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1 Jun 2016

 

Stone Federation are delighted to announce the result...
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2 Mar 2016

Next week will see a number of Stone Federation showcasing their ...
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1 Mar 2016

Stone Federation Invites Architects to Attends Use of S...
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8 Feb 2016

Last week BBC South Today produced a feature on the move seen in the EU to look at providing non-...
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14 Jan 2016

It with a heavy heart that we have to inform members that Alex Stark, Scottish Section Chairman a...
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4 Dec 2015

November saw the Federation represented at the SBID International Design Awards at The Dorchester...
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1 Dec 2015

Throughout December, Stone Federation are offering amazing discounts on some of our leading publ...
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20 Nov 2015

Last week saw The Thistle Euston Hotel in London play host to the second in our 2015 Stone Federa...
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19 Nov 2015

London played host to the Federation’s second Stone in the City event of the month since its re...
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12 Nov 2015

Specialist Apprentice Programme (SAP) Heritage Skills Le...
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12 Nov 2015

November played host to...
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11 Nov 2015

Stone Federation Members’ Day – Leeds

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30 Oct 2015

Member firm Everythin...
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13 Oct 2015

Stone Federation Great Britain would like to invite you to attend one of our fre...
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16 Sep 2015

Stone Federation Great Britain are delighted to see that the campaign to extend the Geographical ...
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10 Sep 2015

This week saw Stone Federation join forces with the Health and Safety Executive to host a Safety ...
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28 Aug 2015
Stone Federation Member showcases regional natural stone

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Members' News

Stone Federation are a member of EuroRoc, an organisation made up of the various European Federations for the dimensional stone industry.  The aim of the group is to coordinate questions of common interest and find solutions while promoting the use of dimensional natural stone.

 

The Federation's EuroRoc representative, Michael Poultney of Albion Stone along with Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman, attended the latest meeting held at the Verona Stone Show in October.

 

There were a range of topics discussed, but shown are four discussions points that will be of particular interest to members.

 

1. Ethical Sourcing - There are various different degrees of controls of ethical sourcing across Europe and some is at a very local level.  It was accepted that the EU should be encouraging stones from ethical sources but there was some scepticism that a system with a high degree of certainty could be found in the short term.  It was agreed that the starting point should be to pool all the experiences from the differing methods currently being used by different, Countries, companies and organisations.

2. Geographical Protection - There was considerable support from across the EU and the robust comments from the UK were considered positive.  It is back with the European Parliament on what could be a long journey to possible implementation.  

3. Reporting Figures - There was concerns that the code numbers used for reporting production, imports and exports are not recording the dimensional stone figure accurately.  It was suggested that these should be related to the harmonised Product Standards (BS EN). Michael Poultney has been in dialogue with BGS and Eric Bignell at the Natural Stone Specialist magazine about the topic earlier in the month. Euroroc will progress the matter with the relevant authorities.

4. Silica Dust - There was a mixed response about the danger of the implementation of the dust regulations and the prospects of reducing the code.  It was agreed that the experiences from the implementation from national authorities will be requested.

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With the island of Portland, from which the famous Portland limestone comes, being just off the Dorset coast from Weymouth, there could not have been a more appropriate material to use for a sculpture of the Olympic rings that has now been installed in the town that is hosting the Olympic sailing events. 

Burlington Stone has acquired the rights to quarry at Petts Quarry on Kirkstone Pass and Brathay Quarry near Ambleside following the regrettable demise of Kirkstone Quarries Ltd.

This new monument, costing £5 million, will commemorate the 55, 573 crew members of the RAF's Bobmer Command who were killed between 1939 and 1945.  The average age of those who lost their lives was just 22.

Albion Stone has recently purchased a new ‘JCB Fantini’, tractor mounted stone saw which will be used to increase efficiency in the Quarry & Mine.  This is the first machine of its type to be imported into any UK stone extraction operation. 

 

TV presenter, journalist and former conservative politician and Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo made a fascinating tour of local natural stone producer, Burlington Stone of Kirkby-in-Furness, shown on 26th January on BBC2 at 6.30pm, as part of series three of the BBC’s popular travel documentary, Great British Railway Journeys.

 

A £500,000 investment into an innovative new roof for Albion Stone’s Factory is set to save thousands of pounds a year on their electricity bills.

Albion Stone supplied over 3m³ of Jordans Basebed and Jordans Whitbed in the form of treads risers, paving and memorial stones.

Taking centre stage on The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want! at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May the company utilised its own indigenous natural Yorkstone block to create two striking central features in this amazing organic playground.