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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...
Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster

The site next to the Houses of Parliament where the Holocaust memorial will be.

1 February 2016 | Natural Stone Memorials
There is to be a competition to find the design for a new Holocaust Memorial to be erected next to the Houses of Parliament.The site in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster was announced last month...
Well worth a read.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The wide range of stones used for memorials makes cemeteries potential geological treasure troves, as is demonstrated in a new book, The Geology of Oxford Gravestones.In it, the authors, Nina Morgan...
The pin memorial fixing system is pulled from the ground on a rainy September day in Redhill.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Anton Matthews, who developed the Stone-Safe memorial fixing system, has continued his campaign to show that the single pin fixing system of the type approved by NAMM (the National Association of...
The Bastion Memorial to the fallen service personnel in Afghanistan, made by R Pascoe & Sons and installed by Young Johnson.
3 November 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
R Pascoe & Sons, which lays claim to being Cornwall’s largest monumental masons, was commissioned to source and supply the granite for the Bastion Memorial of Remembrance at the National...
David Francis has some advise on using slate for memorials.
3 November 2015 | 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...
Carrières Plo's Versailles marble at the Shangri-La hotel at The Shard in London.
7 October 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Carrières Plo, the company that runs the largest granite quarry in France from which the 117tonne Tsunami Memorial unveiled by Prince Charles at the Natural History Museum was made, will be among...
Perhapos testing wqould be best carried out by digging a pit, says Anton Matthews.
17 September 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
I write in reference to the ‘Grave concerns’ article in the September issue of NSS by David Francis. He reports on a meeting of the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee that...
John Swift, Chairman of the West Riding Stonecarving Association, and Member Garth Baldwin work on the panel marking the opening of the new car park.
17 September 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
West Riding Stonecarving Association was invited to Skipton Castle to demonstrate stone carving and to fashion a panel to mark the opening of the new car park at the Castle.Over the weekend of 4 and...
Councils selling memorials could be a nail in the coffin of memorial masons.
3 September 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Memorial masons have failed to stop North East Lincolnshire Council from going into competition with them on the supply of tombestones.The Council says it plans to sell memorials at cost on a non...

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