At the end of two years of the college venture of direct labour building, the Committee reported that the Building Fund Account showed arrears of only £100. Further, that the estimated expenditure of £2,500 needed to complete Section 2 had been received as hoped, from the Welsh Local Associations as the result of their special financial efforts and personal donations.
It was at this time the Committee approved the suggestion that the college should be called "Glankerry", the name of a small bay in the Channel opposite the College playing fields, and named "Kerry".
This name was applied to the college for little more than a year, the change being occasioned by a visit by Sir Ben Bowen Thomas, the Secretary of the Welsh Department of the Ministry of Education. Sir Ben, being impressed with the progress and extent of the construction expressed his pleasure, while looking up at the elevation, by saying "Here we are - Coleg Harlech in the North and Coleg y Fro (the college in the Vale) in the South". The members of the Committee and friends of the venture were much impressed with the name and its implications of Welsh culture; it became the name adopted for the college and remains to this very day.
Section 3. A report given by Mr. George Watson, and the Secretary of the College Committee, indicated that while in London they met the Chief Inspector of the Service of Youth Department of the Ministry, and discussed a building programme for Section 3 of the new youth college. The plans for this section included a gymnasium hall with a basement for changing rooms and showers. The work, together with the need for and cost of plumbing, sanitation, and heating, amounted to an estimated £2,900. The scheme with its facilities for Industrial Youth interested the Ministry's representative, who expressed the view that the project would be grant aided as expressed by the Ministry.
The Committee adopted this report and approval was given to proceed with the construction of the gymnasium at a cost of £2,900.
The plans indicated that the floor area would be 60' x 28', with excellent height. In addition, a stage 12' deep would be divided from the hall by a proscenium of stout walling.
The accommodation of the proposed Gymnasium would relieve the pressures on the use of the games room. All games would be transferred to the gymnasium and the games room would be available for meetings, lectures and private study.
The Ministry approved the immediate commencement of work and the necessary certificates for timber and steel were made available.
Uninterrupted progress kept up until the carpenters commenced roofing over the trusses and purlins. The same old hindrance - timber shortage. No boards to carry battens and slates for a roof 75' in length and about a hundred squares required (a square of timber equals 100 square feet). It was an enormous quantity, but again a good friend turned up.
The licensing Timber Official offered to provide a licence for the timber required, but in 3/4 inch boards instead of 1 inch, and such timber would be salvaged in different length boards from immense packing cases in which parts of machinery had been transported to this country; that roof has borne the strain and stress of Bristol Channel gales for over thirty years!