St Helena Island was realised on Saturday, 14 October 2017, when the first commercial flight from South Africa arrived at St Helena Airport.

A new era for access to St Helena Island was realised on Saturday, 14 October 2017, when the first commercial flight from South Africa arrived at St Helena Airport. ....

SHG    16 October 2017

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Commercial Air Service 'Takes Off' at St Helena Airport


Today began an exciting new chapter in St Helena’s history when the first ever commercial flight from South Africa touched down at St Helena Airport at 1.59pm.

Using their Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft, Airlink brought in this inaugural flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, following a six hour journey incorporating a fuelling stop in Windhoek, Namibia. Airlink will now operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town (via the stopover at Windhoek International Airport). ....

SHG    14 October 2017

Further News


Governor Raises Flags at Mantis St Helena; ExCo Mtng 17/10/17; Public Arrangements for Inaug Flight


Governor Lisa Phillips today, Friday 13 October 2017, raised the Union and St Helena Flags at the Mantis St Helena Hotel on Main Street, Jamestown, in the presence of officials and staff from Government, Mantis St Helena and AGMAC Construction Group.

Development Director for Mantis St Helena, Graham Vass, said:

“Today saw the unfurling of the Union and St Helena Flags. We believe this is a very symbolic and momentous moment for the history of the hotel and felt it had to have the respect and honour that was due, so we asked the Governor to come and do it for us.” ....

SHG    13 October 2017  (+ more photos)

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Executive Council will meet on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda items HERE

SHG    13 October 2017

St Helena’s first commercial flight is scheduled to arrive at St Helena Airport on Saturday, 14 October 2017, at 1.15pm.

St Helena Airport will be open to the public on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. ....

SHG    12 October 2017

Further Information

Fest of Running '17; Soc & Comm Mtng; Inaug Flight; Expen Survey; Airport Website; Charmaine Buckley


As we eagerly await the arrival of the first scheduled flight to St Helena this week we’re starting the countdown to the St Helena Festival of Running 2017 (18-26 November). This year marks a major milestone for the annual competition as international runners will be able to travel to St Helena by air for the first time ever, or travel to the event on board the RMS St Helena for the very last time. ....

St Helena Tourism    11 October 2017

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The Social & Community Development Committee will be conducting public meetings on the following legislation HERE

Social & Community Development Committee    10 October 2017

The countdown to the arrival of St Helena’s first commercial flight has begun, with just four days remaining before Airlink’s Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft touches down at St Helena Airport. ....

SHG    10 October 2017

Further Information

The Statistics Office is currently conducting a Household Expenditure Survey (HES) to update the ‘shopping basket’ used to measure the impact of price inflation on Island households.

Statistical Commissioner, Neil Fantom, said:

“We are almost half way through the survey period and currently have over 60 households participating. .... "

SHG    10 October 2017

More from Neil Fantom

St Helena Airport today, Tuesday 10 October 2017, officially launched its new website HERE

SHG    10 October 2017

Charmaine Buckley from the Island’s Dental Clinic has been selected to study Dental Therapy & Hygiene in the UK at the Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professions.

Charmaine said:

“I’m excited to be given this opportunity to progress further in my career, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.” ....

SHG    9 October 2017

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Econ Dev Cttee Mtng; Withdraw RMS St Helena; RMS Until 2/18; Breast Screening; Internat Older Person


The Economic Development Committee held its monthly meeting on Monday, 2 October 2017.  The following matters were discussed on the Open Agenda: HERE

SHG    6 October 2017

St Helena Line has announced today, Thursday 5 October 2017, that it is to withdraw the Passenger Cargo Royal Mail Ship St Helena from service in February 2018 and has appointed London ship broker CW Kellock & Co Ltd to handle her sale. ....

St Helena Line Ltd    5 October 2017     (photo: Appledore Shipyard.   Permission: Wikimedia Commons)

Later this month, St Helena will begin an exciting new chapter with the start of the weekly air service from South Africa.  This will make it cheaper, quicker and easier to travel to and from St Helena, and will help ensure the Island's long term prosperity. ....

SHG    5 October 2017

Further Details

Helena Bennett has been appointed as the new Director of Tourism following the departure of Christopher Pickard.  As only the second ever St Helenian to hold the title and just weeks before the first commercial flight to the island, Helena begins her new venture at a crucial time in St Helena's history. ....

St Helena Tourism    5 October 2017

Helena Bennett Interview

The unveiling of the mammography machine by Governor Lisa Phillips took place this morning, Wednesday, 4 October 2017, in front of Government officials and invited guests at the General Hospital.

The new mammography machine means the Hospital can now offer follow-up mammograms (x-ray of the breast) to those recovering from Breast Cancer, and can offer mammography to those with a clinical need (extensive family history or symptoms) and can also start a Breast Screening Service for women without symptoms who are aged 50-70. ....

SHG    4 October 2017

Further Information

International Older Persons Day was celebrated on Sunday, 1 October 2017. On St Helena, invited guests were able to celebrate a day of activities with residents of Deason's Centre, Cape Villa and the Princess Royal Community Care Centre.

The United Nations theme for 2017 is 'Stepping into the Future:Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society'. ....

SHG    4 October 2017

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ExCo Report - Tues 3/10/2017; St H Care Awards 2017; Poppy Appeal 2017; Three site for New PrisoPr


Executive Council met today with eight items on the Open Agenda.

This was the first meeting since the decision was taken to publish papers and agendas for Executive Council Meetings and Members were pleased to note that there had been positive feedback from members of the public regarding this move. ....

