History of Windermere Taverners

You may not have heard of the Windermere Taverners so here’s a quick back ground …
A rare inspirational thought helped to lead the way with the founding and implementing of the Windermere Taverners. It was identified that there was a “large niche in the local cricketing market” (ie. middle aged league players who were “past it” but didn’t want to be put out to pasture or those who had left school to work or were not quite up to league status!). Now both categories could get a bite at the cherry.

Twenty years ago it was agreed that the Windermere Taverners’ aims would be fun, enhancement of the community spirit and the raising of funds for local charities. The latter aim was dampened at the very gate (Rydal, July 1985) when the princely sum of 75p was raised.

Some archived news items:

First Game Played at Ambleside in 1985
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Windermere Taverners:
It just isn’t cricket!
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Windermere Taverners History
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Pictures from our history – click on each image for a larger view:

The phenomenal success of the Taverners can only be attributed to the players themselves who have literally put in hours of their spare time to create a brilliantly run organisation enjoying the status of a nationwide name. All this, however, would not be possible without the reciprocations from the opposing teams, their sponsors and the local businesses.

The community and all concerned may rest assured that the next 20 years will be no less successful for there is every confidence that the present lads at the helm (or at the crease) will ensure the continuity of the success story, part of which is underlined by the fact that £93,000 has been raised to date. (2004)