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Later Rev. Lliedi Williams, M.A., who also had considerable experience as a YMCA lecturer and class tutor was invited to consider becoming the Association's Education Secretary in Wales. He was not able to accept a full time appointment' but agreed to undertake the work on a part time basis, and accordingly was appointed. The year was 1949 and Rev. Lliedi Williams continued in this capacity until his death in 1978.

A few years after the war the demand for courses of popular lectures had almost entirely faded out, except for an occasional lecture at one or other of the Institutes. On the other hand, classes of the short terminal type, including one-year classes increased substantially and in about 1958 the average number of classes arranged in any one year was about 68.

The popularity and vitality of the educational service of the Welsh YMCA was due in a large measure to the wise guidance of the Educational Committee which was constituted in 1923 and functioned until 1938. The Committee met monthly and the attendance of members was most encouraging. The names of chairmen are given in order of succession:

Major (later Dr.) Edgar Jones, M.A., Headmaster of Barry Boys' Grammar School, and a member of several Welsh national cultural movements. He served as Chairman for an unbroken period of eighteen years.

Professor Joseph Jones, M.A., B.D., Brecon Memorial College. Mr. 31fyn David, Solicitor, Cardiff.

Mr. E. R. Thomas, M.A., Headmaster of Pontypridd Grammar School for Boys, and President of the Pontypridd YMCA.

This record of the educational work of the Welsh YMCA would not be complete without reference to the inestimable service rendered for a period of 37 years in the Educational Department of Mr. S. H. Phillips. Stanley Phillips was a member of the clerical staff of the Cardiff YMCA. When the Education Department of the Welsh Council was set up in 1921, the staff was confined to the Educational Secretary only. The activities of the department increased rapidly and Mr. Phillips was released occasionally to assist in typing and kindred duties.

When the National Council moved into rented premises away from the Central YMCA, he transferred to the Council's staff and was able to devote more time to educational work. In 1923 the Education Secretary was appointed National Secretary of the Welsh Council, with special responsibility for educational work. Mr. Phillips was asked to give as much assistance as possible to the work of the department after completing his duties in connection with the accountancy work of the Council. In these two spheres he continued to serve the Association until his retirement. They turned out to be years of considerable growth during which office routine and responsibilities expanded rapidly.

In 1933 he assumed educational responsibilities which were virtually the duties of a registrar and those of an accountant in an industrial office.

Stanley Phillips made an invaluable contribution to the scope and prestige of the YMCA in Wales. He and the National Secretary were firm friends and trusted colleagues over a period of thirty-eight years. They had frequent consultations about Association policy and ramifications. It can be said that they grew up with the growth of the Young Men's Christian Association in Wales.

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