ExCo    3 October 2017

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The first St Helena Care Awards Ceremony was held at Plantation House on Thursday evening, 28 September 2017.

Governor Lisa Phillips and senior Government Officials were joined by many of the Island’s carers, from those within Safeguarding Directorate to those working in the Health Directorate to home carers, along with their families. ....

SHG    2 October 2017

(+ photos)

St Helena continues to support the Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Appeal is the Legion’s largest fundraising campaign remembering the fallen and the future of the living. The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.

The poppy is a powerful symbol – today the poppies are mainly worn to commemorate the sacrifices of our Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today, along with their loved ones. The remembrance poppy is especially prominent in the UK and on St Helena in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday. ....

SHG    2 October 2017

Further Information
    (Photo:  Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing, Belgium)

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. ....

St Helena Online    29 September 2017

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Relief Captain for RMS; ExCo 3/10/17; Govt Improving Openness; Day of Languages; Police Cert


Captain Andrew Greentree is at present unable to return to the RMS St Helena for his scheduled duty period. AW Shipping have therefore appointed a relief Master for the ship. Captain Adrian Fitzgerald ....

St Helena Line Ltd    29 September 2017

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Executive Council will meet on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda items HERE

SHG    29 September 2017

During the Executive Council meeting of 19 September 2017, Council considered and agreed ways and means of improving openness and transparency within SHG.

It was agreed that one of the methods going forward would be to publish on the SHG website all papers and minutes for open session meetings of Executive Council.

SHG is therefore pleased to advise that from today, Friday 29 September 2017, all papers (ExCo Memos) to be discussed on the Open Agenda at future meetings will be available HERE

SHG    29 September 2017

This week marked European Day of Languages (26 September), a chance to celebrate the 6,000 or so languages spoken around the world. HERE

St Helena Tourism    26 September 2017

On Friday, 22 September 2017, four Officers of the St Helena Police Service were presented with certificates having successfully completing a six-week St Helena Police Training Course. ....

SHG    25 September 2017

Further Information

Membership/Subscription Secretary


The Friends of St Helena Membership/Subscriptions secretary is Margaret Dyson.  

Membership payments and Subscriptions to St Helena Connection should be sent to her (address details on the Membership page of this website and also on the 2nd page of St Helena Connection).

Committee Meeting - 5th February 2015


At the Committee Meeting held on 5th February, 2015, the Committee was very pleased to welcome a new Committee Member:  Chris Newman.

Arrangements were agreed for the Friends of St Helena Annual General Meeting to be held at the Oxford University Club on 13th June 2015.

It was agreed to hold the October Members' Meeting at the Victory Services Club, London, on 25th October 2015.

"A Precarious Livelihood" - new Publication by FoSH; "St Helena Britannica" - Book Review.


"A Precarious Livelihood": "In 1834, the sovereignty of St Helena reverted to the Crown. The Government sent out two Commissioners of Inquiry to investigate how the island was run under the Company rule and how costs could
be reduced to make it self supporting - a task that has eluded governments up to the present time. This book
is a transcription of the Commissioners' report. Its value lies in the detail it reveals of how the island was administered .... "

"St Helena Britannica
": studies in South Atlantic island history, by Trevor W. Hearl; edited by A.H. Schulenburg.  BOOK REVIEW, By John Pinfold.

St Helena Britannica - Studies in South Atlantic Island History


St Helena Britannica - Studies in South Atlantic Island History

The Friends of St Helena launched this book at its Annual General Meeting, June 2013.   Copies are still available to buy.  

For more information and contact details here

New Committee Member; AGM - 2015


At the Meeting held on 24th July, the Committee was very pleased to welcome a new Committee Member:  Patricia Young.

At the same meeting, it was decided that the Society's Annual General Meeting 2015 will not be held at Lord Rosebery's Estate, Edinburgh, due to a number of unforeseen difficulties that have come to light after some preliminary enquiries.

Change of Chairman


At the Annual General Meeting on 7 June 2014, it was announced that Pamela Ward has resigned as Chairman of Friends of St Helena due to her moving back to St Helena.   The Committee would like to thank Pamela for the wise and helpful way she Chaired meetings and wishes her, and her family, a very happy and successful future.   

Edward Baldwin and Ian Mathieson have agreed to replace her as Joint Chairmen of the Society.

Disruptions during Website Updates


Due to the ongoing updating to the Friends' website, there may be disruption of service in the short-term.   We do apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Resignation of Ian Bruce, Committee Member


Ian Bruce has formally tendered his resignation from the Society's committee.   The committee would like to thank Ian for his contribution and hard work - he had previously served in the positions of Website Manager and Membership Secretary.

Report on Executive Committee Meeting held on Thursday, 25th July, 2013


The Executive Committee met on Thursday, 25th July where a number of decisions were made or confirmed:

     1.   The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Liverpool Slave Museum on Saturday, 7th June, 2014.

     2.   There has been a change in the Officers of the Society:

                 Margaret Dyson has been confirmed as Website Manager in place of Ian Bruce.   Ian remains on the Committee.

     3.   Arrangements are in progress to hold the AGM of June 2015 at Lord Rosebery's Estate, 


Under New Management


The management of the Society's website has now been passed from Ian Bruce to Margaret Dyson. 

I have been a member of FOSH for some years after finding that an ancestor was born on the Island.   I look forward to successfully managing the website and would thank Ian Bruce for an afternoon's course on management techniques.   I hope that I shall be able to continue with Ian's high standards. Emails to me should be addressed to