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lime at the Traditional Building Festival

Will Napier and Fionn Blench will explain the ingredients of traditional plaster and give a practical demonstration of how it should be applied as part of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August.

10 July 2019 | Events
Stone Federation Great Britain is back at the 7th annual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Sponsored by the Construction Industry Training...

The 'Cornerstone' is being created under the arches near London Bridge railway station. It is hoped to have it installed on the corner of Bermondsey Street and Whites Grounds in the Whites Grounds estate owned by Southwark council in time for the Bermondsey Street Festival in September next year. 

10 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Tonight (10 July) in a railway arch near London Bridge railway station, mason artist Austin Emery is holding a fund-raising event to try to raise the outstanding £28,000 for a community stone...

Intense dark colours and tight curves from Hi-Macs Intense Ultra being launched in September.

Hi-Macs solid surface company LG Hausys introduces Intense Ultra, with intense solid colour and even tighter thermoforming. New formulation Intense Ultra offers colour consistency during and...
The pub

The pub where a worker fell from a scaffold tower suffering life changing injuries.

A few days before the Health & Safety Executive published fatality figures of 2018/19 showing that falls from height still kill more people at work than any other single cause, a company and its...
Construction site

Construction workers are 3.6 times more likely to get killed at work than the national average.

3 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Provisional figures published today (3 July) by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show 30 construction workers died at work in the year April 2018 to March 2019. There were a total of 147...
10 years

Staff at Lovell Stone Group are celebrating 10 years in business today (1 July).

Lovell Stone Group celebrates 10 years of trading today (1 July).The Group (originally called Lovell Purbeck) was founded by brothers Simon and James Hart when they acquired Purbeck quarry company D...
Ian Knapper

Purbeck plinths that appear to float above the floor made by Ian Knapper's stonemasons display artefacts from the thousand-year history of Westminster Abbey.

The stonemasons from Ian Knapper are proud of their contribution to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey, which have this month (June) been recognised in the 2019 RIBA...
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...