A lifelong Batheaston resident has left her £460,000 home to her community to help pay for a new village hall.
A consultation exercise is about to begin to find out how people want the new hall at Northend to look.
The trust which runs the hall is in the process of selling the house left by retired medical social worker Patsy Townsend, who died at the age of 94 last November.
Ms Townsend played an active role in her community, and was particularly involved in the parish church and existing hall.
Her will stipulated that her home at Northend should be given to the Batheaston New Village Hall Trust, which is planning a new £750,000 hall to replace the existing building put up by volunteers working for 12 months across 1951 and 1952.
The money from her will has provided a major fillip for villagers disappointed when a bid for lottery cash was unsuccessful three years ago.
Ms Townsend lived in Batheaston from the age of four and served as a captain in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War before training as what was then known as an almoner - now medical social worker - and working at the Royal United Hospital.
She funded the hall’s heating system in memory of her sister but the state of the building - now being used as a hall by Batheaston Primary School while refurbishment work goes on there - means it is in need of replacement.
The community has established the trust to work with residents on the design of the new building at the site in School Lane.
A public appeal will be launched to raise the rest of the money needed to build the hall.
Villagers are invited to attend a drop-in consultation where they can meet the architects and charity trustees and give their ideas for the new village hall.
Chair of the trust Graham Richardson said: “Thanks to the incredibly generous legacy from Patsy Townsend, we are now working to create a state-of-the-art hall for everyone in the community to enjoy.
“We want this project to be a true community collaboration and we look forward to hearing your ideas at the consultation this weekend.”
The consultation sessions will take place at the hall on Friday from 3pm until 7pm, and on Saturday from 10am until 1pm.
For more information, visit www.batheastonhall.org.uk, where people can also have their say.