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Tom Flemons (he's the one with the beard) with his family at the London Marathon after his successful run. He is still raising money for his chosen charity. If you're feeling generous, you can donate here.

Congratulations to Tom Flemons for being among the record 40,255 runners who crossed the finish line in the London Marathon on Sunday (22 April). Tom is the Workshop Manager of Cliveden...

The Vanhinsbergh family in part of the stoneCIRCLE showroom at Basingstoke. They are (left to right) Jeff, Bernie, Valerie and Steve.

Solutions. No ifs or buts or hows or whys... just answers. That’s what Director Steve Vanhinsbergh says has given stoneCIRCLE its longevity as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.Steve...

Portuguese Estremoz, Crema Marfil, Silver Grey Travertine and Nero Marquina were used in the en suites of the 21 rooms at Lympstone Manor. The walls and floors are lined with Schlüter-Kerdi-Board, sealed with Kerdi-Keba and Kerdi-Coll-L. Schlüter-Kerdi-Board-V was used to waterproof curved shower walls.

Renowned chef Michael Caines says Lympstone Manor, which he opened last year as a 21 bedroom hotel with three dining rooms, is ‘the realisation of a dream’. Michael Caines, one of...
 

Derek Hale (left) receives his certificate from Kirk Imm.

Derek Hale, the Quarry Foreman at Forest Pennant company Forest of Dean Stone Firms in Gloucestershire, has become the first person at the company and one of only a handful in the industry to have...

Michael Poultney (right), MD of Albion Stone, with his son Jordan on the Albion Stone stand at the Natural Stone Show in London last year.

Albion Stone, which mines Portland limestone, has become the first stone company to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating in the BRE Green Guide, thanks to BES 6001.BES 6001 is an exacting...
CRL Stone

Lisa Zebiche, European Marketing Manager, and Simon Boocock, Managing Director Europe, with slabs of some of the latest CRL Quartz and Ceralsio at CRL Stone’s warehouse in Rochdale.

At KBB last month (March) CRL Stone showed the 14 designs it has added this year to the CRL Quartz and Ceralsio porcelain ranges it launched just over a year ago. Simon Boocock, MD, talks about the...

Instarmac is one of the best small companies to work for.

Staffordshire manufacturer Instarmac, which makes the UltraTile, UltraScape and UltraFloor ranges, among others, is once again in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For...

Woojin Lim's Hi-Macs house that reacts to the changes in the landscape in Sokcho, South Korea.

In Sokcho, South Korea, a house has been built that lends itself to the snowy scenery. It has Alpine White Hi-Macs solid surfaces for the façade and roof.Fascinated by the festival of lights offered...
Mark Hodgkinson

Mark Hodgkinson has taken over from Chris Allwood as Managing Director of Welsh Slate.

Welsh Slate, based in north Wales and working the quarries at Penrhyn and Cwt-Y-Bugail, has appointed a new managing director.He is Mark Hodgkinson, who takes over from Chris Allwood (who is staying...

Now from Marshalls exclusively: Fairhurst’s Whitworth York Stone for use in the commercial environment.

Marshalls PLC has entered an agreement with Fairhurst Stone Merchants that gives Marshalls exclusivity on Fairhurst’s Whitworth York Stone for use in the commercial environment.Whitworth York...
Wells Masonry Services

Jeremy Wells and his wife, Pam, have decided to retire, although Jeremy will still be available for consultancy.

Wells Masonry Services, based at Cotswold Hill Quarry near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, plans to close before the end of this year.Jeremy Wells, who established the business in 1988 and employs 15...
Monks Park Bath stone

Mothballed. The Monks Park underground quarry that was re-opened by Hanson Bath & Portland in 2016 is now being mothballed by the Johnston Quarry Group that bought Bath & Portland last year.

Following Johnston Quarry Group's takeover of Bath Stone Group and Bath & Portland last year (see the report here), Bath & Portland's Monks Park Bath Stone underground quarry has now...
The Rock

Designer Colin Wong with Wendy Anderson of fabricator Neo Granite, which made this Silestone Eternal Calacatta worktop, one of four Wong designed for 'The Rock' at KBB.

At KBB this week (4-7 March in the NEC, Birmingham), award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer Colin Wong produced art in hard surfaces. It was an installation at the exhibition called ‘The...

Pat Gallagher was guest of honour in New York.

Pat Gallagher, the Chairman of the Gallagher Group that quarries Kentish ragstone near Maidstone in Kent, has become the first non-New Yorker to be Guest of Honour at the Leitrim Society of New York...
Xiamen port

The port of Xiamen has seen its last shipments of stone from Xiamen Dragon Stone.

There are some 500,000 people working in the stone sector in the Chinese province of Xiamen, where a good proportion of the world's stone is shipped from. So the closure of one company employing...

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