an evening of fun in Franklin

A few nights ago, I had the great opportunity to attend a fun evening here in Franklin………

Our very own Franklin jewel – LaValla Estate, did themselves proud with a fundraising event for the Eden Christian Academy school, which is housed within the boundaries of LaValla Estate.

A great turnout arrived to hear Susie Johnson, of The Oosh Experience talk and give guidance on”Wot to Wear and Not to Wear”.
Stalls with jewellery, makeup and skin care as well as hair care where all on hand to compliment the show, along with food and wine, to ensure a fantastic time was had by all!

Oosh show

At Oosh we understand body shapes and to dress in the most flattering styles. New Zealand made and imported clothing. we give good old fashioned customer service!! We are genuine, have positive energy and good honest advice, we don’t judge and make you feel good in the skin you are in! That’s the Oosh experience!!

The evening was organised with the efforts and hard work of the staff from LaValla Estate and Eden Christian Academy. An impressive amount of just a tad under $3000 was raised to help further develop the Academy and helping to develop a playground. The Academy began with 2 kids about 18 months ago and now boasts nearly 50.

ECA is private, non-denominational Christian School catering for boys and girls from Year 1 through to Year 13, offering its students a number of curriculum assessments and qualification pathways.

Our school is located on the beautiful and peaceful LaValla Estate in 131 Dominion Road, Tuakau and you are more than welcome to contact us to arrange a visit at any time.

As you may or may not know, LaValla Estate was once a school for young men considering entering the Catholic brotherhood. I remember talk that in the beginning, the Marist school (as it was then) taught about agriculture and farming amongst other things. When I used to live across the road from the school, it was used only for functions, such as weddings, and the gymnasium was also used for local sporting activities. It later became the home of Felix Donnelly School before once again falling empty.

The Jackson family purchased the property in 2010 in a run down state and are lovingly restoring all the facilities so they can again be shared. The vision going forward is simple, to preserve the past and protect the future of LaValla as a unique location. Many people have been associated with the property through its 90 year history, many of whom still visit to reminisce about good times gone by. To preserve the history the Jacksons are busily collecting articles, photographs and the memories of former residents and are happy to share these with any guests who have an interest.

So for anyone looking for a beautiful place to get away, hold a function or wedding, you can’t go past LaValla Estate, right here on our doorstep in Franklin!! ….and they have their own Chapel Theatre where the likes of well known local singer, Dennis Marsh, perform.
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