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came in a variety of ways. Developments recorded in the foregoing accounts of YMCA ventures in Wales at various times indicate a massive increase of autonomous activities which are Welsh responsibilities.

THE YMCA IN WALES 1852 Unimpeded Progress - 1972 Progressive Expectations.

By the time of the Manchester Conference, the Welsh YMCA programme activities and administrative requirements emerged into a vast area of autonomous service. The thrust of its efforts in towns also penetrated into the Industrial and Rural Areas of Wales. The pieces of ventures in the form of new Associations with purpose planned buildings, playing fields and extensive religious, social, cultural and educational activities, bonded together, created a comprehensive structure of autonomous responsibilities. This exercise of successful endeavour undeniably warrants the conceding of complete autonomy to the Welsh National Council of YMCAs. So much so that the National Commission set up to review the work of the YMCA in England, Ireland and Wales, strongly recommended that the Welsh National Council of YMCAs should be granted its own Constitution and more importantly, that it should write that Constitution itself.

At the Manchester Conference in 1971, the total YMCA membership unanimously agreed that the Welsh National Council should prepare a Constitution which would enable the YMCA work in Wales to be transferred to an appropriate Welsh Governing Body will full autonomous responsibilities. Accordingly, an appropriate Constitution was submitted to the National Council, London, for scrutiny by their legal advisors. This was accepted and unanimously approved at the Annual General Meeting of the Welsh National Council of YMCAs, in November, 1975 for submission to the 1976 National Assembly of England, Ireland and Wales.

YMCA Contribution to Cultural and Religious Endeavour.

Residential accommodation, with use of a Conference Hall s had been available for many years to a large number of Soc and Religious Bodies.

eating 300 people ial, Educational

Glan-y-Mor, the YMCA Holiday and Conference Centre opened 1933. The Welsh United Missionary Council held its first C during that week and for an unbroken period of forty years meet for Easter Week, except for the war years. Generally provided for approximately 200 residents. Between the staf both at Glan-y-Mor and the Welsh National Council, and the Society a spirit of friendship emerged and the Association pleasure in making provision for all requirements which ma conferences.

in Easter Week, onference there

continued to accommodation was f of the YMCA,

members of the staff found de for successful

Usually at the opening session of the week the President o welcomed lecturers and overseas visitors and commented on the week. At the opening night of a Conference held in rec official seated himself in the back row of seats.

f the Society the Programme for ent years, a YMCA

Before proceeding with his words of welcome to speakers an President paid tribute to the YMCA staff and officials for service and arrangements and he stated that they never wan that made their conferences successful. With that he intro official seated in the back row and paid tribute to him as helped to make all conferences successful.

d visitors, the

their excellent ted for anything duced the YMCA

one who had

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