for approval by the Board. The Responsible Bodies nominated for Wales included the Workers Education Association (W.E.A.) and the "Welsh National Council of YMCAs" from the Voluntary Bodies.
A Welsh Residential Conference Centre
The Welsh National Council of YMCAs decided in 1930 to erect a substantial Conference Centre to meet the requirements of organisations interested in Schools and Conferences for social and educational purposes.
The Association secured an attractive site of five acres adjacent to the sea at Barry on the Bristol Channel. Full details of the project are contained in Chapter X "Glan-y-Mor".
In due course, the Welsh National +Secretary reported details of the project to the Assistant National Secretary of the National Council of England, Ireland and Wales, who opposed and rejected the venture on the grounds of finance. The Welsh National Secretary disagreed with him and consequently was categorically told that "London" would not approve, which drew the Welshman's reply - "We are going on with it". "Right" was the final reply from the London Assistant National Secretary. "We are washing our hands of it".
Instead of investing the property in the National Council, London, the usual custom, the Welsh National Council appointed twelve trustees of whom the London Council was but "one". The property became vested in the Welsh National Council with its Executive Committee having full powers to control and any proceeds of sale confined to the cost of promotion of YMCA work in Wales.
It further followed that any subsequent valuable properties of the Welsh National Council of YMCAs, such as Coleg y Fro, Rhoose, Glanmorfa Holiday & Conference Centre, Rhyl, together with the Headquarters property Lord Aberdare House, became invested on the same terms as Glan-y-Mor, Barry.
YMCA Youth Activities in the Mining Va11eys of South Wales.
During the Industrial Depression of the 1930s, in South Wales, the Welsh National Council and the Powell Duffryn Colliery Co., represented by Mr. Edmund Hann, J.P., Managing Director, collaborated in an effort to provide twelve substantial buildings for the purpose of establishing twelve YMCAs for young miners in the Powell Duffryn areas of South Wales. The Welsh YMCA Building Squad accomplished the construction work and plans were prepared by a member of the Council's staff.
The project from the beginning never ceased to be the responsibility of the Welsh National Council which planned and raised the building funds, much of which came from the Powell Duffryn Co., the National Fitness Council and the Special Commissioner for the Welfare of the Unemployed. The Glamorgan L.E.A grant aided the appointments of eight trained Youth Leaders. The Welsh Council of the YMCA handed finished Building Sections to each YMCA and these became the property of the Local Associations.
Mr. Edmund Hann and the Welsh YMCA National Secretary assumed the task of completing the venture. The Powell Duffryn Co., agreed to provide £1,200 per annum for maintenance grants to the new Associations and Mr. Hann indicated that he would be ready to give time to discuss problems with the Secretary.