undertaken at the discretion of the Welsh National Council which would be responsible for financing any such work. It would be liable for any debts incurred in such efforts but would retain any surpluses.
F. J. Chamberlain had reservations about such an arrangement in respect of Camp projects. It was, however, agreed that the two above mentioned categories of work should be the responsibility of the Welsh National Council.
ii. It was agreed that staff appointments in Wales be made by the Welsh National Council, after full consultation with and agreement of the National Council. Office staff arrangements would be determined by the Finance Committee of the Welsh National Council but only when the costs of these were included in the agreed annual budget of the Welsh National Council.
iii. The salaries of senior staff officers persons concerned by the National Council.
should be paid direct to the
It was agreed that the Finance Committee of the Welsh National Council would plan and organise money raising efforts to cover any expenditure incurred by the National Council on behalf of the work in Wales and that the total of such efforts would be transmitted to London.
Following the consultations, a letter confirming the decisions of the conference was received by the Welsh National Council and endorsed. It became known as the "Gors y Gedol Agreement". Unfortunately, the relevant minutes of the Welsh National Council and the copy of the Agreement cannot be traced.
Years of_unemployment overtook South Wales towards 1928.
The country suffered a heavy industrial depression in which South Wales and Tyneside were the areas most seriously affected. A miners' strike in 1926 left South Wales impoverished. Of the forty-seven Collieries in the Rhondda Valley several closed down and in others employment was only part-time.
In the Merthyr district it was estimated that 70% of the working population was unemployed. Aberaman YMCA, in one year, lost 104 of its members who crossed the border into England to look for work.
Those were days of boredom for proud Welsh miners with idle hands. Unemployment benefit scarcely covered the costs of food and clothing for the family, and other domestic requirements suffered.
In YMCA discussions respecting human relationships, the terms fellowship and brotherhood are frequently employed; the ready response to another's need, of which the following catalogue of benefactions is only a partial description, illustrates what, in practice, was the innermost feeling for and understanding of these terms for a multitude of young YMCA members.
At Pontypridd, Boot repairing centres were opened and over three thousand pairs of boots were repaired.
Many thousands of garments were made for miners' families by members-of local Women's Auxiliaries from material supplied from the central office.