Aberafon (Ty Mawr) Ammanford (New Buildings) Abergavenny (New Buildings) Barry (New Buildings) Bangor (Large house) Cardiff (New boys' building) Llanelli (New building) Merthyr (New Building Newport (New Building Pontypridd (New Building Swansea (New Building Porthcawl (New Building
£2,500 £4,000 £2,000 £8,000 (Purchase price not recorded) £9,000 £5,500 £8,000 £8,000 £12,000 £20,548 £1,500
Campaigns, to raise the money for capital expenditure by public appeals, were organised in most of the towns. Several of these campaigns were planned and arranged under the direction of Mr. George W. Rankin, the Appeals Secretary of the London National Council, on loan to the Welsh Committee. George Rankin's methods were unusual but effective. Preparations were made some time prior to the appeal which lasted only a week in most cases. The greater part of the membership, young and old, was lined up for action. Teams were formed. The competitive spirit evoked and they were all driven hard. Many are the tales of their endeavours related today by elderly members who, in their early days made house to house visitations with the enthusiasm of professionals.
In Swansea £12,000 of the required £21,000 was secured in one week. Similar experiences featured the efforts of the Committees and members of the Pontypridd, Llanelli, Newport and Merthyr Associations. Their monuments are the splendid buildings of Associations of which their children and grandchildren are proud to be members in this our day and generation.
Work for Boys - The Introduction of the Junior Department.
In the 1910s Associations recognised that work for boys was an important agency in their activities. It provided good training for boys and prepared them for membership of the senior section.
The pattern was set by the Newport Association in 1905. Cardiff had great ambitions for their boys' work. In 1901 an excellent building was erected and suitably equipped. It was adjacent to the Central YMCA being sited at the rear of the Cory Hall, with the front elevation in North Edward Street. Swansea Association made its first provision for boys' work when planning the accommodation of their new premises in 1912; a suite of rooms was reserved for boys' activities. Later when the Ragged Schools Union closed
its buildings in the town, specialised boys' work.
it was taken over by the Association for
Other Associations which made provision for work among boys in the 1910s were Pontypridd, Merthyr, Barry, Mountain Ash and Porthcawl.
The growth of the Association Movement in Wales can be measured by its new buildings and an enlarged membership. The expansion however, produced problems of supervision and leadership. The Welsh Committee, through its Secretary, urged local Association Committees to appoint full-time salaried Secretaries. The response was excellent and it also had far reaching influence. The growth of the Secretariat was commensurate with the building