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January 2013.


We are already scheduling our war memorial workload in preparation for the Centenary of the start of the Great War in 2014.

It seems amazing that we are preparing for an event which will not take place for another 22 months, but we are in demand, and there are more than 60,000 war memorials in the United Kingdom!


Please look at: the link below

IWM search

if you would like to search for any war memorials.  The link will take you to the Imperial War Museum's search site.

Have you seen the film, Pay It Forward?

It is about a boy who wants to make the world a nicer place, by helping others out, and who wants nothing in return.  All he asks, is that the person he helped does a good deed for another person, who in turn does a good deed for another person & so on.

This got me thinking about my line of work.

During my work, I visit churches and cemeteries with many, many memorials, which appear to be untended.  My idea was to clean random memorials as a good deed, and ask for nothing in return.


I completed my first 'Pay it forward' deed last month, and cleaned the memorial stone to a little boy.














This left me with another quandry.  What would happen if the family visited the grave, but knew that they hadn't asked anyone to clean it.  Would they be worried that the wrong memorial had been cleaned by mistake?

I decided to get some cards printed, which i could leave on the grave after cleaning, not to promote my business or anything like that - that's not what it's all about - but to tell them who cleaned it and why.


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QR Codes


We are pleased to be able to offer QR codes with our memorials now.  If you don't know what a QR code is, it looks something like the image to the left.  These codes can be scanned, using a mobile phone and will enable you to access additional information regarding the memorial.  Although it may not generally be suitable for private monuments, a QR code might be a fabulous way to find more information regarding war memorials or memorials of public interest.


Please contact us if you would like more information on these.


January 2014.


It is with huge sadness, that today we have closed the doors to our Portsmouth shop on Tangier Road for the last time.  We will still be offering our services in the Portsmouth area, but the shop, for the time being, has been closed.  We are currently looking for the 'right' place with better facilities for our customers.  Our telephone number of course is still operating, as does our email.  So please keep sending the enquiries through.