The front page looks nice and fresh and this is what we need.
But for me the main things are functionality and content.
-Forum - This works very well for me, the only things that need improving at the text editor to allow bullet points and numbered points and I can never work out the code and to be honest you shouldn't need to know programming to put in a comment
-Front page is a huge improvement and looks professional, I think Kirsty needs to look harder to get some nice hunks on the front page, can I suggest topless lads getting wet on the Flume?
-Content - for me no matter how good the site looks and no matter how much work goes on in the background on the server/infrastructure and code, the content will really be the main thing, I clicked on a few links and there were some items which were out of date. I know you will get these updated at some point
But this is a big improvement and I do appreciate how much work must have gone into this and we all know you are not paid to do this either.