In due course the Bridgend YMCA Youth Club became one of the liveliest centres in the County.
Glan-y-Mor Holiday and Conference Centre also attracted the early attention of Mr. Roberts. The small west wing remained the only incomplete section of this massive structure. The wing comprised a spacious Rest Room, with a flat concrete roof, ready to take two small additional floors to complete the structural work as originally planned; it yielded twelve new bedrooms. It carried the name "The John Bruce Wing" to commemorate the indefatigable interest and effort of the Hon. John Hamilton Bruce, J.P., Chairman of the Holiday Centres Committee and of the Welsh National Council of YMCAs.
The Mountain Ash YMCA was established in 1912 and as stated earlier, through the generosity of Lady Aberdare a substantial site and building were established Further extensions became possible in 1965, when considerable grant aid became available from the Ministry of Education to enable appropriate National Youth Organisations to erect new or extend existing buildings for the purpose of developing the Service of Youth. Extensions at Mountain Ash included a large Common Room behind which was a well fitted kitchen. On the first floor was a spacious Table Tennis room, adjoining which were lecture rooms and a photographic saloon. These extensions let out on contract involved an expenditure of £12,000.
The Mountain Ash Committee deserved all the support given it over a period of years during a series of valiant efforts to maintain a Youth Organisation in various buildings since the formation of the YMCA Club.
In 1938, Mr. Glyn Jacob held his first YMCA Office as Treasurer to the Mountain Ash YMCA. Conspicuous in his efforts he advocated the completion of the two sections of the new building.
Removing to Bridgend, he soon received an invitation to direct and control the financial transactions of the local Association and to represent it on the Welsh National Council of YMCAs. His intimate knowledge of the religious life and social affairs in Wales and his extensive experience of the administration of voluntary organisations, soon accounted for his being requested to hold important offices on the Welsh National Council. Over a period of twenty six years he held, at various times, the office of
Honorary Treasurer, and Chairman of the
Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Welsh National Council.
Mr. Glyn Jacob also Council of England,
represented the Welsh National Council on the National Ireland and Wales, and became a member of the National
Executive a prominen the Red Tr
and the Inter Councils' Committee. He has always been regarded as t Welsh YMCA layman and holds the distinguished "Gold Order of iangle".
n of Mr. R. E. Roberts:
After a pe been appoi their Nati
riod of seven years the Welsh National Secretary resigned, having nted by the National Council of England Ireland and Wales to be onal Secretary.
Another We Welsh, Nat Talbot; ha had also s
lshman, Mr. Richard Lloyd Jones succeeded Mr. Roberts as the ional Secretary. He had entered the YMCA as a boy member at Port d served at Onllwyn, and been General Secretary at Neath YMCA. He erved the Welsh National Council as the Area Secretary for North