Forest. "All right" we replied. "It’s better than nothing" and away it went to Rhyl Timber Yard where it was sawn into suitable lengths. The next morning it was transported to Rhoose where it was stored for two or three years for the process of seasoning.
In due time, the timber, dry and hardened Welsh Oak, was sawn and moulded into various patterns and sizes and, with oak faced three ply, sufficient oak panelling became available to cover the Library, up to door-frame height. At the same time, the squad Carpenter constructed oak shelving and fixed the shelves at various intervals at right angles to the walls. The Jubilee Trust Fund donated a sum of £200., towards the cost of this work. A small plaque was erected in the Library, recording a tribute to the responsible Artist, once a Colliery Carpenter.
Section 5. "Chapel Produced by Faith".
The Ministry of Education had been requested by the Council's Executive Committee to consider granting permission to erect a College Chapel with Warden's quarters over it, and that the work should be included in the 1948 building programme.
In due course, the Committee received information that it was a statutory ruling that grant aid could not be made available for the building of a Chapel or Church edifice; neither would staff sleeping quarters be eligible for financial assistance. The Ministry indicated, however, that every effort would be made to obtain a building licence from the Ministry of Works.
The decision of the Committee favoured early arrangements to embark upon work to build a chapel to seat 130 people according to the prepared plans, and warden's quarters over it. The added height of the Warden's flat, over the chapel would have the effect of a small wide tower sited in the foreground of Coleg y Fro, in addition to being both conspicuous and pleasing.
Enthusiasm of YMCA members greeted the decision to proceed with the erection of a College Chapel at Coleg y Fro. The funds of the project would have to be contributed by all Association Units in Wales, both men and women. The cost of £4,000 required strenuous endeavour from every section of the Movement.
The initial response, even before a brick had been laid, predicted that the funds needed to complete the project would be forthcoming. Port Talbot pledged a donation of £500. The surplus from the tented Canteen of the Bath and West Show in Cardiff, £200; several associations promised £100, lesser sums from various local YMCAs, and members contributions, resulted in £2,000 being promised before an appeal letter had been sent out.
A Building Licence having been secured the work of construction proceeded at a useful pace. The brickwork of the college including the Chapel, had a
pleasing appearance with Tondu Multi-coloured bricks, bonded with cream cement. Tall windows added brightness to the front and elevations.
a light side
No shortage of timber for this section! Bethania, a disused Welsh Baptist Chapel in the Rhondda Valley, had been put up for sale. The Welsh Council of YMCAs, with the assistance of the Powell Duffryn Colliery Company, purchased the property for the purpose of converting it into a YMCA Boys'