For Ormondville's Klaus Van der Oord, home is the best place, but he's happy to share it with people this Saturday.

"This is a nice home to come home to," he said.

Klaus and wife Juliet are opening their stunning garden and home, complete with special market stalls, to raise money for Ormondville's 130-year-old Church of the Epiphany.

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"It's all about community and we're hoping to attract visitors who are attending Hawke's Bays' Art Deco weekend to share what's on offer here," Juliet said.

Reverend Dot King, of Ormondville's Church of the Epiphany, at the home of Juliet and Klaus Van der Oord, which will be open for a garden party on Saturday.
Reverend Dot King, of Ormondville's Church of the Epiphany, at the home of Juliet and Klaus Van der Oord, which will be open for a garden party on Saturday.

The couple are sure there will be some at the Art Deco weekend keen to tootle south for a special afternoon.

"We'll have a display of vintage cars and machinery as well," Juliet said.

The 1920s-themed day will be an ideal opportunity for visitors to share high tea, or a barbecue for the children.

Relaxed: Klaus and Juliet Van der Oord of Ormondville are hosting high tea, a barbecue and market stalls on their rural property to raise money for the Church of the Epiphany.
Relaxed: Klaus and Juliet Van der Oord of Ormondville are hosting high tea, a barbecue and market stalls on their rural property to raise money for the Church of the Epiphany.

There will be a personally conducted tour of the magnificent house which Juliet and Klaus have restored, with the help of local craftsmen, Rusty Eunson, Jim Bassett and Hamish Illsley.

The stunning restoration and downstairs extension, as well as a second-story and upper-storey guest suite above the garage are worth the $20 entrance fee for adults. And there will be entertainment from the Choir of Norsewood, David Selfe and Patrick Power.

"When Klaus and I were ill we had Sue Buchanan come in and work her magic on the grounds," Juliet said. "Klaus had developed the bones and Sue has done an outstanding job. She came for a week last March and is still here."

The Reverend Dot King, of the Church of the Epiphany, said the money raised would help to maintain and upgrade the church.

The pool complex at the Van der Oord's home will be the venue for the Art Deco fashion parade.
The pool complex at the Van der Oord's home will be the venue for the Art Deco fashion parade.

"Our hope is the community will use the church much more, especially now we've a new toilet block," she said.

"Our Christmas Eve service was marvellous and the church was packed to the rafters. More people are living in the Norsewood and Ormondville communities and that's exciting."

The Van der Oord's home dates back to 1907 and was built by Olaf Nicolaisen. It's on the Norsewood/Ormondville Rd, in an area originally known as the Danish Line and was once part of 70-mile bush.

"In days gone by garden parties were held here, so it's a natural fit for the church fundraiser," Juliet said.

Friends of Epiphany fundraiser:

* Saturday, February 17:
* 11am to 4pm on the Norsewood/Ormondville Rd.
* Adults $20; children $5.
* Theme is old-fashioned garden party, with 1920s/30s dress.
* Children will be catered for with entertainment, face-painting and a barbecue.
* 1pm: Choir of Norsewood with David Selfe and Patrick Power.
* 2pm: Judging of best dressed 1920/30, prizes for male, female and children.
* 3pm: Tug of war.
* 3.30pm: Personal house tour with Klaus Van der Oord.
* Stalls will include antiques with Barbara Ferguson, quilts by Felicity Ellison, Ella Domper's Dutch cheese, Linens and Lace, Dot and Athol King's lavender and woodturning, Sue Buchanan's perennials, Junction Wines and local crafters.