Shaw-cum-Donnington Parish Council consists of a maximum of nine Councillors, and a Clerk. It meets once a month to discuss a wide and varied agenda which includes all planning applications, giving observations on each proposal to WBC. It endeavours to focus residents’ opinions in order to represent them to higher authorities, whilst carrying out small scale tasks that would be uneconomic for larger authorities.

The Village Hall

Parish Councillors and Clerk 

Council members 2024

Councillors responsibilities

Find out more about what your Parish Council does by clicking on the links below.

Shaw-cum-Donnington parish is bordered on the east by Shaw Hill and Long Lane, the south by the River Lambourn, the west by Bagnor and the western edge of Donnington Valley Golf Course, and the north by Snelsmore Common. Boundaries can be reviewed from time to time by the District Council and the Electoral Commission. The 2016 register of electors showed over 1,342 people residing in the Parish but as of 11/2022 it is over 1,650.

A parish council must have at least 5 members by law. The usual ways to become a councillor are election, or co-option if a vacancy arises. Less usual ways are appointment by the District Council or return after a successful election petition. The usual term of office is 4 years.

Areas covered by the Parish Council include observations on planning applications, footpaths, and highway matters such as pot holes, road signing, speeding, and street lighting. Amenities covered include the recreation ground, which includes the pavilion and play area.

The public is welcome to attend Parish Council meetings, and there must always be an annual parish meeting where residents can be advised of the work of councillors over the year, and be given an opportunity to put questions on local matters to councillors. This usually takes place in April or May.

All council members are part advisory groups covering Planning, Footpaths and Amenities, and will look into more complex matters and report back to the full council with any recommendations.

In order to contact the Parish Council, please contact Gillian Durrant, Clerk to the Parish Council, tel 07419 323252 or email

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, you should in the first instance contact the Parish Clerk, Gillian Durrant –, or telephone 07419 323252.

The following external links will also help to provide some background to the general process:

NALC website – The National Association of Local Councils is a good source of information about Parish Councils.

Become a Councillor – information pack on how to get involved in your community

Parish Council Elections – a guide to the election process for a Parish Council

The Council is committed to making as much information as possible available to the public and to this end has approved a publication scheme to disseminate this information.

Details of the scheme can be found here.

Details of the information guide can be found here.