This year for Easter we wanted to do something with our window display that not only looked pretty and seasonal, but that was something that would benefit the local community. We got out thinking caps on and after re-reading our Easter blog from 2019 (https://magpiesnest.co.uk/easter-trees-a-new-fad-or-an-old-tradition/) we had an idea! This year we were going to put an Easter tree in the window and ask our customers to help decorate it with eggs. We decided that we would charge £1 for each egg or £5 for 6 eggs and donate the money to a local charity. We all agreed on Reuben’s retreat because Easter time is definitely a time young children enjoy and our window was full our Easter bunnies of all colours! Reubens retreat do amazing work (https://www.reubensretreat.org/) and we all agreed they were the perfect local charity to fundraise for. The idea for decorating eggs not only is a traditional activity at this time of year, but it was a way to give little people something to do at home during the Easter holidays during lockdown. It was also nice to see people coming past the window with their families on their daily exercise to see if they could spot their eggs in the tree. We had a fantastic response to our egg appeal and had some beautifully decorated eggs returned for us to put on the tree. This window not only made people smile as they passed but it felt so nice to have people be a part of the window display, it gave it a nice community feel. Which is why we have decided to make our Easter Tree a Magpie’s Nest Tradition each year, we hope to be able to build on the success of this years tree with more people joining in and getting involved with decorating eggs for us next year which will also benefit a charity as well. This year we raised £116 for Reuben’s Retreat through our egg sales which is fantastic in such a short space of time.

Our Easter tree will left in the window until we reopen next week on 12th April. You can view the Easter tree from Melbourne Street from 9am – 5pm Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat 10th April before it is removed for our next display. We are still selling Eggs if anyone wants to join in, and still accepting donations for Reuben’s Retreat.