World of Hoare Lea. Us being awesome (Covid-19 special).

A VIRTUAL TRIP

We’re sure many of you have missed your birthday trips to the theatre. Luckily, Hannah Nistri has shared news that you can now find digital productions online. Why not dress up smart, grab a cocktail, some snacks and watch The Importance of being Ernest?

YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRY

Lockdown has been tough on us all, but there is still plenty of fun to be had online. Why not follow Luke Yeates-Mayo, Chris Rickard and Hannah Nistri’s lead by completing the Harry Potter Escape Room?

ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT-SIDE OF LIFE

Nathalia Harris recently shared some of the unofficial typographic posters in Brighton & Hove. They feature amusing messages that have been designed to give a little cheer during the coronavirus lockdown. Here are two of our favourites.

PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA?

London’s ‘iPizza’ Friday pub quizzes have been continuing over lockdown. The April winners were S&R – well done.

GRIT AND DETERMINATION

During lockdown, Claire Bosworth has been keeping us entertained by sharing some very interesting Twitter feeds. Her most recent is a story about a swimmer called Gertrude Ederle. This is a must read. Gertrude did something ground-breaking in 1926, and we think she should be everyone’s new hero.

THE SCOTTISH FACE OFF

Our Glasgow office recently hosted their first Friday quiz. After some tremendous competition, Euan Somerville was crowned champion.

As well as their minds, the Glasgow crew have been keeping physically active too. They’ve kept up daily running and walking, Kenny Hay’s in the midst of an impressive garden redesign, while Martin MacFadyen has grown some new plants at home. Bruce has been continuing with his amazing STEM activities with some home-schooling Lego Builds.

WALK RUN CYCLE

London office have set up a virtual sports club on Strava. All abilities are welcome to join and share their activities with the group. They have been getting quite competitive to try and top the leaderboard for most miles covered. Join here.

GAEL BEING AWESOME

Gael has been a hero during lockdown. For five weeks, he volunteered with Brunelcare. This Bristol based charity cares for the elderly and manages sheltered housing and care homes. Gael’s work focused on cleaning/disinfecting the common areas to reduce risks of virus transmission. He also collected/delivered prescriptions for some elderly residents. Brunelcare said: “we have benefited massively from the fantastic support from some wonderful people who have given their time to help our tenants and residents in this confusing, often distressing and certainly disorientating time. We are very grateful that Gael was part of this journey with us.”

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

Manchester have been trying to guess where their colleagues have been spending lockdown. People have been sending in photos of their offices, and together they have been trying to figure out what workstation belongs to who. This was Nick Barker’s.

COURAGEOUS COLLABORATION

In London, most project sites are beginning to reopen after lockdown and visits are allowed if health and safety requirements are met. However, some would need to use public transport to visit. Kindly, some of our people in the London office have been visiting sites on behalf of others as they can walk or cycle. A brilliant showing of teamwork.

GUESS THE SONG

Manchester have been busting the boredom by playing ‘guess the song’ but with a twist – international addition. Together, they try and guess the original artist, the name of the song and the language it’s being sung in.

PUPPIES, PUPPIES AND MORE PUPPIES! It seems that lockdown has inspired many of you to introduce some small, fluffy additions to your families. Here are some of the latest members of the Hoare Lea extended family.

Frank Head

Lexi Farrington

Olwen Alexis Harris

Jarvis Cornwell

Ozzie Whitley