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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...
Stone Drawing

The exterior element of Suzanna Heron's 'Stone Drawing', fabricated in Clipsham stone by stoneCIRCLE in Basingstoke and erected by Szerelmey. Inside, there is a mirror image of this design.

14 June 2019 | Stone Projects
Stone Drawing. That is what Susanna Heron calls her work of art for the new library at the 17th century St John's College, Oxford.The college appointed Susanna in 2014 to work with Wright &...
Odlings 2017

Odlings MCR will be back at NAMM Tradex at Warwickshire Exhbition Centre on 20 & 21 June with its equipment for memorial masons but sister company Odlings that sells memorials and most of the other UK memorial wholesalers have decided to take a gap year from Tradex this time.

14 June 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The NAMM Tradex exhibition for memorial masons is back at Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa on 20 & 21 June. The UK’s memorial wholesalers say they have decided to take a...

Nigel Copsey welcomes the international delegation of those interested in traditional building techniques to a day of demonstrations of lime and earth mortars, plasters and renders at the York Minster Masons' Lodge during the Building Limes Forum symposium from 10 to 12 June.

14 June 2019 | Stone Heritage
The Building Limes Forum held a three-day symposium in York this month (10-12 June) to present a thorough and international perspective on traditional building using lime and earth mortars. Nigel...
Primordia

This is Primordia, the latest launch in Caesarstone's Metropolitan Collection.

The latest addition to Caesarstone's Metropolitan Collection of industrial looks is Primordia. Its organic appearance reflects alluvial layers in stone created over aeons, enhanced by its...
Strata

Nick Williams, MD of Strata, at the Ipswich headquarters with some of the company’s 20 staff.

Nick Williams: "The rest of the UK market needs to come up to speed. The Ethical Stone Register is a major initiative and anyone selling natural stone needs to be embracing it."Strata in...
New premises

Andy Bell outside his company’s new headquarters in St Helen Auckland, County Durham.

11 June 2019 | Equipment
Having moved into new premises and taken on more staff,  Andy Bell of Stone Equipment International is ready to meet the changing needs of all sectors of the stone processing industry.New...
Two of the UK's brightest emerging stone sculptors, Trev Clarke and Ben Russell, are among the nine artists whose work is on show for this year's 10th anniversary National Sculpture Prize at...
British Museum Inuksuk

The Inuit Inuksuk created by artist Piita Irniq for the British Museum.

5 June 2019 | Stones / Quarries
It is not every day you get an Inuit artist visit your quarry, but Kentish Ragstone producer Gallagher was delighted to welcome Piita Irniq, who is also an educator and statesman, to its Hermitage...
HSE

The board being used as a ladder to access the attic from which the electrician fell into the stairwell below.

Do not try to make do on site. That's the message of a £20,000 fine for a company plus suspended prison sentences and fines for individuals after a subbie suffered multiple fractures, a...

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