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Be at the heart of your local community


Your parish needs YOU!

Each of the ten parishes in Guernsey is looked after by two elected Constables. They are supported by a small staff team and an elected council of residents called the Douzaine. Constables and Douzeniers are at the heart of our local communities.

If you are keen to see your parish thriving and well run, you could join your Douzaine. Details of the posts up for election have been published and the elections will being held on Wednesday 2 November 2022. Nomination forms are available from your parish office and need to be returned by Monday 24 October.

Parish election notices from the Gazette Officielle.

Read our guide to the annual parish elections.


Skills required

Douzeniers are meant to represent the views of the community so they can come from all walks of life. The more diversity the better so that there are a variety of voices around the table.

The main skill you need is a passion for your parish and a willingness to dedicate time and energy to listening to parishioners and working to improve your local community.

Different members of the Douzaine bring different perspectives. You may be an accountant so focus on the numbers. You may be a parent so understand the issues for local schools and playgrounds. You may like to write and be able to help with the parish magazine.

Douzaines generally hold their meetings on one Monday evening a month


More information

Parish election notices

Be A Douzenier leaflet

What do Douzeniers and Constables do?

A Guide to the Annual Parish Election Process

Campaigning in a Parish Election

Being a School Committee member

List of parish responsibilities

Parish websites.


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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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