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elevation on the far side, in line with the gable end of the furthest end of bedrooms at the rear of the college but separated from it at sufficient distance to permit a road entrance for transport delivering goods to the kitchen. Thus the college became surrounded at the rear and on both sides by four blocks of bedrooms, 90 in number.

The Ministry of Education indicated that it had no power to grant aid the cost of sleeping quarters for visiting staff at Coleg y Fro, but it succeeded, however, in securing a building licence for the erection of the proposed sleeping block.

The Committee agreed to proceed with the work at a cost of £3,700 towards which a grant of £2,000 was donated by the Jubilee Trust. The new bedrooms were more spacious than the earlier ones, more comfortably furnished and well ventilated and heated. The rooms had the right atmosphere for the preparatory work of visiting lecturers and speakers.

A special meeting of dedication featured the opening of the Sleeping Block. Captain Geoffrey Crawshay, the representative of Wales on the Jubilee Trust Fund, presided over the service during which he paid tribute to the Welsh National Council of YMCAs for their achievement in building a College for the Education of the Industrial Youth of Wales.

The last undertaking for the Building Squad found them back on the building they had erected on the first day of the venture to build a College. The old timber hut, used as a dormitory, had given good service for several years and despite seven or eight years of buffeting by the gales of the Bristol Channel it only showed signs of wear in sections of the roof.

The enterprising foreman, Mr. Seager Blackburn, and the skilled carpenter,

Mr. Bill interior timbered timbered appeared

James, built an eleven inch brick cavity wall on the inside of the and bedroom partitions also in brickwork. At roof height the external walls were skilfully withdrawn, allowing the original roof to settle down as if made to order. The roofing timbers sufficiently sturdy to receive new roof felting and battens for

fixing good Caernarfonshire slates.

The Ministry of Education made a grant in aid of 50% towards the cost of £1,017 and a similar proportion of the cost of installing central heating - £550. This task having been completed the members of the Building Squad packed their tools and went off to another assignment.

Coleg y Fro - The Citizenship Training.

YMCA Youth






The College Buildings.

The College overlooks its own playing fields and is within ten minutes of the sea. The present accommodation includes individual bedrooms equipped with hand wash basins (H & C), gymnasium hall, with dressing rooms and showers, games hall, spacious and comfortable common room with buffet, a well appointed dining hall (seating 186 persons) a delightful library, and a small beautiful College Chapel, to seat 130 persons.

Good Citizenship through Sound Character: The training was designed:

To arouse interest in the Community.

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