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laundry. The hut was attached to the rear of, the house where several rooms on the ground floor and the first floor required repair and renovation for the purpose of a Forces Hostel. The work of reconstruction converted a derelict property into a comfortable canteen and an attractive hostel with a large dining room and bedroom accommodation for twenty persons.

For this purpose plans were prepared and submitted to the Rhyl Urban District Council, accepted and approved, and a building licence and certificates for rationed materials were made available by the Military Authorities. The work was undertaken by the YMCA Building Squad, and later central heating added to the comfort of all the rooms in the hostel.

The canteen accommodation in the laundry had deteriorated after three years of hard wear; the grateful young troops merited better and more comfortable meeting quarters during leisure hours and fortunately circumstances favoured the efforts to make this provision. The Camp at Sunny Vale, on the outskirts of Rhyl, became redundant and so the YMCA Canteen at the Camp was no longer needed. It was a spacious unit in very good condition. The YMCA Building Squad dismantled it, transported the timbered sections to Glanmorfa and re-erected the hut on the green quadrangle alongside the Hall.

The Forces Canteen, removed from the old laundry to the commodious hut, which had been well decorated and comfortably heated, attracted increased numbers of troops and a better service became available for residents in the hostel adjacent to the hut.

Two years later, the demand for sleeping accommodation for the Forces diminished and consequently brought about the closure of the hostel. Glanmorfa Hall, with the exception of two or three rooms for the purpose of a stores, an office, and living accommodation for a resident Secretary, was no longer needed to maintain services for H.M. Forces.

The responsible Committee decided that the time had come to plan what preparatory work needed to be undertaken prior to proceeding to erect the first section of the new Glanmorfa Holiday and Conference Centre.

The first requirement included clearing the site for a large airy kitchen, domestic rooms, a dining hall to seat 130 people, over which structure, two floors would be required to take a large linen room and bedrooms. The work included the demolition of the old laundry and part of the rear of the house. It also necessitated the reconstruction of some of the existing bedrooms since it was proposed in the summer of 1948, to make this section of Glanmorfa available to visitors and the large meeting room used as a combined dining room and lounge.

The accommodation attracted a full complement of visitors for six weeks. The experiment was successful. Many friends of the future Glanmorfa were made. It was the starting point of yet another venture.


Forging Ahead: At this time plans had been prepared for the greater part of the new Glanmorfa which had been accepted by the Rhyl Urban District Council.

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