What are the SCRUFFS? (the men & women in pink!!)
The SCRUFFS were founded in 1989 by a band of supporters, mostly ex-players, with the intent of raising money for the club that was trying to meet the challenges of the professional game. An important factor was that they had to have fun doing it. This objective remains at the core of the SCRUFFS to this day, who continue to help the club where possible, often from "behind the scenes". The question is often asked "Why Pink?" When the SCRUFFS was formed, the founder members wanted to create a recogniseable uniform - pullovers of course. Someone groaned "Not another NAVY one, can't we be different?" Billy White then chirped "Up in Ayrshire, one of our sides wears a very fetching shade of pink which everyone agrees is very distinctive". And so that is how the SCRUFFS came to be wearing pink!
SCRUFFS try to ensure maximum support for 1st XV home and away games, and help to bring together CRFC members and guests for the lunches prior to home games, usually in conjunction with the game sponsor. Lydia Rise and her team provide the catering for these occasions, and will be happy to quote you for private functions, weddings etc via firstname.lastname@example.org - SCRUFFS also co-ordinate transport and lunch for many of the away games. Some matches each year are nominated as "Target" matches where all SCRUFFS are asked to attend. The SCRUFFS has a code of conduct which all SCRUFFS are obliged to follow. Failure to observe various "rules" leads to a fine being paid into the "Pink Box", which helps towards raising funds for the club.
The SCRUFFS is an equal opportunities organisation. Membership is open to all sexes, religious persuasions, nationalities and in particular all members of Camberley RFC who are not averse to wearing the "pinks". It is NOT an alternative to CRFC membership, more a way to donate something extra to the club, as well as your usual membership costs. These extra donations are passed to the main part of the club, along with funds raised by Predict-a-Score and social events, to be used as decided by the club's committee. Singing is not obligatory, but often takes place after matches, irrespective of the result. The picture above shows some SCRUFFS enjoying Christmas Carols!!
SCRUFFS help to arrange many of the social functions at CRFC, raising funds for the club in the process. These typically include 2 Quiz Nights, a Comedy Night, Burns Supper, and Irish Party Night. These are intended for the enjoyment of all club members and their guests, and to help boost activity for the bar and catering side of the club. Details of social events are displayed on the club's notice boards, and website, and will also be sent out to members by e-mail from time to time, through the club's "Touchline" mailing, ably run by Nick Floyd.
See above a SCRUFFS gathering prior to one of the Summer Dinners held at the end of each season.
For the 2017/18 Season: Camberley RFC 1st XV will be playing their league games in London 2 South-West. SCRUFFS policy is to provide pitch-side support at both home and away games, attend the pre-game lunches at Camberley RFC and at away clubs, where lunch is available, otherwise we seek suitable locations to meet before the game.
Home league games: CRFC invites visiting committees and club supporters to join Camberley members and their guests at the pre-game lunches that are arranged before each home league game. SCRUFFS help to boost numbers for these fun occasions, to which all club members and their guests are of course welcome.
Club Socials: SCRUFFS arrange some of the club's social events, together with others in the club, the overall plan being to provide good entertainment at reasonable cost, for all club members and their guests, and raise a little money for the club in the process. Information about these events will show on the club's website beforehand, and is also sent out on a regular basis by SCRUFFS, and through "Touchline" but if you require more details now, or have good ideas for an event you would like to help organise, please make contact as shown at the foot of this page.
SCRUFFS Kit: Wear the "pink & black" and be identified! We have golf-style caps, quartered long-sleeved shirts, polo shirts, bow-ties, and very smart blazers and waistcoats. Please contact Doug Fish (Quartermaster) with your size and requirements for any of the above.
SCRUFFS "Overseas" Tours: Over the years, SCRUFFS have supported the 1st XV for both home and away matches, including for two seasons when we had to fly "overseas" to Guernsey, which in both cases resulted in 3-day round trips. We have subsequently enjoyed long trips to Sandown & Shanklin (overseas) Bognor and Portsmouth (by the sea!) and several other places quite far from the sea, but with similar results, lots of FUN and camaraderie over the course of a few days, and a chance to support our First XV in style. Last season's tour centred around Reigate in late March, with most spending 2 or 3 nights in Dorking. This season's tour centres around the match against Twickenham on the 7th of April. This is a location with considerable social activity to hand, which will be actively researched by several of our members in the meantime.
Some noteworthy CRFC diary dates for the 2017-18 season:
Friday 25th August - SCRUFFS pre-season social at the Crooked Billet beer and music festival. Taxis took the strain once again, for this superb evening by the river Whitewater, with a wide selection of beers and ciders available, and a marquee with some great local musicians. One not to miss next year.
Sunday 27th August - SCRUFFS in support at the Harpenden 7's, where our friends from the Wooden Spoon Marauders competed against top teams. The sun shone, we watched some great rugby, including "our man" Josh scoring loads of tries, but we got pipped in the Semis by a strong local side.
Thursday 7th September - SCRUFFS AGM - A lively evening as usual, with lots going on, including the election of a replacement Chairman, and making decisions for target games and the location for the end of season tour.
Friday 3rd November - Quiz Night in the clubhouse - Once again ably organised by Derek & Carol Olsen on the night, and following lots of hard work beforehand, we had a good turnout from many members and guests for this budget-cost event. This provided a good evening's entertainment, some useful turnover for the bar, and a net profit which will be passed to main CRFC funds as usual. P.S. Thanks Lydia, the lasagna was great too!
Saturday 9th December - Christmas lunch & game v Twickenham RFC. Over 100 attended the lunch, prepared by Lydia Rise, and served by her staff. This was a busy afternoon for the club, with a fine win for Camberley, and a great start to our Christmas festivities.
Friday 26th January - All Club social - Burns Supper, a great evening as usual, including a 3-course meal, wine and whisky, plus bagpipes and ceilidh band, with Scottish dancing. A fun evening, already re-booked for 2019.
Saturday 24th March - All Club social - Irish Party. Tickets available through Harry Fish, at £20/head, includes hot supper options, a great Irish band, much laughter and dancing.
Have your say: This page is being edited by Harry Fish, with a view to receiving relevant information from SCRUFFS and CRFC members in general who wish to support the club's social activities. If you wish to suggest new ideas, and help to implement them, please e-mail Harry Fish: email@example.com or call landline: 01276-423928, or phone/text: 07550-088068. Many thanks.