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The historic Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is to host its first stone carving festival this coming weekend (20 & 21 October).

Quadrabuild

Stone carving festival and more at The Piece Hall in Halifax this weekend.

One of stone's big projects, the Bloomberg building in London, has won this year's RIBA Stirling Prize.

Bloomberg building

The Bloomberg building in London, where Grants was the specialist stone contractor.

Photo credit: © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Hadrian's Wall and the lesser known and less well preserved Antonine Wall have been awarded £2million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help train a volunteer army to survey and carry out repairs t

Hadrian's Wall

£2million of Heritage Lottery Fund money will help preserve the Roman walls of the Emperor Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.

Increasingly, tools are being bought directly from websites that can take orders and apply individual customer and quantity discounts.

Stonetools

A new website from Stonetools. Intuitive design and search features allow visitors to navigate the site quickly. The company’s full product range can be viewed, including diamond tools for power tools and CNC machines, abrasives, power tools themselves and more.

The legendary London Stone, said to have been brought to London by the reputed founder of Britain, Brutus, is back in Cannon Street.

London Stone

Andrew Bowles (left), The Master of the Masons' Livery Company, with the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, at the unveiling of London Stone on 4 October.

It might have more to do with the 'grave error' headline they can use than the story itself, but the consumer press have been reporting (on 4 October) that some people are upset about the re-use of

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is calling on the government to allow 'unskilled' labourers in construction to continue to come to the UK after Brexit.

builders

Low skilled does not mean low value, says the NFB, which has called on the government not to restrict immigration for the construction industry.

The Liberal Democrat opposition on the Labour-run Manchester Council has criticised the records of both the contractors short-listed for the £330million renovation of Manchester Town Hall.

John Leach

John Leech, who was MP for Manchester Withington from 2005-15 and now leads the Liberal Democrat opposition on Manchester Council, says: "Once again, Manchester Council's complete lack of oversight means we are now forced to choose between two contractors with chilling ethical, legal and worker safety standards."

“I found my wife in the bath with my accountant.” That was one of the excuses given last year for the late filing of company accounts.

Others included:

Late returns

This is not an excuse for returning your company accounts late, warns Companies House.

Police have uncovered what some believe could be the UK's largest cannabis farm in a disused Bath limestone underground quarry near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.

Bath stone mine

Miles of disused Bath stone mine workings were ideal for hiding the heat and light required to grow cannabis at what could prove to be the largest cannabis farm ever discovered in the UK.

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