The idea of a club for actors and members of allied professions was the brainchild of a group of cricket-loving actors who habitually watched cricket from the Tavern at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. In 1950 this club was named The Lord’s Taverners and registered as a charity dedicated to the promotion of cricket among young people. The Lord’s Taverners Australia was founded in 1982 by John Darling ( a direct descendant of Australia’s 10th Test captain, Joe Darling).After some discussion, it was agreed that the new organization would be separate from the parent body with the only official link between the two bodies being a common 12th man – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip. So today,The Lord’s Taverners Australia is a Federated autonomous organisation with branches in all States and Territories and approximately 3000 members. These members come from all walks of life, with media, the professions, the arts, entertainment and business communities being well represented. What we have in common is a love of sport generally, a love of cricket in particular, but most importantly a desire to raise money to support disadvantaged and/or handicapped young people.
As a charitable association it is the primary aim of The Lord’s Taverners Australia to raise money through membership subscription, sponsorship, fund raising activities and donations. Our financial disbursement program is balanced across a number of worthy causes including the provision of sporting facilities, equipment and opportunities for underprivileged and/or disadvantaged young people. These young people assisted may be disadvantaged by financial constraints, geographical isolation or a physical or intellectual disability. Since its inception in 1982, the organisation has raised and disbursed more than $10 million in cash and kind, with disbursements in 2012-13 in the order of $417,000 across a wide range of sports and recreational activities. A secondary, but equally important aim, is to ensure the type of fund-raising event organised, and the way that it is run, generates enjoyment and fellowship among members and guests. Sponsorships, donations and assistance are welcomed from Companies and individuals who empathise with the cause and who are in a position to help.