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Some Egg-cellent ideas for Easter!


Easter is one of the biggest celebrations here in the UK, for many it's a weekend full of tasty treats and catching up with family and friends. On average each child living in the UK recieves an average of 8.8 eggs1- that's a lot of chocolate! With all the treats and events it's easy to forget why we even celebrate Easter. Do you know where the name Easter even comes from? The name Easter came from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg2?

Find below our list of things to keep you occupied and ensure you have an egg-cellent Easter!

Arts and Crafts

Children love Easter, with the extra chocolate and fun activities it's no wonder. From decorating eggs to making traditional Easter bonnets, take a look at these fun ideas to keep children occupied.

You can also print and colour your very own Reeds Rains Easter egg here - don't forget to share the finished product with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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Easter Baking

Easter isn't just about Easter eggs, other treats enjoyed over the Easter period including scrumptious bakes like chocolate nests, creme egg brownies and hot cross buns to name a few.

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Be charitable

Find out if your local schools or clubs are doing anything over Easter or even your local supermarket. These days a lot collect Easter eggs to send to those less fortunate and you can also buy eggs where a contribution is made to charity. 

Easter Egg Hunt

It wouldn't be Easter without a traditional Easter egg hunt, fun for all the family with delicious treats at the end. Take a look at these ideas to create your own egg hunt or find out if there's one going on in your local area.

Easter Movies

Unfortunately we can't guarantee sunshine and blue skies this Easter, so if you find yourselves stuck indoors hiding from the rain and wind then pop on one of these Easter movies. Our favourites include; Hop, Yogi the Easter bear, Bugs Bunny's Easter funnies and Winnie the Pooh.

Pack a picnic

If the sunshine does come out you could pack a picnic and take all your Easter treats with you. There are lots of lovely parks around if you take a ball or other toys this makes a really fun, cheap day out for the family.

Visit local attractions

Easter is a wonderful time for visiting local attractions. Lots put on special events to celebrate or offer discounts to encourage visitors.

Get gardening - you could win £250 worth of gardening goods with Reeds Rains and CJ Wildlife

The long Easter weekend presents the opportunity to get on top of your garden in time for the Spring. Be inspired by our top 10 Reeds Rains gardens here or if you need some supplies you might want to enter our competition with CJ Wildlife, there's £250 worth of gardening goods to be won and they are also offering Reeds Rains customers a 10% discount, find out more and enter here

Start your property search

Maybe now is the time to get moving, take a look at the properties Reeds Rains has to offer here. If you are looking to sell your home then you can also book a FREE valuation. 




An invitation to join the Reeds Rains Buyer and Sellers Event


Eccleshall branch staff

In response to increased activity in the local market and demand for its services, estate and letting agents Reeds Rains has chosen three of their local offices to host a major event dedicated to buyers and sellers. 

Then event is for buyers and sellers to meet and find out about property that is available in the local area and will be held at the following locations:

• Reeds Rains Eccleshall 26th March 2015 - 5.30pm-7.30pm

• Reeds Rains Stone 24th March 2015 - 5.30pm-7.30pm

Reeds Rains Stafford 31st March 2015 - 5.30pm-7.30pm

Nicola Jane Dyson the branch manager for Reeds Rains in Eccleshall says: “We are passionate about property and are excited about welcoming buyers and sellers to our office. Whether you are currently on the market with another agent, a first time buyer or looking to sell quickly, our experts will be on hand to explain a range of topics we think will be of interest. For example, Help to Buy, tips on the best places to buy and how to get the best exposure for your property. We will explain the range of services which are on offer and demonstrate how we match people to the right property.

In Eccleshall, we are also excited to showcase our updated office with its modern new furnishings and high tech LED displays to enhance the on-going display of properties. 

Eccleshall Branch

The new office also features eye catching custom made wallpaper featuring the bespoke railings outside The George Inn reflecting the coaching history of Eccleshall, which reinforces Reeds Rains interest in its local area. Inside the office, the new Reeds Rains logo has also been designed to highlight its long standing position in the property market but also its forward thinking approach to residential sales and lettings and can be seen as a key feature within the office.

