John Beasley, B. W. Davies, W. Davies, John Hill, Wm. James, John E. Richards, and John Thomas.
During the period under review, the Committee held fortnightly meetings but later, monthly. Financial difficulties were heavy and frequent concerts and lectures were among their money raising efforts.
Association activities often followed the George Williams evangelical pattern and the influence of the successful Swansea Association is also apparent. Each new agency was discussed by the General Committee and agreed or vetoed. The following list of activities is taken from the Minutes of 1884-86.
Young Men's Bible Class and Prayer Meetings, Christian Endeavour Class. Christian Workers' Union (to consider areas of new activities in the community) Frequent Evangelistic Missions to young men.
Conferences, Lectures, Training Sessions.
Commercial Classes and Physical
A members' quarterly meeting, ending with a 6d tea, and frequent public meetings in the Gwyn Hall, were successfully undertaken.
The Good Friday Morning Breakfast was held annually and this tradition has been so faithfully observed that 1981 will see its centenary celebration at Neath.
All these meetings varied in their appeal and attendance. It is affirmed that on one occasion no members turned up for a Bible Class meeting. On the other hand attendance was generally good. One example is interesting to relate:
John Howell was born in Skewen about 1870. He became Headmaster of a Tenby School and during the First World War assisted considerably in YMCA Forces Work in the Pembrokeshire area. At the end of the war he gave up his career as a school master and became the YMCA Boys' Work Secretary for the South Wales District. Later he moved to London to assist in Boys' Work, but also to engage in YMCA conference work in different associations in various parts of the country. He was a powerful and gracious speaker and was greatly admired and loved in the Movement. It is said that on one occasion he related how his father used to walk in all weathers from Skewen to the YMCA at Neath to attend the Bible class and prayer meetings. John Howells' influence with young men in his conference work can partly be explained by his father's consistency in his religious affirmations. A small well is frequently the source of a great river.
A four days mission to young men was arranged in 1884. The mission was
conducted by W.A. Southall, programme was as follows:
the Secretary of the Cardiff YMCA.
Saturday8.00pm.Per Meeting conducted by Mr. Southall.Sunday3.00pmBible Study.8.OOpmAddress on Christian Work at the Guildhall.Monday8.0OpmMembers meeting addressed by Mr. Southall.Tuesday8.0OpmTestimony meeting conducted by Mr. Southall.
Unfortunately, sources of information regarding the work of the Neath Association dried up in 1886 and there is a gap of twenty years until new records began in 1906.