There was some really weird behaviour going on with the links in Opera 8.5. I'm not sure that I can really describe it.
Some didn't work at first, they didn't even appear to *be* links, no hover colour change, no little hand cursor but after a while they suddenly became live. Some started to work if I scrolled the page all the way to the bottom. Some only worked provivded the page was right at the top, scrolling down either stopped the links being links or only the couple at the top (of those still on screen) were links.
Worked just fine in Firefox. Weird.
Other than that the site looks really nice. Doesn't have quite the same sinister air as your Sheppey Pirates site but I suppose that you want it to be a bit friendlier ;-)
You should run the colour scheme through a colour-blindness checker -- brown on cream may not have enough contrast. Personally I like it, very easy on the eye and the appearence of a faded parchment is appropriate to the subject; but it would be best to check it anyway.