Residents in Warwickshire are celebrating following the success of a three-year campaign to save their village hall.
Villagers in Broom had been faced with the prospect of raising £285,000 to rebuild the hall or losing it because it needed to be rebuilt.
The hall was originally built in 1938 and had been looked after by the Women's Institute until 2002 when they realised it was too expensive to run.
The WI offered it to the village as a village hall but it needed rebuilding, and so the campaign to raise the necessary money got underway.
Organiser Cheryl Hendey said they would have struggled to find many sources of income to help with the work without the help of charities law expert Ruth Shipman, who works for solicitors Lodders in their Shipston-on-Stour office.
"Charity law and dealing with organisations such as The Big Lottery is complex and complicated and it is very difficult to get specialist advice in this area.
"It was a phenomenal relief to find Ruth who has helped us with issues such as the deeds, covenants and all the detail that must be complied with if you are dealing with bodies such as The Big Lottery and Defra," she said.
"By September 2005 we had some £145,000 of the funding in place and had only six months to raise the balance or we stood to lose a lot of the promised grants.
"It has been a marathon effort and a bureaucratic nightmare, but Ruth has helped us with all the legal aspects through her own specialist knowledge."
She added: "We are hoping to reopen our new village hall in the autumn, and Ruth will definitely be on the guest list."
The biggest grant - £100,000 - came from The Big Lottery, but the villagers also successfully got money from a host of other organisations as well as raising funds through a series of events.
Ruth Shipman said: "For charities, applications for grants and dealing with government bodies is a very complicated area. It is hard work getting it right. In the case of a project like the rebuilding of Broom Village Hall, it is very easy for one application to go wrong and for that one grant to bring the whole project tumbling down."