Welcome to Shaw-cum-Donnington

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Welcome to the Shaw-cum-Donnington parish web site. On this site we provide local information that we hope will be of interest both to residents of the parish and to visitors who come to take advantage of the many amenities that the area has to offer. Click here to see views of the parish.

People often wonder how they can get involved with the workings of community groups in the Parish. Visit our Local Info page for more information about such groups in the Parish.


For more information see the information sheet here.

North Wessex Downs AONB : E-Bulletin
Issue No 64 October 2016

The autumn e-bulletin for the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is now available here .


Are you interested in helping readers who are unable to get to their own branch library? If so, why not consider volunteering for the West Berkshire at Home Library Service? They are looking for volunteers to take library material to people's homes on a three week cycle. Own car essential. More details here.

What could you do online? Free training sessions available at various libraries around the West Berkshire area. Desktop Publishing to Online Banking. Booking essential. More details of times, locations and sessions here.


Various awards are available for the Community Champion Scheme 2016. For more detail page the website or refer to the poster (3gb PDF). Nominate your community group, junior citizen, volunteer or, lifetime achiever. Nominations close Friday 28th October. 

Annual Return and Accounts 2016

The audit of the Annual Return of the Council has now been completed with no issues being identified by the auditors. Electors now have a right to inspect the Annual Return .Please see notice on conclusion of the audit as to how they can do this. A full copy of the Return is also available on this website by clicking Annual Return.

West Berkshire Collective Energy Switching Scheme

The ‘free to join’ Big Community Switch scheme negotiates competitive prices with energy companies on behalf of local residents. Residents should register their interest in the scheme before a competitive process to find the best deal for the group. Those who have registered will then be given a personalised offer showing how much could be saved by switching. There is no obligation to switch.


To register or find out more, visit www.westberks.gov.uk/communityswitch. You will need to have your latest energy bill to hand, as you’ll need the details during the registration process. Registration is open until midnight on Monday 10 October 16.


For the autumn auction, there is also assistance available for West Berkshire residents without internet access, anyone interested in this should call the Project Officer on 01635 503267 (Tuesdays 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 2pm-4pm), remember to have you energy bill or annual statement to hand.


This Summer, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking views from the residents of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire on policing and crime. This feedback will help inform the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for Thames Valley Police for the next 5 years.

What concerns you about policing in your area? What would you like Thames Valley Police to prioritise with regards to crime? Have you been a victim of crime and would like to feedback your experience?

To give your views, you can complete a short online survey at https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/survey/. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday 30th September 2016. If you would like a copy of the survey posted to you, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780.

Parish Council -  Annual Meeting

The official Annual Meeting of the Parish Council where Chairman, Officers and other posts are appointed took place on Wednesday, May 18th 2016.

To see the minutes of this and previous Council meetings please visit the Parish Council Meetings page.

A message from NHS Berkshire Health Network

An invitation to public meetings taking place in June

Details can be found Here.

Parish Assembly 2016

The annual Parish Assembly took place in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 4th May 2016. It was attended by well over 20 parishioners who enjoyed a convivial get-together after the formal business was concluded with wine, soft drinks and 'nibbles' kindly supplied by Bill Graham, Chairman of the Parish Council.

Please click on the links below to read the various reports given during the evening:

Parish Council Chairman's report by Cllr. Bill Graham
Planning report by Cllr. Chris Fenwick
West Berkshire Councillor's report by Cllr. Paul Bryant
Relief in Need Charity report by John Edwards

May Neighbourhood Crime and Safety Update

The May neighbourhood Crime and Safety update is available. Click here to view (Thames Valley Police website).

Click here for details of Neighbourhood Watch groups in the Parish.

Major Housing Development Rejected

The proposal to build 401 houses in the north of the Parish has been rejected by the Western Area Planning Committee. Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council was opposed to the proposal and made a significant submission to West Berkshire Council expressing its views. Click here to view the submission (Word document 20 kb).

If you wish to help shape the Parish in the future, why not consider joining the Parish Council? Contact the Parish Clerk, John Austin, on scdclerk@jayjay.co.uk for more information, or come along to a Parish Council meeting.

Restorative Justice Available to Victims of Crime

Victims in the Thames Valley are among the first in England to be able to routinely ask for the opportunity to open up communication with their offenders.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has commissioned Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) to provide Victim-Initiated Restorative Justice (RJ) across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

Click here for more information (Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service website).

Pavilion Repainted by SSE Volunteers

SSE Pavilion Repainting.JPGShaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council would like to praise and thank the nine volunteers from the Scottish and Southern Energy Logistics Team based in Thatcham. They put in a magnificent day's work to repaint the pavilion on Donnington Recreation Ground in September 2015. We are very grateful to them and to Scottish and Southern Electricity for their public spirited contribution. Parish Councillor Dawne Stephens and Clerk John Austin were also there to assist on the day.

Click here for a larger photograph and for more information about how the recreation ground is used by members of the public.

Come and Sing

Join the children's choir at St. Mary's Shaw cum Donnington. There are FREE singing lessons with a Maestros teacher every Friday at 4pm during school term for children aged 7 and above.

