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HRH Duke of Kent

HRH The Duke of Kent inspects the names cut by laser on to Cwt-y-Bugail slate in the new World War I memorial in Nottingam. His Royal Highness officially opened the memorial on 28 June.

29 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
A new World War I memorial in Nottingham with 13,501 names cut by laser into its Cwt-y-Bugail Welsh slate (supplied by Berwyn) was unveiled yesterday (28 June) by HRH The Duke of Kent supported...
CWGC new visitor centre in France

A small part of the Commonweralth War Graves Commission's first visitor centre, where you can see the work of craftspeople including its stonemasons.

28 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has opened its first, specially built visitor centre in Beaurains, France, just an hour’s drive from the channel ports. See the CWGC video...
Odlings 2017

Odlings MCR will be back at NAMM Tradex at Warwickshire Exhbition Centre on 20 & 21 June with its equipment for memorial masons but sister company Odlings that sells memorials and most of the other UK memorial wholesalers have decided to take a gap year from Tradex this time.

14 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The NAMM Tradex exhibition for memorial masons is back at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa on 20 & 21 June. The UK’s memorial wholesalers say they have decided to take a...
 
David Francis

David Francis, who has devoted a lifetime to the stone industry in the UK, recently by writing about and answering queries about memorials. He has now decided to retire.

18 May 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis was a hands-on mason who specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding memorial masonry, David is happy to help. In the...
Testing memorial fixing systems

NAMM is offering to re-test at no charge memorial fixing systems it approved before British Standard 8415 was revised this year. The systems now have to be tested in a 1m3 pit filled with sand and fine gravel.

20 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
NAMM is offering to re-test at no charge ground anchor memorial fixing systems it has already approved.The need for them to be re-tested is a result of the clarification of the testing method to be...
Tyne Cot cemetery

The Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium where 3,605 British and Commonwealth soldiers are buried, each grave marked by a Portland limestone headstone without favour for rank or social position. Find out more by visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's new online exhibition at https://shapingoursorrow.cwgc.org/

All photographs courtesy of the CWGC.

5 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The four years of World War I centenary commemorations came to an end on 11 November with Armistice Day services at war memorials up and down the country as well as at the Cenotaph in London. But...
David Francis

David Francis writes a regular column in Natural Stone Specialist magazine on topics relating to the memorial masonry side of the stone industry.

19 November 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis was a hands-on mason who 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....
WWI cemetery

Prime ministers Theresa May and Charles Michel pay their respects to the first and last British soldiers to die in World War I at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s St Symphorien Military Cemetery today (9 November).

9 November 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Prime Ministers Theresa May (Britain) and Charles Michel (Belgium) toured the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Hainaut, Belgium, this morning (9...
4 October 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
It might have more to do with the 'grave error' headline they can use than the story itself, but the consumer press have been reporting (on 4 October) that some people are upset about the re-...
David Francis

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

17 September 2018 | 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...
BS 8415

Now BSI has said this is how memorial fixing systems should be tested, in a pit 1m x 1m and 1m deep. It is written into the new British Standard 8415.

9 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The 2018 version of BS 8415, a specification for memorials in burial grounds and memorial sites, has been published.It has taken longer to produce than had been intended because some of the...
Stevenson Memorials

Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, lays a wreath at Darwen’s new memorial commemorating World War I, built by Stevenson Memorials.

1 August 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial mason Brent Stevenson always said Darwen would have a memorial to commemorate those from the town who served and died in World War I before the centenary of the war was over, even if he had...
Billy Lillywhite

Billy Lillywhite, whose memory lives on in a fund to help others. If you would like to contribute to the fund, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/billycarver.

26 July 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Following the untimely death of stonemason and carver Mark 'Billy' Lillywhite at the age of 52, and a moving service in North Dorset at which he was fondly remembered by relatives, friends...
Romanoff Cross

The new cross on the Isle of Wight that commemorates the killing of the Russian royal family 100 years ago.

18 July 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Cowes in the Isle of Wight has a new, 3m high granite memorial with bronze decoration, supplied by R Pascoe Granite wholesalers in Cornwall for Wight Stonemasonry. It commemorates the Russian royal...
New visitor centre

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s first visitor centre is due to open in France next spring.

27 June 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
A year from now visitors to the war cemeteries of northern France will be able to gain a fascinating insight into the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), which maintains graves and...

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