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Cockerton is a village in the suburbs of Darlington Co. Durham. Local people and businesses have come together to form the Cockerton Community and Business Group (CCBG), Their aim is to  create a more engaged local community so companies and residents can share ideas and hold events to benefit the local area. Local people will work together in collaboration with local business to promote the community and understand what the community wants.

One project which is very close to the hearts of the local community is to install a memorial for fallen soldiers on Cockerton Green, which will remember those affected by past and modern-day conflicts. CCBG who are running the project, are looking for donations from the public and local businesses to make the idea a reality. The group have said that “We don’t have anything on show, there’s nothing outside which remembers the fallen and we think it would mean a lot too many people in the community.” CCBG have had consultation with a local stonemason to construct the monument and are currently at the planning permission stage.


Local butcher, Nigel Alderson whose business is situated on the green in his capacity as CCBG Treasurer applied to the Benevolent Committee of the Freemasons of the Province of Durham for a Community Support Grant. The project being of a nature close to the heart of many a freemason received overwhelming support and local freemason Duncan Maw was entrusted with the pleasing task of presenting Nigel with a grant of £750. On behalf of CCBG, Nigel sent thanks to the freemasons for their generous donation and that an invitation would follow in the near future to join with them to celebrate the unveiling of the memorial.

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