The Vale is one of the island’s 10 ancient ecclesiastical parishes which form today’s civil administrative districts and the Constables and Douzaine are elected officials tasked with administering parochial affairs and are responsible for parish funds.
Your Douzaine is responsible for many parochial duties including:
Since 2011, the parishes and the States of Guernsey have signed up to a charter acknowledging the work of the Douzaines and their relationship with government.
This reflects the importance of a good working relationship between the Douzaines and the States, while recognising their respective roles. It highlights four elements that are central to the relationship:
While the role of the Douzaine has changed greatly over the years. Today’s officials are nevertheless committed to serving the parish on a voluntary basis in an efficient and transparent manner that reflects today’s needs and responsibilities and anticipates that its function will continue to evolve.