I have finally got my database up and running with all the things I wanted regarding additional fields and BBcode.
Thanks to Chuck for all his help with that.
I'm now looking at changing the layout of the sidebar contents.
For example I would like to know if its possible to place the Calendar, top posters, Stats, Highest rated etc. sidebar items - instead of on the left or right of the display but at the top or bottom?
If this can be done could you point me to the relevant templates etc. that I would need to modify.