Wales, and had acted as Assistant to Mr. Roberts.
The appointment of Mr. Roberts to London resulted in some constructional work in Wales being handed on to his successor.
The appropriate committee of the Welsh National Council had sanctioned the request of the Governors of Coleg y Fro, Rhoose, to provide additional accommodation for a Library, Lecture Hall and Arts Workshop. In the original plans of the College, sites for such requirements had been included on either side of the frontage building line but set back a few feet from it in order to preserve the pleasing aspect of the front elevation.
The original plans, however, were discarded and the additional structure screened sections of the frontage of the College buildings, except the
Chapel, with not too pleasing result.
The construction work having been put out to Contract, considerable delay for want of materials and labour. The cos
suffered t of the super
added building work amounted to £34,000.
These and other extension work at Abertridwr and at Neath, National Secretary very much absorbed and under pressure.
kept the new
The Manchester YMCA National Conference 1972.
Feeling prevailed in the YMCA Movement of England, Ireland and Wales in the late 1960s that the time had come to overhaul the administration of the National Council. In Ireland and especially in Wales there was a clear inclination toward aspects of autonomy. Scotland already had its National Council, established before 1882 when the Council for England, Ireland and Wales came into being. For several years, Wales and Ireland sought measures of devolution to increase powers of control of Association activities for their own people. These sentiments had been expressed at various times in Wales.
Sir Frank Willis at one time appeared to be concerned about a Devolution scheme for Wales. When asked about powers of a Welsh representative to approach the Ministry of Education in respect of aspects of grant aid for Educational Activities, he advised delaying the matter until he could proceed with his plans. Unfortunately he retired before being able to do so.
The urge for freedom to develop some of its own activities for the people of Wales goes back to the early 1920s. In 1918 the Welsh National Council came into being. It appointed three Departmental Secretaries. In 1921 a Departmental Secretary from the London Office came to Cardiff to assume the
position of acting Welsh National Secretary'. By 1923 he had completed his
mission. Mr. W. H. Drake had rendered considerable service to
YMCA. The Education National Secretary.
the Welsh as the Welsh
The Gors y Gedol Conference.
The first action of the new Secretary involved the preparation of a consultation between representatives of the National and the Welsh YMCA Councils to define the administration and jurisdiction of the Welsh Council in respect of YMCA activities embarked upon in Welsh Associations and among