Moss & District Parish Council covers one of the larger, physical, parishes in the Doncaster area including the villages of Moss, Fenwick, Braithwaite, Kirk Bramwith & Kirkhouse Green. However, as a farming community, the population amounts to a little over 1,000 residents.
The parish council is represented by seven members:
3 x Moss, 2 x Fenwick and 2 x Braithwaite/Kirk Bramwith.
Meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis on the last Wednesday of every odd month at the newly erected Moss & Fenwick Village Hall, Fenwick Common Lane, Fenwick. Meetings commence at 7.30 p.m. but a period of 15 minutes, prior to the commencement of the meeting is allocated for public participation, allowing residents to address any concerns not included on the agenda.
The parish includes Haywood Churchyard & St. Mary’s Church at Kirk Bramwith which is included in the Heritage Trail and where there is one war grave. The Church holds an annual Snowdrop Festival which is well worth a visit with visitors travelling form far afield to witness the beautiful annual display of snowdrops in the Church grounds.
The parish also has one pub, The Baxter Arms at Fenwick, and has no shops, library or doctors surgery, relying on the nearby town of Askern for all of these and other services. There is one church yard on Fenwick Common Lane where two war graves are situated and the ground is administered by the Church. There is also a memorial in the church yard and one in The Pinfold at Fenwick.
The Village Hall, referred to above, was recently erected on land kindly donated by a resident and represents a focal point for local groups to function and socialise. It is currently well used.
The late Colin Holt, a parish council member chairman and Fenwick resident for many years, was a founder member of the Yorkshire Society and a passionate supporter of the retention of the Yorkshire Ridings.
The Trans Pennine Trail traverses part of the parish and there are a variety of routes enjoyed by Ramblers.
In addition to forming part of the current parish, Fenwick also has its own parish meeting.