One interesting episode may be related: the Chairman and Secretary of the Welsh National Council visited Glan-y-Mor for a consultation with the Commandant. At the entrance to the grounds, a sentry stopped and challenged them as to their business. Mr. W. H. Mayne, the Chairman of the Welsh Council, being a proud Devonshire man, turned to the Secretary and said, with a touch of sarcasm, "Do these men know we are the owners of this building?"
About mid-way through the period of the war, a German bomb fell on the front of the roof where it forms a right angle with the roof of the kitchen. A soldier was slightly wounded. The damage to the structure was very limited and was quickly repaired at a cost of £450.
The Council had been informed that the War Office would pay an agreed amount in respect of compensation for reinstatement of premises when vacated. The Military had agreed that every effort would be made to ensure an early withdrawal of H.M. Forces. A letter had also been received from the South Wales Military Headquarters stating that Glan-y-Mor would be released on or about 28th February, 1946; after slightly more than six years of occupation. The actual date of vacating Glan-y-Mor was 11th March of that year.
The Chartering Officer had indicated that the relevant documents would be sent to the YMCA Welsh National Council as soon as they had been received from the War Office.
Following the reception of this information the War Emergency Committee of the Association decided that every effort should be made to re-open Glan-y- Mor for holiday purposes on 22nd July and that the first week be devoted to a reunion of YMCA Officers and Leaders in Wales and that the Annual Meeting of the Welsh Council be held at Glan-y-Mor on the 22nd July, the re-opening Saturday as a Holiday Centre.
The re-union was a memorable event. The weather was everything desirable with glorious sunshine. Laymen and Secretaries came together from all parts of Wales. Elder statesmen of the Council and representatives of local YMCAs, young men and a few older boys representing their Associations, and the foreman and several members of the building squad which had undertaken most of the building of Glan-y-Mor, together with leaders of the Women' s Auxiliaries which had rendered such remarkable service in H.M. Forces Canteens and Mobile Units.
It was a unique social occasion. Morning Prayers became fitting opportunities to express our thanksgiving to God for having brought us through the hazards and dangers of war. There were also opportunities to relate relief work during the "Blitz" and Mobile Canteen ventures into the mountainous areas.
The Annual Meeting at the beginning of the week (a time to be remembered) presided over by Mr. W.H. Mayne, O.B.E., J.P., produced features in keeping with the happy experiences of Reunion Week rather than a formal legalised conclave. Reports on the activities of the YMCA during five or six years of Christian Service under war conditions, replaced the usual Annual Reports, discussions and propositions
At the conclusion of a happy week came a call to arrange a special meeting at the City Hall, Cardiff, to express the thanks of the Welsh YMCA Council