Safe In Shaw
"Volunteers work tirelessly contacting local people needing assistance to ensure no one's left behind"
is a community group established by the Parish Church of St Mary’s Shaw cum
Donnington. Our purpose, as part of our Church’s ministry is to help parishioners
of all faiths and none when they are struggling to cope with life events and challenges.
SAFE in Shaw came to life in March 2020 as a community response to the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic. Working with our epynomymous parish council, SAFE volunteers collected food and medical prescriptions which were delivered to local residents who were unable to leave home themselves. Volunteers also responded by making and delivering scrubs to our Care Homes and our Community Hospital to help keep staff safe during the crisis time when there was a scarcity of available personal, protective equipment both locally and nationally.
We learned much then about how vulnerable we can all be at such times when feeling isolated, lonely, and excluded. We can also feel embarrassed and fear ridicule if we ask for help.
In this “a Doddle platform” you can find website links to a variety of agencies with whom we work and who offer help and support in specific ways.
At SAFE in Shaw, we recognise that caring for one another is better when there is shared help available which understands the whole person, an holistic approach, and we can draw on the skills, expertise and experience of others by working collaboratively.As we all face the impact of the ongoing cost of living crisis, SAFE is developing and updating ways and means to meet the life challenges we are facing and those that are coming down the track. You can get in touch with us by email and/or phone and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.
SAFE in Shaw is a community initiative established by the Parish Church, St Mary’s focussing on helping parishioners meet the challenges of life events and circumstances especially when times are hard
Our volunteers are trained in safeguarding policies and are continually looking for ways to improve services. Like many other caring organisations, the need is great and so more support from potential volunteers is paramount.
If you have empathetic and caring skills and experience or, wish to help because you care, please contact the following: David Willetts: safeinshaw @gmail.com
Do have a look at our parish website, which has lots of useful information:
Other local information:
A place of historical interest is Shaw House, an important example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion, completed in 1581. It is a Grade I listed building and a multi-purpose event venue, hosting everything from meetings and conferences to an open-air cinema in the summer! Shaw House is also open for the public to explore during school holidays and at weekends between February and September every year. It has recently undergone extensive renovations, and the Register Office for West Berkshire Council is located on the second floor. All local births and deaths are registered here. Ceremony rooms on the ground floor are a memorable place to get married and are also used for baby naming and citizenship ceremonies.
To enquire about any of these services, you can email
Entertainment in the Newbury area :
There are plenty of opportunities for being entertained in the area. We have no fewer than three theatres, a 7-screen cinema and a choice of local radio stations.
Arlington Arts Centre (within the Mary Hare School for deaf children in Snelsmore; music, comedy, theatre and dance): https://arlington-arts.com
The Corn Exchange (in the Market Place in the centre of Newbury; theatre with shows throughout the year, including the annual Christmas panto; also a small cinema): https://cornexchangenew.com
The Watermill Theatre (an intimate repertory theatre in a converted watermill in the neighbouring village of Bagnor): https://watermill.org.uk
Vue Cinema (7-screen 2D/3D cinema in the Kennet Centre in the centre of Newbury): www.myvue.com/cinema/newbury
Kennet Radio (Newbury & Thatcham): 106.7 FM and https://kennetradio.com
BBC Radio Berkshire 104.1 FM and online via https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds
Local newspaper Newbury Weekly News (published every Thursday); online edition: https://www.newburytoday.co.uk
Libraries There are 8 libraries within West Berkshire, as well as a mobile library and an at-home service. Our nearest library is the Central Library at the Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AU.
Northcroft Leisure Centre Sports Hall and 25m swimming pool (both bookable for children’s parties), swimming lessons, 72m outdoor swimming pool (summer only), 63-station gym, 2 squash courts, onsite café. Address: Northcroft Lane, Newbury RG14 1RS.
Scouts & Guides 3 rd Newbury Beavers, Cubs & Scouts (boys & girls 6+): Poplar Place RG14 1NA (next to the Judo Club in Shaw Recreation Ground); www.3rdnewburyscouts.org.uk
2 nd Newbury Girl Guides (girls 10 - 14) and Newbury Rangers (girls 14 - 18): Shaw-cum-Donnington Village Hall, Love Lane, Newbury RG14 2JG Contact: Charlotte Bailey at: [email protected]
Social Club (members’ club) Shaw Social Club, Almond Avenue RG14 1LU: www.shawsocialclub.co.uk
Sports venues and playgrounds in or near Shaw-cum-Donnington Donnington Recreation Ground: popular for walking dogs, with a children’s playground at the eastern end (including the new “Donnington Castle” play fort).
Donnington Cricket Club: https://donnington.play-cricket.com/home
Newbury Ladies’ Development Football Club https://fulltime.thefa.com/displayteam.html?id=754156675
Donnington Grove Golf Club (+ restaurants): www.donningtongrovegolf.com
Donnington Valley Hotel, Spa & Golf Club (pay-and-play golf, swimming pool, fitness suite): www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/golf
Lifestyle Fitness www.lifestylefitness.co.uk/club/newbury (at Trinity School, Love
Lane RG14 2DU)
Newbury Judo Club www.newburyjudoclub.co.uk (The Dojo, Almond Ave. RG14 1LU)
The well-known Newbury Racecourse (https://newburyracecourse.co.uk) has nearly 30 race days and evenings during the year, and also stages open air concerts.
Newbury Rugby Club play their home matches at Monks Lane, Newbury RG14 7RW.
Newbury Tennis Club www.newburytennis.org.uk (Poplar Place RG14 1NA)
Newbury & Thatcham Hockey Club and various football teams play at the Henwick Worthy Sports Ground between Newbury and Thatcham: Henwick Lane RG18 3BX. Newbury FC are currently playing in exile there, awaiting developments regarding a possible new home at Monks Lane.
Shaw Recreation Ground children’s playground near the Scouts and Judo Club.
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