This new office makes it the ideal setting for us to help buyers find the property which is right for them and equip sellers with effective ways to market their property.

All in all we hope the event proves useful and we look forward to welcoming buyers and sellers to find out for themselves what great services Reeds Rains can offer.” 

For further details of the event – or for more information about Reeds Rains generally – simply contact the local teams at:

Reeds Rains Eccleshall 1 High Street, Eccleshall, Stafford, ST21 6BH
Tel: 01785 850241 (*)


Reeds Rains Stone 67 High Street, Stone, ST15 8AD
Tel: 01785 813501 (*)


Reeds Rains Stafford 11 Mill Street, Stafford, ST16 2AJ
Tel: 01785 258888 (*)


 (*) Calls may be recorded and/or monitored for training and/or data protection purposes.

Gardening with wildlife in mind


Our friends at CJ Wildlife, Europe’s leading garden wildlife specialists, are encouraging gardeners to think ahead to the needs of their wildlife this year as they plan which plants to add to their garden this spring.

Wildlife friendly plants can provide suitable nesting sites, shelter and a source of food for beneficial insects, birds and mammals in your garden. Although offering nesting boxes, additional food and water year-round is essential to caring for your local wildlife, creating a wildlife garden with longevity will help sustain your garden visitors across the seasons too.

When creating your wildlife haven select your plants based on the size of your garden and the species you wish to attract. The plants will help to attract more wildlife to your garden, and providing nest boxes close by will encourage the wildlife to stay.

The wild plant experts at CJs work with the growers to hand-pick plants that are beneficial to native UK wildlife. They make selections based on attributes such as dense foliage, edible berries and nectar rich flowers so that their range of close to 250 varieties has a broad appeal to a variety of species.

If you don’t already have an abundance of bees in your garden, you can purchase Red Mason Bee Cocoons from CJ Wildlife each spring. The cocoons come from their own breeding and research programme based in Shropshire, and are available for a limited period of time in March and April. 

Gardening with wildlife in mind means not being obsessively tidy; reducing the use of chemicals to a minimum; and providing habitats for a wide range of different creatures. Features such as log piles, areas of unmown grass or suitably planted ponds with shallow sides to allow wildlife to enter and escape, are some of the simple ways that we can all increase the wildlife value of our gardens.  

Choose plants that will offer food for pollinators and seed or fruit eating species, and perhaps also provide shelter for roosting or nesting, and add to that by providing nest boxes, bat boxes and insect shelters.
Don’t forget that birds and other wildlife such as hedgehogs also benefit from a regular supply of good quality supplementary food.

To view the complete collection and start attracting wildlife to your garden click here.


CJ Wildlife are giving away a wildlife garden pack worth over £150 to one lucky winner, and 2 runners up will each receive packs worth £50. 


**Terms and conditions can be found here.

House Price Index - February 2015


House prices £34,000 above pre-crisis high

  • At £273,528, home values now £34,192 higher than at height of the housing boom in February 2008
  • But over half of that value (£17,340) added in the past year, following annual rise of 6.8%
  • London buyers at top-end brace for General Election, but lower rungs of ladder keep moving
  • Completed home sales in the opening two months of 2015 down 9% compared to a year ago

Adrian Gill, director of Reeds Rains estate agents, comments: “Seven years on, and the average house price across England and Wales is £34,192 higher than at the pinnacle of the housing boom in February 2008. We’re performing well by yesterday’s standards, but we’ve got to keep an eye on the trajectory of our current recovery. Average house prices are currently 6.8% (£17,340) higher than they were last year – but this is the smallest annual increase witnessed for fourteen months, as the market mellows from the extraordinary noise of the past year. So far in 2015, completed home sales are 9% lower than over the same period twelve months ago, but demand hasn’t faded out of view. February still marks a 4% improvement on January activity levels, and in recent weeks, we’ve seen agreed sales climb above 2014 levels, as activity comes into focus.

