Barry Colwyn Bay
H. E. Pope. H. Johnson;
Llanelli Llandudno Merthyr Newport
Secretary. Secretary. Secretary. Secretary.
later H.G. Gerard who became Div. Sec. of Lancs J. Roberta Powell. Amos Hughes W. C. Thorne A. F. Coffee (who later went to Bir mingham YMCA) Herbert Gower. W. Nichols.
A record of the YMCAs in Wales during the 1910s would not be complete without a recognition of those excellent men who were among the first salaried Secretaries to hold office in the local Associations:
A Secretaries Union was in existence by 1910.
In the latter half of the 19th century, workers in the heavy industries of South Wales, particularly the mining industry, sought to give expression to their social and cultural life by erecting Workmen's Institutes. Provision included rooms for social activities and table games. Cultural pursuits included lectures, classes, well stocked libraries and newspaper reading rooms. Institute buildings were well planned; many included a public hall
with seating capacity institutes sought the lectures and teachers Industrial Department
for up to 1,000. In the course of the 1910s, several assistance of the Welsh YMCAs Committee to provide for Adult Education classes. For this purpose a YMCA was formed.
Members of affiliated
Institutes were accorded visiting privileges to Welsh
YMCAs and participation in any special services, including attendance at Holiday Centres and camps of the Association. The Industrial Department had its own charter which was proudly displayed in many of the most popular and well known Institutes. The Department had its own General Committee of selected Institute representatives which met from time to time. The Secretary of the committee was a local Institute secretary. At one time it was estimated that approximately 61 Institutes were affiliated to the Department.
Some of the prominent Institute members included Aldeman Llewellyn Jones, Pontycymmer, D. W. Jones, Pontlottyn, William Ray, Cwmamman, Edgar Lewis, Ynysybwl, W.W. Price, Aberaman.
Mr. J. Roberts Powell, the Secretary of Llanelli YMCA was delegated to assist in the general organising work of the Department. Although Roberts Powell had to withdraw his services as organiser of the Department at the outbreak of war in 1914, it continued to function throughout the war period entirely as a layman’s movement.