We currently have 3 rats Tina, Rosa and Corrina. They're all manic girls but they keep us amused. They're "free ranged" rats and roam around our front room. They've just learnt to climb the Christmas tree and all seem very happy with themselves.
Welcome to the forum from a fellow UK rat enthusiast. I'd recommend you also checking out the NFRS and MRC, the first is the national rat club and the second the midlands rat club. Both hold shows in your neck of the woods and shows are great places to met other rat lovers and socialise (the showings secondary lol, especially at the MRC which has a great laid back atmosphere)