“After storming ahead of the rest of the country in the whirlwind of last year, the conditions have calmed in London and the South East. Their combined lead on the rest of the UK hit a summer-peak in July 2014 – when this corner of the country hoisted the wider England and Wales annual change to 5.4% higher than it would have been otherwise – but in February this growth gap has fallen to less than half its former glory, to only 2.2%. Annual house price growth in England and Wales stood at just 4.6% in February excluding these weighty regions.

“The capital has already had the first taste of added pressure placed on prime property in the form of revised Stamp Duty, and the £1.5m to £5m slice of the market has also been hit by cold feet in the run up to the General Election, with the threat of a potential mansion tax. This let-up of high-end activity has brought down the average London house price, but beneath the surface, the lower rungs of the ladder are thriving. For instance, the borough of Newham – where the typical property value currently stands at £273,727 – saw an enviable 2.1% monthly price rise, more than double the overall 1.0% average London price jump. In terms of annual growth, more affordable areas like Barking and Dagenham (+16.5%), Bexley (+15.6%) and Waltham Forest (+16.8%) are punching well above their weight, coming in ahead of the year-on-year improvements seen in high-end areas like Kensington and Chelsea, where prices have fallen 7.4% in the past twelve months.

“In the south of the country overall we’re seeing a very orderly market, with buyers and sellers on more of an even keel. Rates of annual growth have slowed across the board in England and Wales, but it is regions with the lowest average property prices which are dragging their feet. The North saw the smallest annual uplift in January, with home values just 1.9% higher year-on-year, while in Yorkshire and The Humber prices stagnated over the month.

“On a monthly basis, house prices are trundling along overall, climbing 0.5% since January to reach a new record. The housing shortage may be propping up property price growth, but more needs to be done to stave off this winter lull and invigorate the property market recovery. It’s pivotal that the Chancellor recognises the importance of expanding the UK’s property stock in the upcoming Budget. Measures like the Help to Buy scheme and reforming Stamp Duty have airlifted support to the bottom end of the market, but unless more new homes are built, he’s practically playing a zero-sum game: reshuffling a deck doesn’t leave you with more cards.”

Full details on the House Price index can be found here

Smart new home for Reeds Rains Pontefract as office is transformed


Reeds Rains - Pontefract

In response to the increased activity in the local market and demand for its services, Reeds Rains has chosen its Pontefract office to benefit from a major refurbishment.

To celebrate, they are holding a launch party on Wednesday 11th March 2015 from 5.00pm - 7.00pm. 

The refurbishment sees the office extend their services into the building next door to create an impressive new showroom to display the increasing number of properties which are becoming available.  

The office has been updated with modern new furnishings and high tech LED displays to enhance the on-going display of properties which is a popular feature with the residents in Pontefract. Along with this, the office also features the new Reeds Rains logo which has also been designed to highlight its long standing position in the property market but also its forward thinking approach to residential sales and lettings and can been seen as a key feature within the office.

 Looking smart - The new showroom

Reeds Rains is based at 24 Beastfair, Pontefract, WF8 1AW and the local team would like to welcome visitors to come and see the new office and provide them with the opportunity to come and talk to industry experts about selling, buying or renting their property. 

Emma Bevan, Branch Manager for Reeds Rains explains: “We’ve had a Reeds Rains office in Pontefract for many years and we’ve been able to help hundreds of customers during that time in selling, buying and renting houses. 

The fact is that Reeds Rains was established more than 140 years ago and at last year’s Estate Agency of the Year Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Time and Times, Reeds Rains won the silver award for Best National Estate Agency and the bronze award for Financial Services. This brings the peace of mind and reassurance that, we know, many people seek when choosing an agent. By combining this with our great local team who have vast experience in residential sales, lettings and financial services; we think we’ve got a winning combination. And it’s this, as well as our new refurbishment, that we think puts us in the perfect place to respond to the obvious increase in local market activity.

The fact that we now operate from such attractive surroundings simply adds to our overall appeal and, we hope, demonstrates our true commitment to listening and responding to our customers’ needs and to providing an agency they can not only rely on but enjoy visiting.” 

For more information about Reeds Rains – simply contact the local team at Reeds Rains Pontefract, 24 Beastfair, Pontefract, WF8 1AW  or telephone them at 01977 701891 (*).

Reeds Rains - Pontefract

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