It’s not easy to pose for a picture with a goat and a sheep when they insist on headbutting each other!
But Sophie Wells and John Dearden, of Farmer Parrs in Fleetwood, managed to show great composure under the circumstances.
They were there, along with Will.i.am (the African pigmy goat) and Vamp the sheep for a special event to promote community groups and volunteers in Fleetwood and Wyre.
Along with the Farmer Parrs contingent, there were around 70 different organisations at the Wyre Together Showcase event, held at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall. Members of the public were invited along, and it was also a chance for the various groups to make new contacts and network.
Will.i.am (so named as he dances to songs by the Black Eyed Peas) and his pal were doing a grand job of networking, with a little animal magnetism, on behalf of the farm attraction.
Sophie Wells, marketing manager at Farmer Parrs, kept a firm grip on the lively Vamp, and said: “Apart from promoting Farmer Parrs, we are also letting people know that our Country Life Museum needs a few more volunteers.
“The ones we have do a brilliant job but we need a few more, including one or two younger people.”
Inside the hall, organisations as varied as the Stroke Association, Care and Repair and Fylde coast Men’s Support had stands to promote their services. The air was filled with the sound of singing, accompanied by a strumming guitar.
This turned out to be the Warblers on T’Wyre, a Fleetwood-based singing group who are more about friendship and fellowship than being note-perfect, but who produce an agreeable sound all the same.
Joan Ratcliffe, who was providing guitar accompaniment, said: “Other organisations and agencies realise how helpful our group can be to their clients, such as people on their own. They can come along and socialise, and they don’t have to be brilliant singers!”
The Warblers, who also perform at public events, meet at the North Euston Hotel every Friday from 10am.
Jane Williams, the Wyre Together manager on behalf of the Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) said: “The whole point of this event is to set up links between groups who don’t know each other but who could end up working well together.
“Many of them work with volunteers, so it’s useful to have those kind of groups under one roof. And the public are here too, so that’s a bonus.”
The Wyre Together awards are being staged on June 4 to recognise the efforts of volunteers and community groups.
To nominate deserving candidates or find out more, visit www.cvsbwf.org or phone Jane on (01253) 887437.