Back onto Whelkboard after a short evaluation period of Scoop. Has been decided to make it into something like Scoop - at least to a limited degree. Promised to do some work on it yet again - wonder if I will this time.
Went through the usual process of wondering why Apache was not working. Turned out to be the permissions on the directories - I had recursively set the group and user to the user who was doing the editing. I reset these to "nobody" and it all came right (as compared to munging the all users permissions). I also had to change the config file to reflect the settings on my machine. Also had to change the Apache conf file to reflect the correct document root.
Hopefully this will help me work out what is going wrong the next time.