Owing to the limitations of the newly-introduced forum system of communication, I have now added a small chat room at the bottom of each page which will allow logged-in members to talk to each other in real time.
The forum and group system will continue to be used for their ‘proper’ purpose. i.e. leaving messages for each other when other members are not present.
I will be writing more on how to use the new facilities once I have ironed out the teething problems. In the meantime, you might like to join me and help test out the new functionality!