lectures required by local committees. In many districts, the Public Lecture Course was substituted by the Short Terminal Course. Generally the class routine was less formal than a public lecture; discussions were frequent and a social atmosphere apparent in the smaller-classes. The organisation of these classes was simplified. This changed pattern in the choice of facilities was noticeable in the statistics, of lectures given, for 1936/37 and the trend continued during the next three years until war broke out in 1939.
During the war years, the demand for public lectures declined. Some form of War Service was a priority for many men and women not engaged in National Service. Lecture courses were fewer and sparsely attended. Committees of Workmen's Institutes, however, continued to make available lecture courses and classes for their members and the public of their localities.
The many ramifications of the National Council War Service placed its staff under severe pressure. During the war period, close working relationships existed between the staff of the Council and local committee members.
Most Associations made their amenities available to members of the Forces stationed in their localities. Canteens for the Forces were opened in Association buildings including the new Associations in the Valleys and along the coastal routes of North and South Wales.
Occasional lectures and Current Affairs groups featured in many Association programmes.
Rationed commodities were transferred to Local Associations from the Welsh National Council's stores. This and similar legal requirements, together with the necessity to maintain normal Association activities by close cooperation with Local Associations called for additional staff, especially in the field of Adult Education planning.
During the most intensive period of the war, the Rev. Elfed Jones, B.A., was appointed Educational Secretary. Associations were visited and Committees urged to strengthen their religious work and increase programme activities. Under the guidance of the Educational Secretary new classes were formed in the South Wales area. After the cessation of war, inter YMCA members' conferences were frequently held which stimulated interest in the more thought-provoking agencies of the Association.
Elfed Jones also added to his duties the work of part-time tutor at Coleg y Fro, Rhoose. He later resigned his office of Educational Secretary to become Secretary of the Pontypridd Association and Warden of that Association's Educational Settlement.
Elfed Jones was succeeded by Rev. Mansel Davies, M.A. Mr. Davies had previously been engaged as a YMCA Lecturer and class tutor. During his time as Education Secretary Associations were visited and new classes opened in Workmen's Institutes. Like Elfed Jones, Mansel Davies also became a part time tutor at Coleg y Fro. Apprentices from Messrs. Richard Thomas and Baldwin Steelworks at Gorseinon attended college classes taken by him and the Works Superintendent of Apprentices invited him to visit the Steel-
works in order to have first hand information of the conditions under
which the boys were employed. He was later offered the post of Welfare Supervisor of Apprentices of the firm and accordingly resigned his YMCA post to take up this appointment.