For more information contact Sally or Julie, St Mary's Church, Shaw cum Donnington, RG14 2DR. Telephone: 01635 40450 or 07747 575248. Email: shawchurchoffice@btconnect.com

Village Hall Funding

The latest funding application to fund the rendering of the walls for the village hall is now "live". If you would like to make a donation towards this fund please go to the following web site http://www.findmeagrant.org/wberks/ and view application number WB11191.

VE Day Beacon

The Parish celebrated VE Day on May 8th with a beacon at Donnington Castle. The event was well attended and well received. Click on the images below to enlarge.

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Local Information from West Berkshire Council

A variety of local information is available from West Berkshire Council. Examples include a Travel Guide (pdf 468 kb) and a Cycle Leaflet (pdf 853 kb). Click on the links to view the front pages of these documents. The full documents can be obtained from West Berkshire Council.

Community Trigger

On the 20th October 2014 as part of the new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, a new tool called Community Trigger is being launched by the Community Safety Partnership. This is intended to enable victims of persistent anti-social behaviour to request a review of their case, and brings agencies together to take a joined up, problem-solving approach to find a solution.

Click here for more details (Word document 24 kb).

Report a Crime

Thames Valley Police is encouraging residents and workers in rural areas to report incidents of rural crime and any information/intelligence they may have. Click here for more information on how to do this.

Church Centre for Hire

St Mary's Church centre has some availability for hire for a variety of functions - meetings, seminars, classes, children's birthday parties, family reunions etc. For availability and rates, please contact Sally Breach at shawchurchoffice@btconnect.com, or call 01635 40450.

Priority Support from SSE

SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) looks after the electricity network that brings power to our homes and businesses. They realise that interruptions to services such as power cuts can cause great inconvenience, especially to vulnerable people.

People who require extra support in these cases can register with SSE for free Priority Services. Click here for more details on what the service provides and how you can register (pdf 718 kb). If you know anyone who does not have access to the internet and might benefit from this service, please download the leaflet and pass it on. 

Payday Loans - Your Rights

Had a problem with your payday loan? Contact the Citizens Advice Bureau - www.westberkscab.org.uk or www.adviceguide.org.uk  

Become a Mentor

If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help mentor a young person, call Here4Me - Action for Children on 01635 873739. Click here for more details (pdf 1.1 mb).

Veolia Waste Management Advice

Veolia, our waste management constractor, is producing a Newsletter with advice on waste management. The latest includes details of a "real nappy" trial, and also details of how to obtain reduced price composting bins and water butts.

Click here for the Newsletter (Word document 412 kb).

Click here to view Veolia's "Spring Clean-up" newsletter (Word document 412 kb).

Contacting Emergency 999 by Text

It is now possible for people who cannot make voice calls to contact the 999 emergency services by text. You must register first to enable you to do this though.

For details on how to register, and more information about the service, please click here (pdf 130 kb).

Recreation Ground Groundsman Retires

FW Presentation mini.jpgThe end of 2012 saw a long standing servant of Shaw-cum-Donnington leave when Francis Westall retired as Groundsman of the Donnington Recreation Ground and its surrounding area after 41 years in the post.

Click here to view an appreciation of Francis's work on behalf of the Parish. 

Jubilee Beacon Shines out from Donnington Castle

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 As dusk closed in and the moon rose, and watched by a good crowd of onlookers, members of the Parish Council lit the Jubilee Beacon at Donnington Castle at 10.15 pm on Monday June 4th 2012.

Click here for more photographs and a link to a short video clip. Send your photographs for inclusion to bill@shawcumdonnington.org.uk.  

Village Hall Centenary

VH Centenary2small.JPGShaw-cum-Donnington Village Hall celebrated its centenary in fine fashion on Saturday 21st April with an invitation to afternoon tea extended to all local residents.

Click here for more details of the event and photographs.

Click here for the Newbury Weekly News coverage of the event (pdf 191 kb).

Click here for more information about the Village Hall.

Social Care Information Point

scipleaflet.jpgLooking for help at home? Need to find care for a friend or relative? Want to keep active?

West Berkshire Council offers help through its Social Care Information Point (SCiP). Click here to download a leaflet (pdf 1.5 mb), or visit the West Berkshire Council website for more information.

New Non-emergency Police Number

A new national single non-emergency number to call the police has now replaced the old 0845 8 505 505 number. The new national number is 101.

In an emergency you should still dial 999.

Easy Shopping for the Elderly

Age UK is providing an "easy shopping" service, with a choice of supermarkets and pre-arranged home delivery. Call 01635 522255 or click here (pdf, 130 kb) for more details.

How Would You Spend £5,000 in the Parish?

As a result of the recent publication of the Parish Plan, we can apply for grants annually from West Berkshire Council to assist implement actions listed in the Action Plans. In the past, we have purchased litter bins, dog waste bins and notice boards for the Parish. If you have any suggestions for other items, please email vicky@shawcumdonnington.org.uk.

Click here for more details on the Parish Plan.