Just thought i'd pop in and say:
"Go for gold" Manapa
All the best with seeking ordination!
If you're dead set on remaining in the U.K then here's a link to a list of Monasteries of the Ajahn Chah lineage, to which a good reputation is spreadhttp://www.forestsangha.org/index.php?o ... 0&Itemid=9
There are Monasteries in Burma and Sri Lanka which are very dedicated to Meditation also.
is one such which has a good reputation for being quite intensive in the meditation aspect.
I second Ben's recommendation too.
I was once told that a good measuring stick of a Sangha is how well the Vinaya code is adhered to. To get a feel for this you really need to stay at the Monastery for a period of time I guess.
I'm no expert on the topic in any case so I look forward to reading some more informed responses.
Again, its great news to hear you're going for ordination Manapa and I wish you well in all your endeavors.
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -