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Dear Club Safeguarding (Welfare) Officer

We hope this email finds you well. You are receiving this email from the ECB Safeguarding Team as you have completed the Safe Hands webinar between June 2020 and January 2021.

We are getting in touch to let you know about a change to the validity period of your Safe Hands webinar certificate. The original validity period for the Safe Hands webinar was 12 months, however due to the ongoing uncertainty around national restrictions due to COVID, we have now taken the decision to extend the period to 24 months.

This means that your certificate will remain valid for two years from the date that you completed the webinar. For example, if you completed the Safe Hands webinar in June 2020, you do not need to undertake the Safe Hands course again until June 2022. This also applies to Club Safeguarding (Welfare) Officers undertaking the webinar going forward.

You do not need to take any action, we are in the process of updating our records to reflect this change and have communicated this to your County Safeguarding Officer.

Kind regards

The ECB Safeguarding Team

27 January 2021


It has been a number of years wince the Fylde League played its final games and many clubs joined the Palace Shield however it is important to remember the Life of a league that lasted almost 100 years.

The Website is still live showing their historical winners but for a more detailed origin story please download the attached.



25 January 2021 Read 24 times

Don's funeral will take place on Friday 5th February at 10.30am at Pleasington Crematorium

Family flowers only. Any donations to Cancer Research

Numbers are limited for obvious reasons, John Smith has been invited to represent the Competition and the wider cricketing family

23 January 2021 Read 55 times

The Competition is saddened to hear of the death of former Umpire Don Thornton

Don was an excellent umpire and served both the Palace Shield and Bolton League panels with distinction.

Upon retirement, he became President of the Palace Shield Umpires and held the same office when the Umpires Association merged with the Northern League Umpires

Don was a strong-minded advocate for justice and passionately served Victim Support, Witness Service in the North West Crown Courts for many years.

In that role, he helped many victims and witnesses in many high profile trials.

His son Howard is also a well known Umpire in our region.

The competition sends its condolences to Don's wife Pat, Howard and their family & friends

20 January 2021


2021 is the centenary of BAC/EE Preston CC and the club are planning a number of events to celebrate their centenary. The club will be producing a special printed programme which will cover the journey from Dick Kerr’s in 1921 through to English Electric, from BAe Preston in the 1980s right up to present date.

Given the current pandemic restrictions access to local archives has prevented extensive research being undertaken. The club would love to hear from other members of the Palace Shield who may have old artefacts including scorebooks with matches played against BAC. In particular, the club would welcome any information on the Dick Kerr’s and English Electric years. Not much is known of Dick Kerr’s B.F. Morgan who took 111 wickets at an average of 4.9 in 1929, which remains a league record today. So any information on him would be appreciated.

If any clubs can assist, can they please contact Carl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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