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