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Wallacetown Golf Club

Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited was a Scottish company founded in 1918 by Mr W M Ritchie and established in the Wallacetown district of Ayr.

Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited used “WECOL” as its logo for many years, and many customers often knew and referred to the company as "WECOL".

Initially the company was set up as a mechanical engineering company repairing equipment for Ayrshire collieries and expanded quickly into Lanarkshire and other coal mining areas of Scotland. Such equipment included haulages and shaft winding equipment.

As the mining industry developed it required more electrical power underground to drive haulages, conveyors and coal cutting equipment.

Wallacetown Engineering diversified into the manufacture of flameproof switchgear designed to contain methane explosions, should they occur inside the switch housing due to ingress of methane and arcing caused by switching of electricity.   The construction of the enclosure prevent flame being emitted from the enclosure which was capable of igniting methane gas. The equipment was at the fore front of mining electrical control and switchgear technology. It was used extensively throughout UK coal fields and exported to the worlds major under ground coal mining operators in all continents.

To meet the growing demands of the coal mining industry, and to continue diversification into the manufacture of industrial motor control and fuse switchgear, Wallacetown built a new factory in Heathfield Road, Ayr and later expanded it to transfer men and machinery  from its factory  in Viewfield Road, Ayr.   

At this time the industrial section of Wallacetown was very strong and as well as equipping many of NCB’s coal preparation plants and Scotland’s distilleries, the company  installed industrial starters and fuse switchgear in public utilities such as Water Boards and Steel Works, and also exported to overseas territories such as Chile and Russia, both as direct exports and indirect through main contractors.

Due to a change of ownership resulting in the transfer of industrial products to other companies and the demise of the coal mining industry in the UK, the Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited name ceased to exist. After a succession of further changes of ownership and mergers and a management buy out it became known as Allenwest Wallacetown Limited. The factory was relocated from Ayr to Irvine and subsequently taken into the ownership of  Ampcontrol, an Australian company. This brought about yet more name changes initially to  Ampcontrol Allenwest and then Ampcontrol.  

Unable to retain overseas markets which had been established in preceding years, and due to the collapse of the UK's deep coal mining industry, in 2016 Ampcontrol found it necessary  to downsize its production facility in Scotland. Since then increased efforts in overseas markets have produced an encouraging amount of orders, and future prospects look better. So much so that the Scottish facility will relocate to more suitable premises in Prestwick in June 2018.

It is against this back drop that a number of golfing employees came together in 1955 to organise golfing competitions and outings amongst themselves. No records of this society which called themselves "WECOL Golf Club" are known to exist. It is believed that its membership and activities fluctuated for several years until, with the support of the directors, an inaugural meeting was held on 26 August 1961 to formally establish the "Wecol Golf Club". 

WECOL Golf Club was initially established for employees of Wallacetown Engineering Company Limited, and as such enjoyed support and subsidies for golf outings.  Due to the events mentioned above a significant reduction in workforce the "Wallacetown Golf Club", as it had now been re-named, was unable to remain viable with employee members alone, and the club opened its membership to golfers from other disciplines.  Whilst some members of the club are "ex-Wallacetown employees" most members from various other pursuits of life enrich the club.

"Wallacetown Golf Club" charges a nominal membership fee to cover administration costs, affiliation to Ayrshire Golf Association and membership of Scottish Golf Limited.

The Club's home course is Dalmilling, Ayr and a full program of events and competitions is held mainly on South Ayrshire Municipal Courses, with group visits  made to other courses within reasonable travelling distance of Ayr. 

Membership applications are welcome.

 

 

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Last updated: 02/04/18.