News Archive – Some interesting snippets from our history
Windermere Taverners – First game played at Ambleside in 1985
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1st Game played in 1985 at Ambleside cricket Ground, Rydal
The Score board has never been Located. (Should anyone know of its location it would be appreciated)
The Windermere Taverners v The Elleray Hotel
(later to become the Windermere Old Boys – this fixture is still played each year).
The Team Sheet:
1. Sep Cooper (Captain)
2. David Blezard
3. Alan Poynter
4. Ronnie Jones
5. Richard Carruthers
6. Jonnie Pickering
7. Ronnie Clark
8. Chris Goodwin
9. Chris Wyatt
10. Mike Smith
1. Phil King (Captain)
2. Mike Rowlinson
3. Ian Laidler
4. Dave Holcroft
5. Roger Houston
6. Ian Slater
7. Nigel Rimmer
8. Roy Dixon
9. Nicky Martin
If any one can recall the other team players contact any of the Taverners
Westmorland Gazette 1996 – Windermere Taverners: It just isn’t cricket!
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It’s an elite club. You have to be over 40 to join, play cricket every Wednesday night in the
season and pay dearly for the privilege.
If you’re out first ball, don’t score at all or drop a catch you have to stump up even more
cash to pay the fine. As if that’s not enough at the end of the game you have to go hawking
raffle tickets around the pub.
But 18 men, good and true are Windermere Taverners. Based on the idea of the illustrious
Lord’s Taverners, are less dedicated.
There are no boundaries to their enthusiasm, which in the last ten years has generated
more than £10,000 to help local good causes ranging from football strips for the kids to an
electric wheelchair which has given its owner a completely new lease of life, after being
stuck in the house for five years.
The Tavs, as they are affectionately known, were dreamed up during and idle moment’s
chatter between taxi drivers waiting for their fares at Windermere Train Station.
“It was to give people, who for one reason or another, weather they were too old, or had
too many Saturday commitments, the chance to have a game and do some good” says today’s chairman of eight years standing Alan Waring.
Alan is a typical Tav. As a youngster he played cricket for Windermere in the first team and
then spent five years as captain of second team.
Other members are either ex-cricket players or those who want to raise money for a good
The beginnings were definitely small. “The first match they ever played they raised £25, and
the ground cost £22 to hire” laughs Alan.
But things have come along leaps and bounds since then. Everyone has their job, weather it
is getting the ground ready, drumming up sponsorship, or organising fixtures with other
These days everyone pays £1 to play and that goes for the opposition too. The 40-over
specials are fixed up with cobbled-together teams from pubs, fire brigades, and golf clubs.
Matches are usually played at the Lakes School, and the visiting teams provide the raffle
prizes. Windermere are perfect hosts however, and with games beginning at 6.30pm, the
onus is on them, or at least an army of wives to provide sandwiches afterwards, and then
there is the inevitable flogging of the raffle tickets. “Without the support of the local people we wouldn’t raise the money we do. But the
beauty is that at least the money is being spent locally too”says Alan. As well as the faithful
who buy the raffle tickets there are the sponsors – small businesses in the village giving
valuable core funding.
Trattoria Pizzeria has been a main sponsor for the last five years and last year, The Village
inn poured £1,000 into the Taverners’ coffers.
The Taverners’ committee decides where the money goes. Last season alone more than
£6,000 was given out – not as blank cheques but for specific projects.
The scouts needed some camping equipment; Oxenholme Pony Club was going to a
competition, and £170 bought riders matching silks, while £300 bought Windermere Judo
Club much-needed mats. The Lakes School received £500 towards some computer
equipment, while CancerCare was given £1,000.
Request can be very modest. One lady asked for just £32, but all requests are judged on
Often the Tavs will get to hear about a need in the community through the district nurse – a
wheelchair or an electronic bed which can make such a difference to someone’s quality of
The lads take their charity role seriously but the cricket is definitely light-hearted.
“We play to win, but we have a good laugh. They’re a great bunch of lads and we have our
own umpire – my father-in-law Bill Guthrie” says Alan
By day The Tavs are working men – Alan is an electrician. Other members include a landlord,
and a greengrocer. The treasure is a turf accountant Barry Laidler and Captain Dave Blezard,
is one of the founding taxi drivers. At 62 Ken Thornbarrow is the oldest player, awarded the
player’s player award last season.
Whatever their commitments, come 6pm on a Wednesday night in the summer they know
what they are doing. Not to mention the committee meetings, letter-writing and
After celebrating their tenth anniversary The Taverners are limbering up for an eleventh
It just isn’t cricket!
Westmorland Gazette 2000 – Team bats for charity – Cricketers are bowled over by local generosity
Westmorland Gazette 2005 – Windermere Taverners History
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You may not have heard of the Taverners so here’s a quick back ground …
A rare, inspiration thought help 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 put out to
pastures 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 Taverners aims would be fun, enhancement of the
community spirit and the raising of funds for local charities. The latter aims was dampened
at the very gate (Rydal, July 1985) when the princely sum of 75p was raised.
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 conerned 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 succss story, part of which is underlined by the fact that
£93,000 has been raised to date. (2004)
TAVERNERS SPONSOR SOUTH LAKES HOCKEY TEAM IN CHAMPIONSHIPS
(North West Evening Mail 17 May 2013)