The current Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers is patron of the British Beekeepers Association. They are an ancient City of London company governed by a Royal charter granted by King Richard 111 in 1484. 

The business of a Wax Chandler was the preparation, making and sale of beeswax and beeswax products. Wax Chandlery included torches, images, wax for seals, medical uses and candles. Before the Reformation, acts of devotion to speed souls through Purgatory required vast quantities of beeswax for candles, tapers and images. Medieval trade relied on wax seals to attest contracts and the like and wax coated writing tablets were the BlackBerries of the time.

The current Master is:  Dame Fiona Woolf

Today the Master of the Wax Chandlers sponsors lectures at the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Spring Convention, awards a prize and a dinner to the beekeeper getting the highest marks in their Master of Beekeeping exams and has supported the BBKA when it hosted the 2017 International Meeting of Young Beekeepers at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. 

Previous Masters:
   2022/23 Mr Tim Maile
   2021/22 Mr Anthony Bickmore

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, Anthony Bickmore, planted a tree to mark the Queen's Jubilee in the new BBKA apiary garden on Saturday 23rd July 2022.

                                                                                                                        Photo:  Mark Hunter