We maintain close links with the historic candle trade’s modern descendants, and we’re very close to the edible fats and oil industries too.
Our Assistant Clerk is the Honorary Secretary of the British Candlemakers’ Federation. Livery members include working chandlers from companies like church candle suppliers Charles Farris.
We support the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) and the National Edible Oils Distributors’ Association (NEODA) with various academic awards and use of hall amenities. FOSFA members derive some of the raw materials of their trade from tallow, making them the modern inheritors of the tallow trade.
We’ve also built up close links with energy companies such as BP and National Grid, on the basis of shared interests in heat and light, and in the education and training of those in the energy sector.
In 1872, we were one of the original proponents of the City and Guilds Institute, and today remain a strong supporter of the various vocational qualifications that it offers.
The Tallow Chandlers Company is affiliated to three military organisations.
In 2013 the Company became affiliated to the Manchester and Salford Universities Royal Naval Unit and its training ship, HMS BITER, under the command of Lieutenant James Smith RN. A Tallow Chandlers Award for the ‘best sea going cadet’ is presented on Trafalgar Night each year.
In 2014, the Company’s affiliation with the Royal Engineers expanded to include the whole of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, Royal Engineers, under the command of Colonel David Brambell RE. The annual Tallow Chandlers Sapper Award is open to nominations from all Works Groups within 170 and recognises sappers who have shown excellence in their field of work or on vocational courses.
In 2013, the Company affiliated with 206 (Reserve) Squadron, Royal Air Force based in Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, under the command of Wing Commander Steve Austin RAF. The Squadron’s principal focus is trials and experimentation in support of air and ground operations. An annual Tallow Chandlers Flight Test Award was introduced in 2014.
Additionally, the Company has close links with Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and the Honourable Gentlemen at Arms. Roger Monk, Master Tallow Chandler in 1826, was a member of both institutions. To this day the link is celebrated and in accordance with his bequest, the Company contributes to Roger Monk dinners hosted by the Yeomen to celebrate the monarch’s birthday.
The Company also supports the Southwark Sea Cadets, the 94 Cadet Detachment Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and other military-related charities such as The Royal British Legion and The Poppy Factory.