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Orton Trust

Under new Manager Peter May, Orton Trust is spreading its wings and trying to attract students from outside the industry. If you are a stonemason looking to advance your skills, perhaps in carving or lettering, or a novice interested in learning the basics, the weekend (actually Friday to Sunday) courses of Orton Trust have a lot to offer. Visit

British stones

See the stones of the British Isles laid out in easy-to-view pages in the Natural Stone Directory.

Trainees at work

CITB has extended its Skills & Training Fund to next year.

19 September 2017 | Training

The CITB has extended the availability of the Skills & Training Fund to 29 March 2018.  Though an on line application can be submitted at any time,  additional scoring points when applications...

The workforce of the future

Quarrying needs you...

14 September 2017 | Market Intelligence

Moves are being made by the aggregates and minerals side of quarrying to encourage more youngsters to embark on a career in primary extraction.

Rutland White

New from Clipsham Quarry Company is Rutland White oolitic limestone.

13 September 2017 | Stones / Quarries

The picture here shows a new block stone called Rutland White that Clipsham Quarry Company is introducing.

John Krause running

John Krause in action during the duathlon/triathlon in Canada.

13 September 2017 | Company News

John Krause, the Managing Director of London stone and terrazzo company Diespeker, loves to run and this year combined a family holiday in August with another feat of athleticism on the world...

RoSPA Gold Medal

RoSPA’s Chairman, Michael D Parker CBE (left), presents Instarmac’s Quality & Operations Manager, Darren Gough, with the Gold Medal award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

12 September 2017
Monks Park

The entrance to Monks Park underground Bath Stone quarry, which is being bought from Hanson Bath & Portland by Johnston Quarry Group along with Bath & Portland's Keynsham masonry works and the reserves of Bath Stone owned by Bath & Portland at Hartham Park.

11 September 2017
Christophe Gontier

Christophe Gontier, the Managing Director of Cosentino UK, says there is a lot of growth yet for Cosentino in the UK.

10 September 2017

We are all part of the fourth industrial revolution and it is changing our lives.

5 September 2017
Bonded labour

Bonded labour and child labour is still used in some Indian quarries, says report.

4 September 2017
Paul Scott

Paul Scott suggests an incentive.

2 September 2017

Jim Smith and Nicola Waters preparing for the Six Peaks Challenge.

2 September 2017

The picture above shows the restored mausoleum. The other pictures show the work in progress.


1 September 2017