The National Council's educational facilities were extensively utilised after the war period in response to an every growing desire for social and cultural activities. In the early days of the war these facilities were confined to canteens for members of the Forces and workers in Munition Factories. Later it was realised that miners were also engaged in a national service and consequently a movement was initiated to supply lectures and classes without cost to Institute committees.
When the war was over the demand for YMCA lectures and classes was phenomenal in Wales. Requests for YMCA educational facilities came from committees all over the Principality, from Churches, YMCA Institutes, Public Libraries, and YMCA Lecture Committees where Associations did not exist.
Early in 1923, W. H. Drake felt the work he had come to Wales to do had been accomplished and he relinquished his post as Acting Secretary.
Most of the war work had been cleared. It was his influence which produced a closer working relationship between the National Council staff and their related colleagues in Wales. The war debt had been liquidated. Much credit and gratitude were due to him for his beneficial service to the Welsh National Council during his two years in Wales.
After consultation between the officials of both the London and the Welsh Councils, W. J. Pate was invited by the Welsh Executive Committee to take up the Secretaryship of the Welsh National Council and was formally appointed in March, 1923.
At the same time Mr. John Howell was invited to join the staff of the Boys' Department of the National Council, London, and later served the Movement as an itinerant speaker and lecturer at Association meetings and conferences in many parts of Britain. John Howell was a most impressive speaker and was greatly loved by YMCA members for his genial personality.