Club, for £1,000. It had a seating capacity for about five hundred people. The furnishings indicated a super-abundant use of oak and other hard woods. The Pulpit, Baptistry and Elders seat (y sedd fawr) displayed massive bulks of hard timber. The Gallery, continuing from the Pulpit end of the building around the front and back along the other side, had a highly decorative panelled frontage.
This lovely timber was removed with great care and destined to decorate another Chapel, transported to Coleg y Fro. The seating remained in its original form when installed in its new home. The panelled gallery frontage of Bethania provided sufficient oak to erect at an average of four feet, panelling around the Coleg y Fro Chapel; oak blocks for flooring being the only timber purchased.
An appropriate Pipe Organ for a small beautiful college chapel had been a dream of the National Secretary and a few Committee members. The Committee unanimously decided to purchase such an instrument, a two manual organ, from the John Compton Organ Company, at a cost of £960.
For many years it has adorned its corner in the Chapel and never fails to inspire the music of the Sanctuary when boys, men and mixed gatherings come together for Worship in the little chapel at Coleg y Fro, the Chapel of the College in the Yale.
The Chapel was dedicated and opened in September, 1952, Bishop Jones of Llandaff, and Dr. Elfed Lewis the Poet and Hymnologist conducted the Service. It was an occasion to be remembered by all present. Representatives of every phase of Association Life and Service had been meticulously selected due to the limited seating capacity of the small Chapel; they came from the Youth Clubs, Senior Associations, and the local National Women's Auxiliaries.
The dedication addresses matched the occasion. Dr. Elfed Lewis was totally blind at that time, and over 80 years of age. His remarks were addressed to the younger men and based on the theme "Passing on the torch to the future". His work, he said, had now come to an end and he was passing his torch to the young people present that day that they might carry it into every phase of Association Life.
The act of dedication was performed by Bishop Jones. One of Dr. E1fed Lewis' hymns, in the YMCA Hymnal, was chosen to close this memorable service of dedication - "Whom Oceans Part, 0 Lord Unite". The last verse reads:
Whom oceans part, 0 Lord, unite – One Commonwealth for God and right A ransomed people, strong and free, To bring the whole wide world to Thee!
The wonderful singing of this last verse by those present was an inspiration to all, and a smile flickered across the face of the blind
The Last block of Bedrooms:
An urgent need at the college was for a block of bedrooms to provide accommodation for lecturers and visitors, guests who had special duties to perform. The proposed bedrooms, sited west of the dining room, had its