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David Francis: Me in Camden Cemetery with a leaning headstone.
21 August 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...
The death rate has been falling but was up this winter due to ’flu.
17 July 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The severe ’flu doing the rounds in the winter has taken its toll and increased deaths. That is reportedly starting to provide a boost to memorial sales. Figures from the Office for National...
If councils sell memorials is it really going to increase choice?
17 July 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The complaints of memorial masons about local authorities selling memorials to the public seem to have fallen on deaf ears.Before the general election MPs had other matters on their minds and...
 
David Francis discusses the memorial side of the business.
17 July 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The British Standard, BS 8415, is the benchmark for fixing memorials. It covers any suitable material erected in differing types of ground, anywhere in the British Isles. It has been updated twice...
David Francis enjoys his visit to the Natural Stone Show.
2 June 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
What a great exhibition the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL London was last month. I congratulate Richard Bradbury and his team from QMJ who put the show together. The exhibition was larger than last...
Mike Dewar, Director of One, the agency that manages the MAB campaign, addressing the meeting in a Committee Room in the Houses of Parliament.
2 June 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
There was forceful opposition expressed to the Localism Act that has allowed local authorities to sell headstones directly to the bereaved when memorial masonry organisations MAB and NAMM led a...
David Francis sasy local authorities selling direct to the bereaved is not the only problem memorial masons face.
2 June 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Councils are seriously looking at selling memorials directly to the general public. When local authorities make up their minds it is difficult to change them, but it is always worth making your case...
The Anzac cemetery at St Mary's Churchyard in Harefield, north-west London, repaired in time for the Anzac commemorative service.
2 June 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Anzac Day commemorations at St Mary’s Churchyard in Harefield, north-west London, were threatened this year by an attack on the cemetery where 100 Australian and New Zealand casualties were...
The Stone-Safe demonstration last year.
8 April 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The spat between Anton Matthews, the proprietor of the StoneSafe memorial fixing system, and the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) continues. The latest is that NAMM's solicitors...
The memorial to the Indian servicemen who died in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle 100 years ago.
8 April 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission urged the public to remember the contribution and sacrifice made by Indian servicemen and women during World War I on 13 March at a ceremoney commemorating the...
8 April 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
A four-year programme to create ukwarmemorials.org, a website containing information about all the war memorials in the UK, was announced in February by First World War Government Minister Helen...
The father and grandfather of David Francis outside the family firm about 1920.
8 April 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...
Commemorating Private Mellican 68 years after his death in Burma.
9 March 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
A medic who died in Burma (now Myanmar) during World War II has received fitting commemoration at his Mawlamyine (Moulmein) grave 68 years later, thanks to the intervention of the Commonwealth War...
9 March 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
Baroness D'Souza, Speaker of the House of Lords, led a UK parliamentary delegation to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemetery at Gauhati, India, yesterday (19 February) to pay...
David Francis discusses the memorial side of the business.
4 March 2015 | Natural Stone Memorials
In the past the memorial mason’s work was pretty much defined. Our priorities were (and still are) to build a reputation of designing and producing quality memorials, understanding exactly what...

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