|14 May, 2013||
Based on research undertaken by Colin Fox, we have published a detailed list of men serving in the St Helena Regiment in 1819 and 1827. Not only does this provide the names, rank and ages of all these men, but also at their place of origin, former occupations, on which ship they arrived and which year, their place of embarkation and previous military employment.
This information is restricted to members of the Society who should log into the members-only section of our web site with their user name and password. Please email the Membership Secretary if you have lost your password.
|20 Jan, 2013||
As previously advised (26 October 2012), Friends of St Helena plan to publish the book "St Helena Britannica" at their AGM at Oxford on 8 June 2013. Further details are now available. The book will comprise 30 chapters (one more than previously advised), and the total contents will be as follows:
|12 Nov, 2012||
As part of a wider project to increase the Society's Google ranking for online searches relating to St Helena, we are switching our web site address to www.sthelena.uk.net. We have actually been running our web pages from both addresses for several months now, but as from today anyone going to the old www.fosh.org.uk address will automatically be redirected to the new www.sthelena.uk.net address. Any member experiencing problems with this transfer should email the web site manager, Ian Bruce
|26 Oct, 2012||
This long awaited collection of papers on St Helena by the late Trevor W. Hearl (1924-2007) comprises an introduction and thirty chapters, as well as an editor’s preface and a select bibliography of Hearl’s writings on this South Atlantic island. These papers had previously been published only as typescript leaflets and in small specialist journals. The chapters cover aspects of St Helena’s history from its discovery to the 1950s, including sixteenth and seventeenth century visitors and surgeons, East India shipping, the island’s Huguenots and Baptists, telegraphs, the Napoleonic period, island merchants, horse racing, Darwin and other natural historians, church memorials, photography and publishing, as well as St Helena’s role as a whaling port and coaling station.
The book will be of relevance to anyone with an interest in St Helena and the East India Company, as well as to readers with a general interest in the history of the British Empire.
It will be published in hardback, comprise 375 pages, 170mm x 235mm, b/w illustrations in text and index. THE BOOK CAN BE ORDERED NOW at the pre-publication price of £20 post free. If you order by 31 December 2012, your name will be included in a list of subscribers in the book, if you so wish; please confirm with order. The published price will be £25 post free. Please Order from Ian Mathieson MILES APART, Barwood House, Grants Lane, Ramsbottom, Lancs BL0 9DB, UK. Tel +44(0)1706 826467, email firstname.lastname@example.org
|14 Sep, 2012||
The Executive Committee met on Friday 14 September where a number of decisions were made or confirmed:
|16 Jun, 2012||
The Committee are pleased to announce that Trevor Reynolds has volunteered to take over the role of Membership Secretary from Ian Bruce. Trevor and Ian will work in tandem for the next few weeks with Trevor handling all new issues and Ian signing off a few residual projects. Trevor's day job is as Registrar of Museum Collections for English Heritage in York. He has also been membership Secretary for the Tolkien Society.
Ian will continue to act as Web Site Manager for the Society.
|22 Apr, 2012||Following the resignation of Ian Bruce from the FoSH Committee as Membership Secretary and Web Site Manager, nobody has yet volunteered to undertake these duties. It is important that essential administrative actions continue to be taken, especially at this time of year when a large number of members renew their membership and in the run-up to the AGM. Therefore, Ian Bruce has today rejoined the Executive Committee, resuming his duties until his replacement/s have been found.|
|3 Mar, 2012||
As announced on the 8th January, Ian Bruce has had to leave the Executive Committee for Friends of St Helena because of the deteriorating health of his wife. This took effect at the Committee meeting held on the 3rd March.
