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Robertson Granite

Robertson Granite's stand at the NAMM Tradex exhibition last year. Robertson is one of the UK's leading memorial wholesalers.

30 August 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
Scottish memorial wholesaler A&J Robertson (Granite) Ltd, based in Aberdeen and supplying the whole of the UK, has been fined £23,500 after an employee's back was crushed by a slab of...
Round Barrow

The Round Barrow as it looks now under construction at Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire.

19 August 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
A company called Sacred Stones, set up by two stoneworkers, an entrepreneur and a molecular scientist, is offering a new way of commemorating cremated remains.The company has been formed by Martin...
fallen headstones

Gravestones knocked over by vandals at North Sheen cemetery in London on Saturday night.

16 August 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
More gravestones have been pushed over by vandals. This time around 50 stones were knocked over in Hammersmith & Fulham Council's cemetery at North Sheen in London on Saturday night (13-14...
 
Immigham cemetery

The report on the Grimsby Telegraph website in May when the Garden of remembrance was opened (go to the website).

19 July 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
Thieves have stolen the 'Black Slate' paving slabs from a new garden of remembrance opened in May in a cemetery at Immingham, North East Lincolnshire.The riven dark shale slabs, about 30m2 of...
Kenward website

The NAMM logo disappeared from the Kenward & Son shops and website when the company was charged with using it illegally because it was not a member of NAMM.

25 June 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial masonry company Kenward & Son Ltd, with outlets in Greenford and Yiewsley, West London, and Director Nicholas Batt have had fines imposed on them for using the NAMM logo when they were...
Broken dowel

A broken slate dowel. Fixing has always been a problem.

20 June 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...
War memorial

Another £2million for the repair of war memorials. Spread the word.

20 June 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
The Government has provided additional funding to Civic Voice, Historic England and the War Memorials Trust to help local communities clean and restore their war memorials as they mark the...
NAMM Tradex last year

The entrance to Tradex last year. It will be welcome back to the WEC next year as NAMM stages its second stand-alone exhibition for memorial masons.

15 June 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial masonry organisations MAB and NAMM have joined forces to present a briefing paper to local and central government to try to persuade councils not to sell memorials. Meanwhile, NAMM prepares...
David Francis

David Francis writes a column each month in Natural Stone Specialist magazine on the memorial masonry side of the industry.

11 June 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...
Kenward & Son website

The Kenward & Son website and shops no longer display the NAMM logo.

2 June 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
A West London masonry company and a director convicted of using the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) logo when the company was not a member are appealing against the size of the penalty...
David Francis

David Francis writes a column from the memorial masonry side of the stone industry in each issue of Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

27 May 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...

If the headstone is pushed forward it simply lifts off the pin that is supposed to stop it falling.

27 May 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
A comment by David Francis in his ‘Grave concerns’ column about the fixing systems used in a cemetery in Wales that was vandalised (read it here) has prompted a response from Anton...
David Francis
21 March 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...
25 February 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis is a hands-on mason who has specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. He was Technical Advisor to the National Association of Memorial Masons, writing...

The pictures of the flattened headstones on the Wales Online website clearly show the pin fixings used.

11 February 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
An attack by vandals in a graveyard in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, that has left seven headstones on the ground raises questions once again about the efficacy of pin fixings.The attack was in Ferndale...

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