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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...
Marco & Kevin

NeoGranite Managing Director Marco Pernes (seated) and Finance Director Kevin Corey are focussed on growth.

Waste is time and time is expensive. That's what NeoGranite in West Bromwich learnt from employing consultants to help it with the design of its new factory.NeoGranite has doubled the size of its...
VAT changes seminar

Find out about VAT changes from 1 October that will almost certainly worsen your cash flow. Sign up for the Reverse Charge seminar on 17 July just off J25 of the M1 at Nottingham.

27 June 2019 | Legislation / Standards
email [email protected] 1 October the VAT rules change so that most contractors will stop paying the VAT element of their sub-contractors’ bills. But subbies will still have to...

Henrik Størksen from Norway produced this carving from the clay model on top of it that he also fashioned. It will go into a bench in the new Torvet Square due to open in Trondheim next year. Although Henrik is an apprentice, his carving was judged to be the best work overall in the European Stone Festival this year.

26 June 2019 | Events
More than 100 stonemasons and apprentices, including a good showing from the UK, had fun interpreting the theme of 'games' in soapstone at the European Stone Festival this month (21-23 June)....
Ieuan Rees

Ieuan Rees talking to the BBC having gone viral on YouTube.

Lettercutter Ieuan Rees has become a YouTube sensation with a video that was recorded in 2012.Ieuan, from Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, Wales, is now 78 years old. The video has suddenly attracted...
In prison

The three Lupu brothers imprisoned for running a modern slavery ring on construction sites in London and the South East of England.

Three brothers living in Ilford, East London, and operating as part of what the Metropolitan Police describe as a Romanian organised crime group have been sentenced to a total of 28 years in...
Craftex winner

This memorial on green Cumbrian slate by David Tedman was judged the best entry in the Craftex competition of masons' work. It was also judged the best lettering.

24 June 2019 | Events
Sally Clarke of Odlings MCR, which supplies machinery and equipment to memorial masons, cracked open the Champagne as NAMM Tradex exhibition came to an end on Friday (21 June). She had a bag full of...
Trafford Park depot

Caesarstone's new depot in Trafford Park, Manchester. More are on the way.

Caesarstone UK, selling the Israeli Caesarstone quartz, has opened a second distribution centre. It is in Trafford Park, Manchester. The company's original depot of 4,000m2, which marked its...
New premises

Nile Trading’s new premises in Hemel Hempstead. 

With a move to smart new premises in Hemel Hempstead, stone wholesaler Nile Trading is ready to become a trend setter rather than a trend follower, says Director Neel Shah.Nile Trading UK Ltd has...
The Door & Hardware Federation is hammering home the significance of appropriate training following the death of a woman killed in an industrial door incident. The Incident took place in August...
Emma Dexter

Emma Dexter, who heads the stonemasonry courses at Moulton College.

18 June 2019 | Training
The art of stonemasonry has existed for centuries – ever since humans started making and using tools to survive. From those seemingly ‘menial’ tools to some of the world’s...
West Dean College

Study options at West Dean College range from 800 short courses to Foundation and Masters degrees.

18 June 2019 | Training
Stonemasonry at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation, near Chichester, West Sussex, can be studied on a variety of different levels, from beginners on short courses through to those wanting...
Ethan Conlon

Ethan Conlon, who is representing UK stonemasonry at WorldSkills in Kazan, Russia, 22-27 August.

17 June 2019 | Training
Ethan Conlon from Burford, Oxfordshire, is this year’s stonemasonry entrant for Team UK in WorldSkills, taking place in Kazan, Russia, 22-27 August, writes Marc Pate, WorldSkills UK Expert in...
GO Stonemasonry dust

A photograph taken by an HSE Inspector at GO Stonemasonry.

Just as the Health & Safety Executive has announced it is intending to crack down on workplace dust in the coming weeks, a stonemasonry company has been fined £8,000 with £10,000...