Since nobody has yet been found to take over Ian's roles as Membership Secretary and Website Manager, all enquiries relating to these subjects should temporally be sent directly to the Chairman, Pamela Ward-Pearce. It would be helpful if emails continue to be respectively addressed to the Membership Secretary, Web Site Manager or Chairman, although each of these email links will for the moment go to Pamela. This temporary arrangement will cease once volunteers are found.
|8 Jan, 2012||Ian Bruce has unfortunately given notice that he is forced to leave the Executive Committee of Friends of St Helena because of the deteriorating health of his wife. His resignation will take effect as soon as the Committee can approve the appointment of a new Membership Secretary and Website Manager. The Committee would be interested in hearing from any member or members of the Society who would like to take over these duties. In the first instance please email email@example.com|
|3 Jan, 2012||Friends of St Helena are pleased to announce plans to shortly add transcriptions of the 1819 and 1827 muster lists of East India Company soldiers and officers serving on St Helena in these years. The lists will include their name, rank, age, where they originated from (country ie England, Wales etc and sometimes the County), their previous occupation, the ship they arrived on and the year of arrival on the island, where they had previously served (many were ex British Army, some were from India) and their date of enlistment. The names will be available for all to see on our web site but the other details will only be available to members of our Society. Full details of membership of Friends of St Helena are published on our web site.|
|2 Jan, 2012||
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|31 Dec, 2011||
Friends of St Helena are very pleased to announce that Bob Russell, MP for Colchester, has been given a knighthood in the New Years Honours list for his work in the public service. Bob Russell has for many years championed the cause for St Helena in the House of Commons. Full details are given in a government press release.
|4 Aug, 2011||
The following decisions were taken by members of the Executive Committee:
|18 Jun, 2011||We regret to announce the death of our founding chairman Terry Spens on 17th June. A memorial service was held at Grantchester Parish Church, Cambridgeshire on Monday 25th July 2011.
In due course we expect to have a full obituary covering Terry's life and involvement with St Helena. In the meantime we reproduce (from St Helena Connection No 7) a tribute written by Ivy Ellick on the occasion of Terry's 90th birthday
|21 May, 2011||
At the Annual General Meeting, held at Kenwood House, a vote was taken by members to raise the cost of annual subscriptions as follows:
These increases will take immediate effect for all new members. For existing members, the increase takes effect in a year's time, i.e. for the year commencing 1st June 2012.
The meeting heard presentations of the accounts (Vicky Beale), membership and web site (Ian Bruce), Wirebird (Colin Fox) and St Helena Connection (Ian Mathieson). Following on from the presentation about the new web site, partially aimed at boosting membership levels, a discussion ensued of other ways to achieve this end.
After the meeting, and subject to a confirmatory vote by the existing Committee, two new members were co-opted onto the Committee - Lisa Hopkins and John Pinfold.
|11 May, 2011||
Friends of St Helena have launched their new web site. This features a members-only section accessible by subscribers for the year starting 1st June 2011 after they enter their user name and password. The launch was announced several weeks ahead of schedule so as to allow members the opportunity to examine it before discussions at the AGM at Kenwood House on the 21st May.
Several sections of the site are still being developed, including the introduction of a new Paypal payment facility, slightly delayed as a result of some technical issues.
|19 Mar, 2011||The following decisions were taken by members of the Executive Committee:
|18 Dec, 2010||
St Helena's new “High Knoll Road to Restoration” appeal has received its first donation - £500 from the Friends of St Helena. This campaign was officially launched on the island at a special High Knoll event on Saturday 18th December.
High Knoll is currently closed after two sections of wall collapsed and the appeal aims to raise funds to get the much-loved fort restored and open full-time for islanders and visitors. National Trust Director Jamie Roberts hopes that the Friends donation will inspire others to support the appeal. “With no local Government resources available for built heritage we have to attract funding from overseas. The Friends of St Helena have set a wonderful example which we hope others who love St Helena and its heritage will follow.”
|21 Sep, 2010||Dr Alexander Schulenburg resigned from the Committee due to pressure of other commitments. Since editorship of The Wirebird has normally been undertaken by a Committee member, Alexander also offered to resign that position too. This was accepted at the FoSH Committee meeting on the the 24th September and the appointment of Colin Fox as the new editor was unanimously agreed. At the same meeting it was agreed that Ian Bruce would take over from Brian Fredericks the role as Membership Secretary, with a focus on recruiting additional members.|
|3 Aug, 2010||Dr Alexander Schulenburg passed over his responsibilities for the Friends of St Helena web site to another Committee member, Ian Bruce. The Committee are very grateful for the contribution Alexander has made to the Society in creating our web site from scratch a number of years ago and in maintaining it ever since. His work on the site has been additional to his long-standing role as Editor of Wirebird.|