I am very conscious that many of those who visit this website will have no previous knowledge of the Institution or its aims and objectives. Others will have had contact in one way or another and perhaps will have formed opinions based on their perceptions or personal experiences.
The website has been compiled to give accurate and hopefully interesting information to enable those who view it dispassionately, and with an unbiased mind, an understanding of our Institution.
The Royal Black Institution is totally based on the teachings of Holy Scripture and is committed to the furtherance of the Christian message of the Cross. In adhering firmly to the traditions of the Reformed Christian Faith, no offence is intended to anyone or to any group.
As we enter into the Year 2016 we recognise this will be a particularly busy period for the Institution in relation to its Christian and Charitable Outreach.
In addition to this we are conscious this particular year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the costliest battles in terms of casualties during the First World War where so many people lost their lives and countless others were maimed/injured. We remember them all in prayer. As we approach this anniversary we think of the many members of our Institution who served in the Armed Forces in the First World War, and particularly those who fought in this battle, and the families who lost loved ones.
The calendar for the rest of the year is already packed as we look forward to major events.
These include the annual Sham Fight at Scarva and the Last Saturday and other demonstrations and the International Lecturer’s Conference due to take place on Saturday 17th September 2016 in Devonshire House Hotel, Liverpool.
The Designated Charity for 2016 is Macmillan Cancer Support, an organisation which does so much to help those who have contracted this disease and provide much needed support to these individuals and their families. We know this will be a cause which will be well supported and we look forward to working with this chosen charity to achieve a worthwhile financial outcome. At this time we also express our thanks to our members and those who have supported all our previous charitable work bearing in mind the remarkable total raised on each occasion.
A lot of planning is underway and we wish everyone well as they carry on the good work of the Institution.
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I trust the information contained herein may help dispel any misconceptions based on misinformation and thus lead to a greater and more accurate understanding of the purpose, aims and objectives of the Royal Black Institution.
Most Worshipful Sir Knight Millar Farr QPM
Sovereign Grand Master