Rather than starting from scratch for this site I have decided that as a front end I shall go the pre-built CMS route. Joomla and Drupal seem a bit like overkill for what I need here so I have chosen to try Textpattern.
Textpattern is a free open source content management system. Light (the download weighs in at only 1.00 MB) but not lightweight, it is very flexible and the addition of extra features is easy using the robust plugin architecture.
Now to see how easy it is to use.