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Chairman when this Committee became responsible for all Holiday Centre administration in Wales; President of the Welsh Council on successive occasions, and later its Treasurer; and Chairman of the Executive Committee. His assistance was invaluable in the solving of many Association problems. He gave valuable assistance to the young National Secretary when arranging visits to South Wales on several occasions of H.H. Princess Helena Victoria and two such visits by H.R.H. The Princess Mary.

Hr. Bruce's mother, The Lady Aberdare,

donated to the Mountain Ash

Association,

in

1912,

freehold

property

which

became

their

first

Association premises, and later, in 1938, presented to the Association the Aberdare Estate Freehold Offices, with ample ground to erect a full-size gymnasium hall and other extensions and adaptations. Later, the Association converted and furnished a quiet room as a memorial to Lady Aberdare.

Mr. W. H. Mayne, OBE., J.P.

Mr. Mayne's early participation in YMCA affairs is veiled in uncertainty. However, it is a fact that he represented the Cardiff YMCA on the Welsh Executive Council in 1928. His benign personality and discernment of various aspects of problems soon won for him the confidence of the members of the Council.

As mentioned earlier, when the Welsh Council purchased in 1930, the property which became the Lord Aberdare Memorial House and headquarters of the Welsh YMCA, Mr. Mayne, as treasurer of the Memorial Fund, succeeded in raising the necessary funds to complete the project, in six weeks.

Between 1937 and 1948 he was Treasurer of the Council and was Chairman of the Welsh War Emergency Committee for the duration of the War. He became the Council's President in 1947 and 1948. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen, for his service to the Young Men's Christian Association in Wales, an honour he richly deserved.

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