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‘Love Your Parish’ winner


The winner of our Love Your Parish competition is Sophie Savident. Many congratulations, Sophie!

Guest judge, Deputy Heidi Soulsby MBE, Chair of the Douzaine Liaison Group, read through all 50 entries and felt Sophie’s idea to make her parish of Castel even better stood out as simple, practical and impactful.

Sophie has won a £50 voucher for brunch at Muse Cafe after entering the competition when she visited the Women in Public Life stand at the Government House Charities Fete on 26 June 2021.


"Clear and do up the nature walk by La Mare School (mainly the stream)". Sophie Savident.


On Monday, Sophie showed Shelaine from Women in Public Life around the nature trail at the back of La Mare de Carteret school to see how stagnant and overgrown the stream has become.

In her childhood Sophie remembers the area being full of wildlife and she’d love to see the ducks and dragonflies return.

Together Sophie and Shelaine visited the Castel Douzaine Room to take advice from the parish staff team as to who to contact to discuss clearing the stream. Sophie will be following up those ideas and we’ll keep you posted as to how she gets on.

Full list of Love Your Parish ideas.







Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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