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David Francis comments on the memorial masonry side of the industry.

6 April 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
In the previous issue of this magazine there was a report on the outcome of a Fatal Accident Enquiry in Scotland following the death of an eight-year-old boy after a piece of stone from an old...
Memorial fixing test

Not yet cut and dried, it seems. The debate on how to test the fixings for memorial headstones is perhaps not over yet.

23 March 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The lawn memorial standard BS 8415 due to be up-dated this year might yet not include a safety fixing test regime that involves a dug pit and washed sand.On 5 March, the sub-committee reviewing the...
Memorial fixings test

This method of testing memorial stability is being incorporated into the revised BS 8415, the stone memorial standard, expected to be published in June.

9 March 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The sub-committee of the British Standards Institution up-dating BS 8415, the standard for stone memorials, this week (5 March) finally concluded its revisions to the standard. The changes still have...
 
War garves cemetery

Some of 1.7million war graves that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission tends.

27 February 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is 100 years old this year. It is responsible for looking after 1.7million memorials on 23,000 sites across more than 150 countries and territories. Alphacam...
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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 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone Memorials
The death of an eight-year-old boy who was hit by stone falling off an old memorial he and his friends had jumped on to in Craigton Cemetery in Cardonald, Glasgow, could have been avoided, ...

David Francis.

28 November 2017 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone 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 | Natural Stone 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.

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 | Natural Stone 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....

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