Top award for Jim Vivian-Griffiths, GBKA Master Beekeeper !

jim_vivian-griffithsJim Vivian-Griffiths, a very experienced member of the GBKA Forest of Dean Branch, Branch Treasurer, and tutor of their annual Beekeeping Course, obtained his BBKA Master Beekeeper qualification earlier this year.

Jim has now heard from the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers that he has won the Wax Chandlers’ Award for 2014. This has been awarded every year 1965 to the Master Beekeeper in the year who has scored the highest marks in the module examinations.

Jim has been invited to the Chandlers’ Court Lunch in January to receive the award from the Lord Mayor of London.

Congratulations Jim ! The award is a fitting recognition of your tireless efforts to improve not only your own knowledge but the standards of beekeeping and training in the Dean Forest branch of GBKA.


Wax_Chandlers'_Arms( The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers is an ancient livery company in the City of London. In 1371 it gained control over the trade of Wax Chandlers in the City and in 1484 it was granted a Royal Charter by King Richard III. It originated as a “fraternity” or an association of craftsmen which was formed for mutual benefit and spiritual support. It became increasingly important in the 14th and 15th centuries as religious ceremonies became more elaborate and churches were lit by candles throughout the day and night.

The Wax Chandlers have supported the BBKA and the National Honey Show financially and in other ways over many years. 

The Court Lunch is a formal occasion in honour of the Lord Mayor of London, currently the Right Honourable Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE. )