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Natural Stone Memorials

The latest news from the Stone Industry

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...
 
Marble memorial

Odlings introduced a new range of marble memorials at the NAMM Tradex exhibition last year and is delighted with how well they are selling.

15 June 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
As the UK passes peak life expectancy, MAB reintroduces its Cemetery of the Year Award scheme to encourage more and better stone memorialisation. And NAMM will hold its next memorial masonry trade...
Stone-Safe test

Anton Matthews demonstrates the effectiveness of his Stone-Safe memorial fixing system using a dug pit filled with sand.

24 May 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Anton Matthews, who makes the Stone-Safe memorial fixing system, here responds to a comment by David Francis in his 'Grave Concerns' column in Natural Stone Specialst magazine, May 2018 issue...
David Francis

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. Send your questions or comments to David at [email protected].

23 May 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The long awaited revised version of BS 8415 is still not with us and some of the proposed changes have been challenged. The question is: has BS 8415 made any difference and will changes to it improve...
David Francis

David Francis wonders if memorial masons will be any better off with the updated British Standard 8415 and is upset to be reporting another problem with lettering.

The long awaited revised version of BS 8415 is still not with us and some of the proposed changes have been challenged. The question is: has BS 8415 made any difference and will changes to it improve...

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...
memorials

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...

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