Last December the club purchased a new ball cleaner as the old one had finally stopped working. The new one comes from China and has a variety of interchangeable tops that allow its use for different sets of balls – snooker, pool etc. It is capable of cleaning the whole set of balls at one time with the use of a polishing agent such as Aramith. Members could also brush up their Chinese as the machine gives spoken instructions in Chinese! Polishing the balls in this way is intended to reduce the occurrence of ‘kicks’ and bad bounces caused by friction between the balls and chalk residue. The ball polisher is now in regular use at the club and providing members with sets of balls in top condition.