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Secrets of cemeteries are to be unveiled thanks to a £600,000 grant to the charity Caring for God's Acre.

15 February 2018 | Memorials
The UK could at last get a central register of cemeteries, thanks to a National Lottery award to a charity.There was a lot of fuss about the safety of cemeteries at the turn of the millennium after...
25 January 2018 | Memorials
The death of an eight-year-old boy who was hit by stone falling off an old memorial he had jumped on to in Craigton Cemetery in Cardonald, Glasgow, could have been avoided, a Fatal Accident...

David Francis.

28 November 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...
 

You have until 15 January 2018 to review the changes to BS 8415 and comment on them.

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

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...

Johan Else passes on the Presidential responsibility for NAMM to Sharon Green at the annual banquet in Coombe Abbey, Coventry.

30 October 2017 | Memorials
The new President of the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) is Sharon Green of family memorial masons H A Green & Sons in Ripon.  She was sworn in to her new role at the NAMM...

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

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...
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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...
Brent Stevenson memorial

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...
Iraq-Afghanistan memorial

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

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...

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