the Swansea Association. The honorary secretary was Mr. David Jones of Talog YMCA and a local school master.
The two Officers frequently visited Centres in times of local difficulties and attended various functions. The West Wales Associations and Clubs emphasised cultural pursuits. Many had an annual eisteddfod or displays of arts and crafts of a rural community. Arrangements for Adult Education classes were frequently made, as were isolated lectures, by the Council's Education Committee. Tutors for classes were generally supplied by the Extra Mural Department of Aberystwyth University College.
The committee meetings of several Centres were conducted in Welsh and their minutes recorded in the same way.
The work of the two Area Committees terminated when war broke out in 1939. The Clubs and Associations however, had been soundly established and nurtured so that, despite war conditions and demands, the local Committees were well able to maintain their YMCA interests and their work flourished.
The functions of these District Committees were in a measure transferred to Area Secretaries, appointed by the Welsh National Council to supervise the Forces Welfare Service and were located at Carmarthen for West Wales, and Rhyl for North Wales.
An Appraisal of Events in the 1920s.
i. The period was a time of reviving life in Local Associations, which had suffered the scars of war, and of strengthening the bonds of active relationship between the Welsh National Council and Welsh Associations.
ii. Circumstances ruled out attempts to establish new Associations which required new premises. Money was scarce for such projects after the persistent appeals for funds for YMCA War Service. Rented premises were
outmoded. The trend was towards considerable capital expenditure.
iii. The emphasis was on an extension of programme activities such as Boys' Work in existing Associations. This growth of Youth Service attracted the attention of employers of labour, especially in the heavy industries.
Conditions were favourable for a vast increase in YMCA Educational activities, not only in Local Associations and Workmen's Institutes, but in various societies and organisations. The growth was such that the Association was one of two organisations in Wales to be recognised by the Board of education to make provision for Adult Educational facilities under grant aid regulations; the other Movement was the Workers' Education Association. The provision of these facilities brought support from L.E.As and University bodies.
iv. It was a time when Women's Auxiliaries, both Local and National, participated in urgent community service during the depression in South Wales. The Welsh National Council also increased its strength and prestige.
Perhaps these reflections can be summed up briefly by stating that the 1920s were a period of preparation for the important projects of the 1930s, such as new YMCAs, a Headquarters Building - The Lord Aberdare Memorial House, Glan-y-Mor, the Holiday and Conference Centre, and a massive increase in the educational activities and work for industrial youth.