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You can comment on the proposed changes to BS 8415 online until 15 January. They include some significant changes to the fixing systems of headstones. You have to register to use the BSI site, which you can do at the web address below. Once you have registered you can view the standard and comment on it.

7 November 2017 | Memorials
Proposals for the revision of BS 8415, the Standard for Memorials, are now open for public comment. Closing date for comments is 15 January.Discussion to bring the proposed revisions to this stage...

David Francis discusses issues affecting memorial masons.

14 October 2017 | Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding any aspect of memorial masonry, David is happy to help...

The ceremony on 24 July commemorating the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Menin Gate.

Photo Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

25 July 2017 | Memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has marked the 90th anniversary of the Menin Gate’s unveiling and dedication with a ceremony at the memorial on 24 July.The Menin Gate in...
 

Anton Matthews (left) with Lee Saunders from the stonemasonry department of Weymouth College, which is at Poundbury. There will be a demonstration of the Stone-Safe memorial fixing system at the College on 19 June. If you would like to attend, email Lee on [email protected]

31 May 2017 | Memorials
Stone-Safe, the memorial fixing system, plans to complain to the Competition & Markets Authority after being told by NAMM (the National Association of Memorial Masons) that Stone-Safe is to be...

David Francis writes a column about memorial issues in the Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

5 May 2017 | Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding any aspect of memorial masonry, David is happy to help...

Lance Vaudin (left), Managing Director, hands Daniel Goodwin his Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship. It is a proud moment for Daniel's dad, Simon Goodwin, who is also a Director of Guernsey Memorial Masons.

6 April 2017 | Memorials
With red tape threatening to deprive a young monumental mason on Guernsey of a certificate commemorating the completion of his apprenticeship, his bosses have come up with their own solution for him....

David Francis: "A memorial is a record; a commemoration of a life. It is not just a monolith without meaning."

28 March 2017 | Memorials
I received an email this month from a stonemason and carver of 33 years in the United States who had read this column online on the Stone Specialist website.He said he had been renovating and in some...

One of the granite plaques Brent Stevenson has made for the World War I memorial that he promises will be built before the centenary commemorations of the war are over.

15 March 2017 | Memorials
Memorial mason Brent Stevenson, in Blackburn and Blackpool, has promised a local cemetery that a World War I memorial it had hoped to create will be built before Armistice Day 2018 even if Heritage...

The new memorial unveiled by The Queen yesterday (9 March) in Horseguards Parade to those who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

10 March 2017 | Memorials
A 6m high, £1million Portland limestone and bronze memorial to the British soldiers and civilians who died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan was unveiled by The Queen in Horseguard's...

David Francis discusses memorial safety.

30 January 2017 | Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding any aspect of memorial masonry, David is happy to help...

Telling people about the work taking place.

16 January 2017 | Memorials
Following the death of a boy in a Glasgow cemetery in 2015 (read about that here), memorial mason Douglas Swan & Sons was contracted to carry out a safety report in another cemetery for Glasgow...

Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres.

16 December 2016 | Memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), which looks after the memorials of 1.7million servicemen and women who died during the two world wars in more than 23,000 locations in 150 countries...

The entrance to the new round barrow at Willow Row. In the spring it will be covered in meadow grass.

9 December 2016 | Memorials
Sacred Stones is a company that has been established to build meaningful stone resting places for cremated remains. Its ‘barrows’ are inspired by the ancient burial mounds of our...

Tom Nicholls with the memorial he carved for the Barnardo's children.

6 December 2016 | Memorials
“I AM THE SWIFTUPLIFTING RUSH OFQUIET BIRDS INCIRCLED FLIGHT”The quote above is from a sonnet by Mary Elizabeth Frye, the only poem for which she is generally remembered. It has been...

The new memorial in Weymouth to merchant seamen who died in the First and Second World Wars.

12 November 2016 | Memorials
A ‘long voyage’ has come to an end with the unveiling of a memorial in Albion Stone’s Grove Whitbed Portland limestone to honour the merchant sailors who lost their lives at sea in...

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