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Masonry Skills Challenge

Students at work in the Masonry Skills Challenge southern heat held at the Building Crafts College in London on 18 May.

List of Winners of Stone Federation Great Britain's 2017 Masonry Skills Challenge. Congratulations to all those who took part in the competitions at the Building Crafts College in London and...
Snow carving in Colorado

Team UK led by Ollie Annaly (second right) are Maya Martin, Adrian Powell and Stephen Brown.

30 January 2017 | Stone Awards / Competitions
Congratulations to Ollie Annaly and his team of British stone carvers for flying the Union Jack again at the Budweiser International Snow Carving Contest in Breckenridge in the Rocky Mountains of...
Stone Awards 2016

There was a full house at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on Friday 2 December for Stone Federation Great Britain's biennial presentation of the Natural Stone Awards.

4 December 2016 | Stone Awards / Competitions
It was back to the good old pre-recession days at Stone Federation Great Britain's Natural Stone Awards presentation lunch in London on 2 December. With confidence running high in the industry,...
Dick Reid

Dick Reid (right) receives The Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal for lifetime achievement from His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.

30 November 2016 | Stone Awards / Competitions
The 2016 Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal for outstanding lifetime achievement in stonemasonry has been awarded to Dr Dick Reid OBE.Presented jointly by the Masons Livery Company and Stone Federation...
Victoria Tower Gardens

Victoria Tower Gardens, where the Holocaust memorial will be sited. There are already memorials there, one to the emancipation of slaves and another is Rodin's Burghers of Calais.

19 September 2016 | Stone Awards / Competitions
The UK government is inviting designers, architects and artists from all over the world to enter an international design competition for a striking new national memorial commemorating the...

The Natural Stone Awards are being presented this year on 2 December by Michael Portillo at the new venue of the five-star Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, close to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Reserve your place now.

20 August 2016 | Stone Awards / Competitions
This year’s Natural Stone Awards have attracted more entries than at any time since before the economic crash of 2008. There has been a 52% increase in entries compared with last time (the...

Alex Wenham working on his winning carving.

Photo: Richard Watzke

British stonecarver Alex Wenham has made a habit of taking part in the European Stone Festival – and winning. And he’s done it again. This is his report from the Festival held this year...
Worker of the year logo

A car. A motorbike. A holiday. Some of the prizes in the Worker of the Year competition. Deadline for entries: 19 September.

You could win a car, a motorbike or a boat and a year's free shopping at Asda, a holiday and a chance to win £250,000. These are some of prizes in this year's UK Worker of the Year...
Lee Featherstone-Fixer of the Year

It was impressive projects like this bathroom in Calacatta Viola marble that earned Lee Featherstone (inset above) of The Natural Stone Tile Gallery the title of Tile Fixer of the Year. 

The tile sector gathered in St John’s Hotel, Solihull, on 14 May at The Tile Association’s Tile Awards to celebrate the best of its  products and workmanship. There was, as ever,...
Van Hero contest

Enter yourself or someone you know for the Van Hero 2016 award and get £5,000 or a van for three years rent free.

Van leasing company Vanarama is seeking self-employed van heroes in order to reward one of you with £5,000 or the free lease of a van for three years.The Van Hero 2016 award is a celebration of...
Chelsea-Best Construction

For the first time, the RHS awarded a prize for the best constructed garden. It was won by Swatton Landscape for Cleve West's M&G Garden pictured here. Stonemason and dry stone waller Max Knowle, who often works with Sharon and Steven Swatton, played his part in the construction of the hard landscaping, which is substantially Forest of Dean sandstone.

There was a lot of natural stone in the hard landscaping of the gardens at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show at the end of May, demonstrating just what an important...
Tile Fixer of the Year

Tile Fixer of the Year 2016 is Lee Featherstone, pictured above with a bathroom he tiled in Calacatta Viola marble.

Lee Featherstone was the winner of the Tile Fixer of the Year title at this year's Tile Awards, presented on 14 May at St John's Hotel, Solihull, with his entry showing some spectacular use...
Jordan Daykin

GripIt entrepreneur Jordan Daykin urges anyone with an innovative product idea to enter it in the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards.

Jordan Daykin, the owner of GripIt fixings, is urging fellow inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their great ideas into reality by entering the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards (deadline 30 June)....
Winchester Cathedral is planning to run a stone festival at the cathedral on the weekend of 8-10 July. It hopes it will become a regular event.The cathedral hopes to attract stonemasons from...

The European Stone Festival will be in Salzburg, Austria, this year, 3-5 June.

28 January 2016 | Stone Awards / Competitions
The European Stone Festival will be held this year in Salzburg, the fourth largest city of Austria, 3-5 June.The Festival ususally attracts a good contingent of masons from the UK and they all report...